Why England is not known for its Cooking

Why England is not known for its Cooking

I have been to England for a ten-day study trip once and as a Singaporean, who eats, breathes and drowns in a plethora of Asian and Western cuisines (Singaporeans have a known habit of discussing where to eat dinner…during lunch), I was looking forward to trying something distinctly different. And boy, did I get it. Not to say that the food was horrible; there were good moments. I had my very best ice-cream cone at Abbott Lodge, a dairy farm that produces fresh ice-cream everyday with the most dazzling array…

Cans vs Bottles the Debate Rages on

Cans vs Bottles the Debate Rages on

Beer in a bottle puts one in mind of a day spent enthusiastically bottling a batch of homebrew, a frosty glass bottle fresh from a cooler on a hot summer night, or a dusty one retrieved after optimal aging from one’s private beer cellar. A can on the other hand takes you to a college kegger with beers being shotgunned, beer-bonged, or just plain chugged; a basement where high school kids taste their parents Coors Light and pretend it doesn’t make them want to gag; a pyramid of beer cans…

Drunk Driving during the Holidays

Drunk Driving during the Holidays

Just think before you enter the state of party hearty. The very thought of losing all of your control, over a glass of libations, just to celebrate something that is supposed to make you feel happy and in the holiday spirit. Will you think that if you are not with someone, will the host know that you shouldn’t drink, and you didn’t bother to have a designated driver? Do you know that “they” can be sued for your actions, and that “you” can have your wages garnished, if you harm…

A Guide to Great Salads for Cookouts

A Guide to Great Salads for Cookouts

Just the thought of eating salad is a big turn-off for many people – raw leafy veges tossed with a few pieces of carrots in some store-bought dressing – that’s enough of a scare for most people to exclude salad from the daily meals.But who says salad should be confined to just the normal lettuce, carrots, and heavy dressing? salad need not be boring … not anymore. For a start, try adding some crunch to your salad by adding some nuts. You can either use chopped walnuts or chopped almonds…

A Guide to Traditional French Hors Doeuvres

A Guide to Traditional French Hors Doeuvres

French hors d’oeuvres are the equivalent of Spanish tapas. They are small tasty appetizers that are served before the meal, often with cocktails or aperitifs. They should be small so that they can be eaten in one or two bites and they can be served either hot or cold. They should also be visually appealing and complement the foods which will follow. Traditional French hors d’oeuvres consist of canapes and crudites. Canapes are either crackers or small thin pieces of bread or toast. They have a spread which traditionally consists…