Chopin Hemp cookies
With music one cooks better (actually, everything becomes better) there’s no doubt about it. It gets into our body and in a moment you are beating on a blues rhythm, rock n ‘roll, or gently with a ballad.
There are so many different musics, and it may seem that some tunes are more suitable for cooking than others. Then, each of these songs remind us, or we may like better or seems suitable for certain things or recipes.
Much is said about the smells and tastes of food. But …. how is the melody of oranges, or is there rhythm in a handful of rice? Well, listen and enjoy.
I like making connections between « illogical », « creative » topics: music and food, hearing and taste, smell and sight and memory, music and drawing …
Here is one of my pastry-music creations: Chopin Hemp cookies, Chopin’s studies and polonaises.
Hemp has been an important source of food, fiber and medicines for thousands of years. The oldest existing documents describing the use of hemp seed as food and medicine come from China. There is good evidence that hemp was first used as a source of fiber and medicine throughout the Mediterranean basin, from the East (Egypt) to the west (Morocco), several centuries before Christ.
Then in mid-twentieth century, cannabis (including hemp) was submitted to strict international control system, it was included in the list of narcotic substances at the 1961 UN Single Convention, cornerstone of the prohibitionist regime still in force today. As a result, the cultivation of Cannabis was prohibited, with the exception of cultivation for scientific purposes and the cultivation of certain varieties with a low level of active narcotic principle, the use of which can be strictly industrial purposes such as the production of fibers and seeds. The varieties of industrial hemp in Europe have levels below 0.2% THC (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol).
Hemp seeds and its derivatives (such as oil, flour, etc.) due to its nutritional properties, its content of fatty acids, vitamins, proteins and minerals, are considered as essential food for the human diet, that is, it is considered a superfood.
The inoleico acid « omega-6 » (18: 2n-6, LA) is present in approximately 55% and the omega-3 alpha linolenic acid (18: 3n-3, ALA) is 20%. Also found significant amounts of their metabolic products such as gamma linolenic acid presence (18: 3n-6, GLA) ranging from 1-4%, and stearidonic acid (18: 4n-3, SDA) that it occurs around 0.5 to 2%. While most vegetable oils have at least any of the EFAs, it is unusual containing such high quantities of both, and is also unusual that they are in a ratio of about 3: 1 of omega-6 / omega-3, being this relationship recommended for human consumption.
Currently about 50% of the global market for hemp oil is concentrated in the food industry and nutritional supplements. The other half of world trade focuses on cosmetic applications (soaps, shampoos, creams …) and other industrial use (biodiesel, varnishes …).