Saturday night marked the first in a series of Biabeag events, lead by Keith Bohanna, introducing makers from various food production backgrounds. While the likes of icecream, cider, coffee, chocolate and more are planned for the months ahead, the first event was focused entirely on bread, #realbread at that.
The weeks aren’t long in flying, this being the last Sunday in January. Later today I’ll have some photos and notes up on last night’s first Meet The Makers event with Biabeag at Highbank Farm. The focus was all on #realbread, the content superb and the whole evening a real treat for bread fans.
To go along with your Sunday breakfast or brunch, here’s ten reads from the past week that you may have missed.
- Blogging on Today FM’s Business Show
Caroline Hennessy talks to Today FM’s Business Show about blogs and blogging for business.
- Irish Food in 2014
Caitriona takes a look at high end and low end dining trends in 2014.
- Should You Remove the Green Germ from Garlic?
David Lebovitz has a good look at garlic, interestingly what the difference is when the green germ is removed in cooking as opposed to leaving it in, one I’d not thought of.
- Why Every Kid Needs a Signature Dish
For years mine was chicken curry with boiled rice topped with cheese and onion Tayto. Thankfully, my styles have changed.
- A Visit to a Thai Food Market
A lovely photo and video tour of a Thai food market in Chiang Mai.
- Chinese New Year Recipe Roundup
If you’re planning anything special for Chinese New Year this coming weekend, you’ll find loads of inspiration in this post.
- The [London] Restaurants You Should Be Excited About in 2014
If I’d seen this article a week or two previous, my eating out in London last weekend may have been somewhat different.
- How to Set a Table to Teach Your Kids Good Eating Habits
With a little time and effort with your table settings, you can transform your children’s relationship with their food.
- 10 Foods You Should Break Up With
Breaking up is hard to do, especially when it comes to food.
- The History of Cider in the United States
Food52 takes a look at America’s oldest alcoholic drink.
Have you started food blogging in 2014? Drop me a line or leave a comment below with a link to your blog to get added to the reading list.
You know the joy you get when you hit something right, first time? That was the case with these bad boys, whipped up last week when the time actually permitted to do some baking in the house. Outside of bread, Mrs. Any Given Food takes care of the baking end of things and I the cooking end of things but I’ll be returning for these the first chance I get.
Note: Scroll down if you want to get a look at the finished product.
ANY OTHER year and I’d already be off the beer, be 20 days into a fairly stringent 21-day no-alcohol, no-junk approach to my food but with the wedding two weeks ago and a food-filled trip to London finishing up in time for the weekend (with a writeup to follow tomorrow), I’m about 20 days behind.
I’m pretty sure that once Christmas hit, so too did the skids on any manner of serious healthy eating and I can safely count on just one hand the number of times I’ve cooked in the kitchen since the turn of the year. With dinner already prepared for tomorrow, that’s all about to change. Any later and we’d be heading for the Chinese New Year*.
Why Do I Do It?
Traditionally, I’d put myself on a January detox to put Christmas to rest, reset the body, and start getting some good sleep, followed by some good energy during the day. In reality, it’s more for the latter – good sleep and good energy levels the following day. I find after a food and drink-filled Christmas and New Years, that sleep becomes broken, my nose/head/chest becomes blocked and aleviating those issues makes general living a hell of a lot easier.
There’s five things that will pretty much disappear for the 21 days or so, namely
- Crisps (as a snack)
- Fizzy drinks (as a go-to or indeed as a mixer, including in diet form)
- Excess sugar, including any sugary sweets, jellies, any of the usual suspects found knocking around in the wake of Christmas (and organising dozens of jars of sweets for the wedding)
- Beer (in all its forms, pints and bottled beers are out the window until the middle of February. The slight exception to this rule may be this event taking place next month).
- Takeaways. One must cook or one will starve.
Like anything, once you’re in the swing of things, it’s pretty simple. Porridge returns for the breakfast as fuel for the fire, green tea, honey & lemon drinks, some added vitamin C to ward off everything else January has to offer, small coffees (no sugar, and just a single cup in the day), an actual lunch, dinner and no snacking at night time. Sounds straight forward enough, and that’s because it is.
I’m pretty much guaranteed that after a few weeks of reducing the intake of processed foods and sugars that the body and mind will be much better off, without skimping on good home-cooked and wholesome food. Have you started the same? Is it something you do on a regular basis, or just on a January basis?
I’ve previously written about the virtues of green tea, but if you’re in a detox frame of mind, here’s some good foods and links to help you along your path.
5 Foods Good For ‘The Detox’
- Almonds – If you’re a cereal eater in the morning, a spoonful of crushed almonds sprinkled over your breakfast can add a great taste. Oh, and they’re also high in monounsaturated fates (like those found in olive oil), they’re rich in magnesium and potassium and pack viatmin E in. More here.
- Lemon – Loaded with vitamin C, and known for aiding a liver detox, lemon juice is something I’ll keep plenty of in the kitchen all year round. A good squirt of it with some honey or just by itself in hot water can really help cleanse the body first thing in the morning.
- Garlic – Get over the stinky breath end of things and load up on garlic, the fresher the better. It’s got a myriad of benefits including lowering blood pressure, cleansing arteries, fighting bacteria and much more besides. It’s packed with antioxidants and if you’re to believe your granny, it’ll cure just about anything.
- Cinnamon – If you’re baking your way through a detox, doing up scrambled eggs, French toast, pancakes or anything along those lines, reach for the cinnamon. It can stire up your metabolism and boasts solid manganese, iron and calcium content.
- Ginger – An acquired taste for some, you could pop ginger in tablet form, as a tea or load up on fresh root for benefits steeped in Chinese medicine. A sliver or two in a stir fry can do wonders for flavour and health benefits and if you wind up with heaps of it, just bang it in the freezer where it will hold up nicely.
*If you didn’t know, Chinese New Year 2014 is 31 January.
I’ve been on an extended holiday post-wedding that comes to a close today. As such, I’ve managed to read books, immerse myself in blog posts, clean out the RSS feeds and get back to basics. Also, this is largely fuelled to me having finally – finally – replaced the iPad nicked on holiday last year. Hopefully these will be a bit more regular for 2014. To kick things off then, here’s ten reads from the week gone by that you may have missed from other Irish food bloggers and food media.
- From smooth to function – new trends for the future of food
Functional food, aquapnonics farming, urban gardening and more in store for 2014.
- Fight high cholesterol with food
Make 2014 a heart-healthy year for you and your family by adding fruit, veggies and fish to your diet
- Calling All Food & Drink Producers: Great Taste 2014
A judge in 2013, Babaduck (Aoife) offers up details on what judges could be looking for in 2014 and how to enter the awards.
- How To Make Your Own Vanilla Extract
You never know when you’ll need it, but if you’re into baking, you’ll be glad you’ve got some in the kitchen press.
- Oh Sugar! Wrong about fructose
From Greek mythology to obesity in the US, Mike Gibney talks sugar.
- 3 Biggest Risk Factors for Child Obesity
- Recipe: Kale Pesto
Megan of Veggies And Me has a nifty recipe for some kale pesto for your Sunday in the kitchen.
- Google making sugar-sensing contact lens for diabetics
This one cropped up on the radio on Friday and it will be very interesting to see if this gets out to the public.
- An Exciting Year Ahead
Bill King takes a look at some food events he’s looking forward to in 2014.
- Beware of 5c veg: cheap food always comes at a cost
The supermarkets’ aggressive price promotions on festive produce could put Irish jobs at risk and ultimately reduce consumer choice.
If there’s any new blogs out there or blog feeds that you’d like to suggest, just leave a comment below.
From The Press
I’ve also set up a separate resource over the past week or so for press releases that come through via email. I’ve been looking to remove straight up press releases from the blog for 2014 so I’ve parked them here at the Any Given Food Press Centre. Sure enough, they might trigger something for an article on the blog, or for other folk as well.
You can subscribe to the press release feed (for only press releases) here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/anygivenfood/press and you can submit your own press or PR content by emailing email@example.com.
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