Well, by now you will be aware that we love convenience and time savers when it comes to looking after our families, especially when making food.
We recently introduced you to Daily Dish and gave you our thoughts on how to cook for your family (Deeply Dippy About Daily Dish).
Apart from everyone telling you how good cooking is for you and how it’s so important it is to feed your family correct balanced meals, I wanted to unpack this theme a bit more by giving you a few food and cooking facts (according to various sources) that will unleash the confetti from your mind.
1) A Bakers Dozen is 13 not 12. The origins of this term are disputed. One theory is that in times when bread was sold by weight, bakers who short-weighted their customers were heavily fined, and for safety’s sake they would sell thirteen loaves for the price of twelve.
2) To speed up the ripening process of a pineapple turn it upside down on its leafy end.
3) If improperly prepared, fugu, or puffer fish, can kill you since it contains a toxin 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide.
4) Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar and flour.
5) Milt, which is a delicacy around the world, is fish sperm.
6) McDonald’s sells 75 hamburgers every second of every day.
7) Ketchup was used as a medicine in the 1800’s to treat diarrhea, among other things.
8) If you put lemons and limes in water, lemons will float and limes will sink. Why? Because although lemons are usually bigger in size, making them typically heavier, it all comes down to density.
9) Fresh eggs sink in water and rotten eggs will float.
10) The quinine in tonic water causes it to glow blue under a UV light.
11) Peanuts aren’t nuts, they’re legumes.
12) Eating bananas can help fight depression.
13) “SPAM” is short for spiced ham.
14) Lemons have around the same density as water (0.99) and they have pores all over their rind, resulting in tiny air pockets on their surface causing them to float. Limes, on the other hand, are denser than water so naturally they sink – we have yet to try this one.
15) Apples float in water, because 25% of their volume is made of air.
16) One of the most hydrating foods to eat is the cucumber, which is 96% water. Great for dehydration and hangovers.
17) Shellac (yip the polish that makes your nails glossy) is also used to make jelly beans shiny.
18) There are 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world, and if you tried a new variety each day, it would take you 20 years to try them all.
19) Swallowing one teaspoon of dry sugar can cure hiccups – not so sure about this one.
20) Onion is latin for “large pearl”.
21) A cluster of bananas is called a hand and a single banana is called a finger.
22) The worlds oldest chocolate is over 106 years old and was a gift during the coronation of king Edward VII in 1902.
23) Vinegar causes pearls to disintegrate.
24) A raw oyster is considered to be an aphrodisiac.
25) Chicken soup was also considered an aphrodisiac in the middle ages.
26) Honey can last for 3000 years.
27) The amount of jars of Nutella sold in a year could cover The Great Wall of China eight times.
28) The word ‘cutlery’ comes from the Old French coutelier, from coutel meaning knife.
29) Ancient carrots were purple.
30) Over 300 000 deaths per year are caused by poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity