Why the 7th July is an important day

Can you guess why this today is a very important day. No idea? Today is . . .

World Chocolate Day, also known as International Chocolate Day!

What’s the history of chocolate?

Chocolate was first introduced to Europe in the mid-16th Century (“History of Chocolate,” 2020). But chocolate consumption actually goes back about 4,000 years – the ancient Olmec people of Latin America drank a form of hot chocolate and used it as a medicine (Kim, 2019). When the European explorers arrived in South American Cacao beans became a very valuable trade commodity. Cacao beans are the most raw form of what eventually becomes chocolate.

Cacao Beans are the raw ingrediant for making chocolate…

Back to today…

How do we celebrate this awesome World Chocolate Day?

No prizes for the correct answer. Yes, celebrate by consuming (even more) chocolate. What’s your favourite chocolate? Cadbury dairy milk, Whittakers fruit and nut, Queen Anne boxed chocolates or an Italian Ferrero Rocher? What about the pricey but definitely worth it handmade Belgian or Swiss chocolate? Whatever your preference just enjoy…

Queen Anne boxed chocolates…

Why not try a different variety of chocolate today. It’s a great idea – you never know what you’re missing, till you try it for yourself!

Is Chocolate Good for Us?

Wait a minute! Isn’t overindulgence in chocolate not exactly good for our waistline and overall health? What does the science say. Milk chocolate, seemingly the most popular and affordable type of chocolate in the world, gives us beneficial protein and calcium. But milk chocolate is often very high in sugar, which has been linked to tooth decay, diabetes, cardio-vascular ailments and other health issues. So, it seems that we need to curb our over-indulgence in milk chocolate.

Figure 1. Chocolates (JillWellington, n.d.).

What about dark chocolate?

Dark chocolate has been touted as a healthier chocolate. The reason..its main ingredient cocoa has biologically active phenolic compounds, which Nordqvist (2018) says may benefit us by:
• lowering cholesterol levels
• preventing cognitive decline
• reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems

Dark chocolate has many positive health benefits…


Takeaway: Based on what is known, it seems that eating high cocoa content dark chocolate that is low in sugar is beneficial, especially for those of us who enjoy chocolate frequently.

How is Chocolate Made?

Curious about how chocolate is made? Watch this very interesting video while savouring your chocolate!


History of chocolate. (2020, July 5, 08:20). In Wikipedia. Retrieved July 7, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_chocolate
JillWellington. (Photographer). (n.d.). Chocolates [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://pixabay.com/photos/valentine-s-day-chocolates-candy-2057745/
Kim, J. (2019, October 16). A brief history of chocolate [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.chocolate.org/blogs/chocolate-blog/a-brief-history-of-chocolate
Nordqvist, J. (2018, July 17). Health benefits and risks of chocolate. Retrieved July 7, 2020, from Medical News Today website: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270272

Leonard Yeo,  posted by Jonathan Moake

Bit chilly, isn’t it?


This time of year resounds with sharply indrawn breaths, chattering teeth, and cries of “it’s a bit chilly!”. I for one struggle to drag myself from my warm bed, and the walk to work is an exercise in determination.

We are now past the shortest day, so in theory it’s all uphill from here – but as weather records show, it is usually as cold (if not colder) in July and August as in June (scroll to the bottom of the page for historical data). I apologise for the bad news…

A warm jersey, a hot cup of tea (or coffee, or chocolate, or blackcurrant), a good book or movie, and something comforting for dinner can go a long way to make up for the rain, frost, and (lack of) snow. To achieve this, try some of these library resources:

For the jersey (although this may take until next winter):

Teach yourself visually: Knitting

Rowan’s designer collection: summer and winter knitting

Sew eco: sewing sustainable and re-used materials

For the tea (or coffee):

The book of coffee & tea : a guide to the appreciation of fine coffees, teas, and herbal beverages

Tea : discovering, exploring, enjoying

For the book or movie:

You will, of course, be studying hard – either for exams or for the start of semester two. Won’t you?

If you are lucky enough to have a break, the Books & Authors database has some good recommendations and background information on books new and old.

For the comforting meal:

Try the winter issues of Cuisine magazine, or Australian Gourmet Traveller, for some seasonal inspiration.

And remember: our libraries are open their usual hours over the semester break. Come in and see us – it’s nice and warm.





Food and Hospitality – New Books – May 2012

     Click on any title below to view its details in our Primo Library search. If you would like to request any of these, sign in first and then select Request. (Hint: the sign in is in the top right corner once you have clicked on the resource.

For more resources on food and hospitality be sure to visit the subject guide.

New Books :

Gates, S. & Smith, G.G. (2011). The extraordinary cookbook: how to make meals your friend will never forget.

Chapters include snacks and starters for communal dipping, spectacular main courses to get messy with, and extra challenging interactive meals for the brave guest and ambitious cook.

Langbein, A. (2010). The free range cook

Her down-to-earth approach to cooking is both practical and inspiring. Starting with the freshest seasonal ingredients, she shows how easy it is to cook sensational food in a simple, natural way.

Maltin, V. (2010). The gloriously gluten-free cookbook: Spicing up with life with Italian, Asian and Mexican recipes.

Her down-to-earth approach to cooking is both practical and inspiring. Starting with the freshest seasonal ingredients, she shows how easy it is to cook sensational food in a simple, natural way.

Going out or staying in?

Now that the weather is warming up we have the choice of whether we go out or stay in when socialising with friends and family.  The library has some magazines to help you make your decision.  If you are going out have a look at the magazine called ‘Cafe’ which includes an eating out guide.  The winter issue has the results from the ‘New Zealand 2009 best cafe awards’.  Also have a look at the website Dine out for cafe and restaurant reviews. 

If you are staying in, the library has magazines with great recipes to try.  Start with the magazine ‘Grill & Food service’ which includes a section on what foods are in season for the freshest ingredients.  For recipes have a look at ‘Cuisine magazine’ or ‘Australian gourmet traveller’.  The library also has many books with recipes and cooking techniques to help you.