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Organic Food & Russia’s Little Known Fact

Gavin Wren Food Education, The World of Food

I want to take you on a journey east, into Europe, parting the tulip fields of Holland, via the Bundesbank of Germany, around the Masurian lakes of Poland and through the plains of Belarus, which serve as the European gateway to the world's largest country. Almost 50% bigger than it's nearest contender, it spans nine time zones, comprising both bustling cities and desolate isolation, extreme weather and lush farmland. It is the birthplace of the great author Fyodr Dostoevsky and home to the Kremlin, the chair of Vladimir Putin.

Yes, Russia.

Now, Russia may seem an unlikely place to start talking about organic food, due to it's infamy for vodka, potatoes and caviar. But this gargantuan state holds an interesting position which sets it apart from much of the developed world, and makes it a good place to start this piece.
Not Organic.
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Lactose intolerant Milk pouring into jug

Being Lactose Intolerant & Intolerant of Lactose Intolerance

Gavin Wren Food Education, Food Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

Can you keep a secret? I’m going to break some news, admit something I’ve been ruminating over for a long time. I’m going to hold my hand up and say that I don’t like milk, that I am probably lactose intolerant. This isn’t based on scientific numbers and doctors reports, it is based on personal evidence of an aversion to milk, so all those who hate the ‘fad of wellness’ better saddle up your best trolls and get ready for a fight. But First, Some Contradictions. I have always been slightly begrudging of ‘intolerances’. I’ve always seen a full-blown allergy based on doctors examinations and trials as a big, undeniable fact and no-one’s going to argue that point, hopefully. Except those who believe that exposure to things can reduce allergic reactions, but that’s another story altogether. But an intolerance? That’s more of a personal opinion type-thing and we all know…
Homemade yoghurt video

Homemade Yoghurt Video!

Gavin Wren Basic Ingredients, Food Techniques, Recipes, The World of Food, YouTube Food Videos

How to make Yoghurt. Last year I created an information packed blog post about how to make yoghurt at home, where I tested a few different techniques that I had read about online to see which one was best. It turned out that they were mostly awful for an Englishman living in London in the cold, early spring, I guess that yoghurt making is easier in warmer climates. One method did shine out as being fool-proof and failsafe when confronted by English weather and central heating, which lead to me using it every single week to make yoghurt for quite some time. I was so excited by this discovery that I got everything together to create a homemade yoghurt video recipe. Money spinner. I was eating a lot of goat yoghurt around then, and goat yoghurt is over three times the price of goat milk. I’m not a huge…
Homemade yoghurt with cow's or goat's milk

Homemade yoghurt recipe with cow’s or goat’s milk

Gavin Wren Basic Ingredients, Food Techniques, Recipes, The World of Food, Vegetarian

Blogging rituals. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a bit more time to work on my blog and have discovered that I’m a reclusive blogging creature of routine and ritual. I can’t write unless I’m at my desk, and it’s the morning. Take today as an example. Woke at 6.15am, showered, then started writing on the laptop in the bedroom. I managed to write a depressing rant about the ‘dark side of the blog’. It wasn’t enjoyable to write and doubtfully entertaining to read (and we never will, because I’ve deleted it). I had breakfast, made a coffee, moved to my desk and then, suddenly, a peace and clarity fell upon me. I had found a little space in my world where something positive can happen. And as for afternoons, they are utterly useless, full of distraction and anxiety. After lunch, I might as well just stick my feet…