Diwali

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Diwali is here again!

Mridula Baljekar talks about this and other Hindu festivals and demonstrates a few favourite dishes.

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Oodles of Noodles

Oodles of Noodles

 

Originally from the north of China, hand-made noodles can be found on street corners across the whole country.  Watch the awesome skill of this noodle-puller as he makes two of the most popular types, Lamian (pulled noodles) and Daoxiao Mian (knife-cut noodles).

 
Kitchen Essays by Agnes Jekyll
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Agnes Jekyll (1860-1937) was the supreme hostess:  her house was described as "the apogee of opulent comfort and order without grandeur, smelling of pot-pouri, furniture polish and wood smoke".  Helen Garlick reads a few of her favourite extracts...
 
Food Scavengers

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Ever wished that you could cut down on your food bills? Artist and activist Spring Exprit (Eugenia Beirer) may have the answer. Call it Dumpster Diving, Skipping or even Freeganism - on the face of it “food salvage” is simply the practice of retrieving and eating food that others have thrown away. But it goes much deeper than that, calling in to question the workings of the entire capitalist economy. Oh, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun too.

Hattie Garlick visited New Covent Garden Market with a group of novice scavengers to learn the tricks of the dumpster diving trade. Click More below to watch her video.

 

 
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Title says it all... or does it? 

Which meaning of the word is the first one you think of?  Here's a short vox pop introduction to the subject. 

To be continued...

 

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GM Foods Debate (London)

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Here is the first of a series of interviews and debates on genetically modified (GM) foods.

Agricultural journalist and author, Diane Montague, interviews Vivian Moses, Visiting Professor of Biotechnology at King's College London, and the resulting discussion sets out what GM is and what the major issues are. It is a fitting introduction to the discussions which will follow.

Next up will be Professor Jonathan Jones, FRS, head to head with Peter Melchett, Policy Director of the Soil Association.  We will follow up with  a round-table discussion with Professor Cathie Martin of UEA, Rupert Read of the Green Party and Dr. Charlie Clutterbuck of City University. As a policy to ensure no editorial bias, the debates are unedited. They have been broken in parts but that is purely for ease of watching as each one runs over an hour. So, anyone looking for quick soundbites should go elsewhere.

To our knowledge this is the first and only such series of debates and is intended to be a permanent record of something that affects each and everyone of us.

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GM Foods Debate (Audio Broadcast)

GM Food Debates Audio Broadcast

The GM Foods Debate continues...

In a wide ranging and informative discussion, Michael Summers, an independent consultant specialising in plant breeding and biotechnology with more than 40 years international experience in the sector, talks to John Shrive about plant breeding and genetic modification.

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Featuring EGGS in Movies...

 

The  French director Claude Chabrol takes his food very seriously. Even the humble fried egg must be cooked perfectly in "Inspector Lavardin".

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Audrey Hepburn learns how to crack an egg in a scene from Billy Wilder's frothy comedy "Sabrina".

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Alfred Hitchcock's wicked sense of humour is at work again in"To Catch a Thief".

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... and other places

 

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The Perfect Egg by Aldo Buzzi is an excursion into the food that has obsessed, provoked and intrigued the author through his life. Rupert Baker reads an extract, admittedly on the subject of overcooked spaghetti, here. "Go to work on an egg",  the 1957  advertising campaign featuring Tony Hancock.  The eight ads were banned from being shown again for the 50th anniversary in 2007 as 'they did not suggest a varied diet'. Enjoy them here.