By Tracey Fine and Georgie Tarn, September 7, 2010
Tradition dictates, when celebrating the New Year, that one should indulge in sweet foods - and many of the dishes we love to eat during Rosh Hashanah rely on that staple ingredient, sugar. However, as we become more aware of the negative health effects that sugar can have on our bodies, supermarkets and health food stores are finding exciting alternatives.
Honey is nature's perfect alternative to sugar. Dipping apple into honey at Rosh Hashanah is one of those marvellous foodie traditions that gets everyone involved and in the mood.
Many of us will have just returned from summer holidays having enjoyed sampling new foods (and, of course, not having to make them oneself).
For me, holidays are one big adventure - tasting new dishes, visiting the food markets and buying unfamiliar ingredients, so that when I return home, I can create my own versions of food I have enjoying while abroad. It is amazing how memories of those special meals are instantly recalled when these new recipes are recreated back in the UK.
What could be more glorious than sinking your teeth into a sun-ripened peach? As you relish the glorious juice, you can admire its beautiful pink- and gold-streaked skin and revel in its glorious scent.
What is more amazing is that this wonderful fruit also carries with it new hope for cancer sufferers. Medical News Today reports that scientists have discovered that cancer cells died after treatment with peach and plum extracts in laboratory tests at the Texas Agri-life Research Institute.
Having just returned from one of the country's biggest pick your own (PYO) farms, my back was killing me as I struggled to lift boxes overflowing with blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and cherries from the boot of my car, which became suffused with the heady aroma of semi-stewed fruit.
Farmers all over the world are currently opening their gates to pickers who are turning up for a day in the country and a chance to return home with bucket loads of fresh produce.
Our nation boasts the whole gamut of celebrity chef personalities: the cockney one, the angry one, the luscious lady one, the mumsy one and the experimental one, to name a few.
Enter the laid-back, studenty one. Sam Stern, 19, is currently studying politics and sociology at Edinburgh University and is also author of five brightly coloured recipe books aimed at first-time cooks, full of cheerful photos of Sam happily cooking in his mum’s kitchen.
For years spinach, for its weight, was believed to be the most nutritious green vegetable. Popeye grew muscles eating cans of the stuff. But our knowledge has increased over time and we now know that although spinach contains numerous vital nutrients, and is particularly helpful with problems involving damaged eyesight, within those wonderful glossy leaves lies a chemical called oxalic acid which blocks iron's natural absorption.
Two weeks ago, Sholom Rubashkin, the former CEO of America's largest kosher slaughterhouse, was jailed for 27 years.
Rubashkin's business, Agriprocessors, was raided in May 2008. Almost 400 illegal immigrants were discovered and a massive fraud operation was uncovered. Last November he was found guilty of 86 fraud charges and he now faces 83 charges for alleged child labour violations.
The Wimbledon finals take place this weekend which means, as always, that strawberries will be on the menu, both at the All England Club (at an extortionate price) and just about everywhere else. English strawberries are as much a part of British summer as the tournament itself - and the rain that normally accompanies it.
However, the passion for eating strawberries is neither new nor particularly British. Strawberries have quite a history attached to them dating back more than 2,000 years.