Stilton is a protected designation of origin cheese and in order to be called Stilton must be from one of three counties; either Derbyshire, Leicestershire, or Nottinghamshire in the U.K. Sharp and pungent with a creamy earthiness; stilton cheese is traditionally enjoyed with a nice glass of port. Tonight’s cheese is actually accompanying dinner so no port is on the scene, although a nice glass of shiraz seems to be holding its own with the strong stilton flavors.
So what’s in a name you may ask? Well here at BohemianMojo we love when they mark out the region and heritage of great quality food. We are in fact huge fans of the protection of regional specialties afforded by the ‘geographical indicator’ rules.
These are held as vitally important in Europe where the member countries, and indeed their regions, jealously guard their traditional food origins and recipes. Of course they do. After all they are benchmarks of great quality and great taste. For consumers those geographical labels ‘indicate’ they’re on to a good thing.
Stop feeding the greed! Someone had to do it and at last Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is making a stand against food waste. Her target is the obscene throwaway culture in America’s grocery stores, restaurants, schools and farms.
Chellie Pingree’s bold initiative to end what amounts to institutional profligacy in the food chain is contained in HR 4184 - The Food Recovery Act. We promise to keep you updated on its progress. Why don’t you lobby your political representatives in support!
It was a foolish King who didn’t pay attention to his Barons when they pleaded their cause at his court. Take evil King John for instance. He ignored his Barons and faced revolt and the humiliation of being forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215.
You might well argue that in the long run it was a good thing with the ‘Great Charter’ signposting and underpinning the world’s great democracies centuries later.
Perhaps so but be under no illusion 800 years later little has fundamentally changed. A much more sophisticated system of Kings and Barons exists today.
Tangy, sweet, sour, crunchy, and smooth; the first bite of a home pickled Vidalia onion is a flavor adventure.
So there’s a couple things going on with the conversation on Vidalia Onions. First of all, the Vidalia onion is one of a very small handful of foods that are the equivelent of a protected status. Vidalia onions are a specific variety of onion grown in particular counties in the state of Georgia (U.S.). They are relatively new to the onion world, being an accidental hybrid that occurred in the depression era and then, according to historical data, began to make a name for itself, until finally it has now become the Georgia state vegetable and its name is legally protected and references only a 20 county region in the south. What's the big deal about vidalia onions?
You can’t eat a label but sure as eggs you can read one and it might help you decide whether you want to eat the food behind it. At Bohemian Mojo's FoodFight we’ve been talking recently about the contrast between GM or ‘transgenic’ food and heritage strains.It’s our intention to discuss these differences more fully in the days and weeks to come. But the point where these quite radical differences meet are in the world of labeling and its in crisis.
Last July the United States flew in the face of world practice and the wishes of their home consumers when the House passed a Bill preventing individual states from requiring GM food to be so labeled.