March 2023

London Food Bank calls on policy makers to help as spring drive launched – London

As the 36th annual London Food Bank drive kicks off Friday, food bank volunteers are calling on elected officials to make meaningful changes to address food insecurity.

With this year’s spring drive running from Friday to Easter Monday (April 10), officials say now is the time for policy change. Over 5,100 households are expected to use the food bank in March, the busiest month on record, according to food bank volunteers.

Glen Pearson, a co-executive director of the food bank, says while volunteers are incredibly grateful for the community’s year-over-year assistance in donating, residents should not be expected to continually support those in need when help is needed at a higher level .

“Politicians and policy makers have been quite content to let food banks go on and keep doing it,” said Pearson Thursday ahead of the food drive launch.

“As policy makers, it’s your job. You’ve been elected to solve these bigger problems…like hunger and good security.”

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According to the London Food Bank, they have had an average of 4,941 families every month to start this year, up 41 per cent compared to last year. In 2022, a total of 46,102 hampers were delivered to 126,520 individuals.

The average family that used the food bank last year visited every four months, and 36 per cent of all users in 2022 were using the food bank for the first time.

Jane Roy, the other co-executive director of the London Food Bank, tells Global News that while the third week of a month used to be the busiest time for the food bank, they are now busy almost every day.

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“We very rarely have a day where there’s less than 200 families coming for help,” said Roy. “It’s encouraging to see the food we get to help them, but it’s discouraging that the numbers just go up. They don’t go down, and that’s difficult.”

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More than 117,000 pounds donated to 2022 fall food drive: London Food Bank

One group that has already got the food drive off to a great start before it even kicks off is the “Goodness Angels,” a group of 11 to 13-year-old girls whose families have immigrated to Canada from Turkey and Syria.

One of the girls, 12-year-old Leyla Cetintas, says she was motivated to help and give back after what the food bank did for her family when they first came to Canada.

“Since many of when we came here we got help from this food bank, we’re giving back to show thanks and help our community,” said Cetintas.

The food bank says 60 per cent of donations will go to local agencies, such as the Salvation Army, Youth Action Center and Mission Services. The remaining 40 per cent will be reserved for direct food bank clients.

Some of the food sought for this drive includes peanut butter, rice, canned foods, pasta and other dry goods, powdered milk and baby food and formula. Non-food items in need include diapers, toothpaste, menstrual products and toilet paper.

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No bags will be distributed in the London Free Press this year, so the food bank is asking for food donations to be made through a local major grocery store with bags from the Knights of Columbus at some grocery stores or with your own bag.

Monetary donations can be made to

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Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Cooking According to the Weather Can Be Tricky in these Hills

Most of us old-timers in these hills tend to plan and prepare meals according to the weather. I can definitely say it’s been tricky, as has been the forecast, during the month of January. We have run the gamut with rainy, icy, snowy, windy and sunny days — and yes, so has my meal planning. In the last week alone, I have cooked the best chicken ever outside on the grill; I have made salads too beautiful to eat, filled with that left over chicken and fruit, and we ate it in the glow of the living room fireplace. We have thoroughly enjoyed the proverbial icky-day tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich day (some of you know that’s my very favorite meal!) and today, with heavy rains, a little ice and winds visible from my window, I have a big pot of chili on the stove. Tomorrow will take care of itself, but likely it will be something with left-over chili. Maybe nachos or loaded baked potatoes or another bowl of chili with cornbread?

In line with the weather, let’s consider a hodge-podge of possibilities for your upcoming meals. The way I see it, anything goes these days, so eat up and savor every single morsel. And about those resolutions? Yeah, I’ve already blown it, but I’m not alone. I have noticed the parking lots at the local gyms have a few more vacant spots showing up every day. But, I have to say, on those pretty days, several of us were actually out walking on the greenways. That has to count for something, right?

So, for those sunny days when you want to do the right thing and for those cold, dreamy days when you want to stay side and cook and eat, I think you will find something here to satisfy your needs.

Morning Power Smoothies

4 large strawberries

½ cup low-fat plain yogurt

1 cup of fresh orange juice

1 medium sized banana

½ tsp vanilla

1 Tbs. honey

Remove stems from strawberries and wash. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Makes two 8-ounce servings

South of the Border Cornbread (Great with that chili!)

1 ½ cups corn meal

½ cup self-rising flour

½ medium onion, chopped

½ green pepper, chopped

2 or 3 seeded hot peppers, chopped

1 egg, beaten

¼ cup oil

¾ cup creamed corn

2/3 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese

1 cup milk

Mix all ingredients together, bake in well-greased pan at 400 for about 35 minutes.

Low-Fat Brownies

¾ cup sugar or equivalent substitute

½ cup flour

½ tsp. baking soda

2 egg whites, lightly beaten

1 tsp. vanilla

2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Combine ingredients in large mixing bowl, blend well. Pour batter into pan and bake in preheated oven 20 to 30 minutes until done. To test, insert a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the brownies are done. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes in pan. Gently remove from pan; place on wire rack to cool.

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

1½ lb. beef for stew

4 slices of bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 jar of brown gravy

1 can diced and peeled tomatoes

1 tsp. dried thyme leaves

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

1 lb. baby carrots

8 small potatoes, quartered

2 small onions, cut into eighths

1 (8 oz.) pkg. fresh whole mushrooms

In medium skillet over medium heat, cook beef and bacon until beef is browned; drain.

In crock-pot, combine gravy, tomatoes, thyme, salt and pepper. Add beef, bacon and remaining ingredients, stirring gently to combine. Cover, cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours, or on high for 4 hours, or until meat and vegetables are tender. Makes about 6 servings.

Chocolate Coconut Caramel Dessert

1 box Girl Scout Caramel deLites

3 Tbs. margarine melted

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

¼ cup sugar

2 Tbs. milk

1½ cups non-dairy whipped topping, thawed

1¼ cups cold milk

1 small pkg. instant coconut cream pudding and pie filling

¼ cup toasted coconut (See directions below)

3 Tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate mini morsels

Non-stick cooking spray

Blend cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs. Prepare bottom of a 9-inch square pan with cooking spray. Combine cookie crumbs and margarine; press evenly into the bottom of the pan. Mix cream cheese, sugar and 2 Tbsp. milk until smooth. Blend in ¾ cup whipped topping; spread over cookie layer. Pour 1¼ cups milk into a bowl with pudding mix and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour over cream cheese layer. Chill several hours. Spread a thin layer of coconut on a baking sheet; bake in 325 degree oven 6-8 minutes, stirring frequently; cool. Just before serving, spread remaining 3/4 cup whipped topping evenly over top of dessert; sprinkle toasted coconut and mini morsels on top of dessert.

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A healthy diet, playing games and being social ‘may help prevent dementia’

Socialising may help stave off dementia (Almy/PA)

Socialising may help stave off dementia (Almy/PA)

A healthy diet, combined with visits to friends and family and activities such as reading or playing cards, may help cut the risk of dementia, research suggests.

Experts said combining healthy habits boosts the chances of surviving conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.

They created a chart of six beneficial behaviors, with a healthy diet deemed as eating at least seven out of 12 food groups (fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, dairy, salt, oil, eggs, cereals, legumes, nuts and tea).

Taking part in writing, reading, playing cards or other games at least twice a week is another area of ​​healthy behavior.

Other areas are drinking no alcohol, exercising for more than 150 minutes a week at moderate intensity or more than 75 at vigorous intensity, and never having smoked or being an ex-smoker.

Social contact at least twice a week was the sixth healthy behavior, such as visiting loved ones, attending meetings or going to parties.

Researchers analyzed data from 29,000 adults aged at least 60 (average age 72) with normal cognitive function who were part of the China Cognition and Aging Study.

At the start of the study in 2009, memory function was measured using tests and people were checked for the APOE gene – the strongest risk factor gene for Alzheimer’s disease.

Follow-up assessments were then carried out over the next 10 years.

The people in the study were analyzed according to how many healthy behaviors they had, with those with four to six healthy behaviors being put in the most favorable group.

After accounting for a range of factors likely to affect the results, the researchers found that each individual’s healthy behavior was associated with a slower-than-average decline in memory over 10 years.

This study might offer important information to protect older adults against memory decline

Study authors

A healthy diet has the strongest effect on slowing memory decline, followed by cognitive activity (writing, reading, playing games) and then physical exercise.

People with the APOE gene who had healthy lives on the whole also experienced a slower rate of memory decline than those with APOE who were the least healthy.

Overall, people with the healthiest (four to six healthy behaviors) or even average healthy lifestyles (two to three healthy behaviors) were almost 90% and almost 30% less likely to develop dementia or mild cognitive impairment relative to those who were the least healthy .

Writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the team said more research is needed but concluded that “a healthy lifestyle is associated with slower memory decline, even in the presence of … APOE.”

Dr Susan Mitchell, head of policy at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Too few of us know that there are steps we can all take to reduce our chances of dementia in later life.

“This is a well-conducted study, which people follow over a long period of time, and adds to the substantial evidence that a healthy lifestyle can help support memory and thinking skills as we age.

There is no sure-fire way to prevent dementia… The best we can do is improve our chances of living longer with better cognitive health

Dr Susan Mitchell, Alzheimer’s Research UK

“While the genes we inherit play an important part in our chances of dementia as we age, importantly, this research found a link between healthy lifestyle and slower cognitive decline even in people who carry a key Alzheimer’s risk gene.

“So it’s not either/or – this study suggests making lifestyle changes can help all of us reduce our risk, whatever genetic cards we’re dealt…

“There is no sure-fire way to prevent dementia – nobody brings it on themselves or is ever to blame for a disease like Alzheimer’s. The best we can do is improve our chances of living longer with better cognitive health.”

Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated one in 14 people over the age of 65 and one in six people over 80.

The experts included staff from the National Center for Neurological Disorders in Beijing.

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Saving Food and Fighting Hunger

At Imperfect Foods, we work every day to reduce food waste. A big part of that is connecting the dots between people who have excess food and people who want to eat it.

According to the USDAmore than 38 million people, including 12 million children, face food insecurity in the US Meanwhile, food takes up more space in US landfills than plastic (source: EPA and ReFED). All of that food that could be redirected towards those in need is tossed aside, unused, or rotated away—which is also terrible for the environment.

The good news? Wasting less food is a solution that helps address food insecurity and climate change, and it’s something each of us can do at home everyday. In fact, the EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy pyramid cites reducing the amount of unwanted surplus food and feeding hungry people as two of the best ways to address our food waste problem, benefiting not only the environment, but society and the economy. It’s a big dill.

We’ve always been motivated by causes bigger than ourselves, which is why our company’s mission is to eliminate food waste and build a better food system. It’s the core of our apple, and shapes everything we do (and is why we became a B Corp in 2021). That includes making sure we do our part to help fight hunger so that everyone has the food they need.

A growing solution

Fighting hunger and food waste can happen in tandem, and we’re taking that dual approach in our business model.

That starts with sourcing. We partner with local farmers and producers to save fruits and vegetables, surplus items, and more from being wasted. Farmers pour resources into growing their food—think soil, labour, water, equipment, and more—and when food is tossed for being a little quirky-looking or off-kilter, all of those resources go to waste. Silly, right? Especially when that food is still perfectly healthy and delicious.

That’s where you come in. When you shop Imperfect, you can rescue fresh, delicious food that would otherwise end up in lesser outcomes. (By “lesser outcomes,” we mean landfills, compost heaps, pet food factories, and more.) In addition to homing wonky produce, we upcycle food byproducts into other delicious snacks and ingredients. Take our upcycled cookies, for example. We take the oat pulp used to make oat milk and bake it into crispy, bite-sized cookies just begging to be dunked in milk. (Have you tried the Upcycled Ginger Oat Cookies yet?)

We do our berry best to forecast how much our customers will purchase and only purchase enough food without going overboard, but it’s a tricky process. Sometimes we overbuy or overproduce. When that happens, we’re thrilled to call on our 60+ community partners with the great news that we have food to share. so far we’ve donated 15.1 million pounds of food to people facing hunger!

We’re honored to team up with our community at every step of the food supply chain (the food food chain?) to make small and important changes that all add up.

Our community partners agree. Jess Nizar, Program Manager at the Los Angeles Leadership Academy Farmis always egg-cited to get a call from Imperfect.

“I can’t tell you how grateful people are to receive such great quality food at a food distribution for free,” she said in July 2022. “Prices are so high lately we really see how it’s affecting people’s lives. So thank you all for really giving people a little more breathing room.”

In short: By shopping with Imperfect, you’re reducing food waste and supporting organizations like Jess’s that are dedicated to helping people facing hunger.

Your actions add up to big change

To take even more steps in the ripe direction, donate money, time and food to local organizations fighting hunger near you.

And of course, you’re making an impact simply by shopping with Imperfect. Who knew groceries could do so much good?

Not a customer yet? Join us.

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11 Chinese New Year Promos and Hampers at Jakarta Hotels, starting at Rp. 288,000 Pages all – A number of hotels in Jakarta offer Chinese New Year meal promos and special hampers.

Prices for Chinese New Year set menus and special buffets at this Jakarta hotel restaurant range from IDR 288,000 to millions of rupiah.

The menu offered is a variety of typical Chinese New Year dishes. Likewise with the dry cake hamper.

For details, see the following 11 promos for hotel restaurants in Jakarta for the Chinese New Year 2023.

1. Swissotel Jakarta PIK Avenue

The Chinese National Swissotel Jakarta PIK Avenue offers a special Chinese New Year set menu for families.

Prices start from IDR 598,000 per person and IDR 18 million for a table with a capacity of 10 people.

There is also a BBQ Takeaway dish to celebrate Chinese New Year at home. The choices are Truffle Roasted Duck, Roasted Honey Glazed Pork Cha Siew, Roasted Sesame Chicken, and Roasted Pork Belly starting at IDR 188,000.

For further information and reservations for Swissotel Jakarta PIK Avenue promos, please contact WhatsApp at 0812 8428 2086.

Also read: Recipe for Hong Kong Fried Rice for Chinese New Year

2. The Hermitage

Chinese New Year 2023 special hamper from The Hermitage Hotel.DOCK. The Hermitage Hotel. Chinese New Year 2023 special hamper from The Hermitage Hotel.

The Hermitage Jakarta will provide a Chinese New Year dinner at the Ballroom with a luxurious set menu on 21 January 2023.

Dishes such as Yee Shang, Crispy Pork Belly, Yong Chow Fried Rice, Steamed Grouper Fish with Superior Sauce, Mongolian Beef, Duck Fried Noodles, Chicken aa Haka, Shrimp in XO Sauce, and Broccoli and Hoisom with Clam Sauce are available here.

Prices per table for six to eight people range from IDR 6.8 million to IDR 8 million.

There is also 1928 Restaurant The Hermitage which offers buffet dining sessions brunch or dinner on 22 January 2023 for IDR 688,000++ per person.

If you don’t have time to leave the house, The Hermitage Jakarta also offers a special Lunar at Home package for IDR 888,000++ for one Roast Duck and IDR 888,000++ Chinese Pork Belly per kilogram.

Guests can also order Chinese New Year hampers from The Hermitage Jakarta for IDR 1.8 million consisting of Nian Gao, Pineapple Cake, Layer Cake from Lee Anne Bakes, and Hangbao.

For further information and reservations for The Hermitage Chinese New Year promo, please contact WhatsApp at 0812 9991 1928.

Also read: 3 Ways to Make Longevity Noodles, Chinese New Year’s Typical Food

3. Fairmont Jakarta

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From 16-31 January 2023, Peacock Lounge Fairmont Jakarta offers an Afternoon Tea Set with an oriental theme,

Savory and delicious snacks such as Hunan Lobster Fruit Salad, Hoisin Duck Szechuan Bun, Honey Glazed Carshiew Puff, and Cured Salmon Sandwich are also available here.

Oriental Afternoon Tea at Peacock Lounge is available at IDR 488,000++ per set, including coffee or tea for two people.

Spectrum Restaurant also offers Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner on 21 January 2023 for IDR 928,000++ per person.

In addition, there will be lunch and dinner offerings on January 22, 2023 for IDR 888,000++ per person.

Especially for children aged 7 to 12 years will get a 50 percent discount on the price
listed above.

For further information and reservations for the Fairmont Jakarta Chinese New Year promo, please contact WhatsApp on 0815 9159 247.

Also read: Special Wonton Soup Recipe for Chinese New Year

4. Raffles Jakarta

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The Raffles Jakarta Chinese New Year hamper promo sells for IDR 1.1 million. The contents include Premium Nastar Cookies, Chinese Almond Cookies, Gold Chocolate Truffles, Homemade Tangerine and Spices Marmalade, and Raffles TWB White Tea.

Raffles Jakarta also offers Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner on 21 January 2023 and Chinese New Year’s Brunch on 22 January 2023.

The price for each meal at Arts Café by Raffles is IDR 688,000++ per person.

For further information and reservations for the Raffles Jakarta Imlek promo, please contact WhatsApp at 0855 8155 888.

Also read: Kota Kasablanka Gives 2023 Chinese New Year Promo, Eat Get Cashback

5. Holiday Inn & Suites Jakarta Gajah Mada

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Holiday Inn & Suites Jakarta Gajah Mada offers a special Chinese New Year dinner on January 21, 2023 at Duta Café & Restaurant.

Food in the form of Salmon Yee Sang, Stir-fried Shrimp with Wasabi Mayo, Sushi Corner, Dimsum Corner, Peking Duck, Egg Drop Soup, BBQ Stall, Chicken Charsiew, Prawn Salted Egg, Longan and Lychee Centeng, Chocolate Bread Butter Pudding, and Chinese Egg Tart can be eaten by guests.

This special dinner is priced at IDR 388,000 per person and a 50 percent discount for children under five years of age.

For further information and reservations for the Holiday Inn & Suites Jakarta Gajah Mada Lunar New Year promo, please contact WhatsApp on 0811 9761 1827.

Also read: Chinese Food Beef Sauteed Recipe, Side Dishes for Chinese New Year

6. Gran Melia Jakarta

Chinese New Year special meal promo at Gran Melia Jakarta.DOCK. Instagram Gran Melia Jakarta Chinese New Year special meal promo at Gran Melia Jakarta.

Two hotel restaurants in Gran Melia Jakarta offer special Chinese New Year meal packages, namely Tien Chao Restaurant and Café Gran Via.

The set menu at Tien Chao Restaurant consists of a Golden Package for IDR 888,000++ and a Premium Package for IDR 988,000++.

Meanwhile, Café Gran Via offers special dishes for IDR 550,000++ per person.

This dish can be enjoyed on 21 January 2023 at 18.00-22.00 WIB and 22 January 2023 at 12.00-15.00 WIB.

Saturday, January 21, 2023 | 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Sunday, 22 January 2023 | 12.00 noon – 3.00 pm

For further information and reservations for the Imlek Gran Melia Jakarta promo, please contact WhatsApp on 0811 889 0712.

Also read: 3 Ways to Clean and Store Steamed Dimsum, Preparation for Chinese New Year

7. Hotel Indonesia Kempinski

Special Chinese New Year 2022 dinner promo at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski.DOCK. Hotel Indonesia Kempinski. Special Chinese New Year 2022 dinner promo at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski.

Signatures Restaurant Hotel Indonesia Kempinski offers a wide selection of traditional and luxurious Chinese New Year dishes.

There are seafood, beef, and dimsum that can be eaten at the Signatures Restaurant on January 21-22, 2023.

This Lunar New Year buffet package starts at IDR 688,000++ per person. Yee sang is included in every table.

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski also offers Chinese New Year hampers in the form of Peanut Butter Cake, Salted Egg Cake, Assorted Candies, Nian Gao, Lapis Legit Large, and Twinings Loose Tea.

This Chinese New Year hamper choice consists of a Prosperity Hamper of IDR 1.2 million and an Abundance Hamper of IDR 1.5 million.

For further information and reservations for the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Chinese New Year promo, please call 021 2358 3800.

Also read: Restaurant-style Kuluyuk Chicken Recipe, Fresh Sour Serving for Chinese New Year

8. Sheraton Grand Jakarta

Special Chinese New Year meal promo at Sheraton Grand Jakarta.DOCK. Instagram Sheraton Grand Jakarta Special Chinese New Year meal promo at Sheraton Grand Jakarta.

Sheraton Grand Jakarta offers a special Chinese New Year dinner on 21 January 2023 from 18.00-22.00 WIB for IDR 628,000++ per person.

There are also special dishes brunch on January 22 12.00-15.00 WIB with the same price.

In addition, there are Chinese New Year hampers from the Sheraton Grand Jakarta in the form of Premium Layer Cake for IDR 688,000++ and a Fortune Hamper filled with various pastries for IDR 888,000.

For further information and reservations for the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Chinese New Year promo, please contact WhatsApp on 0811 1095 983.

Also read: Ginger Chicken Recipe, Menu for Chinese New Year Greetings

9. ASTON Kartika Grogol Hotel

ASTON Kartika Grogol Hotel offers a special Chinese New Year dinner for IDR 288,000 per person.

Located at Asoka Restaurant, guests can have dinner on January 21 at 18.00-21.00 WIB.

Dishes available include Yee Sang, Mongolian BBQ, and Pecking Duck with Chinese Pancake.

For further information and reservations for the ASTON Kartika Grogol Hotel Chinese New Year promo, please contact WhatsApp on 0812 3181 7557.

10. Hotel Borobudur Jakarta

Special Chinese New Year meal promo at Hotel Borobudur Jakarta.DOCK. Hotel Borobudur Jakarta’s Instagram Special Chinese New Year meal promo at Hotel Borobudur Jakarta.

Teratai Chinese Restaurant Hotel Borobudur Jakarta offers a special Chinese New Year dinner on 21-22 January 2023.

Followed by special Chinese New Year lunch and dinner until 5 February 2023 at the same restaurant.

In addition, Hotel Borobudur Jakarta also provides Xixi Chinese New Year hampers for Rp. 888,000 and Huan-Huan for Rp. 2.3 million.

For further information and reservations for the Imlek Hotel Borobudur Jakarta promo, please contact WhatsApp on 0811 1310 0248 or 0811 1310 0228.

11. Hotel Mulia Senayan Jakarta

Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta offers a variety of restaurants and menus that can be enjoyed. Starting from the award-winning Chinese restaurant, Table8 which can be the right choice with authentic Cantonese and Szechuan dishes.

Besides that, there are The Café (International restaurant), Edogin (Japanese restaurant), which can be an option to bring family and friends together for Chinese New Year celebrations. Place reservations, reservations are highly recommended.

Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta also offers dishes that can be brought home in celebration of the 2023 Chinese New Year, from Nian Gao, Polo Pao to Peking Duck. Simply order at Food-To-Go and pick up at Car Call which is located near the lobby.

Guests can watch the Barongsai show on 21 January (starting at 6 pm) and 22 January 2023 (starting at 12 noon) at the Lobby of Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta.

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Now we’re cooking with gas | Notes on the Valley | Monith Ilavarasan

As I’ve gotten more into cooking over the past few years, I’ve fallen in love with gas stoves. After years of using old electric stoves I felt like my eyes were really opened when I started cooking with gas.

Cooking over a flame allowed me to have tight control over the temperature along with visual and audio clues as to the heat I was working with. The electric stoves I’ve used in the past took forever to get to temperature and felt like they stayed at their maximum heat forever.

I finally understood why the phrase now we’re cooking with gas symbolized progress and efficiency.

I’ve heard murmurs in the past about how gas stoves have some negative externalities but I’ve always brushed it aside. Recently however, they’ve been in the news quite a bit.

Cooking with natural gas does have some environmental costs. Natural gas is a fossil fuel, and burning it releases carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which directly contributes to climate change.

Looking deeper, it turns out that gas stoves are responsible for 0.12% of all greenhouse gas emissions in America. Given this, it feels like there are many things that we could focus on that would have a higher impact on climate change than gas stoves.

The one thing that did give me pause is the potential negative health implications of using gas in the home. Researchers have been studying & publishing on the implications of using gas stoves in homes for decades. The big takeaway from many of these studies is that gas stoves produce unsafe levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which are leading contributors to respiratory illnesses like asthma.

A peer-reviewed study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health last year purports that gas-burning stoves in kitchens across America are responsible for roughly 12.7 percent of childhood asthma cases nationwide — on par with the childhood asthma risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke.

Another study conducted in California estimated that each year California gas appliances and infrastructure leak the same amount of benzene as is emitted by nearly 60,000 cars. Long-term exposure to significant amounts of the chemical can increase the risk of blood disorders and certain cancers such as leukemia.

These studies are all really disappointing. I love gas stoves, but can’t turn off that part in my brain that likes to listen to science. In the future when my partner and I look to have children, it will be difficult to justify the use of gas stoves in our home. While the environmental costs seem minimal in the grand scheme of things, the potential risk to a child’s health seems a bridge too far to cross.

Many regions across the world have come to a similar conclusion. In the United States many states and cities are starting to take steps to phase out gas stoves entirely from new housing construction.

California, New York City, Seattle, Massachusetts, & Vermont have all set aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. As a part of their plan they have started putting in incentives to promote the switching of gas to electric appliances and phasing gas stoves out of new home construction.

My partner’s parents recently got a new fangled induction cooktop with a bunch of features. I used it for the first time last year and I hated it.

I’ve used it more since then and I’ve grown to have a begrudging respect for the device. I don’t feel like one of the chefs from the movie “Chef” but I am able to cook the meals I love just fine. I’m not going to love the future transition to electric induction cooktops immediately, but I’m sure I’ll grow to live with it.

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Phoenix chef Jorge Gomez competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

Chef Jorge Gomez appears on "Chopped"

Chef Jorge Gomez, a corporate chef and partner at Humble Pie and Humble Bistro is competing on Food Network’s “Chopped: Casino Royale XL: Battle Four,” airing on Jan. 24.

In this competition, the contestants are allowed to gamble away an ingredient they don’t like to cook with. For example, one basket features something called “goat water.”

But giving away an ingredient does not guarantee getting back a better ingredient. It depends on what number the players roll. Odd numbers result in a worse ingredient, while even numbers bring better ones.

Who is chef Jorge Gomez?

Born in Hermosillo, Mexico, Gomez graduated from the Culinary Institute of Mexico in Puebla. But his love of cooking started even early. At a young age he learned the secrets of the kitchen from his grandmother.

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Hot Honey Cornflakes Baked Chicken

It’s crispy. It’s crunchy. It’s sweet & spicy. It’s my famous hot honey BANGIN’ crunchy cornflake chicken. I started making this hot honey baked chicken last year and Tony and I fell in love. The cornflake coating is perfectly seasoned and gets deliciously crunchy and golden brown on the outside, while the chicken stays nice and juicy on the inside.

After so many of you fell in love with my crispy baked chicken nuggets a few years back I knew I wanted to make a new, better-than-takeout cornflake chicken recipe, and this is IT. The super easy homemade hot honey takes this chicken to the next level, so get it ready to drizzle and dip to your heart’s desire.

I’ve included plenty of tips, tricks, and delicious side dishes to pair with it for the perfect dinner any night of the week. Time to grab a box of cornflakes and get this chicken on your table ASAP!

cornflakes baked chicken on a plate with fries and dip

Everything you’ll need to make this cornflakes baked chicken

This delicious hot honey baked chicken recipe has 3 basic components, which make it super easy to make but oh-so-delicious. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • For the cornflake coating: you’ll need cornflakes and some yummy spices like paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • For the chicken: you’ll also need eggs, milk, and boneless skinless chicken thighs.
  • For the hot honey: my homemade hot honey is made with just regular honey and your fav hot sauce!

dipping chicken in a cornflake mixture

Can I use a different type of chicken?

Yes, you can also use chicken breasts or chicken tenders, but please note that the cooking time will be different. Be sure the internal temp reaches 165 degrees F with a meat thermometer.

Customize your chickens

There are a few simple ways to customize the ingredients in this cornflake baked chicken recipe:

  • To make it gluten free: simply use a certified gluten free cornflake cereal. Please note that regular cornflakes do have wheat in them, so check your labels!
  • Choose yourmilk: you’ll only need 2 tablespoons of milk, so feel free to use any dairy or non-dairy milk you’d like.
  • Add a kick of heat: I like to add just a couple of teaspoons of Cholula to the honey to make it spicier, but feel free to use a spicier hot sauce or add more to taste! You can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the spices with the cornflakes for more heat.

hot honey baked chicken on a wire rack

Two keys to perfectly crunchy cornflake chicken

Because we’re not frying this chicken, there are two key ways to ensure that your cornflake chicken comes out perfectly crispy and crunchy:

  1. Use a wire rack. Be sure to place a wire rack on top of your baking sheet. This will not only prevent the chicken from sticking, but it will also allow the chicken to bake nice and crispy on all sides due to the airflow. If you don’t have a wire rack, that’s okay, you can just flip the chicken halfway through baking.
  2. Spray before baking. Be sure to spray the chicken with cooking spray before you bake it so that it gets nice and golden brown!

crispy cornflake chicken on a wire rack

How to make cornflakes baked chicken

  1. Make the cornflake coating. Start by pulsing the cornflakes in a food processor until they resemble breadcrumbs. Transfer them to a bowl and mix in all of the spices.
  2. Make the egg mixture. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together until well combined.
  3. Prep your pan. Add a wire rack to a large baking sheet and spray it well with cooking spray.
  4. Prep yourchicken. Use tongs to dip each chicken thigh in the egg mixture, then into the cornflake mixture until well coated. Place the chicken thighs on top of the wire rack on your baking sheet.
  5. Bake the chicken. Spray the chicken thighs with cooking spray and bake until nice and crispy.
  6. Make the honey & serve. When you’re ready to serve, microwave the honey and hot sauce together, then drizzle the hot honey over the chicken or use it as a dip and serve!

baked cornflake chicken on a plate with sweet potato fries

What to serve with cornflakes chicken

This easy hot honey baked chicken recipe is delicious as a sandwich with pickles or coleslaw, maybe some cheese and homemade ranch, or you can serve it with the perfect side dish:

Get all of our delicious side dish recipes here!

hot honey baked chicken on a plate

Storing & freezing tips

  • To-store: any leftover hot honey baked chicken can be stored in an airtight bag or container in the fridge for 3-5 days. To reheat, place the chicken on a baking sheet and broil it on high for a couple of minutes until heated through and crispy on the outside.
  • to freeze: let the chicken cool completely, then place it in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to 2-3 months. To reheat, I’d recommend heating the chicken in the oven so that it’s nice and crispy.

cornflake chicken with hot honey on a plate with french fries

More delicious chicken recipes

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I hope you love this amazing crunchy cornflake baked chicken recipe! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Hot Honey Bangin’ Crunchy Cornflake Baked Chicken

cornflake chicken with hot honey on a plate with french fries

Incredible crunchy cornflakes baked chicken tossed with delicious spices and drizzled with hot honey. This easy chicken cornflake recipe comes together with simple ingredients and in under an hour for a dinner you’ll crave!


  • For the crunchy cornflake coating:
  • 6
  • 1
  • 1/2
    onion powder
  • 1/2
    garlic powder
  • 1/2
    ground black pepper
  • 1/2
  • For the chicken:
  • 2
    large eggs
  • 2
    almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 ½-2
    boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • For the hot honey:
  • 1/2
  • 2-3
    hot sauce (I like cholula)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Add the cornflakes to the bowl of the food processor and pulse until they reach a fine crumb similar to breadcrumbs. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and whisk in the paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper and salt until well combined.

  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and almond milk. Set aside.

  4. Line a large baking sheet with an oven safe wire metal rack. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  5. Dip each chicken thigh into the egg mixture, then use a tong to grab each chicken thigh and toss generously into the breadcrumb mixture to completely coat with breadcrumbs. Use tongs to transfer to the wire rack. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces.

  6. Generously spray the tops of the chicken thighs with nonstick spray. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until cooked through and the temperature reaches 165 degrees F with a meat thermometer.

  7. Right before serving, make quick hot honey: add honey and hot sauce to a small bowl, microwave for 10-15 seconds. Taste and add more hot sauce to adjust to your liking. Drizzle honey over the chicken before serving or use it as a dip for the chicken.

Recipe Notes

You can also use chicken breasts or chicken tenders for this recipe, but please be aware that the cooking time will slightly change.

See the full post for storing and freezing instructions.


Servings: 6 servings

serving size: 1 serving (with hot honey)

Calories: 650kcal

Fats: 7.4g

Saturated fat: 2g

Carbohydrates: 122g

Fibers: 3.5g

Sugar: 25g

Proteins: 31.7g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

This post was originally published on January 17th, 2022, and republished on March 27th, 2023.

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[POPULER FOOD] Global Food Trends | 8 Drink Recipes to Lower Cholesterol Page all – Drink recipes for cholesterol are included in one of the most read news on Food from January 2-4, 2023.

Apart from that, other news that has also received attention is related to predictions of global food trends in 2023.

Two of the news included in the top five most popular news related to the legendary eating places in Tasikmalaya and the sweet and sour omelet recipe.

For more details, here are the most popular news Food from January 2-4, 2023.

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1. Tomato Juice Recipe to Lower Cholesterol, Add Apples and Oranges

You can enjoy various menus of fresh drinks made from processed fruit, after enjoying grilled menus such as thinly sliced ​​beef, chicken, and various seafood at the New Year’s party.

A combination of apples, oranges and tomatoes, you can make a drink that lowers cholesterol in the body.

Check out the tomato juice recipe to lower cholesterol here.

2. Eight Drink Recipes to Lower Body Cholesterol Levels According to New Year’s Parties

After enjoying various processed meat menus in large quantities, cholesterol levels in the body may increase. It is better to limit the amount of meat consumed.

Also read: Carrot Smoothies Recipe, Low Cholesterol Dessert

One of them is to enjoy drinks with the main ingredients of fruit and seeds. summarize, a series of fresh drink recipes that you can try to help lower body cholesterol.

Learn more here.

3. Eight Predictions of Global Food Trends in 2023, What Are They?

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Entering the new year, various predictions of global food trends for 2023 have been released again.

Food trends, ranging from interest in traditional dishes to minimal waste offerings, are predicted to increase globally in 2023.

Reported from New York Times And Spoon Universitysee the following eight predictions of global food trends for 2023.

Check out predictions for global food trends for 2023 here.

4. Seven Legendary Dining Places in Tasikmalaya, There’s Mie Bakso Laksana

Culinary in Tasikmalaya there are various and not only Sundanese specialties. You can go on culinary tours to various legendary eating places in Tasikmalaya.

Also read: Recipe for Orek Tempe Long Beans, Warteg Style Meal Side Dishes

There are the famous meatball noodles, kupat tahu, tutug oncom (TO) rice, and fried chicken. This legendary culinary Tasikmalaya is suitable to be enjoyed with the family, because it is famous for its delicious taste.

Here are the recommendations here.

Eggs can always be a mainstay for saving money on food shopping. Eggs are a nutritious protein, inexpensive, delicious, and easy to process.

Also read: Fried Chicken Recipe, Fragrant Aroma Appetizing

Bored with the same processed eggs, try cooking a sweet and sour omelet.

This recipe from Serving Sedap is suitable for children’s school lunches or office supplies because it’s easy to cook.

Learn more about the sweet and sour omelet recipe here.

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Birch Tree by Nomad Bar

My Father’s Day gift to Michael was the Nomad cocktail book. It was a bit less of a gift than the promise that I would make him a lot of the cocktails in it. One thing that we quickly noticed was the omnipresence of Linie aged aquavit throughout the book. The other was that there is a fantastic “dark spirits” section in the middle of the book, which we have frequented in the past few weeks.

The Birch Tree’s subtitle is written as a “cognac Manhattan reminiscent of root beer flavors”. This is spot on. Without telling him anything about the drink, Michael sipped and determined it to taste like “root beer” and “caramel-y”. The drink tastes boozy and complex – exactly up my alley. To be honest, we veered a bit too much on the sweet and syrupy sweet side because we substituted St. George’s coffee liqueur for cold brew concentrate (going with 3/4 the portion… but it’s still not a substitute).


  • 2 dashes of chocolate bitters (they called for 2 dashes Sarsaparilla Tincture, which is made from sarsaparilla root powder and vodka)
  • 0.5 oz. Amaro Nonino
  • 3/8 oz. of St. George coffee liqueur (originally called for 1/2 oz cold brew coffee concentrate)
  • 0.75 oz. Linie aged aquavit
  • 0.75 oz. Cocchi Vermouth in Torino
  • 1 oz. Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac


Nick and Nora Glass


  • Combine ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir.
  • Strain into a Nick and Nora glass and garnish with a brandied cherry (modification note: we did not have that, so our drink is sadly ungarnished)
  • Express a grapefruit twist over the drink and discard the twist. Since we didn’t have grapefruit peel, I just added a dash of grapefruit bitters and called it a day :). It still tastes damn good!

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