I first read a term called ‘staple food’ in social studies text book in my school days. I was indoctrinated by mugging up the line ‘Rice and wheat are the staple food for Indians’. And it has been almost two and half decades I read that last.
Staple Food is something that’s eaten in general by a group of people in a nation or domicile depending on climatic, geographic and demographic conditions. But as the world is transforming as small as a village with inundating information, communication and merging of cultures, the concept of staple food is getting clouded. Anything from anywhere can be imported.
I’ve been to Singapore last year and seen while the British falling on Indian food in Muthus Curry and Andhra Curry, Indians on Chinese food at Concorde and Chinese on Russian salads at a few joints. Well, when I asked couple of them they said, they do not just taste that for the moment, but got habituated.
Even in India we see growing crowds those love to have breakfast in Mc Donalds, lunch at Sub Way and dinner at Pizza place. Hence the staple food can only be a part of menu but cannot rule the nations in the days to come.
Study: staple food prices rise again
Staple food prices have risen by an average 17.8% in the last year, according to new statistics revealed today.
If a family spends an average of £100 on a weekly shop, then they will pay £925.60 more for these 24 staple items a year, said mySupermarket.co.uk.
Between November last year and the same month in 2008, Tesco bananas rose by 22%, a bag of golden delicious apples at Asda rose by 37% and British beef mince at Sainsbury’s by 57.1%, the company found.
Coming after the Office for National Statistics said inflation fell to 4.5% in October, mySupermarket.co.uk said food and drink prices (for all items) in the three supermarkets grew by 6.2% between 12 November 2007 and 12 November 2008.
Story of Bread
Bread is a staple food prepared by cooking a dough of flour and water and possibly more ingredients. Doughs are usually baked, but in some cuisines breads are steamed, fried, or baked on an unoiled skillet. It may be leavened or unleavened. Salt, fat and leavening agents such as yeast and baking soda are common ingredients, though bread may contain other ingredients, such as milk, egg, sugar, spice, fruit (such as raisins), vegetables (such as onion), nuts (such as walnuts) or seeds (such as poppy seeds). Bread is one of the oldest prepared foods, dating back to the Neolithic era.
Fresh bread is prized for its taste, aroma, quality and texture. Retaining its freshness is important to keep it appetizing.Modern bread is sometimes wrapped in paper or plastic film, or stored in a container such as a breadbox to reduce drying. Bread that is kept in warm, moist environments is prone to the growth of mold. Bread kept at low temperatures, in a refrigerator for example, will develop mold growth more slowly than bread kept at room temperature, but will turn stale quickly due to retro-gradation.