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The 5 most common cooking mistakes

October 27th 2014

Who has never messed up a cake, burned a sauce or overcooked a roast, making them inedible?

Here the 5 most common cooking mistakes and how to avoid them. Are you familiar with any of them?

Mistake no. 1: Not reading the recipe before starting

You’re in a hurry, you quickly pick out a recipe for which you already have ingredients in your refrigerator, and you realize halfway that it actually requires other ingredients (that you don’t have), hours of marinating or utensils that mean squat to you. If only you had taken the time to read (and understand) the recipe entirely before getting your hands dirty… This is a mistake that even the best of cooks sometimes make, so try to remember it the next time!
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Brazil nuts, a source of selenium

October 25th 2014

The Brazil nut, also known as Amazonian nut or Brazilian chestnut, is the seed contained in the fruit shell of the Amazonian nut tree, which grows in the subtropical regions of America. It is the single most important crop in the Amazon region.

It can be eaten as is or in desserts, and it tastes somewhat like hazelnuts. It’s also possible to extract vegetable oil from it.
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The joys of eating out…without spending a fortune

October 21st 2014

petitresto2Do you enjoy the pleasures of good food and eating out? Such happy occasions do however have a not-so-happy drawback: the bill.
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Pecan, the Native American nut

October 18th 2014

The fruit of the pecan tree, called “pecan” or “pecan nut” gets its name from an Algonquian word “pakan” meaning “hard shelled nut”. In fact, for at least 8,000 years now, this tree originating in the alluvial soil of the Mississippi has had a special place in the lives of Native Americans who lived between the American Midwest and Mexico. In times of food scarcity, pecans became almost the sole food intake for certain tribes.
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The soaring prices of meat and fish

October 15th 2014

The price of red meat continues to rise after the summer of barbecues. And this is also the case with fish.

I make these statements not because I’ve read scholarly articles on oil prices, the value of the Canadian dollar or the state of agricultural production, but rather because I see it week after week in the task of retail price analysis that we systematically carry out at SOSCuisine.

In fact, for over eight years now, we’ve been following the price trends of around 1,000 products in about 60 banners in Canada, including 17 in Quebec. These are mainly unprocessed fresh foods, because such items are essential for a healthy diet. Every week, our database is fed with details of these products that appear in the flyers of each banner.
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The hands that feed you

October 14th 2014

familly-farmers-42014 was formally declared, by the General Assembly of the United Nations, to be the “International Year of Family Farming” (IYFF).


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Hazelnuts for “homemade Nutella”

October 11th 2014

Hazelnuts are full of good fats – mainly the monounsaturated type – that are known for their cardiovascular health benefits. These nuts are also highly antioxidative.

Excellent reasons for including them in your menu.

We probably already consume them without realizing it, since hazelnuts are the essential ingredient in Ferrero’s Nutella, which is also the world’s largest consumer of hazelnuts.

However, this year’s inclement summer in Turkey, which produces 80% of this nut, pushed up its price by 60%. Which means that the price of Nutella will also definitely shoot up.
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