Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Holiday Cookies and... Doggie Bags

Travel Bites: Roman pomegranate... by OCKSTYLE


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The 2014 holiday cookie round-up from The Washington Post Food section via

CookFight is an occasional series in which Kim Severson and Julia Moskin battle it out in the kitchen... A Christmas Quarrel via

The important Christmas cookie recipes you need to get through the season... The 50 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes This Season via

As part of a wider drive to cut down on food waste, the authorities in the south-central region that includes Lyon started a campaign... Brushing Off a French Stigma That Doggie Bags Are for Beggars via

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Design, Baking and... To cook or not to cook?

Nuvola di ricotta e Crostata di visciole
recipes and food styling: OCKSTYLE;
photo: Serena Eller; styling: Cristina Gigli


"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." ~Carl Sagan (

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Food: the comparison with sex is irresistible... To cook or not to cook? A sensual pleasure for some can be plain serfdom for others via

What exactly makes a butter a butter, and which butter is the best one? Butters, Ranked via

The apples are caramelized first with sugar and spices, then... Apple Tart With Almonds in a Gluten-Free Shell via

Since the British have long had a love affair with the apple, they no doubt made use of the many species that grew wild... Serve Forth The Apple To Give Thanks via

Time to focus on experimenting with truly new techniques... Step Inside Michael Laiskonis's Dessert Laboratory via Serious Eats

Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence immortalised in sponge cake - who needs Madame Tussauds? via

Monday, 3 November 2014

Healthy Notes: Gluten Free and The Gut-Brain Axis...

Food Styling Notes: Prepping the asparagus... naturally gluten free
Recipe: OCKSTYLE; photo: Serena Eller; props: Cristina Gigli


“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~Hippocrates (

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“There have been some small studies looking at old forms of bread-making…that have suggested it’s not as immunogenic, it doesn’t drive the immune response as strongly as more modern grain or bread preparations,”... The Rise of Celiac Disease Still Stumps Scientists via TIME

Once on a gluten-free diet, the man’s seizures stopped; those brain lesions gradually disappeared... Can Celiac Disease Affect the Brain? via

Referred to as “mushroom-tea” because during the brewing process the bacteria and yeast grow into a mass that resembles a mushroom cap... Kombucha: Is it really good for you? via The Washington Post

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