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Terra Madre Tales

My favourite moment of Terra Madre didn’t take place on a food stand or a stage but in a queue for the toilet.
There I was, patiently waiting one afternoon when out of the corner of my eye, I saw the lady ahead of me studying my Terra Madre delegate pass. “Oh no. Here we go” […]

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Terra Madre Tales – Part 1

This is my fourth visit to Turin for Terra Madre/Salone De Gusto, the biggest food gathering on the planet.
I remember my first experience in 2012 very clearly. It was very nearly my last.
For a few hours on that first day, I’d wished I was somewhere else – anywhere else, in fact.
I was leading a group […]

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GMO 2.0: Do We Still Want to Be Part of Nature?

In July the European Court of Justice ruled that ‘gene editing’ techniques (known as ‘GMO 2.0’) are techniques to modify genes and should therefore be subject to the same regulations that apply to ‘traditional’ genetically modified organisms (GMOs). A lot of people, me included, breathed a sigh of relief. Biotech and agrochemical companies denounced the […]

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10 Ways To Use Bone Broth

10 Ways To Use Bone Broth

Here are 10 ways to use bone broth:

Pan – use in a stew or to add it to a fortify a soup. This recipe has healed many a cold over the years and each sip is reviving and immunity boosting so try it now! We also use ox tail or stewing meat (as long as […]

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Steve Brown represents the Chef Alliance in the UK at Terra Madre 2018

Ever since discovering a passion for ingredients in the early 2000s, I have been incredibly fortunate to have spent time with numerous farmers, growers and food producers both in the UK and around the world; hearing their stories, discovering the challenges that they face and finding out what marks their produce apart from the rest. […]

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Slow dough – a sourdough renaissance

There are corners of Instagram where photos of beautifully scored loaves, crumb shots and the hashtag #sourdough abound. Where discussions revolve around hydration, refreshment schedules and proving times, and tips are swapped for getting the best oven spring. But this fascination with all things sourdough isn’t limited to the internet. While sourdough might once have […]

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Slow Food Scotland Chef Alliance Meeting

Slow Food Scotland Chef Alliance Meeting

Sunny day, fresh air, a cat lazing on the grass, …sounds like the beginning of a film. But in fact, we were at the Cyrenians Farm, for our Slow Food Scotland Chef Alliance meeting.
No whites, but comfortable clothing suitable for a harvest day. Yes, our chefs in Scotland were out for a harvest day.
Rob Davidson, […]

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Scottish Bread Championships

Scottish Bread Championships

Bread one of the most important staple foods in the world, perfect food to promote one of the Slow Food principles: support and celebrate the traditional methods, good taste and heritage foods. Wendy Barrie, Slow Food Chef Alliance member, co-created the Scottish Bread Championship, a platform to celebrate good baking methods, and to embrace […]

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Changing a name doesn’t change history

Changing a name doesn’t change history

The Bayer Monsanto merger has gone through, what campaigners have dubbed the ‘marriage made in hell’ got the blessings of EU and US regulators. And on day one Bayer made the announcement that it’s going to continue selling products like Roundup under the established brand name but it will ‘retire’ the name Monsanto.
Mad Men’s Don […]

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Being vegan and the sink holes in the moral high ground – Part 2 Or how vegans kill the planet.

Being vegan and the sink holes in the moral high ground – Part 2 Or how vegans kill the planet. Missed Part One? Read about the very non Vegan production  methods to make certified Vegan dairy alternatives here

Attacks on restaurateurs, farmers receiving death threats and vegans proselytising, warning meat eaters of fire and brimstone had me recently ask where the official line might be between vegan and crazy. Which is why I reached out to the British Vegan Society and got the chance to talk to Louise Davies, responsible for campaigns, policy […]

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