Food banks were used more than a million times in the past year. In 2008-2009 there were 29 food banks in the UK; there are now 445. The UK has the fifth largest economy in the world. How does this make any sense? It's a shocking statistic and one many politicians should be ashamed of. I'm not going to say anything else, read the article and judge for yourselves.
It's election fever time! If you're not sure who to vote for, have a look at these sites which focus on the policies, they have definitely helped me decide - - Who Should I Vote For (quick) and Vote For Policies (takes a bit longer but more substantial). If, like me, you're interested in what the parties are saying about GM crops, sugar labelling, animal welfare and environmental issues, this resume by the Sustainable Restaurant Association gives a good overview on the five parties' sustainability policies. Whether or not any of them will go through with their plans is another matter...
Aldi and Lidl are flying very very high at the moment. The big supermarkets are worried, especially with Tesco announcing record losses this week. The recession has meant that many people have been forced to find more value for their pounds and the discount stores offer just that with not only a wide range of food products, but also household wares, clothing and electronics. Many of their food items have won praise for their quality and value and this drinks' accolade is just the latest award to add to their shiny belt. I'll definitely be trying their gin and limoncello!
Freekeh has been worming its grainy way into our magazines and recipe books over the past year with Ottolenghi, amongst others, championing it as a new super food. With more fibre and protein than brown rice and with a significantly shorter cooking time, you can see why the nutrition experts are excited. This article explains what freekeh is and what you do with it - think tasty filling salads and risottos.