Category Archives: Food

Lent

Lent has crept up on us all this year perhaps since it is so early (can we please have a fixed date for Easter).  My lent guide book started talking about food.  Its a little known fact that the medieval … Continue reading

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edible weeds

Many weeds are edible weeds although this is not widely known.  Faced with an epidemic of two weeds in particular I thought I had better put this edible weeds theory in practice and try and eat my way to controlling … Continue reading

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Lent starts

With Lent having started people are expressing ideas of what to give up. In recent years the idea of a carbon fast has emerged. The oil lamp is going to throw its hat in the ring and make a few … Continue reading

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Genes and breeds

I read an obituary of someone called Joe Henson this week, founder of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.  For those of you in the UK his son Adam is a presenter of “Countryfile” and Joe has featured on it a … Continue reading

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Apple day an update

Around this time in late October, many places around the UK are celebrating Apple Day.  It’s a commemoration launched by the charity “Common Ground” back in 1990, to celebrate “apples, orchards and local distinctiveness”.  We have good reason to celebrate:  … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – harvest

I’ve watched two programmes this week of a three parter called “Harvest”.  Its a look at harvest time from the perspective of different crops and farmers in widely different parts of the UK.   “Harvest” has been really interesting, but also very … Continue reading

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“treeconomics” -trees are good for you

Urban trees are good for your health and wellbeing but could have unrecognised monetary value called “treeconomics” as well.  There are a number of factors which could contribute to treeconomics in urban areas.  The first is the effect on pollution.  … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – foraging

Is it going to be a good year for foraging?  Last week I went on the train to a family funeral shortly after going on holiday. What’s interesting is going to different parts of the country to see how agriculture … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – junk food costs less

One of of life’s great mysteries is why junk food is so much cheaper than unprocessed food.  Almost everything we use is laden with oil or gas (as embedded energy).  In fact its difficult to think of anything in modern … Continue reading

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Future food

What will we eat in the future? What will future food look like? A programme on BBC2 raised these questions this week having followed a family through the decades since the 1950’s and then had a look forward. How about … Continue reading

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