The Big O – Omega 3

Treading on the fitness path doesn’t necessarily mean perceiving meats only through “lean” rimmed glasses. There is more use to a meat diet that benefits your workout regime. I’m talking about the Big O. We’ve all heard of Omega-3 fatty acid and how it is beneficial to the body. But, I must shy away from…

Lean Meat

Meat is often considered unhealthy because it is high in saturated fat. For this reason, meat (especially fatty meat) has been demonized. But new studies have shown that saturated fat is harmless…and meat has been making a comeback as a health food. In fact in 1961, Time Magazine blamed all heart disease and obesity on…

(W)hat (T)he (F)ood – Velveting Meat

One of the best things about Chinese restaurant food is the meat—the pieces are bite-sized, the flavours are addictive, and it’s always tender and easy to chew. But if you have ever tried to replicate any of your favourite Chinese dishes in your kitchen, you would have noticed that the high heat required for most…

My dear Christmas Turkey

What one wouldn’t associate with an ethnic Christmas meal is a turkey. Well sure it is the quintessential Christmas bird throughout most of Europe and almost all of America but just not the fit in India save in a few expat and Anglo-Indian households. But, think of a better white meat alternative to red meat…

(W)hat (T)he (F)ood – Difference between Red and White Meat

You might have heard many renditions of why red meat is red and white meat is white. Let’s put some rest to the confusion with some clarity regarding the subject, shall we? (W)hat (T)he (F)ood decides the ‘colour’ of the meat? A protein called Myoglobin, whose purpose is to help ship oxygen to muscle cells,…

Cheap To Chic: The Lobster Ascends

You wouldn’t suspect that a close relative of grasshoppers and tarantulas could be widely considered an elegant indulgence by gourmands all across the world, wouldn’t you? And yet, every time a chef proudly presents a lobster-based creation as a signature dish, that’s exactly what happens. Prepared by broiling in butter or scampi, Newburg or in…

When life gives you lemons, squeeze them over meat

The lemon is said to have originated in the Indus Valley because of a lemon-shaped earring from 2500 BC found by archaeologists in the area. Since those days of yore, this wonderfully juicy and nutritious fruit has written Tangy Tales of terrific proportions. It has saved thousands of sailors’ lives from scurvy and re-energised millions…

Flavour vs. Moisture: The Dilemma

High Temperature Flavour Development  Browning creates a tremendous amount of flavour and is a key step when cooking meat. This happens through a process called the Maillard reaction, named after the French chemist who first described it in the early 1900s. The Maillard reaction occurs when the amino acids and sugars in food are subjected…

Prawn 101: Familiarise yourself

There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger prawns are one of the most exotic and delicious species of prawns. They are fished in both the ocean and fresh waters. Most of them have a narrow, tapering body, with the tail curled underneath, and long, whiskery antennae. The body is encased in a…

The Health Benefits of Lobster

Lobster, long considered a luxury food item, can make for a healthy and delicious meal when eaten in moderation. It offers significant amounts of many important vitamins and minerals, but there are certain considerations to take into account when eating lobster, especially if it’s cooked in salt-rich sauces or eaten dipped in butter. Lobster is…