Good morning. I don’t know about you, but whenever I have a free morning, I’m at the computer, and looking out the window at the sunshine, sipping some green tea.
While talking with mom on the cordless phone, our conversation went like this. I was reading a blog recipe aloud where they mentioned Sea Salt as the ingredient for the salad dressing . (lemon, white vinegar, and sea salt). Mom asked,” which one is better Sea salt or Table Salt? ” If there’s a question, Google has the answer. She was amazed , how fast the computer works.
Sea salts retain the trace elements while table salt has been processed to remove trace elements and include additives.
Table salt is processed to remove trace elements while sea salts, in general, leave these in. These minerals are indeed important in our diets, but in sea salt they exist in what the Mayo Clinic describes as “insignificant amounts.” Chances are you are getting the same minerals in greater quantities in the fruits and vegetables that you eat.
Mom then posed the question about Salt mines. Where are they located?
“The oldest salt mine known to date located in Azerbaijan, Duzdagi mine”
“In order to understand these interactions, CNRS researcher Catherine
Marro and her team have been exploring the Araxes basin (Turkey, Iran,
Azerbaijan) for the last ten years or so. The archeologists have been
focusing particularly on the Duzdagi (4) salt mine situated in
Azerbaijan, more specifically beside the old medieval Silk Road linking
Tabriz (in the north west of Iran) with Constantinople.”
“To the researchers’ surprise, intensive salt production was carried out in this mine at least as early as 3500 BC.”
The economic and symbolic importance of salt in ancient and medieval
times is well-known. Recent discoveries have shown that salt most
probably played a predominant role in protohistoric societies, in other
words those that preceded the appearance of writing. How is salt
obtained? The two most widely used techniques are based on the
extraction of rock salt, in other words a sedimentary deposit containing
a high concentration of edible salt (2), and the collection of sun-dried
salt in salt marshes, for example.”
Mom then said, “Well those mines are older than the Coal mines of Pennsylvania. ”
Stove Top Casserole
zucchini 4 cups sliced
Vegetable oil 3 Tablespoons
Garlic cloves, 2 crushed
salt and freshly ground pepper
spaghetti sauce, 1 16 ounce can, heated
mozzarella cheese, 3/4 pound thinly sliced
oregano, 1 teaspoon, crushed
basil 1/4 tsp
In a large Teflon skillet, saute zucchini slices, 1 cup at a time in 1 tablespoon oil with garlic.
Cook until almost tender and a little brown; drain on paper towels. pour off any excess oil; then layer hot zucchini in skillet, season lightly with salt and pepper , and spreading each layer with some of the hot spaghetti sauce and sliced mozzarella cheese. Cover top layer with cheese and sprinkle with herbs. Cover and cook very slowly until mixture is just bubbly and cheese is melted.
Reference: The Zucchini Cookbook by Paula Simmons.