A couple of months ago, I was approached by Christine French, the secretary of Gloucestershire Country Markets. She asked me if I would like to talk at their AGM about using Twitter and Facebook to promote the Country Markets brand. Continue reading
The other evening I was listening to The Archers with my partner. Tom Archer was discussing his range of ready meals with his parents. (If you don’t listen to The Archers, I realise that this will mean nothing to you, but here’s Tom’s potted biography on the BBC website in case you want to get up to speed.) Continue reading
The horsemeat scandal has raised lots of questions about our food chain. If we want stop such a scandal happening again, we need to get back in touch with the food chain. We can do that by shopping locally. It was heartening to read that sales at local butchers have risen 20% in the wake of the horsemeat scandal. As Gordon Atkinson from Elite Meat in Harrogate said, “We have had many customers come in asking if we have a traceability policy in place. I tell them ‘beef comes from Frank, pigs come from Colin and all the lambs come from my brother Andrew.’”
But I also think there’s something else to consider. Continue reading
You haven’t been able to move for the horsemeat scandal recently, so I thought it was time I jumped in the saddle (ahem) and offered my two penn’orth on the subject. Continue reading
I remember my first domestic science lesson at school very clearly. We made cheese on toast and a hot drink. I remember it for two reasons. One because I couldn’t believe we were being taught to make something so simple. And two because it clearly wasn’t so simple for lots of people: my friend Neil managed to set fire to his toast. Continue reading
February’s Pippin News is out now: http://bit.ly/VOInkb. (Well, it was out on Friday, but I’ve only just remembered to tell you…)
The Peckish website is up and running at www.alittlepeckish.co.uk.
Visit it to find out all about the foodie’s guide to Ledbury and Herefordshire, including how to advertise in it.
We have just published a leaflet and an application form for producers and retailers who would like to feature in Peckish, our foodie’s guide to Ledbury and Herefordshire. You can download both of them below.
Did you see the story in the press this week about TV chefs’ recipes being less healthy than ready meals? There’s a recap on the story here, if you want. It was based on a report by researchers at Newcastle University published in the British Medical Journal. In short, the report found that TV chefs’ recipes contained more calories, fat, saturated fat and sugar than their ready meal equivalents.
As someone passionately committed to cooking from scratch, the headlines made shocking and depressing reading. I want everyone to get cooking, not write it off as a sure-fire route to unhealthiness and obesity! Continue reading