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  • Eating all 5 food groups daily

    Eating all 5 food groups daily

    I get rather tired of all the advice and guidelines the food police keep drumming into us:eat less butter, cream and red meat: cut down on salt – no more than six grams a day; eat plenty of oily fish, drink water instead of fizzy drinks; and now,...

  • Food-ban chefs turning to ‘Parmigiano-Belarussiano’

    Food-ban chefs turning to ‘Parmigiano-Belarussiano’

    Facing a ban on Italian Parmesan cheese, chefs in Moscow have discovered a new source for fine Parmigiano-Reggiano: Belarus. No sooner had Moscow banned dairy, meat, vegetables and fruit from most Western countries in response to sanctions over...

  • British brewing industry ‘in excellent health’

    British brewing industry ‘in excellent health’

    Britain has more breweries per head of population than any other country in the world after a continuing trend of growth, according to a new study. The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) reported that 170 new breweries have started up in the UK in the...

  • S. African citrus growers suspend some EU exports due to fungus

    South African citrus producers will voluntarily suspend exports to the EU in order to comply with EU standards against a fungal disease infecting the skin of some of their fruit, an industry body said this week. The Citrus Growers Association of...

  • New York winemakers vie with France’s top Merlot producers

    New York winemakers vie with France’s top Merlot producers

    Long Island wineries are smaller, younger and have less experience than their French counterparts, but some local vintners think the Merlot wines they produce compare favourably with those made in Bordeaux. Many different types of grapes flourish...

  • French apple growers face loss of revenue

    French apple growers face loss of revenue

    French apple growers are facing a sharp drop in revenue this year due to Russia’s restrictions on food imports from Western countries. With the EU’s second-largest apple producer Poland unable to export its usual 700,000 tons of the fruit per...

  • Lesser-known reds pressed

    Lesser-known reds pressed

    Noble red grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are just three of the red grape varieties that are being pressed at the Delicata winery this harvest period. These varieties are by far the most famous and thus widely planted...

  • White chocolate and Bailey’s mousse with vanilla ice cream

    White chocolate and Bailey’s mousse with vanilla ice cream

    Ingredients For the white chocolate and Bailey’s mousse350ml Bailey’s70ml milk1.2kg white chocolate35g gelatine1litre cream For the chocolate glacé1.5 litres water4.5kg sugar1.5kg cocoa powder250g gelatine leaves2.625 litres cream For the vanilla...

  • Moroccan farmhouse minestrone

    Moroccan farmhouse minestrone

    Serves 4 Ingredients4 tbsps olive oil1 garlic clove, crushed100g butter beans, soaked overnight1 small turnip, cut into cubes2 celery sticks, cut into cubes1 fennel bulb, shredded120g cabbage, cut into strips100g cannellini beans, soaked...

  • Gateau Pithivier

    Gateau Pithivier

    Ingredients For the frangipane3 eggs115g caster sugar115g butter, softened80g ground almonds30g ground pistachios1 tbsp plain flour For the gateau450g puff pastry2 tbsps raspberry jam1 egg yolk, to glaze30g icing sugar Method Preheat the oven to...

  • How peaches were domesticated

    How peaches were domesticated

    Peaches fresh from the tree or in treats like pie, jam and ice cream have been enjoyed by people for a long, long time. But, until now, it was not clear just how long it has been. Scientists said an analysis of well-preserved ancient peach pits...

  • Veal skewers with speck

    Veal skewers with speck

    Ingredients500g veal loin, cleaned10 slices thin speck0.5g French mustardSeasoning Method Cut the veal loin into a thickness of 5cm lengthwise. Roll in cling film and place in fridge to set. Put the speck slices next to each other for the length...

  • Deep fried mozzarella with fried rucola and tomato jam

    Deep fried mozzarella with fried rucola and tomato jam

    IngredientsMozzarella fior di latteBreadcrumbs CornflakesFlourEggRucolaHoneySesame seedsTomatoesSun-dried tomatoesSugarChilli flakesFresh basilOil for frying Method Start by doing the jam. Put the tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, chilli...

  • Chocolate makers devour substitutes

    Chocolate makers devour substitutes

    Chocolate makers in the fast-growing Asian market are replacing a bigger proportion of cocoa butter, which gives confectionery its melt-in-the-mouth texture, with cheaper palm oil-based alternatives. The move will help confectioners keep down...

  • ‘There is money in the ground’

    ‘There is money in the ground’

    College graduate Omatayo Adeniyi stands in a humid tropical forest of southwest Nigeria and explains why he chose cocoa farming over a white collar job in the city. “There is money in the ground. The future is bright. I hope to make one ton of...

  • Coffee’s genetic secrets percolated

    Coffee’s genetic secrets percolated

    If you prefer your genetic research to be rich, bold, flavourful, steaming hot and with a bit of a kick, try a mug full of this: scientists have deciphered the coffee genome and found genetic secrets that may make your cup of coffee even better in...

  • An optional excursion

    An optional excursion

    Ed eats Chez AmandTriq il-Qbajjar,Qbajjar,MarsalfornTel: 2156 1188 Food: 7/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7/10 Finally, summer is shaking its resolve. Its purpose this year was to turn me into a puddle and it came very close to...

  • Hit the beach one last time

    Hit the beach one last time

    With the end of summer holidays on the horizon, and back to work for many, perhaps there is time for one last glorious day at the beach. Make it a party. Avoid the fast food stalls. Don’t think about going home to eat. Instead, plan a portable...

  • Napa quake winery damage nears $50m

    Napa quake winery damage nears $50m

    Napa officials estimated the financial cost of damage to wineries and agriculture at $48 million (€36 million). Around 120 wine and agriculture businesses suffered at least some damage in the quake. The figure is expected to rise. The initial...

  • New luxury vodka launched in Malta

    New luxury vodka launched in Malta

    Absolut Elyx, the new luxury vodka from Absolut, was recently launched in Malta by Farsons Beverage Imports Co. Ltd. Guests at the Club Lounge in Haywharf, Valletta, were served the vodka on the rocks and mixed in delicious cocktails. They were...

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