How much do you drink?

NHS drink tracker application

Do you know how many units are actually in a glass of wine? Do you know the difference in alcohol content between a large glass of red and a pint of strong beer? The answers to both of these questions is probably ‘no’.  Either that, or your guesses  are way off the mark.  Mine definitely [...]

Food politics

The French Paradox

The Gascon Paradox

Last week, I made a dish of confit rabbit, coated in breadcrumbs and then deep fried. A couple of people made comments about the inherent unhealthiness of the meal. True, this was a meal of rabbit cooked in goose fat and then deep fried.  It had its fair share of calories, but it tasted unlike [...]

Food politics

Could the Nordic Diet stop obesity?

Could the Nordic Diet stop obesity? post image

There should be little doubt that Britain has a problem with its’ weight. Current estimates rate the level of obesity at around a quarter of the population. That’s a lot of big people. The traditional British diet, heavy in saturated fats and carbohydrates, added to an ever more sedentary lifestyle would seem to be the [...]

Books, Food politics



The mackerel is much under-rated, frequently shunned by the chef and shopper in favour of more familiar white fish such as cod or haddock. This is a shame, because mackerel has a lot to offer. Mackerel is a beautiful fish, all dark blues and greys, it’s skin shiny and sparkling, and it’s easy to prepare [...]

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