January Morsels – some fun to help kick off the year!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Welcome to 2014!
Headlines
Where does Nutella come from?
All the best for 2014!
Mini Morsels
Food Ink
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A cupcake that goes everywhere with you…, perfect!
New brew for you
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The Piccolo Latte A ristretto shot, topped with warm, silky milk served in a 100 ml glass. A perfect sized coffee for warm, summer mornings.
Vanilla Slice review!
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I’ve exhausted my suburb for great vanilla slices to try. If you know anywhere that makes a great vanilla slice, tell me about it here! I am eager to do more “research” in this field.
Welcome to 2014!
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Happy New Year! I hope you had a safe and restful festive season. No doubt things are well and truly back in full swing. I thought I would share a few fun events to look forward to in 2014, and remind you that the UN declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming (read more).
Headlines Click links for full story! How to taste Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (VIDEO) Learn to recognise the characteristics of a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese from an Official Taster! Duke University: No two People Smell The Same Researches are beginning to understand why people can have opposite reactions to the same stimulus Molly Schuyler Eats 72oz Steak In Less Than 3 Minutes (VIDEO) Yessir, that is a 2kg steak
Where does Nutella come from?
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I remember when I first realised that Nutella was a global brand – I was looking for a snack, in a Mongolian supermarket, before heading to Russia on the Trans Siberian railway. I only had a moment, and grabbed a small tub of Nutella – the only recognisable brand on the supermarket shelf. I have had a soft spot for this product ever since. Recently the OECD has compiled a report mapping the global food chain that Nutella uses to create its products, I have selected some facts to share:
  • About 250,000 tonnes of Nutella is made each year
  • Nutella is sold in 75 countries.
  • There are 9 global production locations, even one in Sydney
  • Hazelnuts are sourced from Turkey,
  • Palm oil comes from Malaysia,
  • Cocoa from Nigeria, and
  • Sugar from Brazil
Maintaining a consistent sensory profile across the world must present a significant challenge. If anyone can connect me with someone at the Nutella factory, I’d like to ask them a couple of questions!
All the best for 2014! Kev, thanks for taking the time to read this latest Morsel. As a final bit of fun, click the image of balloons at the top of the newsletter for a hilarious YouTube clip of a new sport! Have a safe and prosperous 2014! Kev
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