A Coruña: el X Concurso de Tapas Picadillo

English: Obelisk of Corunna Español: Obelisco ...

El próximo viernes, 13 de septiembre, la ciudad de A Coruña inicia la nueva edición del Concurso de Tapas Picadillo, que se celebrará hasta el próximo 29 de septiembre.

En esta ocasión, celebra sus 10 años con un total de 52 locales participantes que presentarán 69 tapas, 42 tradicionales y 27 creativas. Competirán por conseguir el premio a la mejor tapa tradicional, la mejor creativa y el premio Ciudad de A Coruña, este último otorgado por el público que con su votación, además , podrá optar a diversos premios.

Más información:  galicia10.com

Cosas que no se deben hacer

détail de verre de vin rouge (ORANGE,FR84)

(Photo credit: jean-louis zimmermann)

De cara a esta temporada parece oportuno recordar que no caigamos en algunos vicios que conviene evitar si queremos disfrutar en su plenitud de la experiencia de saborear un buen vino.

Aunque los que tenemos el privilegio y la suerte de poder consumir vino no estamos ya normalmente en el colegio, si queremos disfrutar en su plenitud de la experiencia de saborear un buen vino, y si además queremos quedar bien y que nos consideren como auténticos entendidos, debemos fijarnos en que a lo largo de todo el proceso de consumo del vino hay una serie de cosas que no es conveniente hacer, que son contraproducentes, que nos alejan de la satisfacción que debe acompañar a todo el trayecto del vino hasta que llega a nuestra boca.

Source: periodistadigital.com

Slow food for fast kids

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by : Kristy Komadina

The other day my son said to me, “Mum, how come there are no peaches in the supermarket right now? I wish I could have a peach, but all there seems to be are apples and pears!”

I began to explain about seasonal foods. The questions kept flying and ten minutes into the conversation I realised firstly that I was really surprised at how interested my six-year-old son was about seasonal foods and secondly that perhaps I’d always just assumed that my children understood that not all food was available all the time.
A love of food and cooking fostered from a very young age sets children up with the skills and passion for good eating. Seasonal eating is the practice of using only the foods that are abundant and currently in crop, the benefits of which range from maximum nutritional value, to the best tasting food possible and of course the best value. The idea of seasonal eating is nothing new, in fact it’s an extremely traditional practice that existed before the times of cold storage and food imports. If a product wasn’t in season, it just wasn’t available.
The slow food movement really gets to the core of seasonal eating. Founded in 1986 by an Italian journalist Carlo Petrini, it was a direct reaction to the opening of Italy’s first McDondald’s restaurant in Rome. Petrini believed in using the senses to fully experience seasonal food. He was fighting a war against the homogenisation and globalisation of food by encouraging people to shop locally and cook seasonally.

It’s not really about slow cooking. ‘Slow food’ can be prepared quickly. In essence it’s about using principles that are the opposite of ‘fast food’.

I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel as though my kids are living in such a fast world where information is at their fingertips and gratification is often instantaneous. Anecdotally I feel as though their attention spans are shortening and children are losing the art of patience and perseverance. In some respects, talking to children about where food comes from and involving them from a grass roots level in food preparation is an attainable starting point for slowing down in other aspects of life too.

So where do you begin? How can you as a parent get your children involved in slow food?

Take them shopping.  

There is so much to see and learn at a fresh food market. Aim to shop locally only and point out the origins of food. Explain that some foods that are not in season in Australia are imported from countries far away and discuss the implications of food miles and ethical farming practices. It’s also a good time to explain that food that is in season generally costs less.

Try growing your own. 

Even if it’s just a couple of planter boxes filled with herbs, getting the children to grow some of the food they eat is possibly the best way for them to begin to understand that food takes time and effort. Lettuces, cucumbers and tomatoes are extremely easy to grow and you do not need a lot of space to grow a decent crop.

Offer a slow food lunch box. 

The simplest way to fill their school lunch boxes with slow food is to pack them with fresh fruit and vegetables. In lieu of pre-packaged supermarket snacks, get baking and make your own lunch box treats.

Make more things from scratch. 

There are so many every day foods that can easily be made from scratch and best still, the kids will love to get involved. In our household we have been baking bread and making yoghurt but there are lots of easy ‘from scratch’ foods to try such as tomato pasta sauce, biscuits, peanut butter, muesli, dips, jams and preserves etc. My oldest son has been particularly amazed at how yoghurt is made and my daughter loves getting her hands sticky kneading dough for bread. It’s great that they can see that these products don’t just come ready made on a supermarket shelf.

Get them cooking with you. 

It’s pretty obvious, but if you involve children in the preparation of their food, they are more likely to eat it. A love of food and cooking fostered from a very young age sets children up with the skills and passion for good eating.

As you can see it’s easy to take on board the principles of slow food in your every day life. The most effective way you can instill these ideas in your children is to be a living example to them. Practice what you preach – eat well, shop locally and in season. Cook from scratch where possible and avoid pre-packaged and over processed foods.

Kristy is a mother of three who loves feeding her family wholesome, nutritious and above all delicious food. She has her own food blog called The Life She Made where she posts family style recipes and talks about life as a stay at home mother.

Source : essentialkids

What is food mapping?

Food for Life distributes food on an internati...

Food for Life distributes food on an international basis produced solely from vegan and lacto-vegetarian ingredients. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Food mapping is an opportunity for policy makers at local and national levels to work with others to develop an evidence base for assessing need, developing action plans and monitoring progress. In doing so, food mapping could help bring about positive change and effectively tackle the interlinking barriers to healthy food access. Food mapping can help inform an appropriate, joined-up and supportive policy framework for improving food access over time” Community Food and Health (Scotland).
Food mapping has been defined as the process of finding out where people can buy and eat food, and what the food needs of local people are. It is a type of needs assessment that aims to identify the geographical areas or communities that have the greatest needs in terms of access to food. This generally relates to access to affordable fresh fruit and vegetables and other healthy foods, however, food mapping may also be used to identify the availability of other specific types of food e.g. local produce or ethnic foods. The area covered by a food mapping exercise could range from a small village or urban estate, to large city or a whole county. Food mapping is one of the first activities that should take place when you are thinking about setting up a food project, and even more so when planning to deliver a programme of different activities to increase access to healthy foods. This is so that you can identify what problems there are with accessing food in an area and then plan initiatives that aim to deal with these problems.

For more information and a toolkit, please visit FOOD VISION

A place for food in pro-development planning?

English: Sustainability chart

English: Sustainability chart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


By Jess Halliday

The launch of the UK’s new draft National Planning Policy has food and environmental groups fearing for the future of the country’s green spaces and town centre, as the coalition government’s idea of ‘sustainable development’ has a strong pro-development flavour.The draft was launched last week and is open for consultation until October.
It is often easiest to understand the implications of policy proposals by listening to groups wearing the goggles of their own interests, giving them an incredible ability to read between the lines:
A framework that slashes back over 1000 pages of policy to just 58 means slicing through bundles of red tape and turning new projects into reality more quickly and more cheaply. Hurrah, say the developers and building companies.
But a growing body of planners, civil society groups, architects and academics who are enlightened to the crucial role of planning in the food system are not celebrating. Such a light-weight framework is too way light-touch, they believe. It is business-, not community-oriented, and it will become much harder to protect prime growing and organic land from development.
Speaking (ahead of the framework’s official publication) at a one-day conference on Food and Spatial Planning organised by Sustain and the Royal Institute of Town Planning (RITP) on 15th July, Friends of the Earth food campaigner Helen Rimmer, called it “an assault on the planning process”.
Suzanne Natelson of Sustain’s Local Action on Food also expressed concern at the pro-development turn and said Sustain “will be working to influence it”. Sustain already published a report on Good Planning for Good Food, and its cooperation with the RITP has led to the latter developing guidelines on food for planners.
A major taking point of draft framework is how it defines ‘sustainable development’. According to Damian Carrington, writing in The Guardian, the definition provided is “heavily weighted on saying yes to all building work and rather light on avoiding harmful developments”.
Carrington picks out the phrase “a presumption in favour of sustainable development”, and reads it as “development plans – houses, supermarkets, roads, business premises and so on – will be given the green light, unless there’s good case made for not doing so”.
Yet even when civil society and community groups keep an obsessive eye on applications to ensure no such good cases pass unchallenged, developers in the guise of big business have huge clout to mount appeals that local authorities, with coffers accountable to the electorate, cannot counter.
Business first?
Call food problematic and many people will reply: “Where’s the problem? We just go to the supermarket”. Sure, the globalised, retail-led food chain has made cheap food available to the masses in a way that it has never been before. Far fewer people fret about going hungry today than a hundred years ago.
Yet it’s more complicated than just hushing the hunger pangs. Supermarkets are the crucial, final link in the globalised, industrial food supply chain that has lifted cities out of their food context, and placed them in a global one that feeds off oil reserves and exploitation of land and cheap labour.
Food may be cheap at the till, but the bleep of the barcode scanner does not show the externalised costs beyond the price tag. The costs of infrastructure to haul food long distances, for example; the cost of countering emissions from transport and processing; of caring for people suffering the health effects of eating cheap food laden with fat, sugar and salt; of disposing of uneaten food and packaging; and so on. These costs are not paid by supermarkets, but by shoppers – not in store, but in their annual tax bill.
That is why feeding the city should never be left to supermarkets as a single, simple solution. Even when they promise to build new brand new apartments or fund a new classroom, the social sweeteners designed to wear down opposition will never be enough to cover the whole, global bundle of externalities.
And however socially-aware they may wish to be seen, supermarkets must make money – and that means having a high profile in places where there’s a demographic fit with their core target shoppers. If no supermarket is able to see commercial value in poorer, run-down areas, a business-oriented planning strategy could end up widening inequalities in our urban areas.
As Carolyn Steel, architect and author of The Hungry City, explained at the Sustain conference, the city’s problems are not viewed through the lens of food, big cities become food desserts, where “the only people that get fed are the rich people”.
In her view, “supermarkets were invented to eradicate the human – to take the human out of the food chain”.
And if you’ve got no humans, how can you have a community?

Source: Sustainable Food Blog

A taste of Europe

Slow Food Messe in Stuttgart 2007

Slow Food Messe in Stuttgart 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)