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Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative Launches New Guidebook

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“A billion people rely on fish as their primary source of protein. A quarter of species caught are thrown back in the sea or discarded – usually dead.”

I was in Peter Goffe-Wood [Food Alchemist] kitchen in Woodstock, attending the launch of the new Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative [SASSI] along with other media and supporters such as Woolworths, I&J and Pick ‘n Pay to name a few.

After we had just watched a short video on our depleting ocean, we were assigned by Peter and his team to our work stations were we would cook up some recipes using the green [best choice] fish. One thing that stood out for me, as I chopped up parsley and gerkins for the tartar sauce, was that this wasn’t another ‘gloom’ conservation story, as our hostess from John Brown Media commented.

SASSI is about making the right choices from the consumer, to the restaurant or retail owner, to the men on the boats bringing in the fish. Their system incorporates various different levels of the ‘food chain’ – including the MSC logo on the packaging for the food, the Responsible Fisheries Alliance for the fisherman, to a pocket size guide for the consumer.

The original drafted pocket guide, published early in 2005, excluded imported species, as well as aquaculture species. Tuna was grouped as one and the red [Don’t Buy] fish only had fish that were prohibited from being sold by law.

The new original drafted pocket guide is more comprehensive and includes a wide variety of species. They have also made it possible for consumers if they can’t find the fish in their guide, or forgot their guide at home, to simply sms 079 499 8795 and you’ll get an sms answer straight away informing you whether the fish is green, orange or red.

Dr Samantha Petersen of WWF’s Sustainable Fisheries Programme says, “The new methodology has allowed us to address gaps in the previous SASSI listing process such as the impact of fishing methods and fish farming. Also because it is internationally recognised and adopted, it has allowed us to compare and share our species assessments with other countries that import our seafood or to draw assessments from an international database for seafood imported into South Africa.”

John crushed the last of the capers for the tartar sauce and William [Woolworths] finished up the last of the crumbed hake. After a quick deep-frying our creation was whisked away to be tasted by all. Other dishes came our way including a luxuries mussels in cream sauce (with a touch of fennel) crumbed calamari with what I believe was a mustard sauce, as well as Thai-fish cakes (served with a hot dipping sauce) and angel fish dressed in lemon (and pesto I think) on boiled potatoes and courgettes. Each one a mouth sensation as well as a recipe created by Peter and his team. You can download SASSI recipes to use with your green-listed fish from the website or from the Recipe Booklet.

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Popular Cuisine In The UK

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UK consisting of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is an island nation that dates back hundreds of years. In the UK there are a numerous traditional dishes that have been consumed for years and are considered as national treasures.

Though UK is full of history, when it comes to food, there are other nations which offer greater imagination and variety. Generally British food is bland and rather boring. As a result many British people enjoy food from other parts of the globe such as China, India and various European countries. However, there are still a many well loved dishes from the UK and these include:

The Roast. This dish consist of roast beef, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and several vegetables. It is quite a favoured meal of many British folk on Sundays as it takes a long duration to cook and people tend to have more time on Sunday rather then any other day of the week. The beef is roasted in the oven along with with potatoes and served with a number of vegetables such as beans and carrots together with Yorkshire pudding. Yorkshire pudding itself is a batter which that is derived from a baked mixture consisting of flour, milk and eggs.

Fish and Chips. Once upon a time considered a poor man’s meal but in the last 30 or so years with the increase in the price of fish, this dish has become altogether very expensive. Fish and chips consist of fried fish such as cod, haddock and plaice together with fries which are referred to as chips in the UK. Generally, it is take away dish where the food is purchased from a fish and chip food outlet and taken home for consumption.

Bangers and Mash. A dish that consist of fried or grilled sausages (of the flavoured variety) and potatoes in the mashed form. A very simple dish as it is easy to prepare and cook, it is especially popular with kids.

While the British excel at many things, cooking is not a strong forte. As a result dishes such as curry from India and sweet and sour food from China are very popular with the locals. European and American food such as pizza and burgers are also readily consumed.

In recent years, the popularity of curry is such that, it has effectively taken over traditional dishes to become the national dish. The introduction of curry to the UK came about as a result of immigration of people from the Asia subcontinent. The richness of the various curries has led to more and more people eating curry based dishes.

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A 3 Course Meal Guaranteed to Please

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From time to time, we cook, even better when we cook for someone else. Even better when we want to cook and impress female company. Below is a well rounded 3 course meal that any man can cook, that your partner will love.


Salmon Carpaccio

Preparation – 20 Minutes + Refrigeration Serves – 8


?? Medium green capsicum (bell pepper) (100g) diced finely

2 green onions (scallions, chopped finely

400 g piece sashimi salmon, sliced thinly

1 tablespoon free dill sprigs

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Servicing suggestions

Scatter micro leaves over salmon. Serve with thinly sliced toasted bread.

TIP – Cut the salmon as thinly as you like. Freezing the piece of salmon for about 1 hour will make it easier to slice finely. You can finely slice the partly frozen fish using a mandoline or a V-Slicer.


Butterflied Lamb With Fresh Mint Sauce

Preparation + Cook time 40 minutes (+refrigeration and standing) Serves (10)


?? cup (90g) honey

1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard

2 kgs butterflied leg of lamb

?? cup loosely packaged rosemary sprigs

For Mint Sauce

?? cup (110g) firmly packed light brown sugar

?? cup(125 ml) water

1 1/2 cups (375ml) cider vinegar

?? cup finely chopped fresh mint


Serving suggestion – Serve with baby potatoes and a tomato and radish salad. The mint sauce can me made several days ahead. Ask the butcher to butterfly a leg of lamb for you.


Raspberry nougat frozen parfait.

Preparation + Cook time – 25 minutes (+freezing and refrigeration) Serves 8


2 cups (400g) ricotta Cheese

?? cup (165g) caster (superfine) sugar

?? cup (40g whole almonds, roasted, chopped coarsely

150g (4 1/2 ounces) nougat, chopped coarsely

1 ?? cup (310ml) thickened (heavy cream)

1 cup (135g) Frozen raspberries


Tip – it is fine to use just one 300ml carton of cream for this recipe. The parfait can me made a week ahead up to step 3.

Slice with a knife that has been dipped in hot water, before allowing to soften in the refrigerator (step 5)

Serving suggestions – You can serve this with fresh raspberries or with a raspberry compote. For a compote, cook 2 ?? cups (330g) Frozen raspberries, and ?? cup (55g) caster) superfine) sugar in medium saucepan, stirring, over a low heat, until berries are very soft/ Push mixture through coarse sieve into medium bowl, discard seeds. Just before serving, stir 500 g fresh raspberries into berry sauce.

A perfect Match

You could accompany the festive menu with these wine choices.

Salmon Carpaccio – Pinot Grigio

Lamb – Sauvignon Blanc

Raspberry Parfait- champagne or sparkling wine.

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Flavors Of The Italian Pizzas And The Cakes

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Italian cakes are most popular all over the world and they are made in a variety of styles and in different manners. The are famous because all the different type of cakes are designed with respect to the occasion. In case of anniversary cakes a picture of a couple is made beautifully by a chocolate or creamy topping. In order to make the figure prominent it is given different colors with the help of biscuits, almonds, pineapples or the chocolate. Some people invite a large number of guests on these occasions and if they have been married for three years then they would buy the cake in which there are three storeys.

There are birthday cakes which are decorated with the topping of the name of the birthday person or candles or light is made on it. In general, the Italian cream cake is deliciously decadent on the inside and rich and creamy on the outside. Different flavors in cakes offered in Italy is chocolate, pineapple and creamy. Some are the dry cakes and the others are the creamy cakes. All are made in the professional manner and served in a much decorated manner. The other type of cakes includes the humming bird cake, velvet cake and the wedding cake.

The cakes that are designed on occasional purposes are a bit expensive as compared to the ones that are not specially designed for any purpose. Pizzas are also a very popular dish of Italy, whenever you go out in the Italy for the hunt of pizza then you will find a number of restaurants of these pizzas but the taste and quality of the pizza will vary in ach restaurant will vary. But you should buy the pizza of that company that has a good command over the production of these pizzas. There are certain pizzas that are thin and have an outer covering over them. Above them a large number of peppers are added to give them a spicy touch. On certain pizzas the tomato or the garlic sauce is added in order to give it a very tasty taste. There is often a coating of olive oil so that the toppings added in the pizzas before baking it should adhere to it seriously. Some people does not like cheese therefore a large number of pizzas in which only the chicken is spreaded are made and they are also liked by people very much. Pizzas are available in a variety of sizes liker large, medium and small.

In Italy there are a large number of offers made regarding the family deals. There are separate deals for the pizzas for the adults and pizzas for the small kids. The Forming pizza is popular for the cheese lovers as it has a large number of topping of the cheese and it is served hot. All the Italian foods are delicious and if you ever go to Italy taste their cakes, pastas and the pizzas. There are a number of desserts that are special for the Italy.

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Tips To Choose Best Baking & Pastry Arts Academies in Arizona

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As a resource for those who like good food but may not want to get into it all too deeply, online cooking schools is a wonderful thing. Online cooking course is convenient does not mean that you won’t need to put in some hard work. In many ways learning online can be harder than in a traditional classroom environment. An online cooking school can be a huge challenge. You may have to come up with your own recipes and send them to your tutor. Be prepared to experiment and not to get it right every time.

There are many different Arizona culinary management programs throughout the country at various academies, but the most common type is the Bachelor of Culinary Management degree, which can be found at colleges, universities, technical institutions and online schools. A Bachelor of Culinary Management degree program will provide a general knowledge of the culinary arts, business, restaurant management and general education courses, including English, math, science and history.

In order to become a restaurant manager students should receive an accredited education. Career training options are available to those looking to pursue a career in the exciting field of culinary management. Associate level degrees are available to students through a number of accredited online schools and colleges. With an accredited online bachelors degree in restaurant management students can pursue the career they desire. Possible employment may be in restaurants and other culinary related businesses.

Continuing education certificates are available from a number of accredited online schools and colleges. Students can gain certificates in certain areas of the field to enhance their skills, knowledge, and services. With an accredited online program students will be able to study from home at their own leisure. Students can start the path to an exciting new career by enrolling in an online restaurant management career training program.

According to the National Restaurant Association, culinary management degrees will boost your earning power. As for opportunity, culinary management degrees open up a wide range of possibilities for you to begin your culinary career. A career in the culinary arts requires a sense of creativity, as well as the ability to produce consistently in a manufacturing production style.

A pastry chef at a quality hotel will be able to design spectacular desserts, but they will be produced for large numbers of people. A prep chef may spend hours chopping vegetables, but they may also create a beautiful display of flowers using their own cutting and paring techniques and talents. If you are planning to advance in your culinary arts career to food management, restaurant management, executive chef or restaurant owner, you will also be responsible for controlling food costs and waste. In these positions, basic math skills will be required, and likely some computer data entry, scheduling and purchasing.

Arizona Professional Cooking program will prepare you for a career in restaurants, bakeries or as a caterer. During the Professional Cooking program students will get hands on knowledge through the Culinary Academy’s. In the field of professional Pastry and Baking culinary arts, there is nothing more rewarding than a career as a pastry chef or baker. The Culinary Academy of Long Island offers a comprehensive course on the fine art of Professional Pastry and Baking that will help students build the solid foundation needed to become masters of their craft.

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Heirloom a Vegetable of The Past

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As the time passed we lost a lot of glory of the past. One such thing is heirloom. Heirloom was commonly used once in a while and it lost all its glory after the industrialization of agriculture. Farmers have found it to be non productive and not much profitable. At the same time the new generation fruits like apples etc have become a habit of the people where the heirloom lost its place. Even today it has been grown by somebody either as a monument of the past or out of certain historical interest. Though a variety of heirloom vegetable seeds are available in the market, it is not financially viable to cultivate in a large scale. You can buy vegetable seeds and start growing in your home garden. This will help you to have a different variety of vegetable in your diet once in a while.

Home gardens have become the favorite hobby of the urban middle class nowadays. It helps them to have fresh vegetables as well as earn some extra money too. More over, now it is not difficult to buy vegetable seeds. Various types of genetically improved seeds are available in the market. You can buy vegetable seeds and start your own home garden immediately. There is not much space is required to cultivate these vegetables. More people are going for their favorite vegetables. You can go with the one that is having a great demand in the market. If you buy vegetable seed of that particular species and start growing it, you can certainly earn a good income out of your hobby. If you want to cultivate for your needs only, you can buy vegetable seeds of your favorite ones. In either way you are earning money and also protecting your health as you can have fresh vegetables at your door step.

As mentioned earlier, it is easy to buy vegetable seeds, but you will have to take a bit of care in growing them. If you sow heirloom vegetable seedsor any other seeds in your home garden, you will have to take special care. These plants need regular attention and watering. You will have to add fertilizers from time to time and also may have to use some pesticides and insecticides to protect the plants from the attacks of pests and insects. If you found any leaves or any other parts of the plant to be infected, you have to remove it in time to prevent spreading of the infection to other parts.

Thus, by taking a bit extra pain and strain you can make your home-gardening a profitable one. Along with that you can taste the varieties like heirloom, which was a common vegetable once by sowing heirloom vegetable seeds.

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The Origins of Spanish Cuisine

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Spain is one of the many countries that earned significance in history and played a major role in establishing highly commendable and interesting events that took place over the passing of time. Still evident up until this modern era, the degree of influence that Spain contributed to other countries has become a legend and remains to be appreciated, practiced and widely recognized. Truly, the native Spaniards were able to successfully inculcate their culture in other people’s lives as well as in other nations’ culture, beliefs and practices. Besides that, a taste of Spain will always be recognized through the different sumptuous cuisines that are of the country’s origin.

Spanish cuisine is comprised of several interesting ingredients that are perfectly combined to produce undeniably delectable food choices. Over the course of studying how the Spanish cuisine is as interesting as any other cuisines of other native countries, Spanish food is known to possess two of the most basic ingredients that are most frequently used in their style of cooking. One is the use of olive oil and the other is the use of garlic. Known to be richly producing olive oil, it is not wonder therefore that olive oil is one of the key ingredients among the array of Spanish food. Apart from tehse two basic ingredients, Spanish cooks are very much fond of using a variety of herbs and spices that obviously add a distinct taste and odor to cuisines only Spain can originally make.

Of the many food choices that are of Spanish origin, there are several recipes that have earned significant fame and name, not just within the confines of Spain but around the world. The most favorite dish that every single person can actually enjoy eating is the Tortilla de Patatas. Tortilla de patatas is made of potatoes that are mixed with eggs and onions which produce a pizza like appearance. Some like it perfectly even and smooth while others love to have a soft texture in the inside but crispy on the outside. Another favorite and famous Spanish food is the Paella, otherwise known as the Spanish Rice Dish. This dish is actually a complete meal as it is comprised with all the essential nutritional elements that can be found on the food pyramid. What makes this dish unique is its unforgettable taste that is full of spice, sweetness and gist of all the ingredients that are perfectly mixed together.

Another dish that others find to be odd is the Gazpacho or the cold tomato soup. This soup is actually tomato based that has cucumber, pepper, salt, garlic and olive oil in it. Most Spaniards love to have this as the season of summer strikes. Apart from appetizers, main courses and side dishes, Spanish food cannot be complete without any dessert. And the famous Spanish dessert is the Sweet Flan. Also known as the Caramel Custard, this dessert is actually made from eggs that make up a custard with caramelized sugar to top it all off.

Today, many restaurants feature numerous Spanish dishes which are evidently sumptuous, delectable and definitely mouthwatering.

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