New delights

New delights

It might be hard to believe, but I was an extremely picky eater as a child. I, who am fascinated by all manner of delicious foods and read cook books for pleasure, used to turn my nose and literally gag at simple things like vegetable soup, onions, almonds, spinach and many, many more things.

Celebrate chickpeas, beans and lentils!
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Celebrate chickpeas, beans and lentils!

The 68th United Nations General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of the Pulse. The United Nations, led by its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), launched the 2016 International Year of Pulses to raise awareness about the protein power and health benefits of all kinds of dried beans and peas, to boost the production and trade of legumes and to encourage new and smarter uses of these humble seeds throughout the food chain.

Slow to rise

Slow to rise

Did you know? The Romans discovered the uses of dried yeast before the discovery of yeast. Yeast grows and lives in liquid. For storage purposes it can also be dried once grown. The Romans discovered how to do this when they put baker’s yeast (dough) in the sun and could later revive it with sugar. Today, most yeast used in the bread and wine industry is in dry form.