Problem solved? Not so fast food.

School lunchboxes: why kids deserve better

For a dazzling example of the tug of war between food industry marketing and Australia's Dietary Guidelines, Bakers Delight's recent school lunchbox suggestions are hard to beat.  

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Beta carotene makes butter yellow.

How much is a stick of butter?

You have been looking at those American cooking websites again, haven't you? American butter is sold in pound and half pound packs each divided into quarter pound units called sticks. One stick weighs 110 grams. Butter there is pale white as US cows are mostly raised in barns and don't get to eat grass which is full of beta carotene – it makes butter yellow. US cows may be given hormones to make them lactate longer. A stick of butter is perfect for deep frying as Abel 'Fried Jesus' Gonzales jnr proved at the 2009 State Fair of Texas when he won the most creative food prize for his novel buttery treat. God bless America.

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Paperbark cod from Cabarita's Paper Daisy.

The cooking-fish trick that changed my life

A guest staying with us from overseas jokingly asked me what my cookbook would be called as I was cooking (a very easy) dinner. "Back to basics," I shot back while cutting veggies. For it's true. I like simple, basic meals with quality produce. A good piece of fish or steak served with a crunchy salad or side of veg is enough to keep me happy.

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Gingerbread has its roots in medieval cookery.

Brain Food

Need cooking advice? Good Food guru Richard Cornish attempts to answer your vexing culinary problems each week.

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