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If you only do one thing today

If you only do one thing today

The countdown to COP26 has begun. Let’s make food part of the solution.

With the effects of Climate Change all around us, from record fires, floods, and heatwaves (new daily records barely even seem news), and big government conferences seeming far from most peoples lives, it can seem hard to know how to make a meaningful […]

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International Council Report

Three pillars for action

Despite eighteen months where Slow Food communities have suffered extraordinary hardships, the organisation actually finds itself more focused than ever before.

This was very much evident on the call where 75 Councillors and Slow Food International colleagues met. The refinement and introduction of the three pillars of the ‘Call to Action’ document […]

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Slow Garden Chronicle: Artichokes

Slow Garden Chronicle:  Artichokes

It was John Lanchester who first made me think that artichokes would be easy to grow.  His book ‘A Debt to Pleasure’ contains an evocative chapter about artichokes gone feral in an English garden.  I have also seen huge fields of artichokes growing in Malta, which I thought might suit a garden such as ours […]

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The Slowfix: Dried Pulses

The Slowfix: Dried Pulses

This year I have started what I think will become an enduring love affair with dried peas and beans.  It’s rather surprised me; pulses don’t sound exciting, and I’m old enough to remember the rude comments they attracted in the 1970s and 80s when vegetarianism was for hippies.   

My first experience of dried peas was many […]

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Slow Food Climate Action Continues

Slow Food Climate Action Continues

After the 24h online conference on June 26, Slow Food launches its climate pledge to demand that food and farming become part of the solutionand not a root cause of climate change

Slow Food HQ, July 5  The Slow Food Climate Action, a 24-hour online marathon organized by Slow Food with Slow Food in the UK, involved […]

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COP26: put food on the stage

COP26: put food on the stage

Slow Food Climate Action starts on June 26th with a 24h online conference  to tell the world that the food system must be at the centre of the debate.

Slow Food HQ – June 10th – The climate crisis is in the news. Its devastating effects are now regarded as an emergency to which responses can no longer […]

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Slow Garden Chronicle: Gooseberries

Slow Garden Chronicle:  Gooseberries

Gooseberries are an excellent fruit to grow because they help fill a gap in the fruiting year.   By May we are no longer quite as excited by rhubarb, the apples are getting floury and we’ve eaten a freezer full of frozen berries.  In a warm year our gooseberries usually come along at the very end […]

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The Slowfix: Chicken Stock

The Slowfix: Chicken Stock

A long time ago I worked out that it is cheaper to buy a whole chicken and joint it oneself than it is to buy chicken pieces. 

The breasts, jointed legs and wings all go into the freezer for future dinners, leaving us with a raw chicken carcass and some wing tips.  And of course there’s […]

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The beauty of eating the seasons

The beauty of eating the seasons

Whenever I go to the supermarket, I am always surprised to see that the fruit and vegetable section looks almost the same in July and in February. Supermarkets maintain us in some kind of utopian season in which everything is available all the time. It is as if they were trying to accomplish the great […]

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Slow Garden Chronicle: Asparagus

Slow Garden Chronicle: Asparagus

One has to be patient when growing asparagus; it’s a true slow food.  

Having grown up in a remote mediterranean climate, we have always regarded asparagus as the ultimate luxury food.  We were determined to grow it as soon as we had the space.  

In early spring 2017 we planted eight asparagus crowns.  A few thin shoots […]

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