Processed food the key to our evolution?

Processed meat
A new study has theorised that our prehistoric ancestor’s ability to make processed food led to the evolution of their bigger brains. But rest easy Paleo-lovers, we’re not talking about chips and pre-packaged meals here. Rather, the study theorised that the caveman’s ability to use crude tools 2 to 3 million years ago to cut, pound and cook chewy meat...

Try these off-the-hook beef cuts at your next BBQ

What cuts of meat are you eating?
So, it’s summer time and you’re at the shop choosing your steaks and bangers to throw on the barbie. Take a moment though, and think about where that meat came from. Wouldn’t you like to know the story behind the food you’re eating? David Connaghan from The Good Food Chain looks at non-traditional cuts of beef that you should think about...

Perfect fish cooking tips from a seafood chef

Fish and seafood has always been an area of cooking that has interested me. Working at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar in Circular Quay, Sydney, really allowed me to discover my passion and love for all things seafood. Here are my tips on getting the perfect seafood. Crispy skin The secret to achieving crisp skin when pan frying fish such as barramundi...

A chef’s guide to meat

Think you know meat? We asked professional chef Ali Bahmad his favourite cuts, and how to cook them to perfection.  There's nothing better than a hot roast on the weekend. What I love most is that there's almost always leftovers for lunch on Monday! With a weekend beef roast, I like to pierce the meat all over with a small knife and...

Vegetarian friendly proteins and how to cook them

Have you ever considered changing your diet to a vegetarian diet, but were concerned about where you would get your protein from? Believe it or not, following a vegetarian diet is easy — proteins included. An impressively wide range of plant foods are loaded with protein and amazing flavours and textures. Quinoa Quinoa is a grain-like seed that cooks much like rice. You...

Hate wasting food? It all starts in your fridge

Forgotten fridge food is the target of this year’s Think.Eat.Save campaign run by OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme. Events held across the country on Monday brought attention to the alarming amount of food wasted globally, with OzHarvest calling for consumers to take action in the fight against food waste — starting...

The essential slow cooker guide

Slow cooked stew
Whether you’re a workaholic, afternoon gym junkie, juggling a family or just don’t feel like cooking when you get home, it’s worthwhile investing in a slow cooker. The benefits of slow cooking far exceed the convenience of being able to whip up a meal the night before, pop it on as you leave for work, and have a delicious...

How to make freezer-perfect meals

Have you ever spent so much time and effort planning and preparing your healthy meals for the week, only to discover that they don’t reheat or store very well? After trial and error I’ve discovered a variety of meals that work well after either fridge or freezer storage, and also a few dishes that fail the reheat test. As a general rule,...

Ready made vs home made

When does a ready-made meal service make sense? Tony Sarno finds out. The reason to try ready-made meals was a simple one: I’m both health conscious and really, really busy, and trying to eat well when I’m often working late, travelling or attending launches is one of my biggest challenges. So I gave ready-made meals a try. Although ready-made meals have been around...

Tap water isn’t as pure as you thought

Tap water
Chugging back litres of water to stay hydrated over summer? You’ll be surprised to hear water isn’t perfect. There’s a reason bottled water is so popular: people just don’t trust tap water. Despite the continual reassurances by the authorities that tap water is safe, studies regularly find all manner of contaminants in it. But worse, scientists at Sheffield University in...

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Much of ageing is actually skin deep — it happens most visibly in your skin and surface layers. A surgical and cosmetic dermatologist, Dr...