Archive for January, 2013

detox

This article from the Telegraph demonstrates ways in which we can change our diet to keep ourselves youthful, both inside and out.
This includes replacing your morning caffeine hit with ginger tea, rye bread instead of wheat, almond milk instead of diary, fish instead of red meat, no starch after 5pm and a lot less alcohol.
How many of you RumbleChatters out there have been on a detox this January, and have you enjoyed the experience? Was it easy to cut out all those naughty vices like sugar, alcohol, starchy carbs and bad fats? How do you feel now we are approaching the end of the month? A lot lighter, brighter, and full of energy?
Let us know what you did during your detox by tweeting @RumbleChat with #detox!

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I’ve just been reading about Epic, which is the canteen housed within the Facebook headquarters. The food served there is complimentary to all staff… which I applaud!
It seems as though food is taken pretty seriously over at the social media giant. They offer their employees creatively themed meals of high quality, with the cooking team posting the daily menu on the in-house Facebook page.
This made me wonder. Do you think all large, successful corporate firms should offer this sort of service? Should they have an in-house cafeteria? Should they offer meals free of charge by way of rewarding staff for all of their hard work? Should they make an extra effort to offer up food of high quality as in incentive to get the creative juices flowing with their employees?
I think a food incentive is a massive plus within the workplace! Healthy, well cooked, creative cooking makes for happy workers and lots of RumbleChatting 🙂

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Check out this extraordinary art exhibition entitled ‘Strange Fruit’ by artist Sarah Illenberger.
She takes an everyday food object and transforms it to represent an everyday object. A beetroot turns into a glamorous ruby, a pear becomes a lightbulb, and a pineapple is transformed into a sparkly disco ball!

What would you make if you were allowed to play with your food? Tweet @RumbleChat with #foodplay with your suggestions!

I would turn a chicken drumstick into a boxing glove, a leek into a palm tree and a block of Stilton into a crumbling cliff edge (!)

Let us know what you would make 🙂

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The time of Lent is traditionally a time of fasting and reflection. But in the 21st century it’s usually a time to abstain from a vice… Chocolate, caffeine, booze or carbs for instance. I usually attempt to give up crisps. When I say attempt, I mean ‘choose to have about 3 days off’. I have no will power.
So when I came across news that the Church of England have advised that we slow down, and live a ‘simpler life’, such as ‘to take an extended breakfast and savour things as seemingly mundane as a bowl of breakfast cereal’, it got me thinking of other food-based activities you can do to slow your life down. Here’s my top 3, let us know yours by tweeting @Rumblechat with the hashtag #foodielent

1) Make a 7-hour roast lamb. Not much work for the chef, but it will test your patience as you wait for the delicous result! http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1094/sevenhour-lamb
2) Check out some of the best restaurants with a degustation menu… and take all evening to savour every mouthful! I fancy going to Texture for their Scandinavian tasting menu… http://texture-restaurant.co.uk/pdf/19-10-12-scandi-tasting.pdf
3) Make some blue cheese! I love, love, love blue cheese, and it should take around 3 months to make, so if that doesn’t slow me down, then nothing will!

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I’m not a massive fan, it’s not the first place on my list for where I think kids should dine out, but when I read this story, I thought ‘fair play’.

The global fast food chain McDonald’s have launched a campaign, alongside the National Literacy Trust to distribute 15 million books with their happy meals over the next two years.  As well as this, McDonald’s said it would also launch ‘Happy Readers’ £1 book offers, that can be redeemed at WHSmith.

Satring last wek, the campaign starts with a non-fiction book from DK’s ‘Amazing World’ series.

Conal Presho, head of development at the National Literacy Trust, says that ‘McDonald’s is a company with huge reach across the UK.’ and that the Trust’s focus ‘was not on the food side, but on getting books into kids’ hands … Our focus is on using any way we can to encourage children to read.’

 

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This recently discovered App has kept all of us at RumbleChat really busy this week! It’s a great little creation called Forkly for foodies to discover local restaurants, cafes and other eateries that have been rated by others. You can search through your feed and click on foods that you ‘want’, and read how others have rated different places to eat.

You can also rate places you have visited and share your tastes to influence other people! It’s become really useful to find the best local places to eat – a word of mouth recommendation is so valuable!

 

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Ever wondered what high-res fried eggs would look like, stuck onto your living room wall, surrounded by your favourite art-deco lamp that sits on top of your faux-Victoriana side board?! If this sounds like a designers’ idea of hell, well it’s true, you can now adorn your home with wallpaper printed with images of food. American retailer Spoonflower sells rolls of the stuff, and you can buy anything from bacon, to sweets, to cakes.

I think I’ll stick to my magnolia thanks.