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The White Stuff

posted on 23rd February 2012 by Stefan Chmelik

That stuff from a carton is milk right? Perhaps in the most general sort of way, a bit like a cheese strings might be called ‘cheese’ or a fish stick ‘fish’. The white liquid referred to above bears only a passing resemblance to what our grand parents would have called ‘milk’, a nod in the direction of the secretions produced by mammary glands, before it has been mechanical and biochemically altered into something that one can, at best, describe as a ‘milk-like’ substance, to mis-quote Michael Pollan. This article intends to provide the case for why it is the industrialisation of milk rather than milk itself that is the problem for many people, and why cultural bias is the basis for much of the TCM abhorrence of dairy.


Taking stock

posted on 12th February 2012 by Stefan Chmelik

How many people do you know that keep a traditional stockpot? Do you? I am not referring so much to an actual large pot with a close fitting lid, although that is certainly helpful, but rather to the mind-set of maintaining the production and use of traditional stock and broth in your house.


Sweet Excess

posted on 3rd February 2012 by Stefan Chmelik

Sugar is so harmful that it should be controlled in the same way as tobacco and alcohol, according to a team of leading public health experts. Three US scientists from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) maintain sugar is more than just “empty calories” that makes people fat. They argue that high calorie, […]