Staple Foods

Seasons: squash and go

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The acorn squash got its name because its shape resembles the small nut of the oak tree (although, obviously, it is a lot larger). Usually deep green (but occasionally golden or variegated), it is distinctive for the deep ridges that run from the stem end to the base.

Saturday, 17 November, 2012, 11:13pm

Couscous

Tipiak Couscous

HK$24.50 for 500 grams, Taste

This French product is plain and hence takes on flavours well, so pair it with anything you fancy, from raisins and chickpeas to feta and peppers. The package notes that this is medium-grained, but it takes a keen eye to notice it's a bit bigger than Casbah's.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A potato a day keeps those bad germs away

Did you know that potatoes are the fourth-largest food crop in the world after rice, wheat and maize? And they contain many healthy vitamins and minerals including fibre, which is very important in your diet.

Where did the spud come from?

It seems the good old potato first grew in Peru between 7,000 and 10,000 years ago.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

German rye bread

Delba 5 Grain Bread

HK$17 for 250 grams, ThreeSixty

This all-natural, preservative-free loaf is made mainly from rye, with added wheat, barley, oats and millet. Most rye breads are traditionally made with a sourdough starter and have a very long baking period, hence they tend to be dark-coloured and taste malty and slightly sour.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'Macho' burgers can be healthy

A 'macho' burger need not be made of low-quality minced beef, which is often high in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. To give your dad a Father's Day treat, try a healthier, tasty chicken breast burger (right).

Vietnamese chicken burgers (Makes 4 burgers)

2 spring onions, roughly chopped

1 clove garlic, crushed

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Top seed

It's hard to believe that the humble little sunflower seed is a product of the large, beautiful, bright yellow sunflower plant. The sight of a field of sunflowers on a sunny day under a bright blue sky in the south of France is a thing of beauty; it's no wonder the plant has inspired so many Impressionist painters.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Porridge

Green Dot Dot Organic Instant Rolled Oats

With the thickest-looking whole oats of those tried, this needed some intense stirring and needed to sit for a little longer after mixing with boiling water for the oats to be fully hydrated and softened. With a subtle wheat flavour, it would definitely benefit from a spoonful of honey.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Knead for speed: why flat out is a good place to start for beginners

Home-made bread is nutritious, tastes better, and doesn't have the preservatives found in store-bought versions. But the hours of kneading and proofing can be intimidating for some. Here's a simple flatbread recipe that any beginner can try. It takes just a bit of elbow grease and a short time in the oven. Pair it with an equally speedy chicken stir-fry for a tasty, nutritious meal.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Generous to a fault

Chinese hospitality is a wonder to behold: towering, looming, all-encompassing. It lifts you up in its large, fluffy paw, swings you around a bit and squeezes all the willpower out of you before dropping you down with varying degrees of gentleness.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Uno Duo Trio - Lana's Italian Home-Cooking

19/F Bartlock Centre, 3 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay Tel: 3489 3862 Open: Saturday and Sunday noon-3pm; nightly 6pm-midnight Cuisine: Italian

Price: about HK$400 without drinks or the service charge.

Ambience: it's a bit like eating in someone's living room.

Pros: we enjoyed most of what we ordered.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rainfall, not warming, key to crops

Rainfall has had a bigger impact than rising temperatures on the mainland's grain harvests in the past three decades, according to research by two Chinese scientists.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sweet deception

For those of us whose schedules are packed and whose mornings often start early, a quick bowl of cereal and milk or a sachet of wheat drink seems to offer a healthy, quick and convenient breakfast solution.

But we may be consuming sugar at levels far above what's considered to be healthy.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

No gluten in these goodies

Gluten - a protein found in wheat, barley and rye - can be bad for people with coeliac disease. Their bodies cannot absorb the nutrients, and they might vomit or develop stomach pains. The bad news is gluten is in pasta, breakfast cereals, bread, flour, cakes, biscuits and pizza. Some processed foods also have it - such as sauces, ready meals, soups and processed meats.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Pita Bread

PitaBoon Pita Bread With Whole Wheat

10 pieces for HK$29, City'super

Baked in Hong Kong, these palm-sized pieces are ideal for making mini-stuffed sandwiches for children or as party finger food. Contain no additives or preservatives.

Verdict: crisp on the outside and wonderfully chewy inside.

Heritage Wholemeal Pitta Bread

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Half-baked beliefs

Most people would agree that you can't live on bread alone. Beyond that, however, there are many points of contention about the staple. We debunk a few of the common myths.

White bread is bad for you

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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