Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘cooking’

Tahini – so much more than a hummus staple

If you’re anything like me a couple of years ago, you probably have a solitary jar of tahini in the back of your cupboard, gathering dust after that one-time attempt at a home-made hummus. This article got me thinking about tahini, and how for me, like the legendary chef Yotam Ottolenghi, it has gone from mystery ingredient, to pantry staple. And with my dietitian hat on, it makes sense why. […]

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Ancient Grains – The Health and the Hype

Ancient grains have created a consistent buzz in recent years, with their popularity even surviving the grain-shunning Paleo trend of late. But what exactly are these exotic-sounding grains, and do their nutritional profile match up to the hype? Read on for all things Ancient Grains. What makes a grain ‘ancient?’ Much like the term ‘superfood,’ there is no official definition for an ancient grain. While the Western World has consumed […]

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A week of healthy lunches for AHWW

Last week was Australian Healthy Weight Week – an initiative of the Dietitians Association of Australia, focused on raising awareness of the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. This years campaign was all about inspiring Australians to cook at home more often. As convenient (and delicious) as it can be, eating out isn’t usually the healthiest option, with meals tending to be high in overall energy, salt, fat […]

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My afternoon with Natvia – Plus a fun giveaway!

  I love baking. Always have, particularly come exam time (no better time for #procrastibaking). On receiving a kind invite from Natvia to attend the VIP Sugar Free Masterclass, I jumped at the chance.  What better way to spend a Tuesday afternoon than observing a master baker (Sheryl from Cupcake Central, an IT consultant turned cupcake extraordinaire, a story not dissimilar to Dietitian Mary Lin from Merry Cupcakes if you […]

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The Acid Alkaline Diet

  There have been countless variations of the ‘acid alkaline diet’ over the years, each of them based on the theory that the root of modern dietary problems (such as obesity, some cancers and heart disease) is in our overly acidic bodies as a direct result of Western ‘acidifying’ diets. Favouring ‘alkalising’ foods to balance the body’s pH has even crept into other diet plans, to mention in overpriced juices […]

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5 things you need to know about fermented foods

Fermented foods are having a moment. They might not be all that pretty, and the flavour is somewhat divisive, but they’re popping up on menus all over Melbourne. Just ask Simone Egger, editor of The Age’s Good Food Under $30 (formerly Cheap Eats), who jokes, “I can’t remember a time when two-week old cabbage was more desirable that it is today.” Be it sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh or miso, the art of […]

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Is Pinterest making us fat?

Temptation and seduction have in recent years taken an epicurean turn, with ‘food porn’ emerging as a global trend driven by social media. ‘Food porn’ quite simply refers to mouth-watering photos of food posted online for others to lust after, and with over 18 million posts in the #foodporn Instagram tag, it’s clearly more than just a fringe obsession. Of the 37 categories on Pinterest, Food and Drink is reportedly […]

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