Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of all things food! We’d love to know what you think, so don’t forget to drop us a line in the comments or via Facebook and Twitter.
1. How long did you spend eating your most recent meal? Did you take your time and notice the ingredients and the flavours? New research by fresh soup and sauce makers, Glorious!, has revealed that 79% of us can no longer identify basic flavours in food – all because we’re not taking the time to pay attention! Only 13% of people surveyed said that they had lunch away from their workplace and around half describe lunch as just ‘fuel’. How sad! Dr David Lewis, a psychologist from Mindlab who ran the study, advises that we eat ‘mindfully’ and to ignore distractions such as television.
2. Pizza is one of those meals that everyone loves, but exactly how it’s prepared is a topic of debate. According to The Guardian, it must be wood-fired, eaten with your fingers and accompanied by a sparkling drink. As for toppings, acceptable toppings include cured meats, aubergines and ricotta. Pesto and capers are borderline, and don’t even think about adding sun-dried tomatoes or pine nuts if you want to go fully authentic.
3. The original recipe for Coronation Chicken was created by Constance Spry in 1953 as part of the banquet for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation – consisting of cold-cut chicken, mayonnaise-based sauce, curry powder and raisins, it’s been a staple sandwich filling for years. The Telegraph have updated the recipe as a salad dish to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee this year. A fresh, modern take on a classic!
4. It’s National Vegetarian Week! We like to eat meat-free at least one day a week, but we’re celebrating with a whole host of meat-less recipes this week. Why not try Tinned Tomatoes’ deliciously fresh marinated mozzarella, National Veggie Week’s courgette scones or The Guardian’s vegan chocolate-tahini timbales?