Swedish Meatballs Are Apparently a Lot Less Swedish Than We Thought


Swedish food isn't the most famous cuisine to come out of Europe, but there is one Swedish dish that's known around the world: their petite, gravy-soaked meatballs. Now, the famed food's origins are being called into question by none other than Sweden's official Twitter account, Mashable reports.

On Saturday, April 28, @swedense tweeted the following: "Swedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th century. Let's stick to the facts!" Swedes and non-Swedes alike were understandably shaken by the bombshell (though IKEA has yet to comment on the revelation regarding their signature dish).

A history-making meatball recipe wasn't the only culinary import King Charles XII brought to Sweden following his five years living in Turkey: He also gave the Scandinavian country coffee and stuffed cabbage rolls.

The origins of many of the dishes we associate with certain nations can actually be traced back to different parts of the world. The pasta Italy is so famous for owes its existence to the Asian noodles that predate it by centuries. And that all-American apple pie you love so much? It's a British dish. As was the case with those items, Turkish meatballs have taken on a distinctively local flavor and identity since landing in Sweden 300 years ago. While kofta, a Turkish meatball, is often made from lamb, Swedish meatballs are typically made from pork and beef.

[h/t Mashable]

How Microwaving Food Affects Its Nutritional Value


There’s probably no household appliance that sees more use than a microwave. For people who don’t have the time or inclination to prepare dinners from scratch or heat meals in a conventional oven, zapping food has become the ultimate method of time management in the kitchen.

Some people harbor the belief that a price has to be paid for that convenience—specifically, that food loses nutritional value by being subjected to a quick nuking.

The truth? Microwaving doesn’t harm a food’s nutrients. In fact, it may preserve them more than some slow-cook methods do.

The reason is found in how microwaves work. The appliances heat food by blasting it with waves of energy not unlike radio waves. These waves target water and other molecules in the food. Thermal energy quickly builds up, and dishes come out heated in a relatively short period of time. This process avoids two of the factors that can lead to nutrient loss: cooking duration and high temperatures. Typically, the longer and hotter food is cooked, the more its nutritional value dissipates.

The other advantage is that microwaves don’t require water for heating. If you boil broccoli, for example, the hot water allows nutrients to leach out of the vegetable. (While that makes for a good stock, your broccoli may be robbed of some of its healthy benefits.) A quick steam in the microwave leaves broccoli relatively intact.

That’s not to say that microwave cooking is superior to a stovetop. Cooking foods at reasonable temperatures and durations shouldn’t result in significant nutrient loss, though some is inevitable for any manner of cooking. But microwaving isn’t going to erase nutrients via some mysterious microwave alchemy, either.

[h/t CNN]

Golden Girls Cereal Has Arrived


Fans of The Golden Girls can now spend their mornings with Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia, and Rose. The ladies of the beloved sitcom now have their own cereal—and it's only available for a limited time, Today reports.

Funko—the toy company known for its vinyl Pop! dolls depicting nearly every character in pop culture (including, of course, The Golden Girls)—rolled out the special-edition cereal in Target stores on September 30. The box is decorated with Funko-fied versions of the four leading ladies, and the multi-grain loops themselves are a shade of deep blue that would look great on one of Rose's dresses.

At $8 a box, the product is more expensive than your average breakfast cereal, but that price includes a little something extra. Each box of Golden Girls cereal comes with its own version of a prize inside: a Funko Pop! figurine of one of the four women.

The cereal won't remain on shelves forever, so collect all the dolls while you still can.

[h/t Today]