All posts tagged: food

Rishi Sunak takes aim at Labour-run Welsh Government which could ‘decimate’ farming | UK | News

Rishi Sunak takes aim at Labour-run Welsh Government which could ‘decimate’ farming | UK | News

Rishi Sunak has taken aim at the Welsh Government over new subsidies which will “decimate farming communities” in Wales. Farmers will have to commit to planting trees on 10% of their land and allocate another 10% for wildlife habitats as part of the Labour-run government’s proposals. The Sustainable Farming Scheme, which is set to replace farming subsidies after Brexit, has prompted protests by farmers in Wales. The Prime Minister said the plans were “the opposite of what is needed”. He told the Commons: “On this side of the House we are supporting farmers with more money to grow more British food, in contrast to the plans that she highlighted which would decimate farming communities in Wales. “It is the opposite of what is needed. While we will always back our rural communities across the UK, it is Labour that would take them back to square one.” Mr Sunak became the first Prime Minister to address the National Farmers’ Conference (NFU) on Tuesday since Gordon Brown in 2008. He told farmers that “I have your back” …

How traditional Hawaiian food is playing a key role in wildfire recovery | Environment

How traditional Hawaiian food is playing a key role in wildfire recovery | Environment

In the aftermath of last summer’s catastrophic wildfire in West Maui, Miriam Keo began to question everything – from her well-paid union job at an upscale resort and the island’s reliance on tourism and food imports, to what role she, a Native Hawaiian, should play in rebuilding Lahaina. At the heart of much of this soul searching was the question of food (meaʻai) and land (Āina) – who controls it, and why it matters. “My outlook changed during the pandemic, but the fire was the last straw for me … I don’t want to serve tourists any more. This isn’t what our ancestors would want,” said Keo, 40, who recently resigned from the hotel after 16 years to work at a composting company. “I want to be a better steward for my people and Āina. I want to show my kids that there’s an alternative to the corporate tourism we’ve been under for so long, and food is a big part of that.” Keo was among 11,000 people displaced – and deeply traumatized – after …

Brexit has cost UK food companies exporting to EU an extra £170m | Brexit

Brexit has cost UK food companies exporting to EU an extra £170m | Brexit

Food businesses sending products to the EU have had to fork out an extra £170m in export costs because of Brexit red tape, with the changes described as being “catastrophic” for some exporters. Data shared with the Guardian shows that in the three years since leaving the single market, exporters of foods of animal origin have had to pay the sums to secure sign-offs by vets before they can send their shipments. In the past 12 months alone, exporters have paid more than £58m. The extra costs have resulted in a sharp fall in exports, particularly among smaller producers, with the value of meat products sent to the EU down by 17% since 2019. After the UK officially left the single market in January 2021, the EU made it a requirement for exporters of foods of animal origin to have vets check consignments and sign export health certificates (EHCs) before they could be sent. The UK brought in reciprocal measures last month, raising fears that some EU exporters might abandon exporting to the UK owing …

More than half of Universal Credit claimants ‘ran out of food’ | Politics | News

More than half of Universal Credit claimants ‘ran out of food’ | Politics | News

More than half of those on Universal Credit “ran out of food” during the last month. A survey from an anti-poverty charity found more than 52% of people claiming benefits are behind on bills and credit commitments or are finding it a constant struggle to keep up with them, a survey for the Trussell Trust found. Over two-fifths – around 42% – said they are behind with one or more household bills. The YouGov research among Universal Credit recipients, carried out from January 18 to February 5, found that one in eight (12%) had used a food bank in the previous month while 55% had run out of food in the past month and could not afford more. More than a fifth (22%) of Universal Credit recipients had been unable to cook hot food in the past three months as they could not afford to use their oven or other utilities. Just over a quarter (26%) have missed an essential appointment, such as visiting the doctor or travelling to work, because they could not afford …

Mary Berry’s Secret Addition To Potato Salad Makes It A Main

Mary Berry’s Secret Addition To Potato Salad Makes It A Main

I can stand some Irish stereotypes; actually, yes, we do all know each other (more or less). And yep, we love potatoes ― what sane person wouldn’t? I like mine baked, fried, chipped, boiled, mashed, and, uh, be-saladed (?). But It wasn’t until I read Mary Berry’s version of the dish that I started eating it on its own for lunch. That’s because the Cordon Bleu-trained chef adds tasty (and omega 3 and protein-rich) salmon and prawns to her dish, not only making it more delicious but also turning it into a more balanced meal. In fact, the dish is so tasty that it’s earned a five-star rating on its BBC page ― having tried it myself, I can understand why. The dish also contains radishes The tasty addition of radishes to the dish adds a crisp and peppery bite to the meal, balancing out the mushy spuds and tender fish. It holds up well during storage, too ― in fact, all of this recipe does. “The potato salad can be made a day in …

More than half of universal credit recipients ‘ran out of food in past month’ – survey | UK News

More than half of universal credit recipients ‘ran out of food in past month’ – survey | UK News

More than half of people on universal credit have recently been unable to afford more food after running out, according to a survey. The research, commissioned by anti-poverty charity the Trussell Trust, shows in the previous month one in eight (12%) had used a food bank while 55% had run out of food and could not afford more. The group is urging the government to introduce an “essentials guarantee”, so the basic rate of universal credit is always enough to cover life’s essentials. “Food banks do all they can to support people in their communities, but charities alone can’t take the place of a social security system that should support any of us who have fallen on hard times and need help,” chief executive Emma Revie said. The YouGov findings show 52% of people claiming the benefit are either behind on bills and credit commitments or are finding it a constant struggle to keep up. More than two-fifths (42%) are behind on one household bill or more. The research – carried out from 18 January …

The Gory History Of Lyle’s Golden Lion Branding

The Gory History Of Lyle’s Golden Lion Branding

Pancake day after pancake day has rolled around, and jar after jar of sticky, amber Lyle’s golden syrup has passed through my hands. It’s not that I ever ignored its packaging; I liked its forest green backing and brassy gold design. But somehow, I managed to miss that the classic British branding shows, and has since its inception, a rotting lion corpse surrounded by bees. In fact, only the news that the company was changing the logo revealed the grim fact to me (proof that you should just double down on your weirdest qualities; changing them draws too much attention to their oddities.) Why a rotting bee lion? You know, reader, it’s not an unreasonable question. But the answer is actually a bit easier to understand than you’d think. The bee-ridden beast on the front of the jars refers to a Biblical riddle involving Samson (called, would you believe, Samson’s Riddle). Samson ate honey from a lion’s corpse (the Old Testament is no joke, is it), then bet some men “thirty fine linen robes and …

This Man’s Girlfriend Refuses To Eat Dinner With Him

This Man’s Girlfriend Refuses To Eat Dinner With Him

In a Reddit post shared on r/AmITheAsshole, a woman recently asked, “AITA for not sharing a free meal with my anti-Instagram boyfriend?” The author explained that when she goes out to eat, she enjoys taking pictures of her food ― she spends about “30 minutes a week on it, tops.” However, her boyfriend doesn’t seem to approve of the harmless hobby. “My boyfriend is a very sweet guy in many ways, but one thing that I’m not so much a fan of is that he often hops on the bandwagon of hating on innocent things,” she shared in the post. She seems to suggest that the things he dislikes in particular are gendered towards women ― “I can’t help but notice a theme: pumpkin spice lattes, pouty selfies, Taylor Swift, etc. As you can guess, he is not a fan of of the food pics and thinks it’s very annoying and cringe,” she explains. Her hobby began getting her offers The woman explained that even though her Instagram food account is only small, she’s still …

Nigel Slater’s recipe for pumpkin with mustard seed and curry leaves | Vegan food and drink

Nigel Slater’s recipe for pumpkin with mustard seed and curry leaves | Vegan food and drink

Peel 500g of pumpkin or butternut squash and cut the flesh into pieces roughly 2cm square. Put a pan of water on to boil, then place a steamer basket or colander over the top. Tip the cubes of pumpkin or squash into the steamer and cover with a lid. Steam for about 8-10 minutes until tender at the point of a knife. Peel and finely slice 1 large onion. Warm 4 tbsp of groundnut or vegetable oil in a large, deep-sided frying pan over a moderate heat, then add the onion and let it fry for about 8-10 minutes until it is soft and translucent. Finely chop 1 medium-sized, moderately hot red chilli and add to the onions with a handful of curry leaves (a good 15 or so), 2 tsp of yellow mustard seeds, and 1 tsp of mild chilli powder. Add the steamed pumpkin or squash, lower the heat and let them cook for a good 5-7 minutes, stirring to stop the spices burning. Season with salt and some coarsely ground black pepper. …

Injection that can ‘reduce risk’ of food allergy reactions approved for use in US | US News

Injection that can ‘reduce risk’ of food allergy reactions approved for use in US | US News

An injection that can “reduce the risk of harmful allergic reactions” in people with food allergies has been approved for use in the US. Certain adults and children aged one or over who have immunoglobulin E-mediated food allergies will be eligible to have the injection, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said. The jab uses omalizumab – sold under the brand name Xolair – to reduce the risk of anaphylaxis, a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction that can occur when a person is accidentally exposed to one or more foods. Xolair is already approved for the treatment of moderate to severe persistent allergic asthma in certain patients, as well as for other symptoms, such as skin reactions or nasal polyps. An immunoglobulin E-mediated food allergy – IgE-mediated for short – is the most common type of food allergy, triggered by the immune system producing an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE), according to the charity, Allergy UK. Symptoms of an IgE-mediated food allergy occur a few seconds or minutes after eating. They can range from …