- Double the broccoli: I just love the look of this recipe from 101 Cookbooks. It’s called double broccoli quinoa and features a pesto made of . . . broccoli.
- Experimenting with flax: On the Bitten blog Cory Ramey has been experimenting with using flaxseed as an egg substitute. This is something I’ve read about on many vegan blogs, but it’s interesting to hear the results from a non-vegan.
- Smart Choices? In the US there’s a new food labeling system called Smart Choices. It’s meant to make it easier for consumers to identify healthy foods, but these food labeling systems are fraught with problems. Firstly a piece from the NY Times and another perspective from Cranky Fitness.
- Localwashing: When I commented on Birds Eye Farmers’ Market Vegetables I didn’t realise there was a term for this kind of marketing. It’s a variation on Localwashing – where businesses are tapping into the buy local movement, without actually being local. Anyway here’s Grist on this very topic
- Budget meals: A few months ago The Guardian ran a series of meals for under a fiver. Links to the recipes are here. For me the most interesting part is the round up of comments and the readers’ recipes.
- A peek at Michelle’s shopping: I do love looking at other people’s shopping trolleys. At Find Your Balance Michelle has written a post on what she buys when grocery shopping. There’s not only a picture of the shopping, but costings and lists of what she made with the food. Interesting stuff.
- Mushrooms with cinnamon: I’m bowled over by the look of this dish from Ottolenghi. Mushrooms are cooked with cinnamon, thyme, lemon and garlic. It’s easy to make and you could serve by itself with some bread and cheese, but I’m imagining it tossed through pasta with a splodge of ricotta. Marvellous.