Gourmet Food Blog
We’ve all heard about hyperactive kids on red cordial but is this just hyperbole? What are the dangers (if any) of food additives to adults and children alike, and should you be worried about consuming them?
The answer is yes, you ought to be concerned, especially if you eat a lot of processed food, which is where a large number of food additives tend to lurk.
What’s alarming though is that additives are now used in healthy foods such as bread, butter, yoghurt, juice and muesli bars; foods that in past decades were additive-free.
According to the Food Intolerance Network, Australia most consumers underestimate how many additives they eat and nor do they know which foods contain the nasties. The average consumer eats a staggering 20 additives per day!Read more...
If you consider yourself a wine connoisseur, then you must know the importance of a sommelier in fine dining to create a memorable tasting experience from all aspects of service. They are trained and knowledgeable wine professionals who specialise in all facets of beverage service, but now you don’t have to even visit a fine dining restaurant to utilise a sommelier’s talent because wine.com.au has their very own professional to provide only the best products and services.
We’ve been lucky to grab a chat with professional Sommelier, Ben Moechtar (Bsc CS WSET Approved Educato) from premium wine merchants, wine.com.au. Ben shares with us his take on how an industry steeped in tradition is rapidly evolving, as dedicated wine lovers are sourcing their wines onlineRead more...
Here’s a salad that can be appreciated all year round. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and we guarantee it’s super easy, even for the most culinary-challenged!
Enjoy it as a meal in itself (top with chicken or bacon to boost the protein) or serve as a zesty side dish. The yoghurt and herb dressing make this salad the ideal accompaniment to many Indian or Middle Eastern meals as well as barbequed foods.Read more...
The latest buzz in the health world is around “plant-based eating”, with celebrities and sports stars adopting this eating style in droves. Not just popular in Hollywood, this growing global movement to eat more foods derived from plants and fewer foods from animals is attracting many Aussie fans too. Its popularity comes down to its simplicity and the many health improvements associated with eating plants.Read more...
Happy New Year! It’s that time again, yup, time to recommit to your health. We all do it every January but do we follow through? Sadly not. So, instead of setting yourself up for fail with unrealistic goals, here are 6 simple resolutions that will improve your wellbeing and are easy enough to stick to for the long term.Read more...
The practice of freezing food dates back to 3,000BC when ancient Chinese populations used ice to store provisions. Freezing technology has come a long way since then! Today, the freezer is an integral appliance in our homes, used daily for storing and food preservation.
There are certainly many benefits to eating fresh food but here we’re going to highlight some very cool reasons why frozen may actually be a better option.Read more...
Make a list & check it twice!
1. Planning is the most important thing when it comes to Christmas catering. Firstly, sit down with a cuppa and a notepad and work out your Christmas menu from snacks, mains, side dishes, desserts, cheeses, chocolates and sweet treats and drinks. What items will you make yourself, order in or ask others to bring?
2. Aside from Christmas day, what about other festive season catering? Make sure you have something on hand for every special occasion – is there a school party, work function, or other end of year celebration that you need to provide food for? Are you expecting visitors or might you have unexpected drop ins?
Seriously easy twist on Pavlova
If you are a bit over ‘The Christmas Pav’ then try this simple yet five-star recipe. It’s a hit with the team here at Gourmet Dinner Service, a special treat that Janel whips up for all our staff birthdays. And now we’ve twisted her arm into sharing her secret recipe with you!
This lavish-tasting torte will make an impact on your guests and give your local patisserie a run for their money. The best thing is that it’s a no-fail recipe with just a few ingredients and can be in the oven in less than 20 minutes. It’s so much less work than a Pavlova and will have your guests requesting seconds!Read more...
Want it all home-made but don’t have the time? We’ll help show you how to fake it this Christmas. That’s right, but shhhhh now…. it’s our top tips on how to order in this festive season and pass it all off as your own. Truly, your guests will think you’re rocking a 5 star restaurant. And why not, it’s just working smarter not harder, isn’t it?Read more...
It’s mango season, so they’re in plentiful supply right now and the price is right. So get along to your local green grocer and buy a whole tray!
This mango salsa is easy to make and the perfect taste of Summer. It’s an all-rounder that works equally well with Asian or Mexican flavours; stands alone as a dipping condiment with toasted flatbreads or corn chips. Plus is a delicious topper to seafoods and BBQ’d meats too. So fresh, tangy and versatile!Read more...