The Circus Gardener's Kitchen

seasonal vegetarian cooking with a side helping of food politics

samphire, hazelnut and roast lemon salad

samphire, hazelnut and roast lemon salad

samphire hazelnut and roast lemon salad

In a relatively short period of time high fructose corn syrup has replaced natural sugar as a sweetener right across the food industry.

It is now widely used in products such as cereals, breads, cakes, crackers, soft drinks, soups, yoghurts, baked beans, ice creams, ketchups and salad dressings. In fact, so pervasive is this product that it might be just as easy to list those commercial food…

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wild nettle pizza

New recipe: wild nettle pizza

wild nettle pizza

During the transition between the end of winter and the middle of spring is a period which traditionally was known as the “hungry gap”. This marked the grim phase of the growing calendar when the last of the hardy winter crops had been used up and the new season’s first crops were not yet ready to harvest.

In times gone by the poor had to rely on whatever food they had managed to store,…

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parsnip and orange cake with mascarpone cream

new recipe, using last of allotment parsnips: parsnip and orange cake with mascarpone cream

parsnip and orange cake with marscapone cream cheese

parsnip and orange cake with marscapone cream cheeseIt is a shocking fact that an estimated one billion people living on this planet are suffering from long-term malnourishment. But that statistic becomes truly shameful when set against the fact that here in the developed world we have an over-abundance of food and one billion people who are overweight or obese.

In a fair and logical world, the excess food in the developed world would be…

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flageolet bean and crispy leek risotto with truffle oil

New recipe: flageolet bean and crispy leak risotto with truffle oil #vegan

bean and leek risotto with truffle oil

A recent study published by Cambridge University revealed that people who live or work close to fast food outlets have an increased likelihood of obesity simply because it means they are more likely to be tempted to eat unhealthily.

It seems we are simply unable to restrain ourselves when we are presented with the opportunity for a quick fix of cheap, highly processed, energy-dense food.

The…

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chickpea cakes with curry oil

New recipe: spicy chickpea cakes with curry oil #vegan

spicy chickpea cakes with curry oil

A scandal has been taking place in India, largely unreported in the West, where over the course of the past decade an average of over 1,000 farmers per month have been committing suicide.

One of the root causes of this astonishing statistic lies in the consequences of a deal struck between the Indian government and the International Monetary Fund in the early 1990s.

In exchange for international…

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rhubarb and vanilla Bakewell tart

rhubarb and vanilla Bakewell tart

rhubarb and vanilla Bakewell tart

What am I eating?

Where did it come from?

How did it get here?

These are three really simple questions which should be very easy to answer. But just take a look in your fridge and store cupboard and work out what percentage of the food you are intending to eat readily allows you to answer those three questions. The serpentine complexity of much of our food chain makes it quite a challenge.

The…

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new recipe: chargrilled broccoli and spaghetti with lemon and basil pestoView Post

new recipe: chargrilled broccoli and spaghetti with lemon and basil pesto

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