Monday Musings…17th April 2023…Soy Sauce one of the oldest condiments in the world, The first world Boxing Championship plus breaking down processed food…

Welcome to Monday Musings…where my muse pinpoints anything exciting or unusual I have read, seen or experienced during the last week it could be anything that piques my interest…

Soy sauce…I use it almost daily…Soy sauce is one of the oldest condiments in the world. It’s believed to have originated during the Western Han Dynasty in China, over 2,500 years ago, a byproduct of fermented soybeans and wheat that have been mixed with brine. Known in Chinese as jiang you, soy sauce’s manufacturing process slowly spread across Asia and was readily adopted by various different culinary traditions, and now is one of the most used condiments in the world…but is all soy sauce equal?…

Not if it’s made in wooden barrels and aged correctly…it has no chemicals and an exquisite taste…it is also recommended that once you refrigerate your soy sauce however most Asians don’t refrigerate soy sauce probably because they use soy sauce in almost everything on a daily basis and a bottle is used fairly quickly thus it doesn’t spoil …

As I make what condiments I can then I spend that little bit more on things like soy sauce to ensure I get a better quality and a sauce not brewed quickly and chemically…

Boxing now is highly regulated and over the years there have been some epic matches ones that tales are still told when the men are reminiscing down the pub…However, on April 17th in the year 1860, the first “world championship” boxing match took place…

Not in a grand stadium like New York’s Madison Square Garden but in an open field in southern England…The contenders were 25-year-old John Carmel Heenan, the all-American champion, and England’s “Titch” Sayers, 34, who was described on posters as “the small, clever little ring general”. He needed to be. Weighing 149lb, Sayers was just 5ft 8in tall, while 6ft 2in Heenan tipped the scales at 195lb.

And the gloves were off it was a brutal bare-knuckle fight that went 42 rounds and lasted 2 hours and 27 minutes then the police arrived…the match was stopped and the crowd legged it to avoid arrest…The purse was 200 pounds…

What is processed Food?

Although microwave meals, shaped and breaded meat and ready meals may spring to mind when you think of processed foods, they’re not the only foods that are classed as ‘processed… it’s not as straightforward as you may think…

Simple food processing includes:

  • Canning
  • Drying
  • Baking
  • Freezing…

Those cupcakes that you have lovingly made are processed…that can of sweetcorn you tipped into your pasta bake … also processed…thus we need to pick our processed food wisely as some are healthier than others…Not all processed foods are a bad choice… milk needs to be processed to make it safe, which is why it gets pasteurised to remove any harmful bacteria.

And your favourite olive oil needed to be processed so you can cook and make pesto with it…now we have that out of the way we get to the processed foods we need to avoid or eat in moderation…

Why? …because of the high fat, sugar and salt in them…without realising those microwave meals can cause people to eat more than the recommended daily allowances of salt, sugar and fat without realising. They can also come with a surprisingly high-calorie count due to all the added ingredients –which is why I advocate cooking from scratch where possible as then you can control how much fat, sugar and salt is in your food…

That’s not to say that all ready meals are bad for you – there are some companies out there who are trying to make their ready meals much lower in calories, fat, salt and sugar, but they still tend to be very low in other important nutrients…always check the product’s ingredients online if you are like me and can’t read the labels…

One UK study found that out of 100 supermarket-ready meals, not even one fully complied with World Health Organisation nutritional guidelines. not just pretty shocking it’s outrageous…

The easy solution is to batch cook if you have a large family and freeze portions or if you are cooking for one/two then cook an extra portion or two and freeze them…it works really well with curries, spag bol, chilli or shepherds pie I always cook more mince and then freeze portions of the mince mixture and cook fresh mash or make extra mash when I know its shepherds pie the next day I just top the mince with potato when I wish to use it…Simple and it doesn’t take long…

I am a firm believer that many of these lifestyle diseases and cancers are related to our food choices and the fact we don’t exercise enough…I certainly feel 100% better by exercising more and making sensible food choices however I still have the occasional icecream or donut as a treat its all about sensible eating …

Thats all for Monday Musings today I hope you all had a good weekend and have a productive week ahead as always I look forward to your comments and appreciate any shares x

39 thoughts on “Monday Musings…17th April 2023…Soy Sauce one of the oldest condiments in the world, The first world Boxing Championship plus breaking down processed food…

  1. SharkByte

    Thanks for this awesome read! Never knew that about soy sauce and the boxing lol might be a little weight class issue on that one these days. Thank you for the organic fill of knowledge. 🙂

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  2. robbiesinspiration

    Hi Carol, the problem is that people see cooking as a chore and not something pleasurable to do with their partner or children. They would rather do other things like watch TV and eat ready prepared meals. It is all about mindsets and choices.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Hi Robbie I agree to a point but I also think its down to dysfunctional families I came from a family who loved cooking as a family therefore I passed that on and my kids cook as a family…which I’m sure you have come from a family like that and are passing that ethos on to your boys…

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  3. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Another interesting post Carol… and that little fellow certainly had stamina… I hope they at least got some of the £200… you know my stance on industrially manufactured foods and as I look at the expanding waistlines of the nation it is deeply concerning that it in group photos it seems to be the norm! Soy sauce certainly adds a zing to most meals…♥

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Sally he most certainly did and to go that many rounds was a testament to both men and they were deserving of that purse…I do indeed know your stance, Sally, you are absolutely correct about expanding waistlines it’s the lifestyle diseases that get to me as they put a strain on already stretched health services and so many are preventable like many type 2 diabetes cases for example its diet and exercise as is cholesterol much of the time my mother reduced hers by changing her diet I know that isn’t always the answer but in many cases it is and doctors need retraining..I’m stopping here Sally or this comment will be akin to war and peace-smile- Hugs xx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It just shows that we have to be in charge and make our own decisions about our health as if we rely on ready meals, for example, the producers of those have only one thing make that two in mind and that is profit and the fact we keep on buying their products…Thank you, Bruce, for popping in and leaving a valued comment 🙂

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        I find I have to living here as stock control and availabilty is not the greatest here-smile-so I do research and find where I can purchase my most used ingredients and when I come across a gem like this I bm it…and work out the best way of getting it to me… a job and a half sometimes -smile-it gives me something to do..haha

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      You are welcome, Ronit I love discovering how traditional methods are still used and that the products are much sought after… you can indeed taste the different between soy sauce made using old methods and new faster methods the taste is far superior and chemical free 🙂 x

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        I agree, Ronit although sometimes its finding the products I tend to double on some so I can keep a continuous supply I always like to keep 1 of my most used products so I never run out mid cook-smile

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  4. D. Wallace Peach

    We use a lot of soy sauce, Carol. I buy an organic, low-salt brand, but will have to try some of the more niche brands to check out the flavor. We don’t eat pre-made processed food from grocery stores, but making big batches of homemade food and freezing – that’s always a time saver. 🙂 A fun post (even the boxing.)

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Good morning, Diana, I hope this finds you well…yes batch cooking and freezing are definitely time savers…Haha yes,… the boxing was interesting I love discovering and finding little-known facts I’d be great on a quiz team with all my snippets of little-known information…I tuck it all away in the recess of my mind haha…Have a great week, Diana xx

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  5. beetleypete

    £200 was a small fortune in 1860, and there would have been money from side bets too. I am now wondering who would have won, if the police had not stopped the fight. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Hi Bernadette I use Healthy Boy almost daily and if I can get it my favourite is Yuan’s Soy Sauce it is expensive and can be hard to get but worth it plus its completely natural fermentation I buy that online it is about $25 and I use it sparingly-smile-

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