4 more things you can do with coffee by-products

As most of us know, coffee is definitely among the most consumed commodity around the world and many people are drawn to it thanks to its peculiar flavour and taste which may range between woody and/or caramelised. 75% of the coffee that is produced around the worlds consist in Arabica (Coffea Arabica) while for its 25% it consists of Robusta (Coffea Canephora) (Mussatto et al., … Continue reading 4 more things you can do with coffee by-products

4 things you don’t know about 3D food printing

*check our new podcast episode at the end of the post* Did you ever consider eating a 3D printed pizza? Can you imagine having a 3D printer for food next to your microwave oven? Well, dear foodies, get ready, the revolution is happening. In fact, also NASA has recently funded a Small Business Innovation Research in order to pursue this technology for the on demand … Continue reading 4 things you don’t know about 3D food printing

Ice-cream texture and ingredients’ wonders

Have you ever wondered how is an ice-cream made and why some ice-creams are better than others? Did you ever wonder about the functionalities of the ingredients in an ice-cream? Well, to start from the basis, let’s say that the ice-cream belongs to the family of “aerated” foods that have the peculiarity of being made of both solids and air as in form of air … Continue reading Ice-cream texture and ingredients’ wonders

The roles of a Food Scientist

Being a Teaching Fellow in Food Science, I get asked quite a lot of times from students during our Open Days about what are the possible professional careers of people studying Food Science. I do really enjoy answering to that question because I have a lot to say about it and sometimes I ask directly to students what do they think a Food Scientist is. … Continue reading The roles of a Food Scientist

How to: Critical Thinking

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. Here you are, you have just started your semester and if you are scrolling down the pages of your assessment briefs, you are finding many mentions to … Continue reading How to: Critical Thinking

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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

Aquafaba and its potential as egg-replacer

In a world where many people are being aware of sustainability issues and are choosing to consume more plant-based proteins, it is the food scientist’s job to find novel strategies in order to look out for alternative plant proteins that can produce similar functionalities to the animal based ones. Let’s look at egg proteins, they are quite challenging to replace. Eggs are used thanks to … Continue reading Aquafaba and its potential as egg-replacer

Food innovation trends: from mental wellbeing to personalisation

As another season approaches with the beginning of September, it is quite normal to reflect on the past months. As I approach the reflective part of my year, I tend to ask myself what has changed and especially why? These are the same questions that experts and researchers in food science ask themselves and customers in order to understand novel trends and how to improve … Continue reading Food innovation trends: from mental wellbeing to personalisation

How to prepare for a new academic year

*FREEBIE ALERT* Free week planner to download at the end of the article It is that time of the year again, a new semester is approaching and you need to get ready and start preparing for another fantastic round of learning, new friendships, challenges and victories.I normally consider September the moment when the real new year starts, the moment where you set your goals, you … Continue reading How to prepare for a new academic year

Superfruits, where do they come from and why are they so special: Dragon Fruit and Star fruit

If you are in southern Europe or even in the UK, you are probably enjoying (while dutifully taking care of yourself and the others) this hot summer perhaps with a smoothie or an ice-cream. Speaking of fresh fruity foods, I believe that you have already stumbled upon new exotic fruits such as dragon fruit and star fruit. These exotic fruits are now considered superfruits. This … Continue reading Superfruits, where do they come from and why are they so special: Dragon Fruit and Star fruit