Know your Sugar – Yes… we all know that too much sugar can seriously damage your health but, if you are hooked on its sweet taste, it’s difficult to resist the products that are swimming in it. But we all have to try that little bit harder if we want to stay healthy.
Food labelling has certainly got better over the last twenty years, but there are still plenty of unhelpful nutritional labels on the shelves that list sugar under the umbrella term of carbohydrate! Not helpful if you need to reduce your sugar for health or dietary reasons. All shoppers should question why there is no sugar value! Are they worried that displaying a high sugar value will affect sales? Why won’t they let shopper make an informed choice? Shop smart. Check the nutritional labels of comparable product or quickly scan it with Can I Eat It? iPhone app.
Rice like grapes has thousands of different varieties, but just as with grapes only relatively small number make it onto the supermarket shelves. Indeed like grapes certain types of rice grow better in different parts of the world than others. For example, the chardonnay grape produces its magic in Burgundy, France and the Risotto rice ‘struts its stuff’ in the Pavia region of Northern Italy. Is all Risotto rice the same? Not if you are a chef or a foodie.
Don’t let the shape fool you when buying your food cupboard condiments. Manufacturers know all about optical illusions, so don’t be conned by that long thin bottle standing next to the little dumpy one on the eye-level shelf. Most of us have tried and have been amazed that that tall glass of continental lager actually pours easily into a chubby pint mug.
There is a growing momentum in the restaurant world to promote umami, the natural flavour enhancer in some types of food, to the elevated position of the fifth taste! The first four are: sweet, salty, sour and bitter. Sorry guys. You are a thousand or so years too late. Food and drink’s fifth taste is – terroir!
Get your apron and cook this easy peasy veggie risotto. It will impress the non-veggies too. You can of course substitute any of the non-veggie ingredients that are listed below and achieve a similar tasty result. It takes such little time – so why not cook it!