links for 2009-12-11

  • From Christmas cake to cranberry sauce, nearly all of our uneaten food can be frozen and served up later (if you’d like some more advice or reassurance on this, visit the arctic aunt on the Love Food Hate Waste website). And when you think that collectively, in the UK we’re throwing away £12billion worth of food and drink annually (and in doing so creating 20million tonnes of unnecessary carbon), this is clearly a very worthwhile option.
  • The picture from the rest of restaurant land is vague, not least because it always is at this time of year. Even the worst hit businesses usually find a way to stagger on until Christmas, in the hope that the uplift in business which comes with office parties will give them enough of a cash injection to boost them into the New Year.
  • The award means that Cornish sardines have become the UK's 40th food name protected under the EU protected food name scheme, joining Stilton cheese, Melton Mowbray pork pies, and Scotch beef and lamb. The scheme ensures food names are legally protected on the basis of their link to a specific geographical area or because they are made to a traditional recipe.
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