AN APPLE A DAY

AN APPLE A DAY

I’m sure you’ll know who that’s supposed to keep away. I’ve always thought this strange, because many of the people – a.k.a. parents – who used that phrase on us when we were children had also harboured hopes for us to become doctors one day. Go figure.   It so happens that I do like apples. I seldom fall ill but when I do, I prefer not to visit the doctor. Instead, I’ll eat lots of apples and drink lots of apple juice. It works for me.   And that made me curious – was there any truth behind the proverb? So sometime ago, I decided to take a deeper look and came upon this: “An Apple a Day: Old-Fashioned Proverbs and Why They Still Work” by Caroline Taggart. The original phrase was, “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread”. In the 19th century, the phrase evolved to “an apple a day, no doctor to pay”, and then in the early 20th century, it became “an apple a day sends the doctor away”. According to Taggert, the proverb we commonly use now, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, was first recorded in 1922 in Wales. “Apple” – English. “Afal” – Welsh. Well, close enough.   But there’s “proverbial truth” and there’s “nutritional truth”. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a typical apple serving weighing 242 grams contains 126 calories, a good amount of dietary fibre and some vitamin C. That all sounds good, and it’s just as well that I usually eat two apples at a go. I’ve...
FROM HERE, AGAIN WE GO!

FROM HERE, AGAIN WE GO!

Food is fascinating. It’s such a basic, fundamental human right to have access to it. When denied this access, humanity decries it a tragedy, and rightfully so! At the same time, food transcends fundamentals. It captivates the senses so deeply and beyond to fantastic imaginations. It excites, exhilirates and empowers, sometimes beyond reason – recall brutal celebrity chefs with their violent-like behaviours on television shows that we should revile but instead often revere, even adore. In Singapore, we regularly traverse the country to end up queueing and waiting no end just to spoon into our mouths servings from some often nondescript hawker. The more infamous but word-of-mouth authentic and renowned, the more eagerly we subject ourselves to this activity.  Chances are we’d get abused, our orders gruffly taken as if we, the paying customer, were a nuisance. When served, dishes are unceremoniusly dumped on the table spilling delicious, precious gravies. Ask for another serving of their unique chilli-garlic sauce, more soup … Do you have a death wish? It’s crazy. And we love it. As our name Sofresh Offshore Supply suggests, we are not food caterers or that infamous but authentically renowned nondesript hawker stall (we don’t abuse our customers!). But we do have the pleasure of serving professionals who use the top quality ingredients and food products we supply them to perform culinary magic: chefs (and some celebrity ones) on board cruise ships who prepare 16,000 perfect meals a day* (more on bigger ships); master cooks and line cooks on oil rigs and all kinds of vessels who cook up a storm everyday to keep the strength and...