This week, you’re invited to a goose party in Bratislava. Then, if you are still hungry, we‘ll attend a GMO free picnic in a Paris Park. We’ll also touch on the issue of child obesity in Glasgow. Also on the menu: a deadly bun (?!) and quick guide to German stadium cuisine for football fans who plan to attend this summer’s World Cup Football in Germany.
“Goosed” in Slovakia
In the autumn every year, tourists from across the nation and from neighboring countries, flock to the small Slovak village of “Slovensky Grob”, a couple of kilometers from the capital, Bratislava. The occasion? A goose extravaganza, that isn’t exactly healthy and definitely not “fat free”…..
When it comes to unhealthy food habits, there is one country that is tough to beat - Scotland. In recent years the country has seen an alarming rise in the number of children who are either overweight or obese. Innovative approaches have been introduced, to try to encourage Scottish children to eat more healthily, but, can they succeed? And how much is the problem due to poor eating habits alone?
GMO: An unexpected foothold in France?
Following a threat from Brussels to impose sanctions, the French government now seems set to transpose the European GMO directives dating from 1998 and 2001 into French law. Often labelled “frankenfoods” by opponents, GMO foodstuffs are not yet on French supermarket shelves, but the move is being seen as an important step towards the commercialisation of GMO technology in France. Yet, according to surveys, the French are – by a margin of almost 80 percent - against genetic technology in agriculture.
More than sauerkraut
Do food and football mix? This year they do - as thousands of hungry football fans from around the world descend on Germany for the World Cup this summer. For many of them, it will be their first taste of true German cuisine. What can they look forward to?
The culinary calendar in Sweden is full of dinner dates –crayfish, pea soup, strawberries and cream – all enjoyed on specific days, or, in season. Right now, as Swedes await the Nordic spring, one can pretty much guess what everyone there will be eating for desert. It’s a very special whipped-cream bun, and it’s packed with enough calories, to kill a king!
Post communism access equals excess?
After the fall of Communism in the Czech Republic, a previously inconceivable range of foods began to appear on shelves in the country. People had the opportunity to eat well, and to eat healthily. But recently - as western trends catch on, and the fast food culture grows - experts say there has been a noticeable worsening of the average Czech diet.