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Food Artisans

Spread the Love: Bacon Jam

Breaking food stereotypes is one of the major challenges that innovative artisanal food producers face That was certainly the case for home-based Five & Two Foods after it launched its bacon jam range. “They [customers] thought it was bacon with strawberry jam,” explains co-founder Georgina Fernandez, 44. There was uncertainty over how to respond. Fernandez recalls discussing the problem with her husband and business partner, John Peter, when they first started the business in 2013. “I remember him telling me …

Saving Bees One Jar of Honey at a Time

When you think of raw honey and beekeeping, Singapore is probably the last place that comes to mind. Its highly urbanised environment means there just isn’t enough space for commercial apiaries or apiculture hobbyists. Somebody forgot to tell Xavier Tan. In 2014 the former operations manager at Hewlett Packard invested funds from his severance package into Nutrinest, Singapore’s first honey and bee rehabilitation company. Tan has always been fascinated with bees. With 10,000 to 20,000 individuals living in a single …

Sarawak Sambal with Rosana Musa

Known as the “feeder” in her circle of friends, Rosana Musa always had a deep love for food. One of her fondest memories is making breakfast for her father at age eight. After a visit to Sarawak, Rosana noted the strong difference between the typically saucy sambal and Sarawak’s distinctively dry bidayuh-style sambal. Rosana then decided to make her own version of the unique East Malaysian sambal with regional ingredients such as Bintulu belancan. Described more as a condiment than …

Homegrown Marmalades with an Exotic Twist

Singapore is an unlikely candidate in an international marmalade contest. Jams and marmalades are most associated with the English, who enjoy them spread on toast, which is eaten together with a cup of tea. Yet, in 2017, Singapore’s very own Straits Preserves clinched the Gold Medal in the Artisan Awards category at the World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival, held in Cumbria in the United Kingdom. The winning entry was Ginger Garden, concocted by Straits Preserves founder Sharon Lee. Ginger Garden is …

The Hunter’s Kitchenette: Nuts About Nut Butters

Peanut butter is loved the world over for its creamy goodness, especially on toast or baked goods. But many consumers probably don’t realise that, like many mass-produced food items, store-bought peanut butter contains chemical preservatives and many questionable ingredients, such as hydrogenated oils, trans-fats like margarine, and lots of sugar. Furthermore, commercial nut butters use nuts that are roasted unevenly or already burnt. Like coffee, burnt nuts produce a rancid and bitter taste, and manufacturers try to mask the foulness …

BoxGreen: Healthy Food Delivered

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that working overtime in an office often means resorting to fatty and sugary snacks sold in vending machines or 24-hour convenience stores. This can have serious health consequences, such as unwanted weight gain, particularly when combined with greasy lunches from hawker stalls, work-related stress and a lack of exercise. In Singapore, it’s a growing problem – Health Promotion Board data released last year showed 42 percent of Singaporean men and 28 percent of Singaporean women aged …