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*Update for Christmas 2013*

Puddings and cakes and pies, oh my! A seemingly fundamental part of Christmas, dessert (well, food overall) is usually one of the things I look forward to most. As someone who enjoys being in the kitchen and baking especially, I would love to receive any one of the following items as a gift. If you know anyone who also has a special affinity for baking then why not check out this excellent list Christmas gifts for bakers?

 

Palaeolithic diet has been around for decades. Today there are tens of thousands of followers taking on the lifestyle that has been created around the ideology low carb diets. The idea of taking on the diet of the caveman is revolutionary, and has been a subject of criticism by mainstream scientists. However, after suffering from acute asthma and auto-immune illnesses, I decided to give the new approach a go about two months ago.

Image by Martin Cathrae

Horsemeat labelled as beef: It started out as an unpleasant surprise in the frozen burgers section of Tesco but has developed into a Europe-wide scandal that has touched big-name brands, supermarket chains, catering firms, pubs and restaurants, school dinners, hospital food and of course, the general public at large. Just how many people have unwittingly eaten horse will never be known.

It’s a strange thing but I reckon this horsemeat scandal will actually be responsible for a renewed enthusiasm for a vegetarian diet. There’s nothing like a bit of horse to separate the carnivores from the herbivores…

Article by Jessica B.

The pub has a longstanding history as a great British institution. It serves as a hub of social activity at the forefront of the community; it’s a place for the meeting of minds, a tipsy night out with friends, or simply a retreat from the pressures of everyday life where a good pint and a friendly atmosphere can make all seem right with the world.

But the traditional pub is now under threat. With over 10,000 closed down in the last 10 years, these once proud buildings now sit crumbling under neglect and decay, their windows boarded up and their signs faded and rusting. The pub trade seems to be a dying one, and perhaps many traditional aspects of our culture will go with it.