In Britain, semolina is mainly used in desserts, and I well remember how much some children hated semolina pudding at school. I rather liked it! In the States it is popular as a hot breakfast cereal, and in Italy it is used in savoury and sweet recipes. Couscous is popular in North America. This is made by combining fine semolina with water and flour.

Semolina is a good source of starch and contains protein. It is also a useful source of manganese and phosphorus. It is easily assimilated and popular for those recovering from illness and operations. Semolina is a winning addition to a vegetarian die,t as it forms complete protein when combined with pulses, milk or vegetables.

Perfect pears

We have a pear tree in the back garden. The blossom is just beautiful in the Spring, and the fruit is delicious in the Autumn.The pears are of the Conference variety, which I love. I enjoy the crunch! Many people prefer Sweet Williams because they are softer and more golden. The best way to ensure that you are eating organic food which is packed with prana (life-force) is to pick it from your own garden and consume immediately.

Pears are a good source of the soluble fibre pectin. This helps to regulate bowel function, and increases the amount of cholesterol eliminated by the body. Pears contain vitamins A,C and E. They also contain potassium, which prevents cramp during exercise. Dried pears make an excellent snack which contains significant amounts of iron. Convalescents find pears easy to digest and wonderfully restorative.

Taking grapes to patients

Grapes are an ideal food to take to friends in hospital. They are superbly nourishing, and help to treat anaemia, arthritis, gout, rheumatism and fatigue. They are easy to assimilate so are very helpful for convalescents. Grapes are packed with antioxidants which protect against cancer, heart disease and circulatory problems.

Always wash them thoroughly and source organic. In India, when family and friends visit someone in hospital, they give the patient a massage instead of a gift. What a lovely idea!