Tag: food


Green & red tomato chutney

Though we got loads of tomatoes this year, we were left with a lot of green tomatoes. I thought it would be a good idea to turn them into chutney.

I largely followed this BBC Good Food recipe, with a few pointers from Nigel Slater, and then made up the spice mix as I went along.

Very simple: leave the tomatoes and onions in a bowl overnight, with salt to draw out the water. Boil vinegar (I used a mix of what vinegars were left in the cupboard) along with light muscovado sugar, simmer, chuck in a load of cooking apples (the ones we claimed last weekend), sultanas and then after ten minutes, chuck in the drained tomatoes and onions as well. Let it do its thing for an hour and spice up accordingly.


Food Speculation & Hunger

I just wanted to briefly mention two reports, both from the Ecologist. First, the above video looks into how financial speculation in maize inflates food prices in Mexico – therefore threatening the lives of the poor. A more in-depth report here.

There’a another article that looks into how Goldman Sachs convinced governments that gambling financial resources on food prices was a good idea – and for anyone who cares about understanding global development, or even the plight of the poor, it is worth a quick read.

Food no longer made for just a balanced diet. It balanced portfolios too, opening the doors for millions of investors to have a personal stake in food and energy markets beyond their groceries and gas tanks.

Raj Patel, in his fabulous book Stuffed and Starved, explains how famines are mostly not caused by a shortage of food, but because people can’t afford to pay for it anymore. Given the role that food speculation plays within the bigger picture of global food distribution, it beggars belief that it can continue without people being protected from its effects.

Update: for a more in-depth analysis, take a look at this report, which was brought to my attention on Twitter by the World Development Movement.


Latest Review At The Ecologist

My latest review is up at the Ecologist: this time, it’s The Development of the Organic Network: Linking People and Themes, 1945-95. It’s an impressive and accessible academic volume which splendidly does exactly what it says on the tin, and demonstrates how the organic food movement was not some bunch of hippy nonsense, but a thorough, practical scientific vision.

“The post-war era has seen sweeping changes in agriculture. The last half century has seen big commercial enterprises dominate the landscape and political process. Fertiliser companies became core to ‘good’ government policy for farming, marked by a move that possessed all the gusto of a modern biotech giant: ‘the appointment of ICI’s agricultural advisor Sir William Gavin as a chief agricultural advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries early in the war was clearly a crucial moment in that process.'”

Read the rest.