New Out-of Date Food Bumpy Label Trial

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Currently in the UK, foods are sold with ‘display until’ and ‘best before end’ labels. These are intended to advise consumers about when foods are no longer safe to eat. However, this system is not without fault. First, if foods are stored incorrectly, they may be unsafe to eat before the specified date. Second, many people rely on the dates provided on the labels and throw food away that is perfectly safe. This results in a lot of food wastage in the UK. There are now new plans to trail an entirely different system.

A high-tech food label has been designed that turns bumpy if a food is no longer safe to eat. Dairy products company Arla is trialling this new label. Their cheese, cream, and milk will have this new label to help consumers to definitively know if food is no longer safe.

The labels contain a gelatine-based gel that reacts to the temperature outside and the packaged food. The conditions cause a molecular breakdown and the labels are designed to deteriorate at the same rate as the food.  

The main aim of these labels is to prevent waste. The current labelling system errs on the side of caution and the new labels will provide a more accurate date for which the products are no longer safe. The new label is being backed by food waste campaigners as an effective solution to this problem.



RECIPE: Spinach and Potato Soup


Spinach and potato soup is easy to make, budget-friendly and a great vegetarian option. It is also packed with nutrients for maintaining good health. Here is how to make a quick and easy spinach and potato soup for four people.

Ingredients for Spinach and Potato Soup

  • 1 lb potatoes, diced
  • 12 oz spinach
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 4 tbsp double cream
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp chopped chives
  • Salt and black pepper

Read measurement conversions here.

How to Make Spinach and Potato Soup

  1. Peel and dice the potatoes and chop the onions.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over a medium heat. 
  3. Add the garlic and onion to the pan and fry for two minutes.
  4. Add the potatoes and cook for another two minutes.
  5. Pour over the stock and simmer for approximately eight minutes.
  6. Add the spinach to the pan and stir in. Cook for two more minutes.
  7. Season with salt and black pepper and add the chives. 
  8. Blend the mixture in a food processor or with a hand blender to your preferred consistency.
  9. Serve into soup bowls and add a swirl of cream to each.


Serving- This is fantastic with croutons and warm crusty rolls.

Herbs- If you are not a fan of chives, try chervil instead.

Stock- If you are not a vegetarian, you can use chicken stock as an alternative to vegetable stock if you prefer. 

Brits Told to Diet

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Obesity is increasingly becoming an issue in the UK and in other parts of the world. Being overweight can have a huge impact on health and can potentially lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The obesity crisis is also putting a huge strain on the NHS. For this reason, top health officials are now saying that Brits need to go on a diet.

Last year, the government launched a sugar reduction programme that targeted nine different food groups that are considered unhealthy. This has led to the sugar drinks levy which will come into force in April 2018.

New measures put in place to reduce the number of unhealthy foods that Brits eat will specifically target 13 different food groups and will include processed meat, ready meals, takeaways, and pizzas. The aim is to cut the average calorie consumption of the British by 20% by 2024.

As part of this healthy eating campaign, the food industry is also being urged by the government to use healthier ingredients to help the public reduce their calorie intake.

A spokesperson for Public Health England has said that Britain needs to go on a diet as both adults and children are consuming too many calories and this is the cause of the high rate of obesity in the UK.

These recent measures are part of an ongoing governmental campaign in the UK to improve the overall health of UK citizens and reduce the strain on the NHS. Strategies used so far have included raising awareness of healthy eating through marketing materials and via direct advice from healthcare workers. Children are also being targeted with healthy eating programmes in schools.


The Importance of Food Safety in the Workplace

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Training staff in food safety and hygiene is essential in any business where food and beverages are prepared. While most people acknowledge that this is important to businesses in the catering and hospitality industry, this also applies to many other types of business. For example, care homes, retail businesses, large offices, and schools are all likely to have food preparation areas. Anyone who is using these areas and preparing food should have the relevant training. Here are just some of the reasons why this is necessary. 

  • Meeting legal requirements
  • Preventing cross-contamination
  • Preventing the spread of diseases
  • Ensuring the safety of staff using equipment
  • Reducing the risk of chemical-related incidents and contamination
  • Creating a pleasant working environment

Training for Food Safety

There are some excellent training providers who deliver food safety courses and it is important that you use a company that delivers the appropriate training for your country of residence. If you live in the UK, then Create Care Training Ltd. has an excellent range of courses, including e-learning courses, that will give you the underpinning knowledge relating to food safety and hygiene. 


10 Things to Do with Avocados

Avocado is commonly referred to as a fruit, although it is actually a berry with one single seed inside. This is a delicious ingredient that is packed full of nutrients and healthy unsaturated fats. Sadly, people are often unsure of what they can make with avocados. They will buy one and then leave it at the bottom of the refrigerator untouched before discarding it. However, this is an extremely versatile ingredient and you can use it in a variety of ways in your cooking. Here are ten things to do with avocados.

  1. Guacamole– Starting with the obvious, guacamole is a delicious dip and there are many variations on recipes. I make it by mashing avocados with a fork and then adding finely chopped red onion, chilli, and lime juice. 
  2. Avocado smoothie- As it is packed with nutrients and has a smooth texture, avocados are perfect for creating smoothies. 
  3. Prawn cocktail filled avocado– A variation on the classic prawn cocktail, add prawns and thousand islands sauce to the centre of an avocado half and serve with a side salad. 
  4. Avocado toast- Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper to mashed avocado and spread on toast.
  5. Avocado, crispy bacon, and walnut salad– Avocados are a fantastic addition to any salad. Serve salad leaves with slices of avocado, crispy bacon and walnuts for a nutrient-packed and delicious lunch.
  6. Smashed avocado and smoked salmon bagel– Salmon and avocado are a classic combination. Spread mashed avocado on a bagel before adding slices of smoked salmon. Add a twist of lemon, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Tortilla wraps with avocado and salad– A healthy lunch option is a soft tortilla wrap filled with chopped avocado, salad leaves, cucumber and cherry tomatoes.
  8. Avocado, crab and chilli- Avocado works well with all types of seafood, including crab. To a halved avocado, add crab meat mixed with chopped chilies and lemon juice. 
  9. Greek-style avocado- Feta cubes and halved cherry tomatoes are the perfect combo for stuffing an avocado.
  10. Avocado and smoked salmon sushi rolls– If you are a sushi fan, try adding avocado. EIther simple roll sushi rice and avocado alone or with salmon.

RECIPE: Eggs Florentine

eggs florentine

Eggs Florentine is a delicious meal for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. It is easy to make and packed full of nutrients. The dish consists simply of a poached egg and spinach on an English muffin, topped with hollandaise sauce. Here is how to make eggs Florentine for four people.

Ingredients for Eggs Florentine

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 2 English muffins, halved
  • Hollandaise sauce (read recipe here)
  • Black pepper

How to Make Eggs Florentine

  1. Make the hollandaise sauce first- read instructions here.
  2. Steam the spinach until it has wilted.
  3. Poach the eggs either in simmering water or a poaching pan until they are cooked to your liking.
  4. Grill the English muffins until they are golden on both sides and then butter. 
  5. Top the muffins with the spinach, then the poached egg, followed by the hollandaise sauce.
  6. Season with black pepper.


Sorting Out My Vitamin D Deficiency


A couple of years ago, I was suffering from health problems and visited my doctor. One of the many tests he ordered was a blood test to check my levels of vitamin D. I was found to have a significantly low level of vitamin D in my body. This accounted for many of my symptoms, including fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes, blurred vision, and depression.

The doctor prescribed me with a high dose of vitamin D supplements. However, I also discussed with him the steps I could take to improve my vitamin D levels myself. The main source of vitamin D is sunshine and this explains why it is often referred to as the sunshine vitamin. I was spending hours sitting at the computer working as a freelance copywriter, so it was no surprise when he told me I needed to spend more time outdoors. From that point on, I started going for three or four long walks a week.

Although vitamin D is not found in many foods, there are some good sources of this vitamin and diet really does make a difference. Some of the foods that contain vitamin D are orange juice, fortified cereals, egg yolks, and oily fish, such as tuna steaks. I started to include these in my diet as much as possible. These are all foods that I started to include in my diet. 

Through a combination of supplements, dietary changes, and spending time outdoors walking all made a big difference. In just two months, my vitamin D levels had raised significantly. My energy levels increased, I suffered less with joint pain, and my moods were improved. A further bonus was that I lost weight and toned up from all that walking. 

Unfortunately, I have slipped back into bad habits. I am back spending too long at my computer and snacking while working instead of eating proper meals during the day. As a result, my vitamin D levels are low again.

At least now, I know what I can do to make the change. I need to resume my walking regime and start eating breakfast again. Hopefully, I can get my health back on track.