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DOUBLE-OLIVE-SEVEN, IS THAT YOU MR. BOND?

It’s finally occurred to me! James Bond, a.k.a. Agent 007, is impossible to kill because he loves martinis! Not because he likes them “shaken, not stirred” – I think he’s just being fussy – but because every martini comes with an olive. And olives are fantastic for...

POTATO CHIPS ARE GOOD FOR YOU!

I’m feeling good, actually super-elated. In fact, vindicated and downright righteous! I love potato chips – crisps, in the Queen’s English – but everyone knows (and makes it a point to tell me!) that they’re an unhealthy snack, classified as an...

LEMONS FOR POST-LUNAR NEW YEAR RECOVERY

“Lemon tree, very pretty; and the lemon flower is sweet. But the fruit of the poor lemon, is impossible to eat.” I don’t know why these lyrics have been playing repeatedly in my head the last few days. They’re from the song “Lemon Tree” by Peter, Paul and Mary,...

GONGXI! GONGXI! TIME FOR “GOLD” MANDARINS!

For some, the Lunar New Year is about angpows: “lucky” red packets with money inside given to children and unmarried young adults. For others it’s bak kwa, the barbequed slices of sweet, minced pork that people willingly queue hours for to buy from their favourite...

RUNNING IN THE FAMILY

We get orders for heirloom tomatoes a number of times each season here at Sofresh, and I always find them intriguing to look at when they arrive at our warehouse (ie. a quick quality check in the chiller room). They’re pretty and at the same time a little strange...

WHY IS IT CALLED LADIES’ FINGERS?

A dear, long-time friend of mine recently posted on her Facebook page a mouthwatering picture of an okra dish she’d created. Not only did the pixels jump right off the screen and grab my eyeballs by their sockets, Jean also freely shared the “oh-so-easy” recipe to her...

IT’S ALL IN THE SEED (WELL, MOSTLY)

It seems I’ve been doing it wrong all this time! I’ve been hacking out the most important part and dumping it: so many years of utter waste! A friend once told me he watched a group of tourists eating mangosteen for the first time at our famous Newton Circus hawker...

WHAT NOW, 2016?

I have to admit that I’ve been struggling to write this blog entry. No, that’s getting quite far ahead of myself. I’ve been struggling to think of what I should write about – the brilliant idea, the blockbuster topic to start 2016 with – so in reality, I’m actually...

AT THE CLOSE OF THE YEAR, HELLO 2016!

On Sofresh Offshore Supply’s Facebook page where we post “Weekend Wisdom” anecdotes and encouraging words each Friday, I’ve chosen to focus the year’s final three Fridays’ posts on people. I think this is fitting, as we reflect on the year that’s ending and look...

COME TOGETHER (TIS THE SEASON)

Christmas is a time for people to come together. And food is a way for people to come together. So, putting the time and the way together, we have a pretty good explanation why this time of the year is really the season for precious fellowship, joy, laughter, love and...

THE MIGHTY ROMAINE AND ITS COUSINS

The one thing all our cruise ship clients want is to get fresh. Produce – fresh produce is what I’m talking about. Alright, that was a stiff try at grabbing some attention. But fresh produce may not strike many as sensational. Then again, I know people who love...

BLONDE, WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD

OK – so this one’s not really for vegetarians, or those strongly opposed to the meat industry and some of its lesser practices: the priciest steak in the world has been found! This was newsworthy enough for both CNN and The Telegraph to report on earlier this week....

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