Recently, a customer queried our use of shiitake mushrooms in our Duck Breast and Creamed Cabbage dish, why not use regular mushrooms?
It’s a good question – shiitakes have four to ten times the flavour of common white button mushrooms. In addition to their robust/pungent, woodsy flavour and meaty texture, shiitakes provide high levels of protein (18%), potassium, niacin and B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
They also have natural antiviral and immunity-boosting properties and are sued nutritionally to fight viruses, lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure. Lentinan, an immunostimulant derived from shiitakes, has been used to treat cancer, AIDS, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibrocystic breast disease, and other conditions with impressive results.
So the next time you tuck into some tasty shiitake mushrooms, think of all the benefits – or, you can simply enjoy the rich flavour.
Why are so many many more people turning to convenient solutions when it comes to meals?
With the changing face of society, far less time is being allocated to food preparation. “My grandmother used to spend hours planning meals every day” says Indish owner Brent Kyle. That is quite a difference from a recent American study which showed that when it comes to modern day food preparation and clean up, men spend an average of 15 minutes per day, while women spend an average of 47.4 minutes.
What accounts for this change?
“Canadians have more money, less time, fewer domestic skills and less inclination to devote time to food related chores. As a result there is an increased demand for foods that can be prepared in a short period of time. This is not a new consumer trend; however, it has evolved over time. When convenience foods were first introduced, consumers were willing to accept a lower quality and poorer taste for the ability to prepare a meal in a short period of time. But today, consumers’ requirements for convenience foods are more sophisticated than ease and speed of preparation. Today, convenience foods must also include ease in purchasing and clean-up, nutrition, flavour and perceived value.”
from “Understanding Consumer Trends Can Present New Opportunities”, Government of Alberta, Agriculture and Rural Development
It’s no surprise then that for many working professionals, families and anyone looking to try something new, Indish offers delicious, gourmet, convenient meal solutions. Check out our current menu to find out what’s in store for you.
In our continued efforts to feature local and seasonal ingredients in our meals, we’ve teamed up with Get Local.
If you’re not familiar with Get Local, it’s a community of BC food producers, businesses, and groups working together to promote eating locally in the Metro Vancouver area. Get Local offers education about the benefits of eating locally, a growing list of businesses that are producing and selling local food, and a wealth of other resources to help you “Get Local.”
We’re proud to be the newest member of Get Local, and excited that it will connect us with even more food producers, to ensure our meals are of the highest quality ingredients.
It’s quite common for people to buy Indish Gift Certificates for all sorts of occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries, as a thank-you gift and for baby showers.
But recently, we’ve noticed a new trend emerging: businesses using Indish Gift Cards as performance incentives for their employees.
Many employers set targets for their staff and sales team, but what makes achieving those goals even more attractive is an incentive for the employee.
Indish Gift Cards are a popular choice simply because it’s a little different, our meals suit all tastes, it supports local business/food producers, and employees actually get to enjoy the fruits of their labour.
It’s been a pleasure to meet employees from a range of industries when they come by to redeem their Gift Cards, proud that they’ve hit their target.