Archive | October, 2013

I bet You Never Knew This: 14 Things you never knew about Strawberries:)

31 Oct

Know its sad winter come toooo early in Britain soo i thought id cheer everyone one up with counting down millions and billions of seconds till its summer n’ starberries are BACK:

(did i mention ‘I LOVE STRAWBERRIES’) 

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There’s nothing like spotting the first sweet ripe strawberries of the season at your local farmer’s market. This year, the warm weather is slow coming in some parts of the country, and that means the strawberries might be still green. But the color shouldn’t stop you from buying them: tart green strawberries are all the rage. Chefs are using immature strawberries both fresh and pickled, in everything from salads to cakes. If you prefer your berries red and juicy, you’re probably in the majority. However you like them, we’re betting your strawberry knowledge didn’t run this deep — until now:

  1. Strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside. The average berry is adorned with some 200 of them. No wonder it only takes one bite to get seeds stuck in your teeth.
  2. Strawberries aren’t true berries, like blueberries or even grapes. Technically, a berry has its seeds on the inside. And, to be über technical, each seed on a strawberry is considered by botanists to be its own separate fruit. Whoa, meta!
  3. Strawberries are members of the rose family. Should you come upon a bush of them growing, you’ll see: they smell as sweet as they taste.
  4. The strawberry plant is a perennial. This means if you plant one now, it will come back next year and the following and the year after that. It may not bear fruit immediately, but once it does, it will remain productive for about five years.
  5. Americans eat an average of three-and-a-half pounds of fresh strawberries each per year. It’s closer to five pounds if you count frozen ones. In a study, more than half of nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit. They’re nature’s candy!
  6. Belgium has a museum dedicated to strawberries. In the gift shop at Le Musée de la Fraise (The Strawberry Museum), you can buy everything from strawberry jam to strawberry beer.
  7. Native Americans ate strawberries long before European settlers arrived. As spring’s first fruit, they were a treat, eaten freshly picked or baked into cornbread.
  8. The ancient Romans thought strawberries had medicinal powers. They used them to treat everything from depression to fainting to fever, kidney stones, bad breath and sore throats.
  9. Sex & Strawberries? In France, where they’re believed to be an aphrodisiac, strawberries are served to newlyweds at traditional wedding breakfasts in the form of a creamy sweet soup.
  10. Strawberries are believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. They are low in calories and high in vitamins C, B6, K, fiber, folic acid, potassium and amino acids.
  11. Strawberries contain high levels of nitrate. This has been shown to increase blood and oxygen flow to the muscles. Research suggests that people who load up on strawberries before exercising have greater endurance and burn more calories.
  12. California produces some 80% of the strawberries in the U.S. They grow about 2 billion pounds of the heart-shaped fruits per year. Every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada grows their own.
  13. To store fresh strawberries, wash them and cut the stem away. However, if you plan to keep them in the fridge for a few days, wait until before you eat them to clean them. Rinsing them speeds up spoiling.
  14. Strawberries can also be pickled. Especially when picked green or unripe. If your berries are overripe, make jam!

OMG The GBBO WAS ACE (The Final)

23 Oct

Hey Peepz:),

Alright I am DEFO sure that everyone knows who won the great british bake off!! Its was FRANCES!! YAY:D Although i was on team ruby:/ but who cares i defo think she shud have won compared to everyone elses wedding cake HERS was best….. I know mary poked out a few mistakes i.e that her back of her cake was boriiinnng! But i see why frances done it cuz it matched the whole elegant simple classic style…..!!

BAKEOFFfinalists_2706479bThe All Female Finalists: Left to Right : Ruby, Kimberly and Frances (winner)

Originally I did want Becca to win! But she got out soo i was abit sad!!

WELL thats MY verdict!! What did u lot think:)??

Love Jemz (BubbleChef)

🙂 xx

Frances WON The Great British Bake Off:)

22 Oct

Frances WON The Great British Bake Off:)

 

7 most Stomach Churning Food Scandal’s

2 Oct

The headlines have been dominated by the latest food scandal,from the british horse meat scandal to China’s stomach churning rat meat. Its changed the way consumers think about everyday food, but what are the top six stomach churning food scandals?

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Chinese Milk scandal (2008)
Worldwide safety concerns were sparked when high levels of industrial chemical melamine was found in powdered and ordinary milk from leading companies across China. The scale of the problem was horrifying. At least six babies died and a further 300,000 were taken ill after drinking tainted milk. The scandal culminated in the bankruptcy of dairy suppliers the Sanlu Group and the sentencing of 21 executives and milk producers, two of whom were given the death penalty.

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Indianosean Food scare (2005)
About 8 years ago Jakarta,the capital of indonesia were rocked by the contamination of foods that consisted of a staple diet for many indonesians. About 60% of noodle found in shops and high street corners, as well as tofu and salted fish were laced with formaldehyde,a known carcinogen. the chemical was added to extend shelf-life of the products, an illegal substance that can cause vomiting, diarrhea  and in extreme cases can be really fatal. Some also experienced burning in the eyes, nose and throat. In 2007, vietnam were also involved in the same food scandal, the food was mainly found from street-side carts, but large grocery stores were also investigated.

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Americas Contaminated Peanuts (2008-2009)
In late 2008 and early 2009 Peanut Corporation of America faced a huge problem as their salmonella contaminated peanuts caused the death of nine people and at least 691 people in 46 states, half of them children fell ill due to consuming the products. It led the company to bankrupt after numerous people spawned lawsuit against them.

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German Vegetables contaminated with E Coli (2011) 
In May 2011, Germany was struck by an E Coli outbreak that was more rarer and deadly than usual. raw tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce were found contaminated and german’s friendship with spain suffered as german officials identified the source of contamination from spanish greenhouses; it was later found that spanish vegetables had been contaminated while being transported in germany, eventually leading the source to an organic farm in lower Saxony.However, Spanish vegetable farmers were angered because of losses that neared 200 million per week (USD). Thousands became sick and approximately 42 died in the outbreak, making it one of the worst food contamination episodes in recent history.

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Horse-meat Scandal (2013)
Consumers in the UK were hit with shocking news at the start of the year, when they discovered,that Findus frozen beef burgers and beef lasagnes contained horsemeat. Investigation traced the source back to third party supplier Comigel, a French-headquartered frozen ready meal producer, from its subsidiary Tavola factory in Capellen, Luxembourg. Around 50% of the products tested contained horse-meat. However according to reports both Findus UK and the French supplier withdrew all products related to the third party supplier. The reason for the adulteration was initially stated as “highly likely” criminal activity. More companies were investigated, leading to many more discoveries including nestle and birds eye. All the companies removed their products from supermarket shelves in the UK. The full reason has not yet been found as why this happened as investigations are still going on, but it still has had an impact on sales and a more serious impact on how consumers feel about food.

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Chinas Ratty lamb (2013)
The more latest food scandal in China was rat meat gt sold labelled as lamb.Among those arrested were 63 people who allegedly ran an operation in Shanghai and the coastal city of Wuxi that bought fox, mink, rat and other meat that had not been tested for quality and safety, processed it with additives like gelatin and passed it off as lamb. China are getting harder regulation for food safety as new food scandals unfold everyday.

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Oh well, Hope thats not put anyone off there food!! It just came back to me about the horse meat scandal!And YES, I know the horse meat scadals was AGES ago but it just hit me again soooo.

Well Have a Good day everybody

Take Care

Jemz (Bubble Chef) 😉 xx