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March 16 2017

And more about microwave ovens (see March 14 post below).

Timothy J Jorgensen, “Hot Food, Fast: The Home Microwave Oven Turns 50,” Smithsonian.com.

The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the home microwave oven. The ovens were first sold for home use by Amana corporation in 1967, but they had actually been used for commercial food preparation since the 1950s.  READ MORE.

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March 14 2017

Chloe Sargeant, “I Try to Be Positive and Non-Judgemental but I just Found out Americans often Microwave Water instead of Using a Kettle…” SBS Food.

Chances are, your standard morning routine includes flicking your kettle on and making yourself a refreshing cup of tea or coffee. You might assume that the vast majority of people in the first world complete the exact same routine after waking up each day, but it’s recently come to light that this is not the case at all.

Thanks to a simple tweet from writer Lucy Valentine, Australians have just discovered that American households don’t know what an electric kettle is. READ MORE.

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October 7 2015

Danielle Grindlay, “Defining the Indefinable: ACCC Releases Free-Range Egg Guidelines as Australia Scrambles for Meaning,” ABC Rural. 

The Australian consumer watchdog has released a free range egg guide detailing how it defines an industry that is yet to be defined. READ MORE.

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October 2 2015

Ben Hooper, “The Titanic’s Last Lunch Menu Sells for $88,000,” UPI.

A menu from the last luncheon aboard the ill-fated RMS Titanic exceeded expectations by fetching $88,000 in an online auction. READ MORE.

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September 30 2015

Max Mason, “SBS to Launch 24-Hour Food Channel amid Talks with Government over Funding Cuts,” Sydney Morning Herald.

SBS will launch a self-sustaining 24/7 food channel later in 2015, as the government-backed multicultural network seeks to capitalise on increasing interest in the culinary category. READ MORE.

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September 17 2015

Jenny Noyes, “Sydney’s Gelato Messina Has Welcomed the New PM with a #libspill Flavour,” Sydney Morning Herald.

Just when you thought we’d reached peak #libspill as Australians dutifully memorialised Tony Abbott with #PutOutYourOnions, another infinitely more edible foodstuff has gone and taken the cake. READ MORE.

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September 16 2015

Marco Avilés, “How Food Became a Religion in Peru’s Capital City,” Smithsonian.com.

The first time I went out to eat in Lima, it was in secret. It was the start of the 1980s, and Peru was in the midst of a civil war. There were blackouts and curfews—and very few people went out after dark. At the time, I was four years old, and my only friend was a man who worked as a sort of assistant to my father, who was raising four of us alone and needed the help. The man’s name was Santos. Santos was about 30, and he had a huge appetite. Like millions of other Peruvians who’d fled the violence unfolding in the countryside, we’d recently migrated to Lima from a town deep in the Andes. We all missed home. But at night it was Santos who always seemed most heartbroken. When I asked him why, he said that he no longer savored his food. READ MORE.

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September 15 2015

Liz Szabo, “Study Suggests Mediterranean Diet Reduces Breast Cancer Risk—But Some Have Doubts,” Sydney Morning Herald.

A new study suggests there may be a way for women to dramatically reduce their risk of breast cancer, without cutting calories, losing weight or taking medication. READ MORE.

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September 3, 2015

Brian Handwerk, “Winning really Does Taste Sweet, Because Emotions Change Taste Perception,” Smithsonian.com.

For athletes and fans, winning makes lots of things seem better. That includes the taste of their favourite foods, according to research demonstrating how our emotions alter taste perception. READ MORE.

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June 22 2015

Nicky Phillips, “What Climate Change Will Do to Your Loaf of Bread,” Sydney Morning Herald.

If the promise of higher temperatures, rising sea levels and more frequent natural disasters doesn’t convince you of the urgent need for the world to act on climate change, maybe this picture above will. READ MORE.

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Hardly blemished at all!

Hardly blemished at all!

July 20 2015

Thank you, Woolworths!

Over the weekend, I  bought bags of Zany Zucchinis (750 grams, $2.24) and Kooky Capsicums (I kilo, $2.98) at my local store. These are vegetables that, according the the Woolworths’ media release (see below), are a bit irregular or have “cosmetic damage’’.

In fact, their imperfections are extremely minor, as you can see (the photographs were taken two days after I bought them).

I barbecued zucchini, capsicum, portobello mushroom and reduced-price T-bone steak tonight, and it was all delicious. Tomorrow: shakshuka!

Woolworths' Kooky Capsicums.

Woolworths’ Kooky Capsicums.

Woolworths' Zany Zucchini.

Woolworths’ Zany Zucchini.

Media Release: Woolworths The Odd Bunch, not quite perfect looking fruit and vegetables

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