Food has been in the regional and national press this week. Just in time for our new monthly food news round-up. With Easter looming, some unusual chocolate constructions have been unveiled. These include the mighty Creme Egg Yorkshire pudding which has been created by a Cardiff pub.
The Cedar Tree Farm has ingeniously combined sponge cakes with Crème Eggs, white and orange fondant inside a giant Yorkshire pudding. Claimed to be the first of its kind in the UK, the dessert is the latest Easter treat being served up in Wales, after The Cottage Coffee Shop & Lunch Bar launched cheesecake-filled Easter eggs.
Staying in Wales, it was announced this week that pies made by prisoners have been crowned champion at the renowned British Pie Awards. The Custodial Pie Corporation is a joint scheme between HMP Berwyn in Wrexham and Dylan’s restaurant company.
The hard work of the restaurant and a group of prisoners plus catering staff and three senior chefs from Dylan’s made the perfect pie and pasty recipe, using Welsh produce.
Nutrient Content of Food
Of course, this is not the only food news. KFC’s chicken crisis continues and a new debate has sparked up over the sugar content in fruit and vegetables. According to a recent analysis, different types of fruit and veg can contain up to twice as many nutrients. While others have significantly lower levels of sugars and calories. Here’s a summary of some facts:
- Purple cabbage is better than green with ten times more Vitamin A and twice the amount of iron. It also has 36 antioxidants that have been shown to ward off cancer and even improve memory.
- Canned sweetcorn contains 44% more beta carotene than fresh. The canning processes breaks down corn’s tough cell walls, making it easier for the body to access this important nutrient.
- Red dates contain about 60% fewer calories, 10% more fibre and half the sugar content than regular dates.
- Red and black grapes as opposed to green grapes contain resveratrol, catechins and proanthocyanidins. These are all linked to the prevention of various cancers including breast, colon and lung.
- A Granny Smith apple has around 6g less sugar than a Gala.
Long Lasting Ice Cream
And it’s good news for ice cream. Researchers are claiming this week that banana plant extract could be key to creamier, longer lasting ice cream. “Adding tiny cellulose fibres extracted from banana plant waste to ice cream could slow melting, increase shelf life and potentially replace fats used to make the tasty treat,” say the scientists involved.
Insects and Yeast
A paper released last week explains how our understanding of insect-yeast ecology could inform the search for new yeasts. It looks specifically at insects that feed on sugars, such as beetles, wasps, bees and fruit flies.
The scientists are particularly interested in those yeasts that can produce fruity and floral aromas, which can add a new dimension to the food industry.
AC Services News
And finally at AC Services this March, we closed two days because of the Beast from the East part one. Fortunately the Beast from the East part two hit on the weekend and didn’t affect work, only a social activity that Helen had organised for our Service Engineers . But the Go Karting will be re-arranged for a warmer month.
Weather forecasters are now forecasting Beast from the East part three, but it’s looking like more northerly parts of the UK will be affected. Even if it does snow and we can’t get to you, we are always on the end of the phone on 01454 322 222 to help you with your Rational oven needs. Or to hear what you think about our monthly food news round-up.