Category Archives: Health

One of the Oldest Recipe on Record: Gingered Chicken Soup with Red Lentils

Browsing a Chinese food blog last night, I was reading about one of the world’s oldest recipe with great interest, a gingered chicken soup with lentils, a godsend for those of us who have the symptoms of an early cold. … Continue reading

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A Luxurious Crab & Truffle Risotto to Die For

With the festive season just around the corner here is a dish that combines gravitas, extravagant ingredients, is relatively easy to make and will impress your mother-in-law to no end! No mother-in-law? Then impress your friends with your grasp of … Continue reading

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How to Make a Provencal Olive Tart, Anchovies Optional…

Provence, once upon a time, was populated about fifty thousand years ago by the Neanderthals, and was still valued in the Neolithic period and the Iron Age. Later it was part of Gaul, the land of the Voconces tribe and … Continue reading

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Just When You Thought Nitrates Were Bad…Bacon is Now Healthy!

Loaded with saturated fat and sodium, bacon, salami, prosciutto (and I love all three) and other cured meats have been long considered artery-clogging and terribly unhealthy due to the use of nitrates and nitrites in the curing process, however one … Continue reading

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Bitter Lemons, Mediterranean Musings and Two Recipes

I’m a big fan of Lawrence Durrell’s writings, and in particular of his travel books. I’ve reread “Bitter Lemon” recently and it led me to read a raft of Mediterranean writers, some I worshiped as a young man like Camus, Moravia, … Continue reading

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The Mighty Turmeric, the King of Curry Spices, with a Fish Curry Recipe!

A few years ago while doing research on the benefits of curries (there are aplenty, believe me) I came across an article written by an Indian doctor about a miracle cure for lung and esophagus cancers. The prime suspect turned … Continue reading

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The Cruciferous Files

As I wrote earlier cruciferous vegetables (also known as brassica vegetables) have it all: vitamins, fiber, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Not only they are rich in nutrients, including several carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin); vitamins C, E, and K,  folate and many … Continue reading

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A Mediterranean Diet Can Cut Heart Attacks by 30%

My good friend Mnem Osyne sent me this article a couple of days ago (which you must read). A fellow foodie, she reminds all health aficionados who have known this from time immemorial: a generous splash of a good extra … Continue reading

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Meanderings on Supermarket Duping, Reading Labels and Eating Simply

By now you will all have heard about the “horse meat” scandal still unfurling all over Europe. Though there is nothing wrong with horse meat (in fact it’s leaner, sweeter, tender, low in fat and higher in protein than beef) … Continue reading

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A Japanese Salad Tale

The birth of my Japanese salad, in so many words: I have to say that I did stumble on this concept a while ago during some experiments on fermented vegetables. I was trying to make a simple gingered red cabbage … Continue reading

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