F is for ‘The Food Programme’ on The Joy of Eggs

FThe Food Programme is an Award Winning Radio Programme on the BBC’s Radio 4 – which is on most of the day in my house, and which is why I found two programmes, broadcast on Easter Monday, that are absolutely relevant to both my blog sites!

If you are interested in crafts of any kind, why not go over to my main blog – julzcrafts.com – where the other Radio programme I am featuring is a 45 minute long feature on the business of crafts – by the “its been on forever” daily Woman’s Hour. (I also sell crafts supplies – worldwide – the links to my ‘shops’ are beneath my picture on the right hand side!)

This one obviously fits in with my general theme of poultry, for the A-Z Challenge – and was equally obviously chosen by the producers of the programme to be relevant to Easter – but not as obvious as discussing chocolate eggs!  I have also added links to their other programmes, so any of you foodies out there can gorge on listening to one of the best programmes on radio – EVER!

IMG_1894The Joy of Eggs

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We were once told ‘Go to work on an egg’ but health warnings later saw us cut the number we eat. As the US Dietary Advisory Committee drops its advice on restricting egg consumption Sheila Dillon asks if we’refalling back in love with the egg. Similar limits in the UK were lifted several years ago after evidence suggested their cholesterol did not have a significant effect on our blood cholesterol after all.

The amount we eat in the UK is now continuing to rise and the trend for keeping hens at home or in community projects has seen many people collecting their own too. Sheila Dillon asks if the humble egg is breaking free of a tarnished reputation and proving itself to be a versatile protein provider worth celebrating.

She hears reports from US where yolk-dodgers have demanded white-only ‘heart healthy omelettes’ and similar concoctions while in Silicon Valley a ‘solution’ to the egg has been created in a plant protein based alternative which they claim can mimic many of the egg’s functions.

But back in the UK she finds a more celebratory atmosphere – a major retailer has begun supplying guaranteed double yolkers, Neil Rankin, founder of ‘Bad Egg’ Restaurant has kept his supplier in steady business while Genevieve Taylor found her hens laid so many she had to create new recipes to use them all.
Has the egg been given too much of a bad rap and is now breaking free and what does the future hold?

Presenter Sheila Dillon and a food collage

Presenter Sheila Dillon and a food collage

Presented by Sheila Dillon and Produced in Bristol by Anne-Marie Bullock.

If the above link does not work, this is the direct link to yesterday’s radio programme


To see the full list of the items they have recently covered – including the Food & Farming Awards – go to their webpage:


Going back in time – photographs of a small mine that still worked with pit ponies in 1981

coal miner

coal miner

I originally published this on julzcrafts.com, as part of the blogging101 course, but it really belongs here!

And to celebrate this decision, I have also created a permanent page where you can see these photos, and even buy a print, a card or a few postcards, if you so wish – smile: see south wales – sepia mining range.

julz crafts

sepia7-whole image This original 12″ x 10″ print is available on etsy

sepia1 - miner copyright_Fotor set of 4 mining postcards available at etsy

Whilst working on this blog, with the help of the WordPress Team, and the other hundreds of people on this online course, who come from every part of the globe, I have been reviewing and rethinking, and struggling at times with layouts and exactly what to say.

In my first blog for this course, I put up a couple of images that I published as sepia postcards, and I wondered why I did that, because I took them so long ago!   You can see that post HERE.

For whatever reason, I am prompted to put up two more of this set of images, my favourites. There was a small mine a little way up the hill from where I live that was still working with their well-loved pit ponies…

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