Congratulations on becoming the custodian of your own garden space — or commiserations if you have reluctantly taken over a house or flat with a garden and you’re not yet a gardening fan. Gardening is an activity that has often been seen as something for the middle aged and elderly; something the young people in my family have always loathed by association with a grown-up activity, but there’s Read more ...
SOME HINTS ON COOKING WITH WINE
There are scores of ways in which wine is useful in the kitchen, but very few of them indeed call for particularly good-quality wine, and no way is more important than that of refreshing the cook! Cooking also calls for all sorts of awkward quantities of wine, usually considerably less than a full bottle. Some people keep a ‘cooking wine’ bottle by the stove regularly Read more ...
FOOD AND WINE
It is sad that people worry so much about matching wine with food, as it really matters so little. The only important aspect is that you enjoy it.
Even the best-known ‘rule’, which dictates that you must drink red wine with meat and white wine with fish, was made to be broken. Fish tends to be more delicate than meat. White wines tend to be more delicate than red and to have Read more ...
Balancing your diet
A good daily diet should include a variety of foods from each of four groups: fruit and vegetables (five portions); cereals, breads and grain products (four portions); milk and dairy products (two portions); and poultry, meat, fish, pulses and eggs (two portions).
How much protein?
Seventy-five grammes (2-1/2 oz) a day is plenty for most people's needs, and any normal, balanced Read more ...
Make room for raw food
Crisp salads, fresh fruit and crunchy raw vegetables should be part of everyone's daily diet. They are rich in vitamins that soon get lost in cooking and processing.
Cut down on cooking
Steam vegetables whenever possible, rather than boiling, to conserve vitamins. If you do boil them, use the least amount of water you can and keep it boiling briskly so that the cooking time Read more ...
OUT AT THE SHOPS
Try to do as much shopping as you can on a single weekly expedition and make a comprehensive shopping list. Keep a basic list of items you need regularly every week and add to it as you notice stocks getting low. Also add any ingredients called for in your weekly meal
Don't shop when you're hungry
You'll buy too much and go for things you feel like at the time, rather than ones that Read more ...
HOW TO TELL WHEN FRUIT IS RIPE
Sniff the stalk end: a sweet, heady scent means a melon is ready to eat. Alternatively, press the end and see if it gives slightly.
Feel for slight softness.
The centre leaves will pull out easily when the fruit is ripe.
Ripe bananas have yellow skins evenly speckled with small brown spots, and no trace of greenness. Don't Read more ...
Additives aren't all artificial
Do you automatically return a product to the shelves when you see E numbers on the label? If so, you could be missing out on some good buys. Not all additives are synthetic; in fact many are natural substances, and a product which is free of artificial extras could still list E numbers on its label. The trick is to know whether you're looking at friend or foe:
E100 Read more ...
SIMPLE WAYS TO SLIM
Work with your body
Treat it well, and your body will be an ally in the fight against fat.
Regular exercise can increase metabolic rate (the rate at which you burn up energy) and help you to stay slim.
Crash diets have the opposite effect: the body protects itself from starvation by conserving as much energy (and hence fat) as possible, and your metabolic rate could actually Read more ...
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