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When you think of Japanese cuisine, savoury dishes like ramen, sushi and udon noodles might come to mind. But what about Japanese desserts? The Japanese were making desserts for centuries before sugar became widely available in their country. As a result, their most famous desserts are innovative and unique, based on the ingredients that were available at the time, like rice and sweet beans. When sugar did hit Japan’s shores in the 1860’s, the country went nuts for it. Today,...

  Christmas is a time of fun and enjoyment, a time when we see family that we don’t get to see often. It’s also a time when we enjoyed wonderful food and share gifts, and then there’s the traditional drinks. In the UK, we drink mulled wine, a wonderful winter warmer that leaves a satisfying feeling inside, and a variety of punch, often made with spices for that added kick. Sitting around a roaring fire with such a drink is a truly festive occasion, and one that everyone...

The effects that added sugars in food and drink can have on on children’s teeth has become more apparent in recent years, and as a result, there’s been a definite shift to us becoming a ‘sugar-free’ nation. Minimising the amount of sugar in our kids’ diets can be hugely beneficial: it doesn’t just help to protect the teeth, but assists with long term weight management, too, and helps to reduce the risk of childhood obesity. Unfortunately, the meaning of ‘sugar-free’...

Britain’s bakers of traditional handmade pies are getting together with private courier delivery services to ensure that pies by post arrive on the very day you order them, ensuring their freshest and most mouth-watering condition. In fact, when you order pies by post, the bakers and courier services frequently exceed the standards set by the Post Office for the delivery of perishable and chilled foods such as pies. Post Office standards According to the Post Office,...

  They may be working behind the scenes, but you can almost guarantee that professional chefs are wearing their classic uniform when they are in the kitchen. Companies that cater to chefs, like Chef Works (chefworks.com.au) know all about combining style and function to create the perfect uniform. The Chef Uniform There is more to a full uniform than the puffy white hat we all recognize as the symbol of the chef. The hat, more technically known as a toque blanche, has been...

  Let’s say you’ve just won the recent Mega Millions $449 million jackpot. You can afford to buy almost anything and you certainly can afford to eat anywhere – even in the most expensive restaurants.  Right? While you may still want to settle for a moderately priced restaurant, you may want to think about affording yourself a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience at one (or two) of the most expensive restaurants in the world. Indulge yourself. You deserve it! In case...

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  Have you been flipping through magazines and watching home decorating shows for months looking for inspiration to bring your drab dining room into an inviting space for the 21st century? Follow these tips from the professionals and you’ll be entertaining happy crowds in your new dining room in no time. If your dining room is within a site line of the kitchen, living room or foyer, you’ll want the new décor to complement those rooms to avoid a clash of styles.  The...

Reduced fat doesn’t have to mean reduced flavour, whether you’re preparing a sweet treat for a weeknight or hosting a dinner party for big group of friends. According to the most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey by Public Health England, most people in the UK eat more than their recommended amount of saturated fat, which has been linked to higher LDL-cholesterol levels. It’s been found that replacing saturated fat in the diet with unsaturated fat can lower cholesterol...

When preparing your foodie masterpieces at home, the last thing you need to worry about is clutter and disorganisation slowing you down. After all, cooking should be a pleasure, not a chore. With these simple organisational tips, you’ll be able to maximise the pleasure of cooking and eating, while minimising time spent on setting up and cleaning. Storage Firstly, review what storage you have available and whether you are using it to its full capacity. For example, do you...

Calcium and vitamin D are the two main nutrients that help us keep strong and healthy bones. If you do not have enough daily intake of these vitamins, the risk of being diagnosed with osteoporosis in your 50s or 60s becomes higher. In order to consume a sufficient daily amount of these two vitamins, you must eat plenty of foods that are rich with vitamin D and calcium. Most of the calcium-rich foods can be found in these six foods. Yogurt Your daily calcium intake can be satisfied...

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