Food | GG2.Net Food | GG2.Net 2017-05-29 en // Garavi Gujarat <![CDATA[Rajah Spices launches its delicious new range of Heat & Stir Dals]]>
A delicious dal is a cornerstone of Asian households and nothing quite comes close to tucking into a hot dal with rotis, chapatis or rice in these cold winter days. But after a long hard day at work, just thinking about coming home and cooking makes you tired…now thanks to Rajah Spices’ newly launched Heat & Stir range of dals, you can enjoy your favourite dal dishes without the stresses of cooking. Rajah Spices have worked tirelessly to ensure that their delicious Dal Ma]]>
<![CDATA[In India, remote villages hold fast to food traditions]]>
THE northeastern Indian region of Meghalaya is rich in native food traditions. Sandwiched between Bangladesh and Bhutan, and with Myanmar to its east, Meghalaya is a lush, hilly area of forests and lakes, with high rainfall, spectacular waterfalls and "living" bridges woven from trees that attract local tourism. Yet many of its villages are remote, with few main roads or other means of access.   Their inaccessibility has helped preserve many traditional food customs, fr]]>
<![CDATA[India regulator says no change in Maggi noodle recall despite Goa's OK]]>
MAGGI noodles remained subject to a recall order in India after the country's federal food safety regulator declined to change its stance on the popular snack, despite Goa state finding no evidence of the excess lead detected by another state.   The federal regulator said on Wednesday (August 5) it had not given any clean bill of health on the safety of Maggi noodles, made by an offshoot of foods group Nestle SA, and the Goa test reports would not have any bearing on June']]>
<![CDATA[Mealworms, algae make a tasty dish at London fest]]>
INDIA Knight and Danny Jack use meal worms, algae, tree sap and homegrown flowers in a delicious spread served in a tree house to get their customers thinking about where their food comes from and its impact on the planet.   In a project subsidised by the global health foundation, the Wellcome Trust, Knight, a micro-biologist by training, and Jack were cooking 40 covers twice a day from a make-shift kitchen at the base of a tree at the Shuffle Film Festival in an East London park]]>
<![CDATA[In the land of milk and honey, Israelis turn vegan]]>
NANA Shrier, owner of the stylish Georgian restaurant Nanuchka in downtown Tel Aviv, shocked Israel's culinary world when she removed all animal-based products from the menu. A year later business is thriving, defying those who predicted its demise.   Nanuchka is part of a growing trend that has transformed Israel's financial centre into a haven for meatless cuisine. Some 400 food establishments are certified "vegan friendly", including Domino's Pizza, the f]]>
<![CDATA[Indian researchers cook up low-fat ghee]]>
SCIENTISTS in India have developed a low-fat version of ghee that cuts the cholesterol content by 85 per cent in a move that could give a much-needed boost to fitness levels, a senior researcher said on Thursday (July 16).   Ghee, a form of clarified butter, is a staple of Indian cooking and also used in traditional medicines and as an offering during religious festivals.   But with studies showing three-quarters of Indians have high levels of bad cholesterol, or tri]]>
<![CDATA[US phenomenally thirsty for wine: experts]]>
THE US wine market, already the world's biggest, still has "phenomenal" potential for growth if handled with care, US wine professionals said this week at the world's leading wine fair, Vinexpo.   "We are a young thirsty nation," one expert said, referring to the 370 million cases of wine guzzled in 2014 - 25 per cent of them imported - as well as the steady growth in wine consumption in the last two decades, which is expected to see an 11 per cent hik]]>
<![CDATA[Tipple of Roman emperors, Serbian wines make a comeback]]>
LEGEND has it that Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Probus never let his soldiers sit idle, so in peacetime he put them to work planting vineyards in the rolling hills of Alma Mons, present-day Fruska Gora in northern Serbia.   Over the centuries, winemaking became a noble and lucrative business across the western Balkans. Two world wars, communist-era neglect and a decade of turbulence at the close of the 20th century devastated the industry, but in Serbia there are green shoots of]]>
<![CDATA[India orders safety checks on Nestle's Maggi noodles]]>
  INDIA'S food minister on Wednesday (June 3) ordered safety checks on Nestle India's Maggi instant noodles after regional food inspectors said the test batches of the popular snack were found to contain dangerous levels of lead.   The Swiss-based food giant has challenged the findings since the results of a first test in Uttar Pradesh hit the headlines last week.   But the city government of India's capital on Wednesday slapped a 15-day ban on M]]>
<![CDATA[Wine-loving France follows British lead on storing best wines]]>
IN WINE-LOVING France, owners of fine bottles have ironically adopted a practice started in neighbouring Britain that helps ensure the old French adage, "life is too short to drink bad wine".   Britain's connoisseurs have long entrusted their best tipple to private firms for safe keeping.   The idea only crossed the Channel to France, which produces much of the great wine that interests collectors, when a well-heeled Asian clientele started driving up p]]>
<![CDATA[Dutch saltwater potatoes offer hope for world's hungry]]>
A SMALL field on an island off the Netherlands' northern coast promises one answer to the problem of how to feed the world's ever-growing population: potatoes and other crops that grow in saltwater.   Every day, swathes of farmland somewhere in the world become unusable because of salty soil, but farmers here on windswept Texel are finding solutions using traditional methods.   The team headed by farmer Mark van Rijsselberghe has planted around 30 types of po]]>
<![CDATA[World's diet goes unhealthy, finds study]]>
THE world's diet has deteriorated substantially in the last two decades, a leading nutrition expert said on Monday (February 23), citing one of the largest studies available on international eating habits. Poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are seeing the fastest increases in unhealthy food consumption, while the situation has improved slightly in Western Europe and North America, said Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tuft]]>
<![CDATA[Humble snack goes gourmet in Spain's tapas revolution]]>
LONG taken for granted as a mere bar snack, Spain's humble tapas has graduated from the neighbourhood cafe to the realm of haute cuisine. Inspired by its simplicity and versatility, top Michelin-starred chefs are taking on the traditional finger-food to whet the appetite, or making a meal of it with tapas-only restaurants. “Tapas used to be considered something common and almost second-rate,” says Angel Moreton, head of the International School of Gastronomy in Valla]]>
<![CDATA[Burgundy vintage unveiled in top market Britain]]>
THE big names in Burgundy wines unveiled their first 2013 vintage last week in Britain, their main export market, with tasters gathered at the majestic Institution of Civil Engineers in London branding it a "good year". "It's not a great year but it's a good year," said influential British taster Jancis Robinson, a veteran of "Burgundy Week", held annually in January. "It's a success as no-one during the season believed it would be,"]]>
<![CDATA[Brewer recreates old Belgian beer found in shipwreck]]>
A FINNISH brewery has recreated a Belgian beer from bottles that sank 170 years ago on a merchant ship in the Baltic Sea, giving connoisseurs a chance to taste the tipple of their great-great-great-grandfathers. The brew was reproduced thanks to elaborate research by Finnish and Belgian scientists who teamed up after the wreckage was discovered off Finland's Aaland Islands in 2010. Divers exploring 12 metres (40 feet) down found only five bottles of beer next to 145 champagne bo]]>
<![CDATA[In France, kebabs get wrapped up in identity politics]]>
IN A COUNTRY whose national identity is so closely connected to its cuisine, France  has seized on a growing appetite for kebabs as proof of cultural “Islamisation”. Four kebab houses opened last month in Blois, bringing the total to over a dozen in the pretty Loire valley town where tourists come to see the castle. The far-right National Front party railed: “The historical centre of Blois, the jewel of French history, is turning into an Oriental city”. ]]>
<![CDATA[Future of food served up in Paris]]>
ACAI, kimchi, black garlic and yuzu juice: countries are vying to conquer global plates, and palates, with their homegrown specialities at the International Food Fair which opened in Paris on Sunday (October 19). From Brazil to South Korea, 105 countries boasting 400,000 products were present at the fair, which offers a window into the future of food, from traditional know-how that could make its way onto modern plates, to high-tech inventions. And after a few lethargic years due to]]>
<![CDATA[Instant noodles carry health risks for women, says study]]>
WOMEN who eat instant noodles, like Ramen, at least two times a week face a greater risk of high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar and high cholesterol, US researchers said on Thursday (August 21). The study looked at data from 10,711 adults - just over half of whom were women - in the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Researchers at Harvard University found that there was a 68 per cent higher risk of metabolic syndrome among women, but not men, who ate ins]]>
<![CDATA[Bill on soft drink health warning hits snag in California ]]>
A BILL in California that would require soft drinks to have health warning labels failed to clear a key committee on Tuesday (June 17).   Under the measure, sugary drinks sold in the most populous US state would have to carry a label with a warning that sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.   The legislation, which would have been the first of its kind in the United States, passed the state Senate in May.   But on Tuesday it fa]]>
<![CDATA[Diabetes research: good news for caffeine addicts? ]]>
PEOPLE who boosted their coffee intake by “moderate to large” doses in a US-based study had a lower risk for adult-onset diabetes than those with stable consumption, researchers said on Friday (April 25).   An analysis of studies that tracked the diet and lifestyles of more than 120,000 health sector workers, showed that those who increased their daily caffeine dose by about 1.5 cups a day over a four-year period had an 11-percent lower chance in the subsequent four y]]>
<![CDATA[Juicy court case leaves Coca-Cola on defensive ]]>
COCA-COLA was taken to task by the US Supreme Court on Monday (April 21), with justices questioning whether a drink sold as fruit juice was the real thing.   The US soft drinks giant is being sued by Californian fruit juice maker Pom Wonderful, who accuse Coca-Cola of misleading consumers about its Minute Maid drink “Pomegranate Blueberry” that contains only 0.5 per cent of the two fruits.   Pom Wonderful attorney Seth Waxman said consumers were bei]]>
<![CDATA[German growers push into craft beer market with new hops]]>
    IN A microbrewery in a trendy Berlin neighbourhood, Thorsten Schoppe, one of a wave of beer-makers using new German ingredients to create non-traditional brews, pours hop pellets into a copper vat.   “We only use four ingredients, and that’s one of them,” said Schoppe, as the faintly sour scent of beer begins to emanate from the boiling water and malt, “so they’re important”.   German small-batch brewers like ]]>
<![CDATA[Santa takes gourmet dinner to Japan nuclear evacuees]]>
WHEN Santa arrived at a school hosting children who fled Japan’s nuclear disaster, he brought the usual presents, but he also bore something a little less ordinary - a gourmet Christmas dinner.   The “Caravan Bon Appetite” is an initiative of French chefs in Japan who originally rushed to help provide basic food to survivors of the huge earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 18,000 and wrecked whole towns.   “The idea came very quickly a]]>
<![CDATA[High-end global restaurants sprout to feed India’s wealthy]]>
CHEF Matteo Boglione, at the newly opened Le Cirque Signature in Mumbai, says that when he was getting started at the offshoot of one of New York’s elite restaurants he was told repeatedly: “We want more vegetables’.   So, alongside the pricey $130 (£79.81) Florentine-style T-bone steak (for two) the menu features dishes such as a cauliflower flan with porcini and avocado panzanella, buffalo mozzarella fondue, and black truffle shavings, at a more affordab]]>
<![CDATA[High-end global restaurants sprout to feed India’s wealthy]]>
  CHEF Matteo Boglione, at the newly opened Le Cirque Signature in Mumbai, says that when he was getting started at the offshoot of one of New York’s elite restaurants he was told repeatedly: ‘We want more vegetables’. So, alongside the pricey $130 Florentine-style T-bone steak (for two) the menu features dishes such as a cauliflower flan with porcini and avocado panzanella, buffalo mozzarella fondue, and black truffle shavings, at a more affordable Rs 1,250 ($2]]>
<![CDATA[Pay-what-you-like restaurant in China loses thousands]]>
A BIBLICALLY-NAMED restaurant in China where patrons can pay whatever they want - or nothing at all - has shown that while loving your neighbour may be laudable, it is a risky business model.   The “Five Loaves and Two Fish” restaurant, named for the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand, has been serving up hot meals and coffee daily to a packed house in Fuzhou since it opened its doors in August.   The city centre eatery is open 24 hours a day and is]]>
<![CDATA[Mumbai Street Food]]>
    A five-minute walk from Mumbai Central station, Sardar's Refreshments specialises in straight-from-the-streets, finger-licking pav bhaji.   It's hidden behind white barriers, but mutter "Pav bhaji?" to any passerby and they will point you in the right direction.   Two metal plates arrive within minutes: one containing thick vegetable masala straddled by a slab of butter, the other with fluffy rolls so well buttered the bread]]>
<![CDATA[More fresh fruit deters diabetes; juice boosts risk]]>
EATING more whole fresh fruit, especially blueberries, grapes, apples and pears, is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, but drinking more fruit juice has the opposite effect, says a study.   British, US and Singaporean researchers pored over data from three big health investigations that took place in the US, spanning a quarter of a century in all.   More than 187,000 nurses and other professional caregivers were enrolled.   Their health was monit]]>
<![CDATA[Little-known Slovak wines outsparkle global competitors]]>
  DEEP shades of red and vermilion catch the light as connoisseurs raise their half-full glasses to examine the colour of the wine before sinking their noses in to inhale enticing aromas. A sip, a swish and a spit is a wine-tasting ritual at prestigious competitions the world over. This May, it was performed on a grand scale in Central Europe for the first time as Slovakia played host to top-ranked wine competition, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB). Of late, little-kno]]>
<![CDATA[Spiced paneer bruschetta]]>
    Serves 4 Ingredients: 200g (7 oz) fresh paneer roughly chopped 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped Large handful fresh coriander, finely chopped 150g (5 oz) baby plum tomatoes, quartered 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra olive oil, plus extra for drizzling (optional) Juice and finely grated zest of 1 lime 12 slices ciabatta bread Salt and pepper Method: ·&]]>
<![CDATA[Paneer (cottage cheese)]]>
  Paneer is widely used in most Asian households and is readily available in most supermarkets in the dairy section. It is often known as Indian cheese. Making paneer at home is quite easy and only requires a few ingredients. Firstly, boil whole milk and add an acidic agent such as lemon juice or citric acid. This will cause the milk to separate into curds and whey. Strain the mixture through a colander lined with a muslin cloth (any clean thin cloth will do) - this will remove t]]>
<![CDATA[New York foodies in grip of ‘Cronut’ craze]]>
SOME hungry customers began queuing outside the pastry shop around 3.30 am. Others managed to keep their taste buds at bay for a few more hours, arriving at the patisserie around 6.00 am.   They were all united by a desire to sample the food craze that has gripped New York since its debut a month ago. Half-doughnut, half croissant: the ‘cronut’ has left the Big Apple’s gourmets in a frenzy.   By the time the Dominique Ansel Bakery in the heart of tr]]>
<![CDATA[Modern day ‘monk’ keeps Benedictine Parmesan recipe alive]]>
  ANTONIO Malpeli gazes proudly at the towering rounds of Parmesan in his small factory and declares one thing sure: the medieval monk recipe used to make this Italian delicacy will never change. Malpeli, who boasts arms worthy of a boxer after three decades of stirring immense vats of frothing milk, wears modern rubber overalls and boots but describes himself as a ‘descendent’ of the Benedictine monks behind the cheese. “The monks discovered the cheese whil]]>
<![CDATA[World food range for Asian shoppers]]>
MORRISONS has said it will stock a range of Asian products in its supermarkets. Family staples such as 5kg and 10kg bags of rice from brands including Tilda and Laila as well as snacks will be stocked under 'New World Foods' in 250 stores across the country. Morrisons is working with 60 new suppliers - many of whom are small businesses - to bring the new World Food products to consumers. Included in the new range are 26 lines of fresh h]]>
<![CDATA[Top chefs say Latin America will reach food’s zenith]]>
THE world’s top chefs say it’s only a matter of time before Latin America, home to Brazil’s black bean stew “feijoada,” Peru’s refreshing raw fish “ceviche” and Mexico’s street tacos, cooks its way into gastronomy’s elite.   Spanish pastry king Jordi Roca and Danish chef Rene Redzepi, who runs the kitchen of Copenhagen’s famed Noma restaurant, praised the growing recognition of the region’s diverse cuisine. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grand designs for new Tilda rice]]>
BIRYANI lovers have a new variety of rice to choose from - Tilda Grand, which has extra long grains with a distinct shape which lends itself to speciality dishes like biryani or pilau.   With their sweet taste and delicate texture, the grains are able to endure different cooking techniques such as soaking, mixing and steaming while retaining their shape.   Vijay Vaidyanathan, chief marketing officer at Tilda, said: “Rice is a key ingredient within the Asian die]]>
<![CDATA[Sri Lanka sexes up image of Ceylon tea]]>
A HOT cup of Ceylon tea is better known as being soothing and relaxing, but Sri Lanka is now marketing its most profitable export as a luxury boost for the libido.   The tea industry is increasingly plugging Ceylon’s supposed aphrodisiac qualities in a bid to radically change perceptions of the brew, which manufacturers say can sell for less than water in some markets.   “We are highlighting the properties of tea that can give you an edge in the bedroom,&]]>
<![CDATA[Owners of world’s top restaurant in Spain look to mum’s cooking]]>
THREE brothers in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region who snatched the title for the world’s best restaurant, the Celler de Can Roca, humbly trace their inspiration to their mum’s cooking.   The Roca brothers, Joan, Jordi, and Josep, had already wowed critics and diners worldwide with a cutting edge technique and cooking rooted in Spanish and Catalan traditions, earning them three Michelin stars.   But four years after fellow Catalan restaurant El]]>
<![CDATA[Mediterranean diet helps beat dementia, finds study]]>
A MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE diet packed with fish, chicken and olive oil and low on fatty dairy products and meat may lower the risk of memory problems later in life, a large US study said on Monday (May 6).   But the beneficial effects of eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids do not extend to people with diabetes, according to the research published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.   The findings, described as the largest study o]]>
<![CDATA[‘Tea Lady’ inspires drug addicts to shun habit ]]>
  WAKRO, a tiny laidback town en route to Hindu pilgrimage site Parashuram Kund in Lohit  district of Arunachal Pradesh, has made an impact on the tea-growers of the country for its organic variety popularized by Basamlu Krisikro.   Known as the ‘Tea Lady’ among her peers, Basamlu is today not only cultivating organic tea in her five-hectare land, but has motivated many local people of the area, including a few&nbs]]>
<![CDATA[German bin-divers get connected to wage war on food waste]]>
        JUST PAST midnight behind a Berlin supermarket, two youngsters with torches strapped to their woollen hats sift through rubbish bins for food that is still edible, load their bikes with bread, vegetables and chocolate Santas and cycle off into the darkness. It is not poverty that inspires a growing number of young Germans like 21-year-old student Benjamin Schmitt to forage for food in the garbage, but anger at loss and waste which the UN Food an]]>
<![CDATA[India’s changing appetite throws up meaty issues]]>
WITH German sausages, French duck breasts and homegrown chicken, Francis Menezes is cashing in on the growing appetite for meat among Indians - even in one of Mumbai’s most strictly vegetarian areas.   In the upmarket neighbourhood of Malabar Hill, numerous shops, restaurants and even some apartment blocks remain meat-free.   But Menezes, co-manager of the Cafe Ridge food store, says he does a brisk trade in “non-veg”, especially with those who have]]>
<![CDATA[Wine making takes root in long-isolated Myanmar]]>
MYANMAR may be best known for its decades of junta rule, but behind the bamboo curtain maverick entrepreneurs have toiled for years to put the nation on the map for the quality of its wine.   Vines cascade down terraces overlooking the vast mirror of Inle Lake in northeastern Myanmar, an unlikely setting for a budding wine industry tempting the tastebuds of tourists now flocking to the country as it opens up.   “Everybody is surprised to see a vineyard here in ]]>
<![CDATA[Hot chocolate tastes better in an orange cup]]>
EUROPEAN scientists say they have found further evidence that how you serve food and drink matters hugely in the perception of taste.   Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the University of Oxford recruited 57 volunteers and asked them to taste hot chocolate served in plastic cups with four different colours - white, cream, red and orange with white on the inside.   The chocolate was the same in all the samples, but the volunteers found that the]]>
<![CDATA[‘India’s Napa Valley’ draws city tourists to wine]]>
IN THE BAR overlooking the twisting vines in India’s answer to Napa Valley, a group of friends from Mumbai enjoy a weekend getaway - and a chance to brush up on their new wine-drinking hobby.   “I’ve been teetotal all my life, but quite recently I started to drink wine. It’s a growing trend,” said 30-year-old housewife Jol Kapadia, sipping on a glass of Chenin Blanc at Sula Vineyards.   The winery is based in the fertile western district]]>
<![CDATA[Hot springs in Alps make for luxury Swiss caviar]]>
WHEN thinking of Switzerland many things may come to mind, but caviar-making sturgeon frolicking in hot Alpine springs is perhaps not one of them.   Yet, a tunnel project that unexpectedly uncovered hot springs in the Bernese Alps a decade ago is gradually turning the land of exquisite watches and sumptuous cheese and chocolate into a producer to reckon with of luxury caviar.   “We could produce the first Swiss caviar a year ago,” Andreas Schmid, who head]]>
<![CDATA[Study finds anti-virus powers in beer ]]>
CONSUMING large quantities of a key ingredient in beer can protect against winter sniffles and even some serious illnesses in small children, a Japanese brewery said citing a scientific study.   A chemical compound in hops, the plant brewers use to give beer its bitter taste, provides an effective guard against a virus that can cause severe forms of pneumonia and bronchitis in youngsters, Sapporo Breweries said on Wednesday (November 5).   In research with scientists]]>
<![CDATA[Tokyo is Michelin’s most gourmet capital for sixth year]]>
TOKYO retained its tasty title as the Michelin guide’s world gourmet capital on Wednesday (November 28), although the number of three-star restaurants fell slightly.   This is the sixth consecutive year the capital of food-obsessed Japan has been awarded top honours by the publishers of a guide book regarded by many as a fine-dining resource.   Tokyo was also lauded for having the most restaurants bearing three-stars - the Michelin guide’s top honour - ev]]>
<![CDATA[Food meets finance at elite Swiss hospitality school ]]>
RIGHT NOW Clementine Dupraz is busy slicing a chocolate cake, but soon she may be running a luxury hotel, or crunching numbers in a bank. For this Swiss school trains the elite of world hospitality, teaching them to talk both food and money. “Finance has become a more and more important part of the industry,” explained Fabien Fresnel, dean of Lausanne’s Hospitality Management School, an ultra-modern facility set on the hills above the city. “Back in the old day]]>
<![CDATA[Chocolate conquers new worlds, from Asia to Brazil]]>
HISTORY is coming full circle: borrowed from the Aztecs four centuries ago, perfected for the palate by the Europeans, chocolate is conquering new worlds, with sales booming from Asia to Brazil.   Every second, 95 tonnes of chocolate are wolfed down around the world, or three million tonnes a year, according to figures supplied by the annual Salon du Chocolat fair, which kicks off on Wednesday (October 31) in Paris.   The globalisation of chocolate is most striking i]]>