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Cacao-free chocolate: how to harness the power of fermentation

If you are a cacao lover like me and you like trying new varieties and brands, you have probably already tried vegan chocolate as well as all of the possible combinations of cacao percentages and flavours.Today what I want to talk to you about is a type of chocolate that is cacao-free. What does it mean? Exactly what I have just said. This London based … Continue reading Cacao-free chocolate: how to harness the power of fermentation

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Ecotrophelia: what is it and useful tips

Suppose you are a food science student studying in Europe and have never heard about Ecotrophelia. In that case, you are missing an excellent opportunity to meet relevant people from the food industry and a great moment of confrontation with your peers and future colleagues. Last week, my students and I went to the Ecotrophelia UK final. My students have been shortlisted with their Pea-zza … Continue reading Ecotrophelia: what is it and useful tips

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Start up of the month: NÃM mushroom, from coffee waste to Oyster mushrooms

If you are reading this, it means that you are a gastronaut like me, and not only do you love eating all kinds of foods (intolerances permitting), but you also love the stories behind the products we consume. You perhaps are one of those people who religiously read food labels and have a thing for tackling food waste either by avoiding doing it yourself or … Continue reading Start up of the month: NÃM mushroom, from coffee waste to Oyster mushrooms

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Food Science essays: Academic writing and Writer’s block

Some posts and downloadable material might be available only to subscribers. This will help me manage the blog and, hopefully, be able to give you better and frequent content. Subscribe to keep reading the rest of the article. So, here is the moment. You are in front of a white paper (or a screen), trying to understand the correct sentence to start your essay with, … Continue reading Food Science essays: Academic writing and Writer’s block

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Healthier meat products and sensory challenges

We live in a world where consumers have become more aware of the relationship between health and diet. If we look at things like functional foods, we have all noticed an increase in offers from probiotic enriched beverages to cereal bars to protein and fibre fortification, healthier meat products and meat analogues. Looking at these specifically, I guess you might have already tried some, and … Continue reading Healthier meat products and sensory challenges

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A chocolatey journey

When we talk about chocolate we say the words “addiction”,”guilty pleasure”, “gluttony”. Speaking of which, did you know that, just as the Mayas, Chuck Palahniuk’s “Damned” little devils used chocolate as a form of currency for exchange of goods and that Hemingway himself was particularly fond of chocolate during his Italian days in the early 1900s? The cacao comes from a plant that is called … Continue reading A chocolatey journey

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3D food printing: Printable ingredients

Do you remember when we first mentioned 3D food printing (and our podcast episode)? I remember writing that this is a very innovative food processing technique that will have its use in foods and material sciences, medicine, and the pharmaceutical field (among the many). If you read the article or listened to the podcast episode, you remember that we mentioned some particular challenges related to … Continue reading 3D food printing: Printable ingredients

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4 Food Trends we will see growing in 2022

Some posts and downloadable material might be available only to subscribers. This will help me manage the blog and, hopefully, be able to give you better and frequent content. Subscribe to keep reading the rest of the article. 2022 has recently started, and as usual, I am looking into what is ahead of us regarding food trends. I was delighted to see that most of … Continue reading 4 Food Trends we will see growing in 2022

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Essay question words explained

Some posts and downloadable material might be available only to subscribers. This will help me manage the blog and, hopefully, be able to give you better and frequent content. Subscribe to keep reading the rest of the article. It is this time of the academic year. Semester one is slowly coming to an end and you are writing your end-of-semester assignments, perhaps an essay-type of … Continue reading Essay question words explained

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How to treat alcohol side effects with Asparagus

Have you ever had more than a glass of wine during a lively dinner and felt quite dizzy and tired the day after? I believe that everyone is quite familiar with the unpleasant effects of alcohol, especially the young ones with the so-called hangover. When I was a young Erasmus student in Spain I didn’t properly know that determined foods (other than kebab and french … Continue reading How to treat alcohol side effects with Asparagus

Job search: How to identify your skills

Some posts and downloadable material might be available only to subscribers. This will help me manage the blog and, hopefully, be able to give you better and frequent content. Subscribe to keep reading the rest of the article. As a teaching fellow and as a student personal tutor, I am in contact with many students during my working days. I receive questions regarding assessments and … Continue reading Job search: How to identify your skills