Poland takes the bite out of Russian apple ban

Prominent Poles post tongue-in-cheek photos on social media to endorse campaign against Russian ban on fruit importsIn Poland, an apple a day not only keeps the doctor away, it is now a political statement.On Thursday the business newspaper Pulz Biznesu published an editorial entitled Stand against Putin: eat apples, drink cider after Russia announced a ban on imports of the fruit from Poland.Od razu praktyka "@gazetapl_news: #jedzjabka @puls_biznesu pic.twitter.com/a6BaAY2j5j.@GoralewskiM https://t.co/j0Nl04uOts pic.twitter.com/2q0DaXAsM0Redakcja @tvp_info równie przycza si do akcji #jedzjabka . Smacznego! :) pic.twitter.com/j53wYsVMKP Continue...

Craft beer shandy: sublime or sacrilege? Five recipes to try

In summer, a cool, refreshing shandy can really hit the spot, but this tipple is still frowned upon by many drinkers. Can craft beer and speciality lemonades bring shandy into the modern age? Unfiltered beer Weve hit peak craft beer The rise of the craft beer shopI once asked a brewer whether he thought his beer would make a good shandy. He laughed out loud. I remain undeterred. Weve been having some genuinely summery weather, which is just when a nice, refreshing shandy comes into its own all the better to avoid the kind of tired and emotional scenes that come after a day of drinking in the heat, too. Theres also the whole craft beer movement and all those modern microbrews bursting with fruity, zesty and bitter flavours that seem ripe for this kind of thing. The time has come to modernise shandy.What I really want from craft beer shandy is to shake off the long dark shadow of Shandy Bass, to kick into touch pseudo-shandy Radlers a name pinched from the Germans, who many claim invented shandy as a drink for cyclists (which is what radler translates as) and to stop beer cocktails hogging the limelight. Its time we had a beery summertime delight thats easily made well at home. Continue...

Season’s eatings: fennel and leek tart

Fennel livens taste buds weighed down by stodgy foods, making this pretty, gluten-free tart a wonderful midwinter lunchFennel is a perennial herb indigenous to the Mediterranean, but widely propagated. Both the crisp bulb, and the fennel seeds are used for culinary purposes in diverse cuisines worldwide. The plant itself is a beautiful addition to a vegetable garden, with its tall stalks topped by umbrella-rib-like umbels of yellow flowers , which then produce the seed.At the market, look for fennel with perky green fronds, and a plump white body. There should be no discolouration, or splits in the body of the fennel. In your market basket, the fennel should be so fresh theyll squeak as they rub against one another. Continue...