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KNOWHOW - Kitchen notes.

Reader tip of the month

When cooking pulses, sprouts or thick gravies in a pressure cooker, add a teaspoon of semolina or rice powder, to avoid excess oil from gathering.

- Meenaxii Rani

Nutrition advice, cooking tips and product picks for your pantry.

serve to impress!

Gourmet up your festive entertaining at home with a celebration platter that is unmistakably Christmassy, from Market & Platters. Choose from platters offering a range of luxury seafood items - including rare products like whole cooked Royal Brittany Lobsters, Tarbouriech Oysters and the majestic Norwegian Red King Crabs - caviar, foie gras, truffles, smoked salmons, and fine cheeses, or why not pick your favourites to create your own bespoke seafood platter? There's also a range of sweet treats on offer, from panettones to luxury chocolates and biscuits - so that sounds a lot like Christmas menu planning sorted! Platter prices start from about Dhs160, free delivery for orders over Dhs500. Call 04-4504466.

Shop talk

The whole concept of eating wholesome produce has really picked up in the UAE, and we're loving it! We've just found out a new specialty food store, The Farmer's Garden, will be opening up at Al Wasl Square soon. Get ready to fill your baskets with organic fruit and vegetables, high-quality olive oils, pasta, cheese, and other goodies. Call 04-3387750.

Health update> CHILDREN'S BONE HEALTH

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, the age of six is the most important stage when it comes to bone development in children. Children should be eating bone-healthy food at this age - the recommended daily dosage is 1,000mg per day - as this is when they grow by about 6cm. Milk, yoghurt, low-fat protein such as meat, chicken, fish, and whole grains and complex carbohydrates like potato, rice, whole grain pasta and vegetables are all good options. Additionally, children should get exposure to sunlight, as it's a great source of Vitamin D.

a dash of mustard

Grainy, English, Dijon - which one to choose? Here's a helpful guide to make sure you buy the right kind to suit your dishes:

[pounds sterling][sup.3] English: Spread it on sandwiches or stir through mashed potatoes, gravies and creamy sauces.

[pounds sterling][sup.3] French: Add it to dressings and sauces to add a little heat.

[pounds sterling][sup.3] American-style: Squeeze it onto a hot dog, or add a spoonful to marinades, sauces, and salad dressings.

[pounds sterling][sup.3] Dijon: This tastes great with macaroni cheese, in salad dressings, or as a condiment.

[pounds sterling][sup.3] Wholegrain: Eat this with red meat or ploughman's bread, as it adds texture.

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