Monthly Archives: October 2007

Healthy Halloween Candy in the UK

Okay, so healthy might be over doing things but while we’re considering less-evil forms of Halloween treats, I’d like to volunteer Marks & Spencer Terrifying Toffee Popcorn. No artificial flavorings nor scary e-numbers in this stuff… just lots of sugar!! … Continue reading

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Hello Again, Halloween

Candy is good. I love the unlikely caramel flavor of candy corn, the salty savory chewiness of real caramel, the capsacin burn of an old fashioned Red Hot, the flaky wafer crunch of a Kit Kat, the crystalline snap of … Continue reading

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Market Report: Back in Black Kale

The produce shift to fall (despite recent wild fires and 80 degree heat here in southern california) continues, with the first appearance of mandarin oranges and tuscan black kale at our local market. The mandarin’s were good, but still needing … Continue reading

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When Un-Picky Eaters Start Getting Picky

For three years our son Dylan has wolfed down fish and chips on a fortnightly basis (we try and keep our indulgence to a somewhat healthy timetable). Today he renounced his interest in the cod. "Why can’t I just order … Continue reading

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Pasta Season Returns, Part 2: Garlicky Rapini and Sausage Sauce

While the Butcher’s Bolognese simmered, I cooked up a batch of this stuff to freeze. It works exceptionally well with orrechiete pasta (or other short varieties) and is dry enough to work as a pizza topping. If you or your … Continue reading

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Sweet Chili Riceworks – a Genuine Doritos Killer

Dylan had a friend Iwan round this afternoon for a playdate. They’d just come home from school and proceeded to snack their way through most things in the house…..including this genius "whole grain brown rice, naturally gluten free, no preservatives, … Continue reading

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Pasta Season Returns, Part One: Butcher’s Bolognese

For about 8 hours over the weekend, Los Angeles weather plunged into the low 60s, which is about as close as we’ve gotten to Fall so far this year. It triggered that Autumn reaction that inspires braises, and soups, and … Continue reading

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Gastrokid on CNN and Picky Eating

While we’re on the topic of picky eating, I thought it only fair to plug Gastrokid’s very own Hugh Garvey who appeared on CNN International this weekend to educate the world about how to navigate the choppy culinary waters when … Continue reading

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Sneaking Good Stuff into Your Kids’ Dinners and Your Cook Books?

Is it just me or is there something strangely poetic about an author (in this case Jessica Seinfeld) who writes about sneaking healthy veg and other stuff into the meals of her little picky eater being accused of, well, sneaking … Continue reading

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Mark Bittman’s Gastrokid-friendly Pasta Paradigm Shift

Mark Bittman’s recent New York Times story on rethinking proper pasta proportions is a godsend to parents everywhere: parents love pasta for its deliciousness and ease of preparation; kids love pasta for its delciousness; the health-conscious parent loves a new … Continue reading

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