Archive for August, 2010

Barley Vegetable Soup PLUS How to Cook Pearl Barley

I’ve always loved all types of cooked grains, but pearl barley has remained my favorite since childhood. It may be because it’s slightly nutty and earthy in flavour, or because it has a lovely sticky consistency that goes oh so well with goulash, mushroom sauce or even as a breakfast cereal. […]

3 Sandwich Fillings That Can Double as Salads or Dips!

The following 3 recipes are great, because they can be used 3 ways: as sandwich fillings, as salads and as dips. Chop more coarsely for the salad, or blend in a food processor for the dip. Easy!

The Secret to the Most Tender Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry

Everyone loves a good soft beef stir fry. Succulent, tender meat strips, fresh vegetables and a glossy, sticky sauce – fingerlicking good! Here’s my secret to getting it right every time without any additives!

One Pot Wonder: Spaghetti Meatballs

If you love your spaghetti and meatballs, but hate washing up all the pots and pans afterwards, this meal is for you. All you need to cook this 1 pot wonder is a pan!

22+ Quick Meals with Mince

I love mince. It’s easy to use and versatile in terms of the shapes and flavours it can take on. Check out the collection of 22+ mince recipes!

A truth or two about flavour enhancers (numbered in 600s)

Flavour enhancers are added to many foods to make them taste stronger, so are they bad for you? It was only a week or so ago that I bought a packet of chips (yes, I did, naughty me!). The packaging more or less claimed “the flavour would hit me”. And […]

A truth or two about antioxidants (numbered in 300s)

Well, you might have heard that antioxidants are good for you. While naturally occurring antioxidant properties found in berries, green tea and kidney beans may have a positive effect on maintaining healthy heart function amongst other things, antioxidants found in foods as additives are (again) produced in a lab from, […]

A truth or two about preservatives (numbered in 200s)

Engineered (yes, in a lab!) to prolong shelf life of many foods, preservatives are linked to asthma and can be found in soft drinks, processed meats, chips, butter and margarines, dried fruits, wine and ice cream. In drinks a combination of sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate (212) and ascorbic acid […]

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