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Eat Tapas Day Monday 28th February 2011

| February 22, 2011

I have been sent an email about Spanish cuisine, produce and ‘Eat Tapas Day’ which is on Monday 28th February. The information I have been given says that, The fiesta, which falls on a Monday, is dedicated to the great Spanish custom of accompanying drinks with a small plate of food or ‘tapa’. Tradition has [...]

The Taste Adventure Birmingham NEC November 2010

| November 22, 2010

The Taste Adventure is a hands on activity aimed at four to ten year olds, which encourages children to engage their five senses when eating and enjoying food. The Taste Adventure was launched by Slow Food UK and is supported by grainchain.com For those interested in taking part in the Taste Adventure, the next Taste Adventure will [...]

Pumpkin Carving & Halloween Jack O Lanterns

| October 30, 2010

With Halloween only a day away and a friend of mine selling pumpkins, I thought I would write about pumpkin carving and making a Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin. Jack o Lanterns are popular at Halloween (31st October). Children love to help to make the lantern.  (For Safety – Adults can do the cutting/carving work and [...]

Double Yolked Eggs – Are Double Yolks On The Increase?

| August 30, 2010

I have read that double yolked hen eggs are caused by two eggs separating from the birds ovary at the same time and joining into one egg! I would like to know if double yolks are on the increase. I rarely get a double yolk duck, hen, guinea fowl or quail egg. Occasionally we have [...]

Sustainable Seabass Fishery Visit

| June 12, 2010

On Saturday, 26th June 2010 we are taking my mother in law and father in law to Withernsea for a Slow Food North Yorkshire Seabass Fishery Visit. Our host for the day will be Food Journalist/Historian/Chef/Beekeeper/local lad Gerard Baker. The day consists of going down to the beach to BBQ some fresh fish, have a [...]

National Food Weeks In The UK 2010

| February 19, 2010

I have been asked about national food weeks that are celebrated in the UK. After a google search I have found the following national food weeks are celebrated in the UK. Some of the dates are for 2009 and the dates for 2010 have to be confirmed. British Yorkshire Pudding Day Annually on the 1st [...]

Farmhouse Breakfast Week January 2010

| December 18, 2009

I have just been reading that this January (2010) will be the 11th annual Farmhouse Breakfast Week organised by the HGCA. Farmhouse Breakfast Week highlights the benefits of starting the day with a healthy balanced breakfast and is a great opportunity to celebrate the rich wealth of breakfast foods found across the country. What is [...]

Labelling Pork – Defra Introduce New Code Of Practice

| December 17, 2009

I was interested to read in the Farmers Guardian about Defra drawing up a new code of practice for labelling pork products. The new code of  practice will see retailers and processors clearly displaying the origin of the pork on the front of packets which will see an end to ambiguous labelling that has previously [...]

Facts About Macadamia Nuts

| November 9, 2009

I have been sent some information to help promote the healthy benefits of eating macadamia nuts, they make a great healthy snack idea! Macadamias can make an enormous contribution to a balanced, healthy diet and lifestyle. They have a higher level of monounsaturated fats (“good fats”) than other nuts, meaning they can help to combat [...]

Ducks Eggs Can Be Eaten

| November 2, 2009

I am often asked if you can eat duck eggs. The answer is definately yes. Duck eggs can be used in the same way as hen eggs. They are particularly good for: omelettes pancakes poaching scrambling If you enjoy a fry up or a boiled egg for breakfast then a duck egg is a good [...]