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We are not alone

Running Buffet has been a little distracted recently. Distracted by the arrival of two new members of our household. Meet the menagerie, if two a menagerie can make. One of the benefits of stepping onto the property ladder, aside from the opportunity to single-handedly keep B&Q afloat, is that we can now have pets. Landlords…

Beer glass bottom

Bitesized: Tea Q9

Although my recent ramblings may have led you to the conclusion that I am swearing off of anything that resembles a processed product, you would not be quite correct; as we saw last time, my new philosophy is to look for small labels. Beer is clearly processed – it is not naturally-occurring – however it has but a…

Worried

On the naughty list

I am on a bit of a processed food binge. Not eating it, but writing about it. This is the third in a series of recent, sort-of connected posts about the processed food industry and, although I feel as though I have only just started to scratch the surface, I do promise I will move on…

Swallow This

Skull toast

As mentioned recently, I have been scratching my head over the thorny issue of processed foods. How bad is bad? What should I be looking out for? And then I found a book: Swallow This, by Joanna Blythman; a book that serves up “the food industry’s darkest secrets”. Maybe this held the answers… I want to…

Cream tea

Bitesized: National Cream Tea Day

We interrupt your normal programming to bring you this breaking news. Yesterday was National Cream Tea Day. And I missed it. Me (this morning): Quick, can you Google something for me on your magic phone? Somebody mentioned something about National Cream Tea Day. Mrs RB: Oh yeah, that was yesterday. It’s been and scone. Dear God…

Machine

Processing it all

Processed food. We all know it’s bad for us, don’t we? Some tasteless slop of a meal that has less flavour than the cardboard wrapper it came in. Rubbish stuff, that. Wouldn’t catch anyone eating that. Right? The answer, it would seem, is not nearly so straightforward. As with every single thing that I turn…

Science attacks

Bitesized: Fed up

Imagine a boxing ring. In one corner, you have a documentary; a documentary that features several talking heads called Doctor Somebody-or-Other, which promises to give you facts all about our food system; a documentary you enjoyed and understood and believed. Then, in the other corner, you have articles, these written by Doctor Somebody-Else, that rubbish the facts given in the…