We have a question for you on International Carrot Day.
Hands up who was told when they were kids, and now tell your own children, that eating carrots helps you to see in the dark?
Come on, we have all done it right?
Granted, if it got us and our children to eat more vegetables, then it didn’t matter if it was true or not, which is just as well because it’s a big fat myth.
Ah, Mother’s Day, the time of year when restaurants and pubs across the UK rub their hands with glee at the thought of a fully booked service.
For some, it may be the one of the few times of the year that they are full because, let’s face it, you can’t be choosy when you leave the booking until the last minute can you?
Not that we are speaking from experience though, honestly mum….
Do you know that Waffle Day is approaching?
When you think of waffles, what country springs to mind? The USA, Belgium?
Both countries are, of course, renowned for their waffles and in Belgium’s case, it’s in the name!
But, we actually have Sweden to thank for giving us waffle day. There it is known as ‘Vaffeldagen’. This is because it sounds similar to ‘Varfrudagen’, meaning ‘Our Lady’s Day’ or the Feast of the Annunciation which takes place on the 25th March to mark the beginning of spring.
So, who has given up something for Lent?
In the days before Veganuary, Dry January, Stoptober etc, the only time of the year when people tended to forgo nice things was Lent.
Of course, this six-and-a-half week period before Easter was originally a Christian tradition involving fasting, but like many things it has become commercialised and something to jump on the bandwagon about; St Patrick’s Day being just one of the many others that spring to mind (isn’t is amazing how many people suddenly enjoy drinking Guinness on 17th March?).
There are some strange food awareness days, National Tartar Sauce Day and National Melba Toast Day to name just a few hundred, but one day which deserves to be recognised is Plant Power Day.
Not so long ago, you would have recoiled at the thought of a day which is about eating plants, I mean what’s nice about digesting a conifer?
We are obviously now much better educated and of course we are talking about a vegan diet that focuses around foods derived from plant sources. This can include fruit, vegetables, grains, pulses, legumes, nuts and meat substitutes such as soy products.
The rise in meat-free plant-based diets is incredible.
With Pancake Day upon us, we wonder how many people will actually make their own pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?
The reason we ask is there are now so many pre-prepared versions, whether it is those where the mix is already made for you or where it’s just a case of putting the pancake in the oven or microwave and eating immediately.
We understand that in this busy world of ours that many people will now opt for these versions, but, and you would expect us to say this of course, there’s nothing better than making them from scratch.
At the start of Real Bread Week, let’s begin with a question.
True or false. The smell of freshly baked bread can help to sell a house?
Well, according to a recent survey, the answer is true.
In that survey, 86% of people said the smell of a house could be the difference between putting in an offer or not, with bread (35%) being the smell most likely to seal the deal.
It was world Nutella day earlier this week and the internet was awash with stories and recipes about this chocolate spread created by an Italian baker in the 1940s and now an international phenomenon.
Our favourite story was about how a member of the Royal family (we are guessing it was one of the younger ones and not the Queen) is rumoured to use Nutella as a face cream. There’s even a demonstration on one newspaper’s website – – who says hard news journalism is dead?
There’s also interesting facts like how Nutella outsells Marmite in the UK (is that a surprise?), that one jar of the spread is sold ever 2.5 seconds worldwide and that someone even invented a lock to stop people stealing his spread.
Chinese New Year is upon us again and chances are that if you are in any of the main UK supermarkets this weekend looking to stock up in time for 5th February (the official start of the year of the pig), you will be buying food made by our own fair hands.
Preparation for the 2019 Chinese New Year actually began in the development kitchen over a year ago and we’re already planning, believe it or not, for 2020. A year’s a long time in new product development!
But, back to this year.
Apparently, if you were born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2017 and 2019 (all years of the pig) you are in for an unlucky 12 months, but on that basis, let’s not put our fate in the hands of the zodiac and just concentrate on the food shall we?