Sunday, 18 March 2012

'American Way of Eating' reveals few surprises

2012-03-18 THE American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table (Scribner), by Tracie McMillan: An author who writes about going "undercover" at Walmart or a migrant farm sets up expectations that she is...

Sunday, 11 March 2012

The macaroon master's unexpected secrets - raspberry and chilli?

2012-03-11 SOME call him the king of cakes. Vogue dubbed him the "Picasso" of pastry. Whatever the moniker, Pierre Herme, who started as a humble apprentice at the venerable French patisserie Lenotre, is right at the top of his game.In Japan, where...

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Pita bread: The new versatile snack

2012-03-04 LOOKING for a new snack or bored with white bread?Try pita bread.Ali Amin, an Iranian, demonstrated the art of making the delectable Middle-Eastern fare at the Bread Affair, a community event recently organised by the Disted School of Hospitality...

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Italian chef's stars shine in Hong Kong

2012-02-26 UMBERTO Bombana's distinctive flair for refined, regional Italian cuisine has taken him around the world and earned his Hong Kong restaurant three Michelin stars in 2011, within just two years of opening.After more than a year of soul-searching...

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Not all apples grown are equal

2012-02-19 SOME years ago, the apple industry worldwide was in trouble. Consumers were turning away soft, old apples. The eating quality of the fruit was inconsistent.Somewhere along the delivery chain, decisions were made for the wrong reasons.Logistic...

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Barbara Kafka: Always ahead of the culinary curve

2012-02-12 FOR more than 30 years, Barbara Kafka has been telling people in no uncertain terms how to cook in the moment. In every book, in every appearance, she urged American home cooks to be bold, fearless and confident. Even more, she championed...

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Palm oil healthier choice for cooking

2012-02-05 PALM oil is slowly changing its less favourable perception to one that signifies an overall better choice in the kitchen, where it is most commonly used as cooking oil.Derived from the pulp of the oil palm fruit, palm oil like all vegetable oils...

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Top chefs go back to basics Top chefs go back to basics

2012-01-29 WILD herbs, leaves and even giant ants and tarantulas are in demand by the world's top chefs who are putting a renewed focus on traditional recipes and the use of locally sourced raw ingredients.A number of leading chefs at this week's Madrid Fusion...

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Back to basics: Baking tools

2012-01-22 HAVE you ever wondered which cup should you use when a recipe calls for a cup of sugar? Or what are the basic tools when baking a cake?A successful baker must have the right equipment to transform raw ingredients into a perfect cake. Here are some...

Sunday, 15 January 2012

New strawberries pop out of school lab

2012-01-15 DO YOU want to suckle on "Lennon" or "Forever" at the strawberry fields of the mountains in Benguet?Lennon and Forever, both associated with the Beatles song, "Strawberry Fields Forever," are among the names being floated for a promising variety of...

Sunday, 8 January 2012

How to buy chocolates

2012-01-08 CHOCOLATE is exceptionally affordable as a gourmet food when compared to gourmet cheeses, wines, truffles, the list goes on.In the supermarket, an average bar of chocolate at 100g costs no more than RM20 ($8.22), compared to the worlds most...

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Cookbook offers Mandela's favourites

2012-01-01 COOKBOOKS are now competing with more serious works on Nelson Mandela in South African bookshops, after the icon's personal chef has published a collection of her choicest dishes.Xoliswa Ndoyiya's book, "Ukutya Kwasekhaya (home cooking) Tastes...

Sunday, 25 December 2011

A head start with breakfast

2011-12-25 DESPITE the oft-touted benefits of breakfast, one in three children in Malaysia has a tendency to skip breakfast, according to local findings."That's 30 per cent of the children's population. In other words, about three million children...

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Chef Wan wins regional accolades

2011-12-18 AFTER winning so many accolades for his culinary expertise, celebrity Chef Wan added another two more awards. This from the prestigious National Critics Choice award in Singapore.He received "The Life Time Achievement - South East Asia Cuisine"...

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Tea houses taking a cue from Oriental medicine

2011-12-11 MANY acquainted with traditional Korean medicine tend to associate it with herbal remedies, brewed over long periods of time into generally bitter preparations.Children prescribed those concoctions often resort to all manner of tactics to mask that...

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Steaking out the competition

2011-12-04 IT'S not often that I cook large chunks of meat, mostly because I don't believe we really have many great butchers here in Brunei. I could be wrong and if anyone has one to recommend outside of Supasave, please, please, email me! I really like the...

Sunday, 27 November 2011

US chef hopes to win over Gallic gourmets

2011-11-27 A US mathematician who used to work for Microsoft is hoping to win over Gallic gastronomes, as he takes his "modernist" cooking methods to the home of traditional gourmet cuisine.Defying critics, chef Nathan Myhrvold (pictured) is about to publish a...

Sunday, 20 November 2011

China campaigns against dog meat

2011-11-20 SOME Chinese animal welfare groups are challenging an old Chinese tradition that has a history thousands of years old eating dogs.Citing health reasons and animal rights, the groups are resorting to advertisements and social campaigns to persuade...

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Commercial diet schemes better than doctors' help

2011-11-06 COMMERCIAL weight-loss programmes such as Weight Watchers and Slimming World are more effective and cheaper than family doctor-based services led by specially trained staff, according to the findings of a study published on Friday.With a global...

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Mix and match pasta at Villa Mauri

2011-10-23 AS AN avid fan of Italian food especially pasta when I was small, I have tried and tasted the most delicious one that I could find in Brunei. But I never had the chance to taste a genuine pasta made by an Italian chef using ingredients straight from...