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How Indian food breaks all the rules of the ‘food-pairing theory’.

Food pairing theory is the idea that the more aromatic compounds two foods have in common, the better they will taste together. Cheese and bacon, strawberries and chocolate, sage and onion. There are hundreds of combinations of foods that work superbly well together that we all know and love. But more recently, experimentative chefs have been pushing the boundaries to explore more interesting flavours combinations, and that’s how gems such as salted caramel, strawberry and basil, and chocolate and chilli became part of mainstream flavour pairings. However, research into food pairing theory suggests that the flavour combinations we all know and love only really make sense for those of us in North American and Western European cultures. In fact, in...

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Is yogurt possibly the best curry accompaniment?

Curry. It’s the nation’s favourite food - apparently. But when it comes to which dish you would choose when you’re faced with the many options on the menu, it seems there are only two types of people in this world. On one side of the table, you’ve got those in the korma loving camp. These are the people that spend a good 10 minutes looking through the menu, umm’ing and ahh’ing over every possible option, only to end up going for a korma… again. The more adventurous amongst this group might opt for a tasty tikka masala, but you can bet your bottom rupee that each week, they’re dish will be the same. Then, on the opposite side of the...

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How to find time to eat together as a family.

How to find time to eat together as a family. Once upon a time, every family sat down to eat dinner together in the evening. They'd sit and eat, taking their time, whilst sharing interesting bits from their days with one another. Nowadays, if you were to peer into a family home, you’d be hard-pressed to find this occurrence, which is sad in the true sense of the word. Technology has benefited us as a society in so many ways, but one way it has truly hindered us all is when it comes to bonding as a family, particularly over the age-old custom of having dinner together. In addition to everyone being glued to their smartphones, many homes have both...

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Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.

Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans. The lyrics of "Beautiful Boy" contain the famous Lennon quote "Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans." And, like most of Lennon’s aethereal lyrics, when you finally get a minute to consider it, it rings completely true, life almost seems to happen without us. But wherever you go, however successful you may become or however much you ‘de-clutter’ your life, you’ll likely encounter that very same feeling.  A good friend of mine always says ‘I’m so busy, if I only had a day, just one day, with nothing in it!’ Well, let’s face it, if you are over the age of...

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