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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 12th -18th June 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Art” is my one word prompt.

Welcome to my weekly roundup …Wow, I can’t believe we are in June already halfway through the year…June is the first month of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere and astronomical winter in the Southern Hemisphere…the roses are showing their pretty heads here plus it is the flower of the month June alongside its fragrant sister the lovely honeysuckle…my journey to the UK was not without its holdups…but the sunshine has come with me which is a bonus it is still got a chill in the air but it’s not quite so bracing this week…lol…

Monday Musings is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours…June has well and truly arrived…I have also arrived in the Uk and it’s sunny!… A week later and the sun has been out and 30 degrees has been reached this week…the sunshine must have crept into my suitcase…Yeah!

This means it’s fruit salad and smoothies all the way…home from home…plus all the goodies I have not eaten for quite a while…sigh…I am trying to eke them out but that went out of the window at the clotted cream and strawberry stage-sigh…..

Monday Musings…13th June 2022…

Chicken Kabsa…A popular and traditional Arabic rice dish…with middle eastern spices…I love one-pot dishes, and adding dried limes just gives it that unique difference in taste …

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken Kabsa

The A-Z…A virtual tour of the cuisine of the Dominican Republic where rice, beans and meat is a staple in any order depending on the dish…

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 17…The Dominican Republic…

Cooking oil is a matter of choice depending on what you are cooking…it also seems that prices are rising around the world and that the shortages are beginning to bite…maybe time to consider an air fryer???

This Week in my kitchen…Store Cupboard Basics…Part 6…Cooking Oils…

I was among the many who believed the scaremongering in the ’70s and carried that on until fairly recently when my son told me that perhaps I aught to do some research as it wasn’t as bad as we had been previously been made to think..the power of the media…and others…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews… Monosodium Glutamate(MSG)

Saturday Snippets…18th June 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Art”

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup I hope you relaxed and enjoyed catching up and as always I look forward to your comments…it seems the sunshine has gone away and we had a few drops of rain here and it’s cloudy and gloomy…but we had a nice morning me and my #1 son cooked a mushroom lasagne he did the cooking and I did the chopping, peeling and grating plus washing up as we went it was lovely cooking together again…xx

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews… Monosodium Glutamate(MSG)

Welcome to Friday Food Reviews where I will be covering a different food or product each week and looking at… what are they?  where do they grow, what can we substitute them for in a recipe, are they safe to eat, how to store them, how to use them, cook them, anything connected to that food. or product..all the why’s and the wherefores…it will, of course, be mainly my own opinion or a known fact…good or bad…there may even be a tried and tested recipe…or three…

This week it’s…Monosodium Glutamate or MSG…

What is MSG and is it really bad for you??? Monosodium glutamate, otherwise known as MSG, has been on a rollercoaster ride with its reputation over the years. It went from being all the rage in the 1930s to being one of the most feared foods in the 1960s and 1970s. These days, fewer people talk about MSG, but those who do tend to do so in a negative way…

So what is in MSG…MSG is a combination of ONLY two substances: sodium and glutamate. Sodium has long since been accepted as an important part of our diet…Taken in moderation…

Glutamate is an amino acid that can be found in many plant and animal proteins. It has been shown to help our digestion, muscle function, and immune system…not all bad then?

Some foods naturally contain monosodium glutamate, and here are some of the most common ones we use frequently in our diets:

Ultimately… glutamate tastes great. It has a specific, savoury flavour that can be found in foods such as mushrooms, cheese, tomatoes, and broth…so why the villainization?

After all, it gives our food that “Umani” taste that everyone raves about…it is now an integral part of the 5 basic tastes…in the 1930’s it was an instant success a kitchen staple (and ) still is in many Asian kitchens but it wasn’t confined to Asia it became popular around the world…until 1968 when a doctor called Robert Ho Man Kwok fell ill after eating a Chinese meal and wrote to a prestigious Medical Journal and inferred that it could have been the MSG that caused his symptoms…what ensued was widespread panic and vilification of MSG…

The demands began calling for an investigation into the produce…what followed was no more than a witchhunt based not on solid research but hunches and suppositions…plus prejudice against Asian food…totally unrelated to this my father used to tell us that the Chinese restaurants used cats instead of chicken…totally unfounded and based on gossip…

Then of course, in the 1960s as they do the journalists stepped in…the rest is history really based on very little research, supposition and gossip…there were also many doctors again with theories which were not based on research that MSD was dangerous…in the 1960’s and 1970’s anyone who had a headache and had eaten in a Chinese restaurant blamed MSG thus called “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome”…

Fast forward to the 21st century when common sense and observance of verified research have prevailed although, of course, you will get cases of people who have had an adverse reaction to MSG as there has been for other products…Whether or not MSG consumption is safe for each and every individual is hard to guess, as people react differently to foodstuffs and additives. but used in moderation it is no more dangerous than and maybe less dangerous than slathering your processed dinner with ketchup every night…That my friends is why using MSG in moderation is imminently better than all the sugar, salt and chemicals some are consuming with no moderation…. my personal opinion of course…

Do you use MSG in your cooking?

Thank you for joining me today…as always I look forward to your comment…I hope you all have a great weekend I hope you will join me here again next week xx