October 21, 2004
Food Section Digestion

pressure cooker.jpgDoes anyone remember the trendy CrockPot of the 70s? Those little babies were guaranteed to save our working mothers hours of heartache and work. My mom had one and she used to dutifully set it going in the morning with raw veggies and meat so that we could have a hot savoury stew when when she got home from work in the evening. It strikes me that the Chicago Tribune's tribute to the pressure cooker is an attempt to find the noughties version of the Working Mom's Salvation. However, although the pressure cooker does indeed allow a working parent to make "chicken noodle casserole with mushrooms and peas (in) four minutes...just one minute more than chicken nuggets in the microwave", let's be honest here: said working parent still has to spend some time chopping, slicing and cleaning, whereas the microwaveable nuggets come straight from the freezer. Seems to me that the CrockPot had the same problem...my mother got tired of getting up early in the morning to make dinner.

Charles Stuart Platkin of the Seattle Times explores ways to eat more healthily while not punishing your wallet. One suggestion, which I find too horrifyingly organized to contemplate, is to set aside one day a week for food preparation: all that scrubbing, peeling and chopping that has to be done before you can get down to the cooking. Personally, I have a hard time planning my meals more than 48 hours in advance, let alone a whole week.

Over in the UK Observer, Dr. John Briffa analyses a new report from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition on how diabetics can effectively control blood sugar levels. According to Dr. Briffa and his colleagues at the Journal, the traditional advice to eat simple starches such as potatoes and bread will lead to bad blood; diabetics will be better off in the long run with carbohydrates that release their energy slowly, such as pulses, whole wheat pasta and leafy greens.

In wine news, the Indianapolis Star has a short article on a pair of winemakers who decided to use their product to raise money for cancer research after losing their mother to the disease. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so honor it with a bottle of Big Tattoo Red, which is described as having "ripe, juicy flavors (which) make it a great pour for pizza, ribs or burgers on the grill".

And for that most basic of consuming needs, water, the International Herald Tribune has a warning that the EPA has found that water on 13% of the planes they tested did not measure up to the agency's minimum health standards. Insist on bottled water when flying!

Well, that is all the news I found of interest this week. I am sure you will all be looking forward to the return of Barrett in Chicago who finds great stories and has a much pithier write-up...I get too opinionated about most of the stories I read so you get an editorial as with your food digest!

Posted by Meg in Sussex at October 21, 2004 12:56 PM | TrackBack Print-friendly version

I knew there was a reason I stick to Vodka and tonics when I'm in the air...

Don't feel so sanguine about getting water from the bottle. On an American flight I saw the flight attendant (who I'd gone to high school with, oddly enough) refill a big bottle of water from the airplane tap and serve it to the passengers.

If you didn't break the seal, don't trust the water.

Posted by barrett on October 22, 2004 at 11:59 AM

Okay, looks like cans of Perrier for me from now on!! That's pretty scary...

Posted by Meg in Paris on October 22, 2004 at 1:06 PM
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