Dec
03
2011
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What are the different ways to prepare and eat an orange?

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<div style=An orange is not the easiest fruit to prepare and eat without making a mess, and many ways have been devised to go about it. Bite and peel Without a knife your options are limited. You need to remove the peel, and the easiest place to start is the stalk end. Bite off a little [more...]

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Dec
10
2010
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Can you eat gold?

edible-gold.chocolateThe other day I heard someone saying that Gold is not worth investing in. After all, he said, if the financial system collapses you can’t eat gold, can you? Well, actually you can, unless you have a gold allergy. Many upmarket gourmet shops will sell you edible gold. It comes in several forms: dust, flakes [more...]

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Oct
03
2010
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Why is it so hard to make a diet work?

motivationA quick glance at any magazine stand or bookstore shows that there is an enormous industry devoted to creating diets. Each diet is promoted with some unique angle: the pineapple diet, the eco-Atkins diet, the high-protein diet, the eat all the chocolate you want diet, the negative calorie foods diet, the breakfast pigout diet, the [more...]

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Jul
20
2010
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What’s interesting about Italy?

italy-coliseum-rome-temple-venusRome is Italy’s largest city and its capital. Rome’s many historic sites include the Pantheon (the oldest intact Roman temple), the Temple of Vesta (with its Corinthian columns, and once guarded by the Vestal Virgins), and the Roman Coliseum (known in its heyday as the Flavian Amphitheater after the family name of emperors Vespasian and [more...]

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Jul
10
2010
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What foods are definitely (probably) good for you?

healthy-saladSome foods go in and out of fashion as “health foods”, others have their status change as new research becomes available. Here are some foods that are almost certainly healthy. Frozen peas Peas are rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, folate and vitamin B1. They are also good sources of dietary fiber and protein. [more...]

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Jul
04
2010
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Which foods are definitely (probably) healthy?

healthy-breakfastSome foods are regarded as “healthy” one year and “unhealthy” the next year, or the other way around. Sometimes this is due to food fashion, but sometimes (as in the case of eggs) it’s due to our increased understanding of nutrition. Here are some foods that are probably definitely healthy. Tomatoes An anti-oxidant called lycopene [more...]

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Mar
23
2010
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What is a savory, or better, a savoury, since you will be more likely to have one in England?

scotch-woodcockA savoury is the last course of a formal British dinner, served after dessert. You haven't been invited to a formal British dinner? I haven't been, either, but once at a seminar in a hotel in Marlow, savoury was on the table d'hôte menu, so I asked for it, to the surprise of the waiter. [more...]

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Mar
17
2010
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What do people eat for supper Monday evening?

farmhouse-hashWhere Sunday dinner is the special meal of the week, people often eat leftovers on Monday. Of course, if a ham or roast was served on Sunday, there could be enough meat left to reheat and serve as such, but often and in many countries there are very loose recipes for using leftovers, and they [more...]

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Mar
11
2010
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How do you make Quorn stir-fry?

rice-noodlesQuorn can be used instead of meat to make a vegetarian stir-fry. Here’s a delicious recipe. Ingredients Olive oil, 20ml Half a red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped Fresh ginger, a centimeter long, peeled and thinly sliced Half a red onion, chopped A clove of garlic, finely chopped Half a yellow or orange capsicum (bell [more...]

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Nov
27
2009
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How much salt is in breakfast cereals?

Grains of salt (photo by KevinDooley - CC-BY)The amount of salt in packaged breakfast cereals varies considerably. Sometimes cereals with lower sugar content have higher salt content, presumably in an attempt to “boost the flavor”. Here is the salt content of some products on sale in the UK in November 2009. In this list, “trace” means anything under 0.1%: Sainsburys Basics Corn [more...]

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