Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Today's newspaper article

Here’s an interesting article I found on “The Australian” website.

I think I feel like a roast right now !!!

Sunday roast kitchen's most dangerous meal, insurance study shows

  • by:Valentine Low
  • From: The Times
  • July 30, 20132:47PM

Sharp knives, hot fat and pans full of boiling water combine to make a roast meal the most perilous thing one can do in the kitchen Source:

THE Sunday roast is the cornerstone of British culinary tradition, a meal whose origins may lie obscured in the annals of gastronomic history but which is guaranteed to evoke nostalgic feelings about childhood weekend joints with all the trimmings.

It is, however, also the most dangerous meal that can be prepared in the kitchen, according to a report carried out by an insurance company. Sharp knives, hot fat and pans full of boiling water combine to make a roast meal the most perilous thing one can do in the kitchen (apart, that is, from a man telling his wife that his mother's roast potatoes were really so much better).

The next most dangerous dishes, according to the report, are chicken tikka masala, a full English breakfast, fish and chips and bangers and mash. The least risky dishes are said to be beans on toast, followed by boiled egg and soldiers.

The report said: "The elements that put the Sunday roast top of the ranking include the risk involved with simultaneously cooking a variety of ingredients, the number of knives needed for peeling and chopping, the potential for pans to boil over and the severity of burns which could be caused by hot oil, spitting fat or heat from the oven."

One of the surprises in the report is that it does not put making chips - with its attendant risk of a chip pan fire - at the top of the dangerous list. It is also curious that chicken tikka masala is second. While the dish is undoubtedly popular, it could be argued that it is not often cooked at home.

Perhaps the survey was referring to the hazardous activity of opening a takeaway container or the painful consequences of not pricking the top of a ready-meal container before putting it in the microwave.

Food safety experts would also argue that there are plenty of dishes that would involve far more danger to the individual, such as anything reheated, or mayonnaise made properly with raw egg yolks. Perhaps, however, the survey did not include salmonella poisoning in its list of undesirable outcomes. As for beans on toast, its risk rating of 2 out of 100 (compared with 73 out of 100 for the Sunday roast) presumably does not include the possibility of the tin having to be opened with an old-fashioned can-opener, one of the more risky kitchen practices.

Shelina Permalloo, winner of Masterchef 2012, added: "Given the number of elements and crucial timing involved in cooking a Sunday roast dinner, it's not surprising it's the riskiest to prepare. It's important to give yourself plenty of time - running around like a headless chicken will undoubtedly lead to an accident.

"Make sure you have all the preparation, such as peeling and chopping, done before you start on the cooking - trying to do everything at once is tricky to manage. Don't be distracted because pans on the hob can easily boil over and roast potatoes in oil can get dangerously hot. Preparation in advance will also allow you to relax and enjoy your Sunday roast with your friends and family."

Phil Ost, home insurance expert at Zurich, said: "The modern kitchen is a feast of gadgets and gizmos which can easily become a recipe for disaster.However, our 2013 risk assessment shows that it's the more you have going on at once when cooking which is likely to result in an accident, with the greatest danger being a fire."

The Times



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How's this for a culinary tour ??

I found this article in "The Sydney Morning Herald" about a food tour of ALL the 3 Michelin-star restaurants located around the world – all 109 of them !!

All you need is a very healthy appetite and $300,000 !!

World's top nosh tour departs at $300k

Date: July 22, 2013
Jane Holroyd

If anyone can spare the cash to go on the Michelin 3-star holiday, they'll be eating at Fat Duck in Bray, England - and at 108 similarly extravagant restaurants. Photo: Supplied

If the organisational headache is the only thing stopping you from booking a meal at every one of the world's 109 three-Michelin starred restaurants, then rest easy.

A British-based online travel agency and a company specialising in creating one-off luxury experiences have joined forces to take the hard work out of it. All the food-loving couple will need is about $300,000 and a spare six months to travel the globe to visit the culinary temples.

The "world beating three Michelin star holiday" was launched last week and promises prospective travellers a table at each of the restaurants now accorded the highest ranking by the Michelin Guide, spread though they are across 12 countries.

Massimo Bottura, the chef patron of Osteria Francescana, a three Michelin star restaurant in Modena, Italy. Photo: Jim Rice

Louise Cheng, a marketing executive at, told Fairfax that interest in the Michelin holiday had been high. But as of Friday no one had booked.

"There has been a lot of interest in the trip and we hope to secure a booking shortly," Ms Cheng said.

From a starting price of £182,000, Holidays Please will book restaurants and organise business-class travel and luxury hotel accommodation across Europe, Asia and the United States where the restaurants are located.

El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, will be on the itinerary of the $300,000 holiday for the ultimate foodie bragging rights. Photo: Supplied

"Couples will go to a restaurant every other day and in their free time can explore the local sites and interests of the country they are in," Ms Cheng said.

Those with the inclination to book will be spending most of their time in Japan, where about 30 of the three-Michelin-starred restaurants are located, and in France, which plays host to about 25 of them.

The tour will also take customers to Girona in Spain, home to El Celler de Can Roca, recently named the world's best by Restaurant magazine. They'll spend about two weeks in New York where seven three-starred restaurants are located.

The fee for the tour allows individuals to spend an average of £250 ($416) at each restaurant, so there should be change leftover after eating at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck (Berkshire, England) where £180 buys a 14-course degustation. The lucky foodies may have to punch a few extra holes in their belts.

Sadly, Australia won't be on the itinerary with the Michelin organisation yet to send its restaurant reviewers our way.

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