Frozen Asian food: great for flavour

April 27, 2016 10:24 am

There is nothing bland about Asian food. Whether you are tucking into a samosa or a Thai curry, each bite is full of punchy flavour that will leave your taste buds tingling. The question is, how do you keep that flavour locked in? Is freezing it really the best way to go?

Keeping flavour locked in for longer

Frozen food gets a bad rap. There is a widespread myth that it is not good for you, when in reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Chief Executive of the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), Brian Young, states, ‘Freezing doesn’t damage food — it preserves vitamins and minerals. Within three days of vegetables being pulled from the ground, 80 per cent of vitamin C is naturally lost from them, and most ‘fresh’ food has a useful nutritional lifespan of up to five days.’

3 European food trends to look out for in 2016

April 20, 2016 10:43 am

The culinary world is constantly changing, shaped by individual tastes, the availability of certain foods and which foodstuffs are currently fashionable at any given time. Not only is the food we eat subject to trends, but our attitudes to food and the way in which we eat are also influenced by these changes. For example, the rise of on-demand media services like Netflix mean that people are actually cutting back on eating meals in front of screens. as the ability to catch-up on their favourite shows later allows them to “switch off” and be more sociable at mealtimes. Social media also plays a huge part in determining food trends. Services such as Instagram and Pinterest provide amateur foodies with new platforms on which to showcase homemade dinners or fancy restaurant meals. As a result, food has become another way for people to express themselves.

The story of curry – and how it became the UK’s national dish

April 14, 2016 8:11 am

The Brits love a good curry, so much so that it is often touted as the national dish - and with 23 million people reportedly eating curry on a regular basis, it’s hard to disagree. So where did it come from and how did it become such a national favourite? Let’s take a closer look at this spicy classic.Where the word

Where the word curry comes from

The word originally came from the Tamil word “Kari” and was later anglicised into “curry”. In India, curry refers to a gravy or stew dish. Typically these dishes contain the Indian spice mix garam masala along with ginger, chilli, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and sometimes onion and garlic, but they can be made up of many things.The original curry

The original curry

Curry has been around a while, with even our prehistoric ancestors seemingly partial to a dish of highly...

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Korean food – regions, history and tradition

April 6, 2016 3:00 pm

Korean food is influenced heavily by a mixture of ancient traditions, the natural environment, social trends and religion. It is spicy and diverse and has evolved over time to produce globally recognised dishes, such as kimchi, that are heralded for their health benefits.


North and South Korea form a peninsula that extends from the north-eastern border of China into the ocean, parallel to Japan. Korea’s cuisine is inspired by the agriculture and the seas surrounding it, namely the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan. South Korea’s fertile plains are perfect for growing rice, a staple grain that accompanies most meals, and the seas are rich with tasty seafood like king crab and squid.

Food is the best medicine

Many Koreans hold the ancient belief that food is the best medicine. This philosophy has not died out over time, and it is widely believed that...

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