HAL’S KITCHEN: Chocolates for Ukraine

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There’s a new way to enjoy great chocolate while helping the people of Ukraine. For a limited time only, Mordens’ of Winnipeg is selling boxes of Ukrainian mints with the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Center of Winnipeg. $5 from each box is donated to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation. Mints can be purchased in person or by phone at 204-783-4551. Additionally, through the end of the month, the Fort Garry Hotel’s Oval Room Brasserie is serving three special menu items to raise money for Ukrainians fighting for their lives against invading Russian forces. And, starting April 1, the Springfield Chamber of Commerce is planning a unique perogy tasting event in support of war-torn Ukraine.

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Mordens' of Winnipeg sells boxes of Ukrainian mints with the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Center of Winnipeg.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation.
Mordens’ of Winnipeg sells boxes of Ukrainian mints with the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Center of Winnipeg. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation. Photo by Chris Procaylo /Winnipeg Sun

BAKERS WALL

If you love watching cooking shows on TV, there’s a new one about to debut on Food Network Canada. Wall Of Bakers, a spin-off of the wildly popular Wall Of Chefs, will premiere on Monday night. Winnipeggers Jenna Hutchinson and Ashley Kosowan of Jenna Rae Cakes will both be on the show as part of a panel of experts made up of the biggest names in baking in the country.

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NICE THING

We spent a lot more money on candy last year. According to the Confectioners’ Association, North Americans lost nearly $40 billion on sweets in 2021. That’s an increase of 11% from 2020 and 15% from 2019. And sales continue to soar. to augment. People are thought to be seeking comfort foods more as the tough times continue. The same thing happened during the 2009 recession.

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THE COOKING CLASS IMPROVES WELL-BEING

If your well-being suffers, you might want to enroll in a cooking class. A large study in Australia found that a seven-week culinary course improved participants’ mental and physical health. Their confidence and life satisfaction increased, as did their ability to change their eating habits. The people behind this study believe that society could be greatly improved simply by returning to home-cooked meals.

COFFEE REDUCES MORTALITY

A 10-year study shows that coffee can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Drinking two or three cups of java a day could reduce your risk of heart problems by 10-15%. Nearly 400,000 men and women participated in the study. Other research has linked coffee consumption to better death rates.

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SNACKING ON THE JOHN

Believe it or not, a new survey indicates that one in five people have eaten food in their bathroom and almost as many (18%) have snacked while sitting on the toilet. The survey also revealed that 20% of us have eaten previously discarded food that looked “perfectly good”. You might have a better understanding of the importance of hiding while eating if you have teenagers…

PINEBERG TREND

Have you tried TikTok’s latest food craze? Strawberries are basically white strawberries with red seeds. In fact, they are almost genetically identical to strawberries. But people say they taste like a mix of strawberries, pineapple, pears and apricots.

WORLD RECORD Nugget

British competitive eater Leah Shutkever has set a new Guinness World Record for chicken nuggets, consuming 19 of them in one minute. That’s 12.42 ounces in one minute. The previous record of 10.51 ounces was set by Nela Zisser in 2020. Shutkever also set records while eating chopped pies, pickled eggs, and muffins.

– Hal has been writing articles for years. He also hosts Connecting Winnipeg weekday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon at 680 CJOB. You can email him at [email protected]

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