Veggie Heart - © unknown

My friend, Cathy, emailed me the other day asking, “What is your idea of a healthy diet and what are essentials we should have?” That’s a deceptively simple question – with a potentially very complex answer!

Frankie and Jessica - © 2013 BEN CURRAN/Fairfax NZ -

If the Morgan Spurlock fast food exposé Super Size Me didn’t convince you that fat, salt and sugar are addictive, then this will. Seems a stray cat in New Zealand ‘adopted’ a suburban McDonalds franchise and ate nothing but the McFood it could scrounge and beg for more than a year…

The storage and handling of food is a key safety and sanitation issue in any kitchen. As you might expect, the foodservice industry has developed a host of useful, common sense rules, many of which you can, and should, follow at home.

A flurry of news stories lately has brought to light a reality of the restaurant business that might make you feel sad, angry or even cheated. Or all of the above. Did you know that many restaurants force their servers to share their tips with management?

Fresh Fish - ©

A new study, based on DNA analysis of samples from Canadian and U.S. supermarkets and fish markets, shows that an alarming 41 per cent of fish offered recently at retail in five large Canadian cities was not what was stated on the label!