This worries me a bit - Pepsi are removing aspartame, a controversial artificial sweetener, from their diet drinks in America, but not in the UK. Why is this? Apparently the decision is based on American preferences, us Brits like the drink as it is. Is it just me, or is this a bit odd? Many studies have been carried out on aspartame, some of which have linked it to serious medical conditions, although regulatory bodies in the UK and US have discredited this research and the sweetener is deemed safe for human consumption. I'm definitely going to read up on this more...doesn't feel right to me.
Spring is (kind of) here which means the beautiful asparagus makes a brief appearance on our plates. The British season only lasts for two months so you better enjoy it while it's here, the Peruvian veg is just not the same. Probably something to do with the 6,000 miles it travels. For recipe inspiration take a look at this lovely lot for salads, soup, risottos and tarts.
The Real Bread Campaign fights for better bread in Britain, whether that is at home with you kneading the dough or using a bread-maker, or heading to your nearest Real Bread bakery to try their fine loaves. As the name suggests, the campaign is all about 'real bread' which uses just four ingredients - flour, water, yeast (either commercial or a natural sourdough starter) and salt. Eh, you might say, isn't that what all bread is made from anyway? Most of the bread sold in the UK also contains flour improvers and processing aids - hmm, take a look at the Real Bread site for info on these additives. From May 9th-15th Real Bread Week is being held across the country to raise awareness of real bread, help support local bakeries and for you to enjoy discounts on classes, ingredients and equipment. Get them muscles flexed for some well kneaded action! (sorry, embarrassed face)
Wooaaaaah check this out! Seven flavours in one chocolate bar, amazing. I love Cadbury's Dairy Milk - yes, I know it's very sweet, doesn't have high cocoa solids and all that fancy pantsy stuff. #notguiltypleasure They'll only be producing 50 of these handmade bad boys so get on Cadbury's Facebook and Twitter pages to find out how you can win one.