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Rapeseed Oil

Posted by Sharon Eason on 21 May 2013 | 0 Comments

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Am I the last person in the world to discover rapeseed oil?  I have been aware of the yellow fields for years now, but always believed the plants were used for animal fodder and the oil used for industrial purposes.  How wrong can you be?  Those fields of gold produce one of the highest quality oils for cooking that you could hope to find.

Rapeseed oil contains 50% less saturated fat than olive oil, is high in omega 3, 6 and 9 and is even believed to have cholesterol lowering properties as it contains plant sterols.  As if that is not enough to send you running to the shops, the taste of the cold-pressed variety is lighter than olive oil, it is less likely to cause home-made mayonaise to curdle and even has a higher burning temperature than other cooking oils.  No matter how hot the wok, you will not end up with that burnt taste that so often comes from over-heating other cooking oils.

I was first introduced to rapeseed oil at the Farm and More event in Harrogate earlier this year, when I was given a sample bottle of YOR lemon infused rapeseed oil.  From the first time I used it to fry an omelette I was hooked.  It became the oil of choice for stir-frys and fish dishes.  Then, at the East of England Show in Knebworth I bought a pack of three different cold-pressed infused rapeseed oils - lemon, thyme and a variety for stir-fry.  Try a little of the thyme version rubbed onto the breast of chicken before roasting - delicious!!

At the Spring Caravan and Camping Show at the NEC I was delighted to find that the demonstration on the Calor Gas stand included the use of rapeseed oil to cook the chicken thighs, but was surprised at how few people in the audience used the oil at home.  Alright it is a bit more expensive, but as it is home grown the more popular it becomes the price can only come down.

Give the local produce a go - you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Do you remember Dom Sci?

Posted by Sharon Eason on 27 February 2013 | 0 Comments

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Dom Sci or Home Ec – six letters to strike fear into the hearts of those of us who were teenagers in the 1950’s and 1960’s when the subjects were compulsory for the first three years of secondary school.

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Know What You're Eating

Posted by Sharon Eason on 4 February 2013 | 0 Comments

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It really has not been a good weekend for the big food producers.  Come to think of it, they have not had very good press for a couple of weeks now.  So what are you doing about it?  I sincerely hope that you are supporting your local butchers and enjoying not only the better quality of local food, but also the peace of mind of knowing exactly what you are eating.  Let's look at some of the issues in more detail.

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Microwave Alert

Posted by Sharon Eason on 12 December 2012 | 0 Comments

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Take a look at this information on a potential hazard when using a microwave.  Read the article carefully as it does point out that the phenomenon is rare and needs very specific conditions to occur.

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Perfect Pans - they really are

Posted by Sharon Eason on 12 September 2012 | 0 Comments

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At the Tastes of the World event at Fontwell Park in July, we bought a new pan from a company called Perfect Pans who were also exhibiting in the rain.  Although the event was near to Chichester in West Sussex, Perfect Pans are based in Nottingham.

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Why I don't show calorie count

Posted by on 5 July 2012 | 0 Comments

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At the recent Yorkshire Regional Meet, I was asked why I don't show the calorie value for each of the recipes.  I was also asked if the recipes are suitable for coeliacs and if the local Slimming World counsellor had approved them.  So, here is the long answer for everyone.

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What is Healthy Eating

Posted by on 27 June 2012 | 0 Comments

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An interesting discussion took place in the pub earlier this week all about healthy eating.  As most women in the group are trying with varying degrees of success to loose weight the pros and cons of vegetarian, low fat, low carb and calorie counting diets ensued. Having decided that, provided you don't go to extremes either reducing fat or reducing carbohydrates will work for most people, and both are easier than trying to calculate calories. The general agreement was not to follow the high fat 'Dr Atkins' versions, but simply to cut down on bread, potatoes, pastry, cakes, pasta and rice leaving the healthy fish, low fat meats and fresh vegetables. ...

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Genetics - or food faddies

Posted by on 3 May 2012 | 0 Comments

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The Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/9241088/Vegetarians-may-be-genetically-disposed-to-avoid-meat.html suggests that people who 'don't like the smell of meat' may be genetically programmed that way.  Fine, wonderful, but they should not be allowed to insist that everyone should become vegetarian, or imply that a vegetarian diet is in some way superior for the health of the nation. Personally, I am allergic to nickel.  Nickel is found in a huge range of vegetables, and so if I and many other people with a similar problem were to eat those foods, the result is an extremely unpleasant and persistent eczema.  How healthy is that? Why do we never see any articles about the negative effects of a vegan diet, or...

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A Big Thank you to Kelly from Food Matters

Posted by on 18 April 2012 | 0 Comments

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Kelly has kindly added five recipes this month, suitable for cooking on a BBQ.  They are all low fat recipes with loads of taste.  She has used Tabasco sauce and Dijon mustard, both of which come in small sizes suitable for storing in the caravan.  These meals look so tempting, I think they will be on my menu at home, especially when the weather improves and we can eat in the garden in the evening.  Once again, thank you Kelly.  A new recipe is published each month on http://www.foodmatters.co.uk/

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Coeliac Awareness Week - 14 - 20 May

Posted by on 17 April 2012 | 0 Comments

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Did you know that one in every hundred people has coeliac disease?  It is a condition which affects the immune system and has no cure, but is managed by diet.  Details of the disease and its management can be found on http://www.coeliac.org.uk. It strikes me that feeding yourself or your family with a gluten free diet should not be too difficult.  Choose recipes which are not based on bread, cakes, pastry or pasta and you really do not have a problem in knowing what is safe to eat.  Check out our recipe section and you will find plenty of really filling meals using fresh local produce which do not contain gluten. I...

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