Friday, June 27, 2014

This week's compost

1. Coles guilty over false freshly baked bread claims
Roll over Coles (well someone had to make the pun)
‘Coles has been declared guilty by the Federal Court of misleading shoppers with claims its bread and other baked good were “freshly baked” when that was not the case. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission launched proceedings against Coles in June last year, accusing the supermarket giant of misleading consumers into thinking bread was made on the day at the store when, in some cases, the bread had been partially baked months earlier in overseas factories.’

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2. Australian honey does us proud.

Our bees are the buzz, peeps :)

'In Australia we have much less chance of having contaminants such as chemicals and antibiotics in our honey because our bees, at the present moment, have fewer diseases and parasites. The rest of the world is dealing with bee pests such as Varroa destructor which beekeepers elsewhere use chemicals to treat. Not so in Australia.'

3. All Jamie’s plush toys recalled by Woolworths – can choke and stab

Not half as well as farmers angry at being slugged a crate fee. And Oliver, or his pr mob, get the most asinine response award for this one: ‘In a letter to Ausveg, Oliver said he was powerless to stop the fee, as he was an "employee" of Woolworths. He said he had no sway over the supermarket's commercial decisions.’ He has a really weird idea of what an employee is I reckon.

4. Hey hipsters, hands off my flat white

'On Sunday, the Observer asked, “Could it be that the flat-white-drinking, flat-cap-wearing hipster will soon cease to exist?” And in the Telegraph, confessing that you drink a flat white will score you three out of a possible four points in its Are you a hipster?'’

A flat white? No wonder England don’t swing no more!

5. What the crap? Neanderthals had a taste for vegetables.

Yeah but were any of them vegan?

'a study of ancient faeces (yes, 50,000-year-old poo) published today in the journal PLOS ONE, suggests that Neanderthals had more of a taste for fruit and vegetables than first thought.'

6. How to Invent a Local Food Culture

‘Ask someone to list dishes that come from a specific place in Britain and it's likely that Melton Mowbray pork pies will come fairly near the top of the pile. Cornish pasties will be up there too, Cullen Skink, and perhaps Liverpool Scouse, but soon enough the ideas trail away. We're a population that grazes dishes from across the world and, for the most part, we feel no more connected to a local dish than we do to a curry. When travelling abroad, we're quite taken with the regional dishes that appear again and again, but closer to home, local food culture is still a fairly new idea, mostly driven by the trend-led efforts of creative chefs and encouraged by food hobbyists.’

There is all the difference of course between a local dish and a dish that is created to sum up a locale. But it’s a fun article.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

This week's compost

1.      The Men Who Made Us Fat
Where is the international court of justice to which to take the food industry for killing people through supersizing foods high in sugar, fat and salt ?
This is ep 2 of The Men Who Made Us Fat and it makes enraging viewing as it looks at the naked grab for dollars and the power wielded by Big Food.

Ep 3 looks at regulation versus voluntary codes and of particular interest in the Australian context is the discussion about using ‘traffic light’ labelling.

2.      Sydney Film Festival

I got an announcement as per attached from the Sydney Film Festival. You may imagine my response. I FBed them back saying it was a wank to put on a gourmet meal by an Aussie male to a tie-in to a film that celebrates the domestic work of women in India suggesting that it was also a slap in the face not to have asked some of the Indian chefs in town to do the meal. Margie Harris fired of an FB to them supporting an ‘unknown author’ post on FB J . Really, I know I know it’s me getting on my high horse again, but I was just dumbfounded by the grab for $$$ without any sensitivity for how it might be received in the South Asian communities in Sydney.

Apparently the film is very good and I do intend to see it...and will go have a meal at a local Indian dhabar after.

3.      Starbucks f**ks up

Starbucks have reportedly accumulated losses of at least $143 million since they opened here 14 years ago. As a mate of mine said ‘Inglorious Jeans next’.

4.      The Politics of Food (Season 2): Sex, Diet & Disaster

Delfina Foundation (DF) is inviting artists, curators, writers, film-makers and other cultural practitioners interested in exploring key issues related to the politics of food to apply for the second season of this themed based residency, which is scheduled to run from March to June 2015.