Month: September 2011

Start your day on the right foot!

September 27, 2011 No Comments

60% of Canadians aged 18 or older eat breakfast every morning, which means that 40% do not! And yet, it is been stated by many experts that one step to control your weight and be healthy is to eat a well balanced meal at the beginning of the day.

‘I voted for you’

September 26, 2011 No Comments

No, I’m not standing for the next elections… And yet, last Saturday while I was shopping at the Jean Talon Market, I was accosted thrice – and that too in the nicest possible way – by women who greeted me eagerly with the following words: ‘Ms. Cuneo, I voted for you’. ‘How’s that?’ you’re asking […]

Plums in all colours

September 24, 2011 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on September 24, 2011. Plums are stone fruits, just like peaches and apricots. Although they probably originated in Asia, they were highly sought out by Egyptians and Romans, who dried them in the sun and valued the laxative virtues of prunes (i.e. dried plums).

Winemaker for a Day

September 22, 2011 No Comments

Did you know that you can now pick grapes in Quebec? From mid-September to mid-October, certain vineyards such as la Bauge and Domaine du Ridge invite visitors to become ‘winemakers for a day’ by taking part in grape picking and stomping, thereby working together to create their own vintage.

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Why is fiber so important?

September 20, 2011 No Comments

Dietary fiber helps reach satiety quicker and delays hunger pangs, thereby limiting the risk of overeating, which in turn helps preventing obesity. Conversely, a lack of dietary fiber can lead to gastric and intestinal disorders, such as constipation or diarrhea.

World’s largest onion on display in England

September 19, 2011 No Comments

The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, in Northern England, has celebrated its 100th anniversary last week, with a floral art show, a giant vegetable competition, and a competition to find the world’s heaviest onion. The previous record of 7.5 kg set in 2005 has been smashed by a whopping 8.15 kg specimen.

Groundcherry, a Small Fruit in a Husk

September 17, 2011 No Comments

From mid-August up to the first frost, small, beige-coloured ‘Chinese lanterns’ that contain orangish-yellow berries become available in our markets: These small fruits are called ‘groundcherries’, although they are neither cherries nor gooseberries. They belong in fact to the tomato family and also go by such names as cape gooseberry, alkekengi, love-in-a-cage, etc.

Watch what you drink!

September 14, 2011 No Comments

Do you know that soft drinks are the main source of added sugar in food? What’s worse, these “liquid calories” don’t seem to register in our stomach like food calories do – they don’t fill up or satisfy our hunger as well as solid food calories. Let’s do some math, shall we? A small extra […]

End-of-summer Potluck at SOS Cuisine – with great food!

September 13, 2011 No Comments

We took advantage of the beautiful days of late summer to organize a small party on the terrace of the office. For the fun of it, but also to say good bye to Takayo, our faithful staff member who returns to Japan after two years of loyal services, and to whom we say a big […]

A soft-hearted flower named artichoke

September 10, 2011 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on September 10, 2011. The artichoke is a thistle-like plant with an edible floral bud that is picked before its flowers develop. Three parts of this bud are normally consumed: the fleshy portion of the leaves or bracts, the very delicate inner leaves and the heart, which forms […]

Radio Blackout

September 8, 2011 2 Comments

I will not be chatting with Kim Fraser on CJAD 800 this week, nor anytime soon. Indeed, Kim’s show has been moved to the week-ends, so after two and a half years of weekly conversations each Thursday, I am now putting my “radio career” on hold for a while. It has been great fun to […]

Drink plenty of water

September 7, 2011 1 Comment

Water is an indispensable nutrient for all our vital processes. It makes up 60 to 70% of our body weight, and we lose more than 2 liters (or 2 kilos) per day, only in order to ensure our basal metabolism. The food that we eat, especially fruits and vegetables, takes care of 1/5 of all […]

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