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Top 2012 Flavour Trends

Bell Flavors and Fragrances released its list of the Top 10 flavour trends for 2012, noting that salty caramel flavour will have the most impact on food and beverage products this in the coming year.

“Emerging Cultures” is the theme for the 2012 Top 10 Flavours list, with Korean cuisines predicted to make a huge hit to the market with Cajun and Greek following close behind.

Compiled using three methods—tracking flavour-sample requests, worldwide trend scouting, and tracking trends from external databases—the list is divided into three categories.


Sweet Flavours – Confectionery, Bakery, and Dairy Markets
Beverage Flavours – Non-Alcoholic and Alcoholic Markets
Savoury Flavours – Meat, Condiments, Dressings, Sauces, Soups, Seasoning Markets

Sweet Flavours

  1. Honey
  2. Milk Chocolate
  3. Rose
  4. Chocolate with Bacon
  5. Ellison Orange Apple
  6. Golden Russet
  7. Pomelo
  8. Chile
  9. Sea Buckthorn
  10. Aronia

Beverage Flavours

  1. Coconut Water
  2. Hibiscus
  3. Peppadew®
  4. Yumberry
  5. Chamomile
  6. Lavender
  7. Jasmine
  8. Cupuacu *Mintel #1 New Superfruit
  9. Aloe Vera
  10. Cucumber

Savoury Flavours

  1. Bacon
  2. Sriracha
  3. Rich Umami
  4. Brown Butter
  5. Black Garlic
  6. Saffron
  7. Tasso
  8. Aji Amarillo
  9. Za’atar
  10. Thai Green Curry

Source: Bell Flavors and Fragrances

3-Dimensional Christmas Tree Sushi

First Version

The Process

Improved Version


  • Sushi rice with carrot and shiitake
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Fried Egg
  • Cucumber
  • Ikura
  • Nori
  • Cherry tomato
  • Italian basil

Low Iron Levels in Blood Give Clue to Blood Clot Risk

Low levels of iron in the blood are associated with an increased risk of dangerous blood clots that form in a vein, according to the results of a new study that included patients with an inherited blood vessel disease.

The findings suggest that treating iron deficiency may help prevent the condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), according to the researchers at Imperial College London in England.

DVT typically occurs in the legs and can cause pain and swelling, and can be fatal if a blood clot dislodges and travels into the blood vessels of the lungs. Major surgery, immobility and cancer are recognized risk factors for blood clots, but there is no clear cause in many cases.

The new study included 609 patients with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), a genetic disease of the blood vessels that causes excessive bleeding from the nose and gut. Many HHT patients have low iron levels due to the loss of iron through bleeding.

Patients in the study with low iron levels were at increased risk for blood clots, but those who took iron supplements did not have a higher risk. This suggests that treating iron deficiency may help prevent DVT in the general population, the researchers said.

The study is published in the journal Thorax.


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Breaded Sesame Chicken


14 oz chicken breast
3 tbsp flour
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup white sesame seed


1/2 tsp minced ginger
1/2 tsp chopped green onion
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sesame oil
dash white ground pepper


1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp ketchup
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cornstarch
salt to taste


  1. Cut chicken breast into slices. Marinate for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add sauce ingredients to a saucepan. Mix well and bring to a boil. Continue to cook under low heat until sauce thickens.
  3. Mix chicken with flour. Coat with egg and than sesame seed. Deep-fry in hot oil until crispy. Drain excess oil and remove to serving platter.
  4. Serve chicken with sauce.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

“If it has four legs and it’s not a table, eat it.” — Cantonese saying.