Sustainable fishing article for Norwegian Arts

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“According to a report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the world share of commercial fish stocks at sustainable levels has drastically decreased – down to 68.6% in 2013 from 90% in 1974. Furthermore, in 2013 fully-fished stocks comprised 58.1%.

Europe has suffered its share of problems. Herring was so overfished on England’s east coast that a moratorium was announced in the 1970s.  Now even the fish for the famed Craster-kipper in Northumberland are imported from Norway.”

Read the full piece on Norwegian Arts.

Northumberland features for MUNCHIES

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“Mention the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and a few things come to mind: the Viking raiders in 793 AD, the gospels, and a precarious causeway crossing. But this tidal island, situated a mile off the north Northumberland coast, has also become renowned for the production of one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world: mead.”

Read the full article on MUNCHIES.

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“The butterflied smoked herring has been part of British cuisine for centuries but kippers—the name given to the fish when sliced and smoked in this way—from the small village of Craster in Northumberland are revered across the world.”

Read the full article on MUNCHIES.

MUNCHIES features: Shropshire fidget pie and Christmas pork pies

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A couple of features I wrote for MUNCHIES UK

Shropshire, a sparsely populated rural county of under half-a-million people. What has it got? A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad, the majestic Ironbridge, the wonderful landscapes of The Stiperstones hill, and, of course, the world-renowned Shropshire fidget pie.

Except the Shropshire fidget pie is not that famous—not even in Shropshire.”

Read the full article on Shropshire fidget pie on MUNCHIES.

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“Pork pies are big business in Yorkshire, especially in December. Walk past the Toppings counter in Doncaster’s Frenchgate Shopping Centre and you can see just how big: quiches, hot pies, and a plethora of pork pies are all piled high. Although Roger might want otherwise (“Pork pies are like puppies, they’re not just for Christmas!”), the festive season is his busiest time. In the week before Christmas, that stand will take around £15,000 just on pies.”

Read the full piece on MUNCHIES.