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Cactus Leaves
Cactus Leaves are used in Mexican and Latin American cooking, but only leaves from one kind of cactus: the Prickly Pear Cactus, the same one that produces the Prickly Pear fruit. Some other species of cactus are poisonous, so don't decide to start munching on just any old dusty cactus in your windowsill. The Mexicans call this cactus the "nopal."

The leaves taste a bit like green bell pepper, asparagus and runner beans or green beans, with a bit of tartness to the taste. They are thick, and range in colour from pale to a dark green.

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Today's Lunchtime Learning

Twinkies are small, gold-coloured sponge cakes filled with vanilla-flavoured "cream." The cream filling is injected through 3 holes in the top. It's packaged upside down, with the brown top on the bottom.

Up till around the 1960s, Twinkies used actual dairy in the cream filling. Now, the filling is dairy-free.

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"It is to be regretted that men of science do not interest themselves more than they do on a subject of such vast magnitude as [food]; for I feel confident that the food of a country might be increased at least one-third, if the culinary science was properly developed, instead of its being slighted as it is now."

-- Alexis Soyer (French chef. 4 February 1810 – 5 August 1858)