Science is indeed incredibly fascinating. Over our human history, science has shaped how we live our lives. We may take the results of science for granted but can we imagine our today’s world without penicillin, x-ray or the latest smart phone technology?

On the other hand some science leaves me baffled. For example, do we really need bread that will stay mould free for 60 days? Scientist have indeed discovered a method (microwaving) that will do just that. And it is not just bread they tested this on, anything from pet food to jalapeno peppers was put "under the waves".

Originally this device was manufactured to zap pathogens like E-coli or MRSA... That may sound like a good thing but I really do have an issue with what it must do to the food. Can we believe this is safe? If moulds won't touch the food I am sure humans shouldn't either. It reminds me of the old "McDonald's hamburger doesn't get spoilt" YouTube video.

I cannot find a good reason for having bread that lasts 60 days, maybe in emergency situations, delivered to disaster areas, but for everyday use? Whatever happened to buying what you need? Or just stick your bread into the freezer! If you are making sandwiches, freeze bread in 2 slice batches and take them out as you need them. I find that making sandwiches with frozen bread keeps kids lunchbox cool and they are defrosted by lunchtime.

Growing up I don't remember bread getting mouldy. It went stale and rock hard first. Today’s over processed bread goes mouldy before it goes hard. Stale bread has great uses, it is especially great for making breadcrumbs. We used to have a large box of them in the pantry (I now keep mine in the freezer), it was used to make meatloaves or for breading various foods (the Czechs will bread and fry just about anything). I never remember any mould in our box of breadcrumbs.

No, this is not a scientific discovery I will be celebrating and i do hope it will not become a mainstay in our food preparation. If it does you should know that cantaloupe seems to be one food that didn’t do well in the process :)

I served these as a starter with salad but will work great in a wholemeal bun with yummy toppings. Salad and oven fries on the side of course.

Makes 4



125ml (1/2 cup) of brown basmati rice
440g (1lb) parsnips
440g (1lb) carrots
2 tsp rapeseed oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp celery salt
freshly cracked black pepper

  1. First cook the brown rice in 375ml (1 and 1/2 cup) of water for about 30 min.
  2. While the rice is cooking, clean the parsnips and carrots, cut into about inch pieces. Place into a roasting dish, mix with 2 tsp rapeseed oil. Roast at 200C for about 35min. You can roast without any oil if you wish.
  3. Finely chop the shallots, place into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Place the roasted vegetables into a food processor and process till you get a coarse mash (still with some texture).
  5. Add the mashed roots and rice to the shallots. Next add the paprika, celery and black pepper.
  6. Shape 4 burgers out of the mixture. Place onto a baking paper lined baking tray. Bake at 180C for 30-35 min or until golden brown.