Food

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Genetically modified wheat found in US

2014-09-28 UNREGULATED genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in state of Montana, the Agriculture Department said Friday. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for US farming, and the...

Nobu to open restaurant in Qatar

2014-09-28 JAPANESE celebrity Chef Nobu Matsuhisa (pictured) is expanding his restaurant empire and will be adding Qatar to his footprint in the Middle East, when he opens Nobu Doha at the Four Seasons.   Set to open by the end of the year, the 2,400 square...

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Peace feast

2014-09-21 PEACE is turned into a feast at Conflict Kitchen London, a moveable restaurant with a conscience. The pop-up eatery, launched ahead of the International Day of Peace on September 21, is serving traditional food from Myanmar, Jordan and Peru to...

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Peach: Fruit of immortality

2014-09-14 PEACHES – whether eaten fresh from the tree or in treats like pie, jam and ice cream – have been enjoyed for a long, long time, but no one knew just for how long, until now.   Scientists say an analysis of well-preserved ancient peach pits traces...

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Feeding Japan’s sunset generation

2014-09-07 BACK in 1960, Japan’s Kewpie Corp began selling canned baby food, sensing a chance to catch a wave of young families raising kids in an economy roaring back to growth after the devastation of WWII. Almost 55 years later, the Tokyo-based company...

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Malaysian food for the ages

2014-08-31 GUINEA pig curry – this was one of the dishes my mother remembers eating in 1957. She was 16 and studying at a boarding school in Penang at the time, and these rodents – which were fed the core of the banana tree trunk – were bred specifically for...

Sunday, 3 August 2014

What a pavlova!

2014-08-03 IT FEELS like everyone and their mother is making pavlova these days. I remember back in the 1970s, when my late sister Elizabeth first went to Australia to study and came back with a strange plastic egg-shaped dome – White Wings’ Pavlova Magic –...

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Cooking from your bag of tricks

2014-07-27 EVERY cook is advised to have a bag of tricks with recipes for simple but impressive dishes that they know are fail-proof and can be whipped up at a moment’s notice.   Knowing how to roast chicken is a good skill to have. Even in a rice-eater’s...

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Wajik still a popular snack

2014-07-20 WAJIK is a traditional sweet dish made of steamed sticky glutinous rice, flavoured with palm sugar, coconut milk and a few knotted pandan leaves.   The Indonesians call it wajik ketan and it can be found in most traditional markets. Ketan means...

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Grain of nutrition

2014-06-29 GRAINS are essential components of our diet and there are many types of grains to choose from. However, not all grains are made the same. Ever since our ancestors discovered agriculture, grains have played an important role in delivering the...

Sunday, 15 June 2014

KitKat lets rail passengers inJapan use chocolate bars as tickets

2014-06-15 WOULDN’T train travel be more fun if you could pay in chocolate rather than buying a ticket?   If that sounds like your thing then head to Japan, where travellers using the Sanriku Railway network can now use KitKats as train passes.   The...

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Food is the word

2014-05-25 IT’S taken a while for editors at Merriam-Webster dictionary to legitimise it, but the Frankenstein-ish, cannibalising American holiday dish that stuffs a boneless chicken into a boneless duck into a boneless turkey has finally been recognised as a...

McDonald’s UK invites customers to create their next burger

2014-05-25 COMPETITORS can build their virtual sandwich by adding ingredients from a shortlist of items such chorizo sausage, pepperoni, nacho chips, brie, cheese and bacon sauce, guacamole, Piri Piri sauce, jalapenos and pineapple rings on the site My Burger...

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Michelin-starred Japanese chef fears loss of traditional food

2014-05-18 JAPANESE food is now widely available around the world, and washoku – traditional cooking – was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO last year. But Murata fears that even though sushi has become near-universal, appreciation for...

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Genetically modified foods confuse

2014-05-11 GENETICALLY modified foods have been around for years, but most Americans have no idea if they are eating them. The Food and Drug Administration says they don’t need to be labeled. But in the first major victory for consumers who say they have the...

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Turkey uses pistachios to heat eco-city

2014-04-20 PISTACHIOS are already a key ingredient in Turkish baklava, but the country may now have found a new way to exploit the nuts known as “green gold” – by using their shells to heat a new eco-city. Officials are currently examining plans to build the...

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Drinking caffeine could benefit Alzheimer’s patients

2014-04-13 FRENCH and German researchers earlier this week said they had found evidence in the lab to back theories that drinking caffeine has a preventive effect on Alzheimer’s disease.   In mice, regular doses of caffeine inhibited the growth of “tau”, a...

US eatery claims to serve ‘last true chicken sandwich’

2014-04-13 THE same company that owns KFC is quietly testing out a premium chicken sandwich restaurant in the US that’s being widely seen as an aggressive strike against Chick-fil-A.   Opened in Arlington, Texas, Super Chix bills itself as the place to find...

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Bread lesson from a master

2014-04-06 THERE are few things more satisfying than biting into a freshly made, aromatic, crispy outside and soft inside slice of perfectly baked bread. We are talking about real bread, the stuff of substance, not your airy, spongy bread with no soul or...

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Brazilian named world's best female chef

2014-03-30 BOOKINGS at Helena Rizzo’s (pic) Sao Paulo restaurant Mani are about to fill up now that the Brazilian has been named the best female chef in the world.   After being named the best female chef in Latin America last year, Rizzo was promoted to...

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