PDO HALEN MON ANGLESEY SEA SALT

Dark Chocolate, sea salt, ooey gooey caramel innards, locally produced, small batch...I never miss a chance to get my hands on a Welsh NomNom bar when the opportunity arises.So, imagine my absolute delight when the opportunity arose as I wandered through the Hey Deli in Hay on Wye, Wales. Now imagine, if at all possible, and even larger delight as I perused the label of my delicious, small batch, NomNom chocolate bar and found a PDO designation on the Anglesey sea salt! Hooray Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt!

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BIODYNAMICS

From werewolves to magic beans, we've all heard tales about the power of the moon. Having communication or technology issues? It could be the planet Mercury in retrograde. Fact or fiction? According to biodynamic agriculture the movement of the celestial bodies has a very real influence on the day to day workings of our lives. 

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AOC - OSSAU IRATY

Buttery, creamy, with a hint of earthy nuttiness, Ossau Iraty is a traditional Basque cheese. It's an AOC protected status. Protected status is a practice that is critical to small communities, regions, and traditional means of producing food. 

I stumbled across a wedge of Ossau Iraty quite by accident and am completely smitten. It is delicious! I must confess, sheep’s cheese is beginning to hedge to the top of my favorites list. This particular cheese originates in the Pyrenees and is the only cheese from the Pyrenees with a controlled designation of origin, the AOC. The AOC, is a French designation recognizing that legally any cheese using the name Ossau Iraty must comply with the designated criteria and come from the designated area.

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PDO ACETO BALSAMICO TRADIZIONALE

Tangy, with earthy hints of sweet almost caramel notes; balsamic vinegar is the perfect accompaniment to my baked fig and goat cheese tartine.

Genuine balsamic vinegar is made from a reduction of white trebbiano grapes. There are several grades of balsamic vinegar, with the real deal stuff being produced in the Modena and Reggio Emilia regions of Italy. Traditional balsamic vinegar is protected origin (PDO) and has a long and esteemed history as a restorative tonic/digestive.

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SUGAR SMART

We warned Food Fight would be returning to the vexed subject of sugar in food but the fast changing situation in the UK means we’re revisiting it sooner than expected.

Within a couple of days of our last dispatch from the sugar bowl more initiatives hit the headlines. The big shock we reported was the decision by UK supermarkets to back laws intended to half the amount of sugar contained in the food they sell.

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VIDALIA ONIONS - U.S. PROTECTED STATUS?

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? 

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THE SOUR TRUTH ABOUT SWEETENERS

Lately, there has been a much needed uproar about the amount of “sugar” in manufactured food products. Bohemian Mojo have said we are wading into the fray and indeed we are, and this time we’re doing it by providing a little bit of perspective.The war against ‘sugar’ is real and very necessary for the health of all, including the earth and other beings on the planet. Unfortunately, real foods are getting caught up in the onslaught and being lumped into the bad food category and it seems like it is time to shed some light that might keep us from throwing the sugarbaby out with the proverbial bathwater.

The truth is our bodies are designed to have some sweetness now and then. So, the idea of eliminating or marginalizing all ‘sweet’ foods is actually not really a very natural or healthy one.

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