I hate most kitchen gadgets. Often they don’t work or if they do they get used to it and then end up in the cupboard or on the counter to take up space. But during a moment of weakness in a supermarket recently, I bought a microwave omelette maker. There it was, just at face level as I pushed my cart past the eggs. I like eggs, but I don’t eat much of them. I actually had a dozen outdated ones in my fridge and thought maybe this device could help me use them. Well, it worked. I even bought more eggs because this thing makes a great omelette without ruining a pan. It makes a perfect non-stick omelet every time. You just beat two eggs and put half on each side. After a minute in the microwave, add cheese or whatever you want in the center of your omelet, then seal it and microwave it some more. Please ! It works great and it’s so quick and easy. This is my best kitchen purchase in a long time. Infomercial pitchman Vince Offer has to get rid of the Slap Chop and start selling it. But wait, there’s more! Below are more food items from my Hal’s Kitchen, so keep reading…
PIZZA WEEK CONTINUES
Winnipeg Pizza Week is underway. It will run until May 14 at 75 local restaurants. I’ll let you go to LaPizzaWeek.com to discover all the different pies, but here are a few names that caught my eye. The Fresh Prince at Smitty’s, Just Figgin’ Peachy at Saddlery on Market and Bedazzled Basil at Hildegard’s Bakery. And don’t be afraid to try several as the event is also a fundraiser for Centraide.
Japanese researchers have developed computer-controlled chopsticks that enhance savory flavors. The idea is to help those who need to reduce sodium in their diet. The wands use electrical stimulation and a mini computer that is worn on a wristband. A weak electrical current carries the sodium ions from the food, through the chopsticks, to the mouth, where they create a sensation of saltiness. Meiji University inventor Homei Miyashita has also developed a lickable TV screen that can mimic different food flavors.
A diet rich in antioxidants can protect your brain. Green leafy vegetables and colorful fruits are also good for the rest of your body. People whose blood is rich in three important antioxidants are less likely to develop dementia, according to new research. “But the only way to prove the link between antioxidants and brain health is with a long-term randomized clinical trial to see if fewer people who take a carefully controlled amount of antioxidant supplements develop dementia over time.” said Dr. Luigi. Ferrucci, scientific director of the US National Institute on Aging.
A new study indicates that vegetarian children may face some challenges. Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital of United Health in Toronto have found that although vegetarian children have the same nutritional levels as their meat-eating peers, their risk of being underweight is twofold. Being underweight may indicate a greater risk of malnutrition or a lack of calories and nutrients needed for proper growth, but more research is needed. The study’s lead author, Dr Jonathon Maguire, says: “Vegetarian diets seem to work for most children.
MUSHROOMS NO MEAT
The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research says switching from meat to mushrooms once a week can prevent deforestation. Replacing 20% of beef with a mushroom-based meat alternative could halve deforestation by 2050. Experts say this mushroom meat can mimic the taste and texture of real beef, but it doesn’t require as much land to produce and there are fewer emissions, too. And this is interesting: it can also prevent the appetite…
Kellogg’s has a new breakfast cereal for Star Wars fans. You may have to make a trip to Grand Forks to buy it or order it online, but Frosted Flakes Obi-Wan Kenobi is said to combine the rich chocolate flavors of Frosted Flakes Chocolate with the sweet flavor of the original Frosted Flakes for a “masterful combination”. of the “dark and light” sides. The official release is scheduled for the end of this spring.
Hal has been writing articles for years. He also hosts Connecting Winnipeg weekday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon at 680 CJOB. You can email him at Hal@HalAnderson.ca.