In the beginning man picked his own food; then he killed his own food; lastly, he learnt to grow his own food. Today some of us have fruit trees, some fish and many of us are avid growers of our own fruit and vegetables. But not all of us. The vast majority rely on others to have picked and packed, to have slaughtered cleaned, gutted and butchered in order for us to cook with the minimum of inconvenience and in the shortest possible time. What this means for us as individuals is that we have not personally chosen the ripest plum on the tree, we have not judged when the potatoes can be pulled, ..
If you know that you have coeliac disease then you are one of less than a quarter of people who suffer but do not know it. Probably half a million people in the UK have coeliac disease and are not aware. Some may believe that they are gluten intolerant, but it is far more severe than that. For the uninitiated coeliac disease is where the body reacts to gluten, commonly found in wheat, barley and rye - and also some oats - and is a lifelong problem. The only remedy is to cut out gluten from the diet and it is when you look at the composition of so many prepared dishes that you realise how ..
The Nanny state can look to many small victories that keep us all quivering wrecks, but one of the best is the fear of re-freezing. For the vast majority of us, if something has defrosted then it must be used immediately or binned. This fear actually stops some people buying frozed food. The problem is that there is no specified account of the perils that await anyone reckless enough to re-freeze. It is a complicated answer - but - in the vast majority of cases it is less dangerous than eating chicken.
The reason, the only reason for not refreezing (from a health point of view) is the possi..
Public health experts have questioned 6,000 people about their lifestyles and have come up with one conclusion that is great news for Superchef customers: those of us who eat well can afford that extra glass of wine with their meal. Apparently if we eat good food there is much less chance of us suffering from obesity, and as fewer of us are smokers the risks are much, much lower. This is the sort of thing that common sense would tell you, but it is good to have it officially recognised. So, if we start to recommend the ideal wine for some of our dishes it is not because we are condoning drinki..
We live in the age of personal worry. Whilst previous generations have had war or the threat of nuclear armageddon to contend with we now live in an age which could be termed egoistic. Diet and exercise are the twin engines that drive us all forward, and the worry is that we must be seen to be doing the right thing. The problem is the sheer volume of advice; new superfoods are found and lauded, others denounced, and all from media that seem to enjoy frightening without taking the time to present a more rounded picture.
Why not look at it in a different way. The human is an omnivore - whatev..
Almost since the ending of food rationing in the 1950's, and the opening up of choice and variety in what we eat, we receive news of the damage that eating or drinking certain things will do to us on a weekly basis. There is a vast difference between items that have no nutritional value, and are bad - of which there are surprisingly few - and items which form part of the average family's normal diet. There are also a number of conflicting messages - butter,eggs, coffee, chocolate, red wine - are all examples of products which have been cited as problematic and also as products with positive at..