France and Italy are food and beverage superpowers

by Rashmee

Posted on September 15, 2020


There’s no question that Europe’s food and beverage superpowers are France and Italy. Half of the products on the 100-strong list of unique European products that China agreed to protect  (on Monday, September 14) come from France and Italy. The list has 200 products altogether – equal numbers from China and the European Union (EU). … Continue reading “France and Italy are food and beverage superpowers”

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Dreaming of Sitopia in Britain

by Rashmee

Posted on August 31, 2020


  BBC Radio 4 has aired one of the more unusual – and inspiring – food programmes I’ve ever heard. ‘Sitopia – a land with food at its centre’ is set in 2030. It features a Prime Minister Carolyn Steel, who led her Sitopia Party to victory in the 2022 general election and proceeded to … Continue reading “Dreaming of Sitopia in Britain”

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Blue plants are wondrous and not just because they’re like something on the set of ‘Avatar’

by Rashmee

Posted on August 20, 2020


News that ‘Current Biology’ has unveiled research on a blue shrub, a relatively uncommon colour in plants, reminded me of the Blue Java banana seeds my neighbour recently gave me. ‘Current Biology’ describes the Mediterranean Viburnum tinus shrub’s blue fruit colour and posits that it “could serve as an honest signal of nutritional lipid content” … Continue reading “Blue plants are wondrous and not just because they’re like something on the set of ‘Avatar’”

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Padma Lakshmi’s manifesto on kitchen truths and wholesomeness

by Rashmee

Posted on August 10, 2020


  Padma Lakshmi was fairly droll when she spoke to The New York Times recently about cultural appropriation. “Look,” she said, “I’m not saying that you can’t use turmeric on a menu or in a cookbook unless you do a doctoral dissertation on ayurvedic medicine. I’m just saying that a couple of sentences at the … Continue reading “Padma Lakshmi’s manifesto on kitchen truths and wholesomeness”

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The cheesy trademark battle over halloumi

by Rashmee

Posted on July 22, 2020 / The Focus


What does cheese say when it looks in the mirror? Halloumi. The cheesy joke may be due for an update now that a London court is faced with a battle over its trademark. The salty unripened cheese is one of the biggest exports from Cyprus and the UK is Nicosia’s largest market for it. Unsurprisingly, … Continue reading “The cheesy trademark battle over halloumi”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK