Saturday, September 30, 2006

No, not rocket science

Whenever I mention quark in a forum, blog, email or wherever, I inevitably get asked: "What's quark?" So I'm pre-empting the response and posting an explanation of this food-of-the-Gods. I've introduced a few friends to it, and they're still thanking me. :-)

I'm not talking about the basic constituents of matter in particle physics. Hell, I don't even know what that means. Science makes my head hurt...unless it's biology, in which case I excelled at school. Yes, I know, biology is despised by REAL scientists who study incomprehensible things involving atoms and periodical tables Like this:

The quark I'm talking about is a soft, spreadable cream cheese that originated in Germany. It's also sometimes called quarg. There's a heap of info about it on Wikipedia. The one I use is made in Gippsland, by Burra Foods and is sold under the Blue Cow brand. It's sometimes available at Coles and safeway, but that varies from suburb to suburb and week to week. *sigh* The story of my life when it comes to food I like that's actually good for me.

It has a slightly sour taste, kind of like yoghurt or cottage cheese. Only without the disgusting lumpy curds-and-whey thing that cottage cheese has going on. Blah. Anyway, here's the nutritional stats on the one I use - you'll see why I love it (apart from the smooooth texture and the taste):

This is per 100g, which is a serve.....
Calories: 74
Protein: 18g
Carbs: 3g
Fat: 0.4g

So, as you can see, it's almost a perfect protein source, really. I'm doing my best to convert the entire world to eating this stuff. Perhaps then it'll become easier to find at the freakin' supermarket!

I add it to pancakes, banana bread, muffins, omelettes, frittatas, pizzas......or just do this: Chuck 1/2 a cup into a bowl, add 1/2 a cup of nice thick natural yoghurt (or low fat flavoured yoghurt, if you're a wuss), a handfull of berries of any kind you fancy and a sprinkling of chopped nuts. Mix and eat. Mmm!


Raw Food Girl said...

I get the bio dynamic one! Its yummy! I think Paris Creek make it? Hope u r well
Sandra x

Deb said...

Now I'm on a mission to find this stuff in the states....See what you've done?! ;)

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