What has been hit is the cost of indulging in imported, out-of-season crops with air miles (UK vegetable prices hit by rain in Spain, 21 January). On the allotment here, the leeks are still going strong while the purple sprouting is showing signs of a bumper crop that will continue to delight the palate well through into the spring. Who needs aubergines or courgettes in January when bounty can be harvested simply by walking down the hill?
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- Flip your baking over and make an impressive upside-down tart. Just be careful not to burn yourself…I like the idea of the upside-down tart, where the fruit is revealed, like a rabbit from a hat, from under its upturned baking tin. A classic tarte des demoiselles tatin perhaps, or maybe something of our own, a variation on the traditional upside-down apple tart. The original version, with its halved apples cooked first in caramel sauce on the hob, then baked under a puff-pastry base, is t
- Forget unagi, the overfished freshwater eel, and try the altogether subtler saltwater anago at the only Tokyo restaurant that still serves it – in lots of different waysUnagi, or freshwater eel, is so popular a dish in Japan that stocks are in serious decline. On the other hand anago – the more subtly flavoured saltwater eel – is rarely seen on Tokyo menus. The rich flavour of unagi comes from its oily skin and flesh, but anago (conger eels) are leaner, and have a softer, light
- Cold snap fordes up some vegetable prices by more than double in past week alone. Solace for some Murcia farmers, tragedy for others
Manuel Martínez points to the distant, snow-dusted peaks that rise above the pines and palms and gives voice to a thought to chill the hearts and panic the stomachs of vegetable lovers.“We get snow like this maybe every 15 years. But if there’d been frost, that would have been it. No one in Europe would have anything green to put in their mouths.
- The writer on Riz Ahmed in The Night Of, his favourite cafe, the insights of William Empson and extraordinary Indian bharatanatyam dancingPankaj Mishra is an essayist and novelist. Born in 1969, he grew up in small towns in northern India and studied in Allahabad and New Delhi. On graduating, Mishra moved to Mashobra, a Himalayan village, where, he has said there was “nothing to do except read and write”. He contributes essays and reviews regularly to the New York Review of Books, th
The week in TV: Horizon: Clean Eating – The Dirty Truth; Sherlock; Endeavour; A Series of Unfortunate Events; Antiques RoadshowHorizon exposed clean food quacks, Sherlock signed off in style, and Netflix’s Lemony Snicket adaptation was a super-smart surpriseHorizon: Clean Eating – The Dirty Truth (BBC2) | iPlayer
Sherlock (BBC1) | iPlayer
Endeavour (ITV) | ITV Hub
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
Antiques Roadshow | iPlayerArmed with little more than charm, a sweet smile, a certain way with him and an (apparently rare these days) ability to separate provable science from rank credulity, Dr Giles Yeo
- World class, best value and decidedly elegant wines from a fickle grape varietyErrázuriz Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir, Chile 2015 (£14.99, Noel Young Wines) It’s taken him a while. But Errázuriz winemaker Francisco Baettig may finally have cracked the code when it comes to making world-class pinot noir in a country, Chile, that has tended to settle for good-enough with this fickle grape variety. The solution lay in the combination of soil and climate in a vineyard Baettig
- There’s no sign of any flock wallpaper, but this concept-heavy clubby new Indian should concentrate on the food
Tandoor Chop House, 8 Adelaide Street, London WC2N 4HZ (020 3096 0359). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £110High up the wall at the Tandoor Chop House, just off London’s Strand, is a place where the newly installed wood panelling gives way to the original breeze blocks. This could be seen in one of two ways. It could be taken as a clever commentary on the
- Scientists to give supermarkets a makeover to cut meat consumptionBritish shoppers are to become the subject of an experiment aimed at making them eat their greens. In a bold move to rebalance the contents of supermarket trolleys, Oxford academics have teamed up with supermarket chiefs to persuade consumers to buy less meat.The project, in which Sainsbury’s is a key collaborator, is being funded as part of a £5m Wellcome Trust programme, Our Planet, our Health, which aims to improve
- When the weather or the news are getting you down, transport yourself to your own island paradise by cooking with fresh coconutI am in desperate need of a bit of fantasy right now. What with everything going on in the world, not least the inauguration of President Trump yesterday, I’ve never felt more like running away to a tropical island where harmony prevails. It’s not going to happen, I know, so I guess I’ll just have to stick to the next best tropical thing: coconut. If fo
- Carousel’s chef and co-owner Ollie Templeton gets inspired by music and Spanish vibesMy kitchen is … tight, but I like it. I just moved into a place in Notting Hill, London. The first thing we did was give it a lick of paint and put up our shelves. I have an eclectic collection of glassware and crockery that I like to display, and all my cookbooks too. The flat came with the world’s smallest cooker, and it’s probably older than I am. It’s basically a cast-iron box
- Readers’ favourite photographs, songs and recipesAfter my husband, Bryan, saw Jean-Luc Godard’s film Pierrot le Fou, he made a note in his sketchpad to buy a van. It sounded like a good idea to me. Bryan started to work nights and we saved. We eventually bought a secondhand one in Brixton in 1966 – an Austin J2M16 – aluminium body, custom-built interior, insulated with fibreglass and lined with plywood. Continue reading...
- Firm or silken, your recipes prove that proper tofu should be at the centre of a meal, not on the sidelines.It’s a shame, I feel, that for many people tofu is a tasteless meat substitute, to be overloaded with all the flavour it doesn’t naturally come with. Of course, if you only encounter it in long-life Tetra Paks, I understand why you’d want to amp up the aromatics. Tofu, traditionally, isn’t meant to last longer than the day it’s made. Which is why in Japan you
- Add a few extra ingredients or change your cooking method and a simple batter can flip the end result from savoury – as in these American popovers – to sweet, like lemony, puffy Dutch babiesBatter is a wonderful thing. Baked, griddled or fried, it can be transformed into dramatically different forms. From crepes and pancakes to Yorkshire puddings and American popovers, the ingredients change very little, but the methods of cooking, and the order in which you incorporate the ingredien
- A self-proclaimed culinary simpleton takes a food safari through Californian wine country on a tasting trail inspired by one of Australia’s favourite TV chefs“Bon fuckin’ appetit!”
With that, Dave Grohl bade cheerful adieu outside Gwen, Curtis Stone’s west Hollywood restaurant, where we’d both just tucked into serious carnivore fare a couple of tables apart. Continue reading...
- Climate change | Definite articles | So… | Weetabix concoctions | Playground rhymesChris Goodall’s list of 15 things you can do to help save the world (G2, 19 January) misses what is surely the most important thing: have fewer children. Without controlling population growth we have to run ever faster to stay in the same place as far as climate change is concerned.
Retford, Nottinghamshire• In an item regarding Gambia, the country was referred to as “the
- A photograph of its raw ingredients has shocked fans of the spread. But is it really any worse than jam or marmalade?Name: Nutella.Age: 53-ish. Continue reading...
- France-based bakery group Neuhauser has announced a programme of job cuts in a bid to boost its earnings.
- When it’s cold outside, there are few better ways to warm yourself up than with a spot of proper home cookingWhen it’s cold out, food needs to be warm and comforting. Happily, turning on the hob and starting to chop is one of the quickest ways I know to get warm (and far less energetic than 50 star jumps); I also find it incredibly relaxing and therapeutic. The hypnotic beating of a risotto, for example, gives your mind space to wander. And I’m sure you can imagine how your kit
- It’s blood orange season, so fill your boots with this aromatic pre-dinner thirst-quencherWith the fleeting blood orange season now upon us, make the most of this wonderful fruit whenever you can. Serves one.25ml vodka
75ml fresh blood orange juice
35ml rosemary syrup (make a standard sugar syrup with 250ml water and 250g sugar, then add 4 rosemary sprigs and simmer for 20 minutes; it will keep in the fridge for at least a week)
100ml champagne (Chandon Brut is my fizz of choice for t
- Boparan Holdings, the UK-based food business, has revealed there is takeover interest in Fox's Biscuits.
- Snow across Spanish farming areas means tomato, lettuce, pepper and celery shortage - and higher prices - may last into springBritish shoppers have been told that shortages of courgettes, aubergines and many salad ingredients, including lettuce and celery, will continue until spring –and that if they manage to find stock in their local supermarket they can expect to pay substantially higher prices.The lion’s share of fresh vegetables we eat in winter comes from Murcia and Valencia in
Food market news of the week - Premier's profit warning, Vegemite sold in latest Mondelez disposal, Bakkavor IPO rumoursPremier Foods, the UK group, this week surprised the market with a profit warning, sparking a slide in its shares and criticism in the City. Mondelez International announced its latest disposal, with Australian dairy Bega Cheese buying a clutch of brands including Vegemite. And possible IPOs grabbed the headlines, with UK own-label supplier Bakkavor rumoured to be mulling plans for a listing and Brazilian meat giant BRF confirming it is considering offering shares in halal arm OneFoods.
Food market quotes of the week - Premier Foods explains profit woes, Bega Cheese hails acquisition, BRF confirms OneFoods IPO under considerationPremier Foods CEO Gavin Darby this week came to the market to announce a profit warning for the UK group, Bega Cheese's executive chairman was upbeat as the Australian dairy snapped up a clutch of Mondelez International brands and BRF confirmed it could list halal division OneFoods.
- The chef gets that eating out should be about pleasure. This is rarer than you think In an interview with BBC Good Food magazine, I said that the element of my job I liked least was the thought of savaging mom’n’pop outfits, restaurants that are the life’s blood of individuals, rather than those designed by corporations or backed by dead-eyed moneymen. Restaurants owned by ghost-written “celebrity” chefs, or anything with gurning greengrocer Gregg Wallace attac
- Switching to a ‘healthier’ low calorie sugar may not lessen the risk of developing health conditions as trials comparing two common sugars found other factors involved in long-term health risks.
- Products marketed by Nestle and Unilever have reportedly been among those being copied by manufacturers in China making fake sauces and flavourings.
- Health products retailer Holland & Barrett opened its new flagship ‘More’ store on London’s Oxford Street, as the firm aims to make its stores “sexy” and widen its range of products.
- Store was targeted by United Voices of the World union after keeping half the discretionary 12.5% service charge Luxury department store Harrods has agreed to let staff keep 100% of the money raised from restaurant tips following a union campaign. The store was targeted by protesters earlier this month after it emerged that the retailer, which is owned by Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, kept 50% of the discretionary 12.5% service charge automatically added to diners’ bills. The retail
- A centre for food ingredient research and innovation at Denmark's Technical University (DTU) set to open in September this year already counts Chr Hansen and Arla as partners, and will look to tackle the biggest issues industry faces.
- Campbell Soup Co. has launched an egg-free, mayo-style spread under its Bolthouse Farms brand in the US.
- A pool of banks led by Rothschild has been commissioned to find a new owner for the embattled French food industry holdings group, Financière Turenne Lafayette, the owner of brands including William Saurin ready meals and Madrange meats, a source told just-food today.
- Chargrilling aubergine equates to a lovely smoky flavour – and an arduous hour scrubbing the panWhen I order in a restaurant, there are always two things that are uppermost in my mind. The first is to be nicer than the array of pampered children, aggressive parents and listless elder siblings that I had to serve in the restaurant I once worked in. The second is to order something I couldn’t cook for myself at home.Ordering a meal you can cook yourself only ends in disaster. It might
- Fresh fish for breakfast, canned oysters from the pharmacy and his dad’s fritters make up Peter Gordon’s nostalgic meal de choix.When I was growing up, my father Bruce wanted us all to like oysters. In New Zealand, you get special bluff oysters from the south of South Island: lovely specimens with the creamiest flavour.When I was little, though, for some reason you could only get them in a can. Which you bought in a pharmacy. Not sure why. New Zealand was strange in those days. Olive
- Researchers in Britain have developed a urine test which can distinguish between different diets, potentially allowing a person’s health to be assessed more effectively than through food surveys.
- Since 1926, Berlin's Green Week has brought together farmers, food manufacturers and agriculture ministers to showcase the best in international food and drink and discuss the future of the food industry. We've cherry-picked the best of the social media conversation if you can't be there.
- Unilever, Danone and Mars are among the companies to have supported an "action plan" by business that has an aim for 70% of plastic packaging to be reused and recycled.
- Brazil-based meat giant BRF has confirmed it is weighing up a possible listing of its newly-established halal foods division OneFoods.
- US President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Sonny Perdue, the former Governor of the state of the Georgia, as the Secretary of the country's Department of Agriculture.
- US distributor World Finer Foods has struck a deal to handle products from Silva Regal, an importer of food from the Mediterranean.
- US distributor World Finer Foods has acquired Silva Regal, an importer of food from the Mediterranean.
- Union leaders in Australia have called for fresh talks with Lactalis' majority-owned dairy producer Parmalat, after workers were locked out of a plant in the state of Victoria in a dispute over pay and conditions.
- As climate crisis decimates Brazil’s orange crop, Tunisia is graced with a record yield. How will the European market be affected and can the crises resolve one another?
- Unilever is rebranding its I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spread in the UK in a move to "drive awareness of the product's versatility".
- Spice maker McCormick & Co. is rolling out a raft of new products in the US that, the company said, are inspired by "flavours from around the world".
- Struik Foods Europe has said it is preparing for the closure of its Schoten production factory in Belgium with the likely loss of 92 of the 107 jobs at the site.
- Finnish meat processor HKScan is expanding in the domestic beef market through the acquisition of full ownership of Paimion Teurastamo.
- Meat processor Bell Group is acquiring Swiss pasta and vegetarian prepared foods manufacturer, Frostag, via its sandwich-to-pizza subsidiary Hilcona.
- US natural food maker Hain Celestial has entered into a joint venture agreement to expand its brands in the Indian market with Future Consumer Ltd (FCL), the consumer products division of Indian conglomerate Future Group.
- US turkey processor Butterball has promoted Jay Jandrain, the company's executive vice president of sales, to the position of COO.
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