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Whizzed to Oz

Hi all/both/mate,

I’m in Australia this week so will most likely be unable to blog. Don’t you go having too much fun without me.

J x

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This Week’s Food News

Government food policy ‘inadequate’
A report has concluded that the government needs to put in place tighter measures to define and tackle food poverty. Despite the consistently rising cost of food and static wages, our government currently has no strategy for addressing these challenges, which are every bit as pressing as climate change.

A pill to make food less tempting?
We know that if something smells good we’re more inclined to want to eat it, Subway of course being the exception that proves the rule. Scientists in America have now come up with a pill that hinders sense of smell, meaning fattening goodies like chips and popcorn lose their allure.

Junk food and celebs
The latest edition of the Lonely Planet has described Britain as a country of celebrity-obsessed junk food troughers. Any indignation is largely unjustified. We eat more ready meals and junk food than the rest of Europe put together, and this is a country that has allowed Katie Price to publish four – FOUR! – autobiographies. Shame on us.

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Other food news this week:
* Diet Coke knocks Pepsi to third place in soft drink stakes.
* Insects to be a major part of diet in 2020.
* Daily Express runs deeply misleading headline about a salt ban in chip shops.
* Satsumas, kumquats and Jerusalem artichokes trend as health foods
* …and a woman eats sofas. Really.

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Piece to fill in a bit of space before the video:
* Top 10 picnic spots in Britain.

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A funny picture…
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Aaaaand video:
April Fool – who says Germans don’t have a sense of humour?

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This Week’s Food News

I’ll be honest folks. It’s been a bit barren this week. Sure, there’s been news with a vague food edge to it, but in between war breaking out in Libya, continuing horrors in Japan and some weasel with a red briefcase financially pistol-whipping us it all seems a bit, well, so what.

So like the cool teacher used to do on a Friday, I’m going to give you all a video to watch instead, making you think I’m dead laid back and really nice to you, when in fact it’s just because I can’t be arsed to teach. Or write. Or whatever. Have happy weekends, one and all!

If you’re in London, try and get to the London Jam Festival, details here:

 

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This Week’s Food News

Cumberland sausages get E.U. protection
Following on from the Cornish pasty last month, today the Cumberland sausage becomes the 44th British food and drink product to get a PGI status. This means that the sausages must be made to a standardised method – 80% or more meat, at least 3/4 inch thick, and made in Cumbria – to merit the name ‘Cumberland’. How do you like yours?

Burger King boss insults British food
Bernardo Hees, the new boss of Burger King, has described British food as ‘terrible’ and our womenfolk as ugly in a gaffe that has enraged at least seventeen people. Marcus Wareing said it was ‘an insult to British gastronomy’. These days I immediately write off anyone who says British food is bad as an ignorant moron. And our laydeez are all dead gorgeous, too.

British food exports top £10bn
Last year Britain’s food exports increased by 11.4% to (said in Alan Partridge voice) £10.8bn! Not being an economist, I thought this was good news, but really it’s just a reflection of how weak the pound is. Though it also shows that British products are becoming more popular abroad, particularly in Asia, where they seem to be lapping up shortbread and sausages.

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Other food news this week:
* Eating cheese is good for your teeth.
* Berlusconi has a pasta sauce named after him.
* Cox pipped by Gala as our favourite apple.
* Noma misses out on third Michelin star.
* Heineken to cut alcohol content in one of its beers.

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Piece of the week:
* A very good look at why we all queue for restaurants: The Crowded Restaurant Conundrum (via @marinametro)

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Recipe of the week:
* I actually emitted somewhere between a growl and a groan when I saw this incredible-looking recipe for a corned beef and kimchi burrito. Who says multiculturalism isn’t working?

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Video of the week:
* Delightful ripping of the locavore evangelist (via @patnourse):

 

 

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UK food prices rocketing
Food prices in this country are rising at three times the rate of G7 nations. This, it doesn’t need pointing out, is not good news. As oil prices rise we can avoid driving, but we gots to eat. It has been suggested that supermarkets are taking advantage of global shifts to nudge up their prices. A good reason to shop at independent retailers…

Subway overtakes McDonalds
This week Subway eclipsed McDonalds as the world’s largest fast food chain. Subway has 33,749 ‘restaurants’ globally, compared with the pitiful 33,737 Golden Arches. I have never been into one myself, not because of any food snobbery, but just because the smell that drifts from those putrid green shops makes me want to orally eviscerate myself with a coat hanger.

Little victory for tuna campaigners
After much pressure from campaigners, Princes, the largest tinned tuna manufacturer in the UK, have agreed to sort of maybe do their best not to buy shitty tuna. The brand has said that it ‘aimed’ to source only line-caught tuna by the end of 2014. Riiight. I aimed to be out of bed by 8.30 this morning but it’s now nearly 10 and I’m not that arsed.

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Other food news this week:
* Cocoa prices reach 32-year high.
* FSA told salt levels in mature cheddar should rise.
* Government experts tell us to eat less red meat.
* PC dinner replaces TV dinner.
* Online grocery sales to double within five years.

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THE DRAPERS INVASION

On the 20th April, four of us food bloggers will be taking over the kitchen at The Drapers Arms in Islington to raise money for Action Against Hunger. There are more details on Hollow Legs’ blog. To book tickets click here.

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Video of the week:
One of my favourite recent youtube discoveries:

 

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Organic food less tasty than ‘normal’ food
In a major blow to organic lobbyists, a study by the Watchdog Which? has found that organic food has less flavour and fewer nutrients than food grown normally. Non-organic tomatoes were found to be juicier and more flavoursome than their organic counterparts, while ‘normal’ broccoli had more nutrients. So why are we paying more for this stuff? Continue reading

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Price of spice not nice
One of the big casualties of the widely-reported rise in food prices has been an increase in the cost of spices. A combination of bad weather and growing demand has caused the value of spices to multiply almost tenfold. In 2007 cardamom was being sold at £1.20 a kilo. Today the price stands at £16.50. Continue reading

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