As my grandmother once said…Size does matter!

size mattersMy grandmother was a huge inspiration for me especially in the world of cooking. She dedicated herself to growing, canning, baking and preserving much of the delectable German fare that graced our table. She always allowed me to indulge in culinary sport, creating my own concoctions such as rose and grape cookies or honey-barley moon cakes. My creativity ran amok as I freely mixed ingredients from different gastronomic hemispheres under her shocked but tolerant gaze. I will always remember her advice to be mindful of the small but powerful components, such as hot pepper or horseradish that could make a large impact despite their small relative size. Continue reading

Oh no! Nano! – coming to a product near you!

Nano-particlesI recently attended a conference that touched on nanoparticles. I was intrigued because I had once given a brief to the USDA on their properties and possible hazards in our food supply. Australia, Canada and the UK all restrict their occurrence in organic production, so there were grounds for concern. On the other hand, I also recognized there were groundbreaking scientific and technological advances in industry and medicine through the use of nanotechnology. Continue reading