borough talks future of food

The future of food at Borough Market

Gavin Wren Food Education, Writing

Last week saw the final instalment of Borough Market’s ‘Borough Talks’ series, a set of hugely engaging debates that have taken place over the last few months as part of Borough Market’s 1000 year anniversary. This time it was about the future of food, a subject that filled my mind with wild sci-fi fantasies of space age foods and Jetsons-inspired meal packs, so I was keen to find out what people had to say, with the bonus of sampling some delightful food laid on by a few of Borough Market’s residents afterwards. Image from Borough Market’s Twitter feed, here, you can also find photos from this event here at Borough Market’s Facebook page. The panel Professor Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University London was an utterly compelling speaker, his knowledge and passion very clear from his first words, combined with a sense of frustration, as…
Home cooked truths check your spices

Home Cooked Truths: Check your herbs and spices!

Gavin Wren Food Education, Writing

I’ve got some bad news for you, and I’m going to give it to you straight. You know those old jars of dried herbs and spices in your cupboard? They DO NOT keep for ever. Using old jars that have sat at the back of your cupboard for years might be ruining your enjoyment of any dishes that you use them in. What’s hiding in the cupboard? If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a cupboard full of little jars of spices bought over the last 10 years or more. You buy a small jar or bag for a specific recipe, then don’t use it again for years. The big problem is that whilst these jars sit in your cupboard, or in your spice rack, they are slowly degrading, which means they ultimately become flavourless and hold about as much culinary value as sawdust. Actually, that’s unfair on sawdust, as…
Free oven temperature conversion guide

Free oven temperature conversion guide PDF

Gavin Wren Food Education, Writing

Today I’m writing about an extremely serious subject, oven temperature conversion. I hope you’re sitting comfortably because this is a seriously hot topic. Badum-tish.
Converting oven temperatures accurately
OK, I promise, no more awful jokes. Sometimes, we need all the help we can get when it comes to cooking a new recipe. Like when you’ve worked and fretted for hours before cutting into a cake, only to find the base is STILL soggy despite an extra 30 minutes in the oven. Or those roasted vegetables that simply WON’T BROWN LIKE IN THE PHOTO. And we’ve all had something, errr, how do I put it, ‘caramelise’ a bit more than intended. Some of these situations are completely avoidable. And I want to help you with these problems through the simple process of accurate oven temperature conversions, because the internet is full of incorrect information, and you might have been using that…