Should the watermelon be renamed?

2 12 2012

The watermelon; a large, round, pink fruit. Yes PINK fruit, yet its name is the WATERmelon. Water is clear, not orange or purple or PINK! This name, ‘watermelon’ gives a completely wrong perception of the fruit. People would imagine a clear fruit or even a blue fruit because of the colour of the sea. This is not what they get; they get a sphere with an outer shell of green and an inside of pink! Ridiculous! The colour of a fruit can very much determine if a person will buy or eat it.
Imagine walking around in a store one day – looking for some fruit to eat. You read the name, “Watermelon.” You think it sounds interesting. A clear fruit! You think, How odd – I might just buy it to experience eating a nearly invisible fruit! But little did you know when you arrived home, all excited to eat your invisible fruit; you slice it open and find that it is not clear. It was not clear at all! It was PINK! Can you imagine the disappointment you would feel?
Enough on colour, there are plenty of other reasons why the watermelon should be renamed. What about its taste? It’s full of sugar – completely different to water. Water is a plain taste, a taste you can’t even really taste. A taste that can in no way be even remotely related to that of the watermelon.
Why on earth was it named the watermelon in the first place? It’s juicy enough to be called a juice-melon, and sweet enough to be called a sweet-melon! So why a WATERmelon? The person who thought up the name must be very odd, thinking up a name so utterly different from the actual fruit! The watermelon should not have ever been called the watermelon.

By Anette





Palm oil

20 06 2011

 

The Palm Oil industry is the biggest oil industry in the world. Palm oil is used worldwide in just about everything we eat.

Palm oil comes from a special type of palm tree. This palmtree only grows in tropical  regions such as Indonesia and Malaysia. The reason why palm oil is so popular is that it has a very high boiling temperature which means it can be used at places like McDonalds. They cook with the same batch of oil for five or six burger runs without changing the oil.

Palm oil is used i n one in ten supermarket products. Nowthat may not seem bad but because it is used in many products the demand for this oil is so high the palm oil industry has to plant more palm trees than ever before, in turn destroying the natural environment. As the palm tree produces the fruit that holds the oil only every seven years, planting more trees attempts to meet the demand. This demand is so high that the industry has to remove the natural habitat at the rate of 300 football fields an hour, seven days a week. There is no regard for the animals or the natural eco system and
now over half of the animals in Borneo are either extinct or critically endangered.

There are so many different products that involve palm oil it is ridiculous. The outrageous thing is palm oil is not necessarily called palm oil –  it is often found as
vegetable oil. This means that consumers don’t know where the oil has come from
or how it has been produced. They fail to see the destructive element of having
this product.

It is only in the past three years that more and more people are becoming aware of the issues with palm oil. Large companies like KFC have now stopped using palm oil in their products. Ironically the company Cadbury has just discovered the importance of palm oil and they are now using it to make their chocolate.

I am now trying to avoid palm oil but it is very hard. I believe that we don’t need palm oil and should use it sparingly. I think food tastes better without having oil added to
it.  By avoiding great use of palm oil, we can all help to reduce the destruction of our environment and make the world a better place.

Daniel





Thai beef salad

29 04 2011

As I walked through the garden, my gaze was captured by a bright, beckoning fruit. I
had never eaten this before; I never really knew why. I thought that I should
finally use it in a dish. I reached forward to grab the brightest and ripest fruit.
It had a smooth texture about it. Round and red like a cherry. I moved along
the garden, towards a corner of greenery. Small leaves, dark green and fresh,
tumbled into my basket. I kept walking through the garden, collecting as many
items as I could, wandering back to my kitchen to create my soon to be
delicious meal. As I slowly cut through the round red fruit,  juice squeezed out pressuring seeds to fall
onto the wooden chopping board. The texture, sweetness and scent of my tomato
was perfect. I pulled out the freshly picked baby spinach leaves and tossed
them around in water to clean them. I chopped a dark maroon onion and slowly
chopped it up, receiving  a slight sting
along with tears. Finally I diced up my cucumbers. I tossed all of the  vegetables into a bowl with the baby spinach
and topped it off with succulent strips of Thai beef. I had created the perfect
dish.

Tessa





Eating Out? Where to Go!

27 07 2010

If you’re heading out for a meal you think, “Where to go and for what occasion? Do I try a food court? Do I try a fancy restaurant or a steak house?” This is a guide to help you with these tough decisions. If you’re going out for a meal with friends, try your local restaurant. Another option could be to try a bowling club or RSL. Most offer quite reasonable food and also have a bar. Chinese, Thai, Indian and Japanese restaurants, Yum Cha and Noodle bars offer tasty Asian cuisine and a very reasonable price. Most dishes are stacked onto the plate so you definitely get your money’s worth. Alternatively if you’re just heading home from work late at night or are leaving for work in the morning, it may be convenient to try a fast food restaurant. Most offer breakfast and most are open 24 hours. These are also a great idea for chilling with friends if you are under the age of 18. The food is not very “real” but boy does it come quickly. If you are looking for a romantic setting with a “special” friend, I’d recommend a flashy joint with outrageously high prices. I’d go for an expensive wine or Champaign and you MUST offer to pay for the meal. An evening meal is so much nicer than lunch. Order something that you can eat properly and finish. Don’t order the five kilo steak if you have a small stomach and don’t order creamy spaghetti if you have not yet mastered the art of eating sloppy food. If you have to use chopsticks, make sure you know how to use them. There is a meal for everyone, for all occasions, so choose wisely. By Will





Food for Thought

22 06 2010

 

Whilst food can be a very fattening and unhealthy, it can also be a delicious source of energy and fibre. In a recent survey about food nutrition, 41% of respondents claimed that meal planning had a large effect on having healthy meals. For example, if you prepare what you are going to have for dinner the night before, you probably won’t resort to the last minute option of takeaway or other quick, easy but fattening dinners. You don’t even have to know in advance exactly what you’re going to cook in the evening as long as you prepare the fridge with the right sorts of products like salad ingredients. You can whip up anything quickly from nutritional tins of lentils and beans. Keep healthy cartons of homemade soup in the freezer.

Have you ever wondered how long you could last without food? Well according to scientists it is possible to stay alive without food for as long as 60 days. But, without water, someone could not last more than 3-5 days. Food is an essential part of our daily life. We may as well make the most of it and prepare it properly. We can aim to have not only tasty snacks but healthy and nutritious meals too.  Get yourself a recipe book of quick, healthy meals and you’ll be a popular cook in your household.

Millie





Lavender

19 11 2009

Lavender is a great plant. This herb is grown for its scent foliage and flowers in the garden and there are 39 species in total. Lavender is a heavily branched short shrub that grows to a height of roughly 60 centimeters. The oil in lavender’s small, blue-violet flowers gives the herb its fragrant scent. It is used in many different ways for e.g. in soaps, shampoos, and sachets for scenting clothes.

This herb is also considered a natural remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to depression and mood disturbances. Research has confirmed that lavender produces calming, soothing, and sedative effects. It is frequently used in baths to help purify the body and spirit.

Lavender can be grown from seeds or cuttings. The best time to plant them in the garden is in the late spring or early summer, when the weather is warm. Lavender is a plant that likes full sun and prefers dry soil. Lavender is very low maintenance and only requires watering once to twice a week. Most lavender plants will only flower for around 3 years.

Lavender also contains medicinal qualities that stimulate and improve health such as insomnia, alopecia (hair loss), anxiety, stress, postoperative pain, and as an antibacterial and antiviral agent.

There is now scientific evidence to suggest that aromatherapy with lavender may slow the activity of the nervous system, improves sleep quality, promote relaxation, more stable mood, increased mental capacity, reduced anxiety and lift mood in people suffering from sleep disorders.

You can buy lavender products such as aromatherapy oil, bath gels, extracts, infusions, lotions, soaps, teas, whole, dried flowers the list goes on. There are so many uses of lavender! 

 Basic Lavender Bath Salt Recipe

2 Cups Epsom salt
2 Cups coarse salt or sea salt
5 Drops of lavender high grade essential oil
5 Drops of blue food coloring
4 Drops of red food coloring
Ceramic or glass mixing bowl

Combine all ingredients except food coloring and stir. When working with essential oils, always wear rubber gloves and work in a well-ventilated area.

Combine both food colorings in a small dish and blend. Incorporate the food coloring into the salt mixture, stirring thoroughly. More coloring can be added if a deeper hue is desired. Spread bath salts on a length of wax paper to dry. If you are in a humid environment, the mixture can be placed on a lined cookie sheet and dried in an oven set on warm. The drier the salts are, the less likely they are to clump

By Vivian

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Chia Seeds – What are they?

11 11 2009

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Chia seeds are harvested from the Salvia hispanica plant, which is a type of sage in the mint family. These seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids and have a very versatile use in a range of foods. Chia seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a fine powder or soaked. Chia seeds are very absorbent they absorb nine times their weight in water and develop a gelatinous texture when soaked. Once soaked they will last up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Chia seeds have been recently named a ‘super food’ as they have many dietary benefits. They help the body to retain fluids and are full of hydrating minerals and proteins. They form a gel in your stomach that slows the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, and it helps build muscle and other tissues. As they are full of antioxidants Chia seeds are useful for various different things such as weight loss, heart disease, diabetes, bone health and digestive disorders. You can add chia seeds to just about anything such as: on salads, in your favourite smoothie recipe or even in muffins or cookies.

To make a chai drink you can use any juice or water in a 600ml water bottle

  • fill till it’s about half way with your juice or water
  • spoon in 1tp of chai seeds, shake vigorously for about 20 seconds
  • Fill the bottle till it is full.
  • Refrigerate overnight and in the morning your chai drink is ready to drink after just a little shaking of the bottle.
  • You may add more chai seeds if you would like and may eat up to 10-25 grams of your chai seeds throughout the day to ensure you are getting all the minerals your body needs.  

Now I can here you saying where can I get chai seeds from? You can order them online or get them from your local health food store. So I hope you enjoy the newly found “super food” on the market.  

 By Vivian     

References

http://www.chia4life.com.au/

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http://www.chia4life.com.au/info/benefits.php

http://www.chia4life.com.au/info/history.phpt                                        

http://www.chia4life.com.au/info/faq.php

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-chia-seeds.htm

http://www.path2healthyliving.com/ChiaSeeds.html

http://www.helium.com/items/418886-the-amazing-chia-seed-and-their-benefits-to-health