Liquorice Can Make You Dumb

Eating liquorice in pregnancy may affect a child’s IQ and behavior:

Women who ate more than 500mg of glycyrrhizin per week – found in the equivalent of 100g of pure liquorice – were more likely to have children with lower intelligence levels and more behavioural problems.

Glycyrrhizin is 30-50 times sweeter than white sugar.

Twizzlers, the popular licorice-type candy, does not contain anything from the licorice plant, hence it contains no glycyrrhizin.

Schnitzel on the Grill

I made schnitzel for the first time yesterday and threw it on the grill. I think I might like it more than steak. It goes good with beer.

From Food & Drink

I did a Google search for schnitzel recipes, discovered I didn’t have all the necessary ingredients, so I improvised, which is all I ever do anyway. I sliced some pork loins about an inch thick; cut them around the edges so they wouldn’t shrivel up on the grill; I took all these ingredients — olive oil, 4 gloves of garlic, various amounts of paprika, curry power, fennel seeds, rosemary, parsley, pepper, kosher salt and probably a few more spices I can’t remember now — and mixed them all together in a big bowl; then I pounded the pork into all it, mushing it up real good, and I let it sit covered in the fridge for a couple hours. Then I just cooked it on the BBQ (or outdoor grill for the purists) with corn on the cob and zucchini fresh from my garden. Done. It may be the best thing I’ve had on the BBQ this summer.

Wines I’ve Recently Drunk

I don’t spend much money on wines. I recently bought a bottle of Francis Coppola’s Red Label Zinfandel for about $35 and it was no better than any $10-bottle of red wine from Jackson-Triggs. (When I don’t know what to pick, I go to Jackson-Triggs; they make quality affordable wines.) I might get a bottle of Chateau nuf de Pape this Xmas for about $50, but that’s the most I’d ever spend.

All these wines are more on the dry side. I don’t go for white wines or anything sweet.

Jost – Cabernet Sauvignon (Canada) – $11 (7/10) — Not bad but nothing special. Easy to drink. Not much body or complexity to the flavour.

Bolla – Pinot Noir – 2007
(Italy) – $12 (7/10) — A light red wine. Pinot noirs seem watered-down to me and subsequently they go down easy.

Folonari – Pinot Noir – 2007
(Italy) – $13 (8/10) — Fruity and smooth and complex. Not bad.

Errazuriz – Max Reserva – Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006
(Chile) – $18 (9/10) — This stuff is awesome. Philosophically, it reminds me of a good Islay scotch in that I can taste the earth in it. It feels heavy with sediment (though it doesn’t need decanting; like I’m ever going to decant a bottle of wine, anyway) and the flavour is full and complex. I can taste the oak but there’s a bold black berry kind of flavour going on too, and not sweet. This bottle cost a little more than the lower-end wines, but it’s worth it. It’s distinctive.