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Use By, Best Before, Baked On…should we be tossing out so much food?

Labelling on foods can be confusing at the best of times. With star ratings, health claims, ingredients lists, percentage daily intake information, additive codes, marketing slogans and celebrity images all vying for our attention as we are rushing up and...

Why is good nutrition advice essential in the health and fitness industry?

Having worked in the health and fitness industry for over 25 years, I feel well justified in expressing my opinion about the essential role sound nutrition information plays in the health and fitness industry. A large portion of my early...

Canned Tuna: fishy business

Australia – a land surrounded by beautiful oceans abundant with sea life. No wonder fish and seafood dominates our restaurant menus and enjoys a feature role in our celebratory meals shared with family and friends at Christmas time, summer holidays...

Spaghetti all’Amatriciana: a tribute to food traditions

  For those who have visited Italy and travelled a little bit off the beaten track, into the regional towns and villages, you would appreciate how beautiful and special these communities are. One such village, Amatrice, fell victim to the...

The Cow, The Oat, The Soy or The Goat? Which milk is best?

One of the most prevalent food staple in everyone's fridge is milk! From the day we were born, we are pretty much conditioned to include this creamy white liquid in our daily diet. We all know that calcium is crucial...

Slow Food Series: Amalfi Lemons

In this edition of Slow Food features, we will take a look at the traditional method of cultivating the famous Amalfi lemon. Here we will see that sometimes the only reward for years of hard labour, sweat and grit is...

Slow Food Series: Food of the Cinque Terre

In this series of food stories, I will share wonderful food traditions around the globe that will inspire us all about how food can enrich our health and our lives . One of the richest and most generous food countries is undeniably...

Meat: a chewy topic…….

For the dedicated carnivores amongst us, there's nothing more delectable than a tender portion of medium rare steak, with juices oozing, rich aromas wafting and mutterings of "cuts like butter….just falls apart" completing the perfect picture.  For the seemingly growing...

raw versus cooked: eating clean

We have all become a little obsessed with eating ‘clean’ these days. I actually love the term ‘clean food’. Yes, definitely, I want to eat clean food! I’m not a huge fan of ‘dirty’ food! The five second rule doesn’t...

Slow food explained….

Since spending so much time in Italy over the past six years I have witnessed and experienced what I now understand is the Slow Food movement that embraces the country. When I first heard the term casually thrown into sparodic...

The Sugar Debate: sticky business…

There has been much hype surrounding the so-called modern-day demon of western diets, sugar. High profile journalists, chefs and other media personalities have made extraordinary amounts of money promoting best-selling books on the dangers of sugar and our immediate need...

Butter versus Margarine: and the winner is……….?

The debate surrounding whether butter or margarine is better has been ongoing, with the scales tipping in favour of one, and sometimes neither, over the decades. Clearly, butter comes from cows and is therefore considered a more natural product. It...