Haute Couture Lunch Boxes

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How intriguing it is that the good old school lunch box has evolved as much as society has .

Driving home and listening to the radio an interesting topic evolved about today’s lunch boxes and their creative contents whether it be for school or work , the good old PB&J has long disappeared .

A Teacher phoned in describing a few lunches she saw daily at her school

A Grade 2 pupil of hers had SUSHI for lunch !?!? another pupil had prawn canape’s !?!? none of this was home made , I am not saying they aren’t healthy or nutritious in any way , probably more so than some children who are given lunch money and spend it all on hamburgers , sweets ,and fizzy drinks .

I was just astounded at the caliber of food some children are taking to school daily for lunch !!!

I used to get fruit , a jam or peanut butter sandwich , a couple biscuits or a slice of cheese and a small mug of juice  and on a really good Monday I would get a Sunday Roast Sandwich with all the mouth watering smack-rings from the day before  . nowadays I eat leftovers or sandwiches or even better a sandwich constructed from leftovers . I save up every month to take myself to dinner at a stunning restaurant and indulge in a gourmet experience , at 8 years of age I would never dream of eating such delicacy’s  daily .

Living in South Africa with such a diverse group of people your bound to poke around in each others lunch boxes . I have come across some weird and wonderful takes on the midday mealtime regime from goats head , marmite and bananas , to a fully loaded sandwich loaded with all the contents of your fridge (contents indistinguishable ) .

If Lunch is the highlight (usually ) of our working /schooling day , shouldn’t we make every last morsel count ?

so yes even though I was shocked beyond belief at what today’s lunch boxes contain , it brings us hope for a more Knowledgeable pallet’s and discerning clients in the future .

Any fond memories of your lunch boxes ?

would love to hear about them .

Have a tastetastic day  🙂

 

 

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Bombay who ?!?!?

bombay_duck

A lot of recipe titles can be deceiving  such as Bombay Duck .

This often comes from incorrect translations or mythical legends ,

What would you guess would be the primary protein in this exotic Indian Dish you may ask ?

FISH !!!

The primary protein in this dish is actually a lizardfish found primarily in the Arabian sea , It looks positively prehistoric !!!

nonetheless , this ‘fish’ is usually dried and salted before being consumed , as its powerful odor can be an assault on the senses  .

By the looks of it it could soon evolve to walk straight off my plate …..but  Hey dinner and a show right  !!!

I think this fish may be more foe that friend .

But that being said I shall have to try it before I pass judgement #watch this space

 

 

Cakes catching on the sides

Have you ever found the Most amazing cake recipe that looked like a stunner in the Photo , but when you  tried it out at home it has come out with  burnt sides and perfectly cooked middle ?! They did not mention this in the recipe .

There are many factors at play here different oven temperatures and thermostat settings , over mixing your batter , letting it sit to long before you bake it , and so much more . This definitely presents a problem for the avid bakers out there .

  1. I have found that  lining your cake tin with parchment paper (all sides and the bottom – can never be too careful:-)
  2. using a thicker tin or even a glass cake tin .
  3. Placing a ceramic ramekin of water in the oven while the cake is cooking – this keeps a moist atmosphere without drying out your cake its not as much as a bain-marie which is commonly used for puddings , custards , and the like, for slow even cooking  *note don’t use this for chiffon type of cake as the egg whites don’t need the added moisture
  4. Cut strips of newspaper the height of your cake tin , wet them in some water (not to the paper mache’ stage )and place around your cake tin , i usually do two layers and possibly 3 for larger cakes that need longer cooking time this helps the cake rise evenly and acts as insulation and temperature control   .* note i use an electric oven and i don’t know how this would fare in a gas oven , I have not burn my house down yet , it dries out the newspaper but does not catch alight , you can usually use the paper 2 or three times before its to dry and you have to throw it away , If you don’t feel that adventurous a wet tea towel will work just as well , some specialty shops also sell specialized silicon products for this very purpose .

So never doubt there is always a reason and a way to fix something .

Happy Baking 🙂