Tagged with food

Food Riots

I’ve been interested in this 18th century topic for a long time but always thought it was about food shortages, missing the fact that they were often aimed at stopping food – i.e. local grain – from being shipped out of the country, a matter encouraged by bounties brought in in the 17th century when … Continue reading

Peak Food

This is from yesterday’s i, by Tom Bawden Environment Editor: “The world has entered an era of “peak food” production, with a vast array of staples … slowing in growth. Research published in the journal Ecology and Society finds that the supply of 21 staples such as eggs, eat, vegetables and soybeans, is already beginnign … Continue reading

Red Cross in Britain

As the British government boasts about the country emerging out of recession, and that the conomy is back on track, The International Red Cross has announced plans to distribute food aid in the UK.  This is the first time they have done so since the second world war, and should be making the govermnent weep … Continue reading

German Bread

The winner of this year’s best UK B&B awards was Aolfgang Herlinger of Bath, who attributes the popularity to the 4 types of German bread that he bakes every morning for his guests. German bakers are now asking or their experties to be recognised by UNESCO as an “intangible cultural heritage”, to rank alongside Argentina’s … Continue reading

Pol Pot of Education’s Latest Plan

Some years ago, the much mocked but seriously underrated social activist millionaire Jamie Oliver set to work to improve the standard of Britain’s school food. You would have thought he would have been beatified or knighted or something for getting the nations porky brats off junk food and on to proper vegs and fruit, but … Continue reading

The Politics of Broccoli

There is no such thing as an innocent question. Michelle Obama recently hosted a state dinner for kids, attended by the winders of a competition to create a healthy lunchtime meal. Her husband was asked by one of them what his favourite food was, he claimed it was broccoli. One of his predecessors, a George HW … Continue reading

The Most Obscure Museum?

A Smal vegetarian cafe in Cornwall may be able to claim this. It is the ‘Museum of Celebrity Leftovers’ and includes such must-sees as a piece f lemon drizzle cake left by Michael Winner, and a sandwich crust left by David Baily. It may be too obscure for most, but it does function as a … Continue reading

Tea and Toast

I recently heard a discussion on the radio about that simple, and very English food, toast, though the prime minister of Denmark in The Killing III seems to be very fond of it also. This is Heywood Banks’ version of the history of toast, played on a toaster: This is Carl Philip Moritz’s discovery of … Continue reading

Penguins in Lavender

Penguins in Lavender

This is a rather strange and sad story from London zoo – over the past sumer some 6 penguins have died of malaria. It’s strange because penguins are from a cold climate, and malaria is from the tropics. Or that is what I thought. But malaria is spread by mosquitoes who breed in swamps, and … Continue reading

Confusing Tarts

Confusing Tarts

I thought I knew what the word tart meant until someone learning English asked how the term ‘ tart’ could refer to a pastry filled with somethng sweet like jam, and yet when used as an adjective, referred to something sour. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term tart dates from about 1400, and … Continue reading