Category Archives: Food and Drink

From seasonal sprouts and cave man diets to cocktail workshops (adults only!) – you can read on to find out more about the science behind food and drink.

Positively Perfect Pancakes

Who doesn’t like pancakes? The combination of comfort food base and easily customisable toppings makes them irresistible and helps maintain one of the few remaining links to the seasonal cycle of traditions and customs outside of Christmas and Easter.

Pancake Day is more properly called Shrove Tuesday. Shrove is the past tense of shrive, the action of being forgiven for one’s sins.… Read more

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Cheers to Louis Pasteur!

As you eat another helping of the never-ending turkey which seems destined to last all the twelve days of Christmas and pop the cork on yet another bottle of plonk, remember Louis Pasteur who was born on 27 December 1822. His work on fermentation, spoilage, decay and disease laid the foundations for our modern understanding of microbiology…

Prior to Pasteur, people had strange ideas about what caused the fermentation of wine and beer.… Read more

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Pre-school Day: Eat a Rainbow!

This post is guest written by Carole Marshall, Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition and Food Science at Northumbria University.

Healthy fruit and vegetable nutrition for kidsBeige may be a good neutral colour for your living room, but it’s definitely not a colour to dominate your plate.

Fresh, brightly coloured foods provide a whole range of nutrients to your body, but synthetically coloured foods like sweets can be detrimental to your child’s health and affect their behaviour.… Read more

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The Crunch Project presents: The Lucky Iron Fish

This post is guest written by The Crunch Project Assistant, Chris Snowden. 

Iron symbol - Fe. Element of the periodic table zoomed with magnifying glassIt might sound strange, but an important part of your diet is a metal. Iron is used in your blood to help transport oxygen to your muscles. A lack of iron in your diet can mean you’ll feel tired and short of breath.Read more

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The Crunch: our journey so far

Big Bang Fair NE (Northumbria Uni, eating insects)This post is guest written by The Crunch Project Assistant, Chris Snowden. 

The Crunch project is now well into the swing of things; we’ve met 3,000 people at our first 4 events! We’ve been to a variety of places, from rural Northumberland to the middle of Middlesbrough, from universities to village greens, and every event has been very different from the last.Read more

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Cooking Crickets for The Crunch

This post is guest written by The Crunch Project Assistant, Chris Snowden. 

Fried insect on hands2 billion people around the world can’t be wrong, can they? That’s how many people eat insects as part of their normal diet. In Britain though, barely anyone eats insects. The question is, should we?

Entomophagy (insect eating) is practised all around the world, from the Americas to Asia and Africa.… Read more

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World Gin Day 2016

emma portraitGin expert and former Life Science Explainer Emma Stokes (AKA Gin Monkey) curates World Gin Day, which is now in its eighth year. We got in touch to find out Emma’s top tips for making a cracking G&T.

The aim of World Gin Day is simple: get everyone in the World drinking and enjoying gin!… Read more

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A Sloe Winter Cocktail

Prunus SpinosaThe supermarkets are full of festive fare and are keen to sell us a variety of potions that can be hard to obtain at other times of the year. One of these is sloe gin, a curiously English concoction that doesn’t get the wider airing it deserves.

Sloe gin is simple to make; you just take gin and sloes and add sugar to taste.… Read more

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Respect the Sprout!

Brussels sprouts

Have you noticed how several advertisers have mistakenly tried to influence the public by assuming that no-one likes sprouts? Silly isn’t it because, for many, the most important bits of Christmas dinner are the twin combination of tasty bite-sized morsels provided by well-cooked Brussels sprouts and pigs in blankets.

Sprouts are a domesticated variety of the wild cabbage which grows on limestone and chalk cliffs by the sea.… Read more

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The Paleo Diet – The Healthy Lives of Cave Men

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20,000 year old cave paintings in Lascaux Cave, France. Photo by Bayes Ahmed (Creative Commons).

Strange name, ‘cave men’. Our prehistoric ancestors lived in various places, only some of them caves. And we suspect that half of them were, in fact, cave women (shocking I know). I’ll be honest, I don’t like fad diets.Read more

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