October 21st, 2021   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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Ever wondered what the most popular cuisine in the world is? How does the classic bangers and mash compare with Coq au vin? In the world food league does a Thai curry come higher than a chili con carne and is a paella top banana or relegation fodder? Well, thankfully, the argument has been settled. […]

October 7th, 2021   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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Imagine as a child if you failed to do the washing up and then tried to give the excuse that the dirty dishes were in fact part of an important historical record. I suspect most parents would give short shrift to such notions  however it’s thanks to such foresight/laziness that we know the origins of […]

September 30th, 2021   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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There’s no doubt that plant-based diets are on the rise and with 1st October marking World Vegetarian Day, it seems there’s a variety to suit every taste. Broadly speaking, vegetarianism is an abstinence from meat and by-products of animal slaughter. Veganism extends this to all animal products including eggs and dairy. In between there are […]

September 23rd, 2021   |  
Author: jack Hunter   |  
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Great minds think alike and that’s as true for food as it is for science. Just as in the late 19th century numerous inventors were experiencing lightbulb moments in the race for the first electric light, so as different civilizations first emerged, they independently invented their own versions of bread, beer and cheese. And so […]

September 10th, 2021   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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Lindt, Hershey, Frys, Nestle, Cadbury all famous types of chocolate and they all have something else in common. But first, as we celebrate International Chocolate Day, let us peel back the layers of time and explore the rich history of this food of the Gods. It was said the Aztec deity Quetzalcoatl was cast out […]

September 2nd, 2021   |  
Author: jack Hunter   |  
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Britain’s food favourites are changing and it’s a culinary classic dating back thousands of years that is on the rise. A survey earlier this year by YouGov reveals Chinese is the nation’s favourite takeaway, but delve a little deeper and you’ll find the future is pizza. Fish and chips was number one for senior citizens, […]

August 26th, 2021   |  
Author: jack Hunter   |  
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One of the joys of a good walk is how the fresh air gets the brain cells working. When I wander I start to wonder, deep stuff like if we get apples from an apple tree and gooseberries from a gooseberry bush how come we get beef from a cow? Well, it transpires it’s all […]

July 29th, 2021   |  
Author: jack Hunter   |  
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Cheesecake. A cake made of cheese. Not in my lifetime! Ah, do you remember that Peter Kay classic sketch? Or perhaps you remember this number: “Ohhhh….Cheesecake. Munchin’ on a cheesecake, munchin’ on a cheesecake. Cheesecake, munchin’ on a cheesecake, munchin’ on a cheesecake” If you haven’t heard this jazz gem before, take a trip down […]

July 22nd, 2021   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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As the sun beats down onto a golden beach what better way to celebrate summer than enjoy a deliciously decadent ice cream. You can buy one in February if you really want to and risk frostbite to your tongue as your gloves clutch desperately to your soggy cone on a windswept, rain-lashed, promenade but somehow […]

July 8th, 2021   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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Could it actually happen? Dare we dream? Is the unlikely about to become likely? After all, we have waited so long haven’t we? No, we are not talking about ‘Freedom Day’ on 19th July but the little matter of a European Championship final in a few days time. And what a final it’s going to […]