Food politics, ethics and issues

Food and cooking is a tricky business. There’s plenty to think about, plenty to discuss. Here’s a collection of posts dedicated to discuss the thorny issues around food ethics and politics.

Casa Espresso’s Barista Basics and Latte Art courses

April 6, 2014
Casa Espresso's barista and latte art training courses

I spent a year abroad n the mid-Nineties, backpacking around the world. We headed east, through India and the South Pacific, and ended up in New Zealand, then Australia, and then across the ocean into the Pacific Northwest of North America, to Vancouver, Seattle and Portland. This journey around a big chunk of the Pacific […]

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Slow cooking in the sand

March 19, 2014
The importance of slowness in food, and food in celebration.

It started with a text message. “Chris says can you pack a tie. You’re off to a wedding or something”. I looked down at the carefully packed bags at my feet and realised that ‘bring a tie’ actually meant ‘bring a whole set of smart clothes, including shoes, not just a tie’, and started to […]

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WIN a copy of The Taste of America, by Colman Andrews

January 20, 2014
COMPETITION - WIN a copy of The Taste of America, by Colman Andrews

Here’s a chance to win one of two copies of Colman Andrews’ superb book Taste of America. It’s a fascinating insight into American cuisine, and the food that built and shaped a nation. Here’s my full review. There are no strings with this giveaway – it’s  exactly that … a giveaway. Just use this form […]

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Salmon and sustainability

November 2, 2013
Salmon from Scandinavia

Next time you’re at the supermarket, have a look at the fish counter, or gaze into the plastic wrapped cartons. Chances are, there’ll be a few different species of white fish, some trout and lots and lots of salmon. There’s a reason for that. Salmon is relatively affordable, in fish terms, it’s very versatile, and […]

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The Blog North Awards, 2013

October 17, 2013
Blimey. I won the Blog North Award for best Food & Drink Blog, 2013.

It isn’t often that I win things, especially for writing about what I made for dinner, but that’s exactly what’s happened. I find myself in the unusual, strange and slightly intoxicating position of having this blog named Best Food and Drink Blog by the good people at the Blog North Awards. The Blog North Awards […]

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How to order pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain

August 26, 2013
Food in San Sebastián, Spain

We spent some time in Donostia San Sebastián in northern Spain, a beautiful city renowned for its food, and held by many to be the culinary capital of the region, if not the whole of Spain. Why, then, did we spend a couple of perplexing evenings eating some of the worst food I’ve ever ordered […]

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