Bacteria are all around us
but only a few types are harmful and will cause illness. However,
contaminated food which causes food poisoning very often looks,
tastes and smells perfectly normal so its important to follow some
simple guidelines to reduce the risks.
Do not buy food in shops where raw
meat and cooked meat are displayed together.
Beware of overloaded freezer and chilled food cabinets or
if packaging does not feel cold - food may not be thoroughly frozen.
Never buy a can that has been dented.
Always visit the freezer aisles last and take produce home immediately
- food may partially thaw and cause problems when refrozen.
Destroy bacteria present in food by
cooking and re-heating thoroughly to the required temperature -
be extra careful to follow microwave procedures.
Preventing bacteria in food from multiplying means depriving
them of warmth and moisture - return goods to refrigerator and do
not leave perishables on windowsills in their packaging. Refrigeration
will not kill bacteria but will inhibit their growth.
Do not site the refrigerator next to
a heat source - oven, dishwasher etc, as it will reduce its efficiency.
Always make sure food is fully and thoroughly thawed before
preparation - this is vital with meat products.
8 oz (225 g) plain flour
4 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. caster sugar
1 tsp. salt
12 fl oz (350 ml) milk
1 oz (25 g) butter (melted)
Syrup and cream to serve
Sift flour, baking
powder, sugar and salt into a bowl.
Whisk eggs, milk and melted butter together
and stir in dry ingredients. Mix until well blended.
Heat a little butter in a frying pan
or pancake pan and pour on circles of the batter to
Cook until top of pancake appears bubbly.
Turn with spatula and cook until golden.
Repeat until remaining mixture.
Serve with syrup and cream and fresh
fruit of your choice.
Did you know?...
That drinking a glass of warm
milk before bed is not just an old wives tale. Milk
contains Tryptophan which is a natural sleep enhancer
if we need an excuse for a cup of tea,
scientists have confirmed that research shows that tea can improve
the memory and help prevent Alzheimers Disease. It fights enzymes
that destroy chemical messengers in the brain. So get the kettle