The Rich Tradition: Episode 12 Ireland

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In Episode 12, Elisabeth Luard is in Cork in Ireland, a major victualling port with its famous "English Market". The countryside is rich pasture for dairy cows, producing first class butter and cheese; there is fish from the sea, and of course, bacon. cabbage potatoes and soda bread.

Watch the video here.

 
Another Glass, Please - no. 5

 

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Have you heard of Tempranillo Blanco? Has anyone? It’s something of a trick question, as before 1988, the answer would have been an emphatic ‘no’.

Richard Dudley Craig gives us the lowdown on this 'delicious mouthful'.

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Food Acupuncture: the vitamins

Professor Alpar's series on vitamins continues this week with vitamin B1 and vitamin B2.

She introduces the series in the video below.

 

 

Read about the various vitamins, their functions, and sources etc. To date, Professor Alpar has covered Vitamin A and Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B9 and B12.

Read a brief biography of Professor Alpar here.

 

 
Ramadan

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Mohsin Abbas, Director of Arts Versa and Ramadan Festival,  and Reza Mahammad of Star of India have a fascinating and enlightening discussion about Ramadan, what it represents to the followers of Islam and the thinking behind its discipline.

This is the first in a series of films about foods eaten at different religious festivals.

 
Claudia Roden

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Claudia“She’s magical … she’s a doyenne … she’s the absolute first and last word on Middle Eastern, and indeed on Mediterranean cookery … and I don’t know any of the top chefs who she hasn’t touched.”

So says Allegra McEvedy, herself a top chef, broadcaster and writer. And who is she talking about? Claudia Roden.

In this unique film Claudia Roden talks of her early years in Egypt, leaving the country of her birth after the revolution in the 1950's, and why she started collecting recipes. Also Allegra McEvedy, Claudia's great friend, assesses Claudia's legacy and tells an anecdote that for her sums up Claudia Roden as a person.

   

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"A ticking bomb"

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That’s how Professor Oya Alpar, Emeritus Professor of Pharmaceutics, University College London, describes the situation with regard to antibiotics. The World Health Organisation warns that antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, including food security.

In this Talking Of Food video, Professor Vivian Moses interviews Professor Alpar on the issue of antibiotics and the food-chain.

Watch the interview here

 
The Trawlermen

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In the 1950s Grimsby was the largest fishing port in the world.  As a result of the Cod Wars with Iceland, this once great industry has been decimated over the last fifty years. The docks, once bustling, are now desolate and left to crumble.

This film is a short tribute to the men who manned the trawlers in all weathers and conditions.

 

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Pizza Express

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Peter Boizot, the founder of Pizza Express, talks about the pioneering days in 1965, when he introduced the pizza to Londoners.