MUESLI

Muesli has evolved from a hippie-health-food that traditionalists referred to as ‘bird seed’ to a contemporary canvas upon which to create your own bespoke wellness breakfast. How times have changed; it’s hip to eat healthy now.Muesli is a mixture of rolled oats, grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruits and was developed around 1900 by a …

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When I first saw a dosa being brought to a neighbouring table at an Indian restaurant, I was both surprised and intrigued by its appearance and how it would be eaten. It is certainly a spectacular food, but it’s also fun to eat. You simply break pieces off and use it to scoop up mouthfuls …

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BLACK RICE Have you noticed a trend toward black foods, such as bread with charcoal, black seaweed, black sesame and squid ink? Perhaps this is because they are unusual, or because they look great and really ‘pop’ on the plate making for Instagram (black) gold. Black rice is another black food that is enjoying popularity …

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YAMS Living in Australia, my exposure to the celebration of Thanksgiving was through the American TV shows I watched growing up. I know turkey plays a central role on the thanksgiving table, but I also know candied yams are a traditional side-dish. As thanksgiving is coming, it got me thinking about yams, as I don’t …

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PLANTAINS  I once visited a friend and found a giant bunch of what I thought were bananas on her back patio. I learned they were actually plantains. A Filipino friend had given them to her from his own garden. She was keen to give some away as she had way too many and unsure what …

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CITRUS  I know its winter because the citrus trees in my neighbourhood are laden with fruit. The citrus fruit family has something for everyone, whether it be the sweet and juicy orange, the cute and easy to peel mandarin, the gorgeously fragrant lime, the cook’s favourite lemon or bittersweet grapefruit. Then there are the more …

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COUSCOUS  The past few months of diabolical difficulty have turned our focus toward survival. Carb-rich foods have come into their own as affordable, shelf-stable and easy to prepare staples (not to mention the mood boosting benefits). Pasta was one of the foods to disappear from my local supermarket shelves as a result of stockpiling. There …

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HOT CROSS BUNS  Hot cross buns are traditional Easter fare, despite the fact they seem to appear on supermarket shelves earlier every year, sometimes hot on the heels of Christmas! They sell like proverbial ‘hot cakes’ in my local store. Hot cross buns are a yeast-leavened sweet bread usually containing sultanas or currants and a …

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NOODLES  Noodles have long been a staple food in Asia and in parts of Europe (Poland and Hungary for example have a wide variety of noodles both egg and flour/egg flour potatoes noodles served with roasts, stews, sauces, soups). These days, their meal-in-minutes value has boosted their popularity – serving noodles with fish, chicken, tofu …

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BROCCOLI Broccoli is part of the brassica family of vegetables (also known as cruciferous vegetables) that includes cabbage and Brussels sprouts. It has been around since Roman times and still popular in Italy; the name comes from the Italian word broccoli meaning the flowering crest of a cabbage. We eat the large flowering head of …