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FebFast: No junk food for a month

I’m doing FebFast – no junk food for a month!

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Food'n'drink Retrospectives

Your guide to meat

M+J were clearing out some old cook books, and found this gem. It’s not dated, but it does have a decimal price, so it must be post-February 1966. Perhaps not far after though, judging from the style. Much of it is in black and white, but here are a few choice colour pages… And one […]

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5 varieties of ham – all with identical nutritional values?

What is the likelihood that 5 varieties of sliced ham — including a supposedly “lite” version — all have precisely the same nutritional values, despite tasting and looking different? Each one 112 kilojoules per serve, 0.7 grams of fat, and 204 milligrams of sodium. Hmmm. Thankfully their sliced chicken breast product appears to have different […]

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Lunch on the Restaurant Tram

It was actually a present from my last birthday: a lunch on the Restaurant Tram. Boarding was at 1pm sharp near the casino. Presumably they don’t like to hold up service trams coming from St Kilda or Port Melbourne. It was a fleet of three out for lunch, and we were told to board the […]

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The police/doughnut cliché

Jeremy noticed that when there are stories on the TV news about the Simon Overland/Sir Ken Jones senior police controversy, often stock footage of the two of them in front of a doughnut shop seems to get used. It got a run again last night. It seems to have almost become the equivalent of the […]

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Spam-flavoured macadamias

My kids were in Hawaii over Christmas with their mum for a family get together. They looked for something uniquely Hawaiian to bring me back, and settled on this. I love getting a souvenir that is truly unique to a place. It’s just as is labelled on the can. They’re macadamias, but they’re spam-flavoured. Who […]

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Cheese slices

Kath Lockett found some old adverts, including this one: We sometimes had these cheese slices when I was a kid. It must have been my early computer-geek (binary) mind at work, but I would eat them by folding them in half, so one half broke off, eating that, then repeating with the half that was […]

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Superfoods

In the comments of a previous post was mention of superfoods. There appears to have been a recent reluctance from dieticians to use the term because of its manipulation by food marketeers, with the EU banning its use unless it can be proven. However this page from Kraft Foods flags their top ten (none of […]

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Input and output

Some figures I need to keep in mind the next time I am tempted by one of Hungry Jacks’ evil Bacon Deluxe Value Meals (opting for the OJ): Food Burger Reg fries Orange juice Energy 3030 kJ 1601 kJ 695 kJ Protein 43.3 g 5.9 g 1.6 g Fat – total 47.5 g 19.0 g […]

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I’m sharp and smart

…apparently. (It’s a sharps disposal container at Monash Medical Centre.) Also spotted just before Christmas, reindeer carrot in Safeway: “The carrots preferred by reindeers.” “Ingredients: Carrots, magic, love.” I wonder if the ACCC would approve of those claims?