A food related round-up of stuff that caught my eye and got my stomach rumbling:

Who said the politicos at the EU don’t know their peas from their quinoa?

Brussels has agreed to grant Melton Mowbray pork pies and Cornish pasties the same protection and status as Parma ham and Gorgonzola.

Following a 10-year campaign, the pork pie will get its recognition early in 2009. And it is expected that the same  legal protection will be afforded to the pasty and sausages in due course. Other local foods are joining the queue, from Craster kipper to Somerset Levels native breed beef.

British food is worth celebrating and protecting.

Financial times are tough and so an old family tea-time favourite – the Arctic Roll – is making an emotional comeback as a cheaper pudding alternative.

A decade after axing production, Bird’s Eye is to target thrifty shoppers with a new-look Arctic Roll.

Does this mean we can expect a major revival for the likes of Angel Delight and Findus crispy pancakes too?

I do like my spuds – mashed, boiled, chipped, in their jackets and doing something French and fancy with them. But I’m not sure where I would start with this giant spud unearthed in southern Lebanon.

And it almost goes without saying that all this talk of food is quite normal during the cold winter months as our body craves more fuel and comfort.

But a US nutritionist has gone ahead and said it, pointing out that people who live in countries that are cold in winter eat more than they do in warmer seasons.

We typically consume 6 to 7 per cent more calories in the winter.

I’m feeling peckish merely at the thought.

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4 responses »

  1. Nick S Donald says:

    One query: the EU promised protected status to the Cumberland sausage. Seeing as Cumberland legally ceased to exist in 1974 (becoming, for the most part, Cumbria) should they not have pressed to have it named the Cumbrian sausage?

    Sorry for the legal pedantry, but we are talking about the EU, and I’m hungry.

    How about an “I can’t believe it’s not Melton Mowbray” pork pie?

  2. dp says:

    @Nick: in that case, what designation do you suggest for things invented in Cumbria before 1974?

  3. Paul Groves says:

    Nick: I loves pork pies and pasties…that’s all really.

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