As we look forward to the bright new year, we pause and take a look back at some of the things we have written about over the last year.
by John Pope on January 2, 2016
The festive season has come and gone and the world has drifted into 2016 on a wave of overeating and hangovers, so…
Welcome to 2016!
We have big plans for P&G this year. All sorts of things will be changing in exciting ways, there will be new features, things will be prettified, and we will be publishing articles on a far more regular basis.
Before we crack on with all of that though, what better way to start the new year than with a look back at some of the most important and some of our favourite posts from last year.
To date there is only one article on this website that is not in any way related to food. It was published last January, shortly after the fatal attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
Whether you believe that what Charlie Hebdo produces is brilliant satire or that they are crass and unfairly vilify many groups of all kinds, this was an attack on free speech itself. As I wrote at the time we must not allow the actions of any kind of extremist to intimidate us as public or our media into changing the way that we live our lives, or the way that we report, comment and satirise.
On a far lighter but still slightly xenophobic note we also looked at the early 19th century ideas of Mrs Mortimer, who should she have been writing today would surely have been just as ripe a target for some extremist nutjobs
February proved to be a much lighter month, although I am sure that there were plenty of tragic events going on all over the world, because it has just been that kind of year. The biggest problem that we were moved to write about was the discovery that everyone I have ever met, including myself, has been cutting cake the wrong way for their entire lives.
The lightheartedness continued with a couple of not overly new but always amusing mashups on Youtube, and after that start to the year, who couldn’t do with a bit of silliness.
Early in March, Sir Terry Pratchett passed away. He had been responsible for producing a wealth of fantastic novels, introducing the world to amazing characters like the Librarian and Twoflower, we celebrated his life not with a dull obituary but with a cocktail recipe.
We went on to celebrate St. Patrick’s day by debunking a few myths, including the facts that he wasn’t actually Irish and that he didn’t have anything much to do with snakes at all.
April being a quiet month we turned our attention to definitively settling the not inconsequential question of just how you actually spell the name of a certain coagulated milk product.
In May we turned our hand to answering another important question regarding the British monarchy and some big white birds.
Summer cometh, the weather was heating up and what better way to stay cool than with drinks recipes written for life in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In July we went to the ‘Foodies Festival’ and were introduced to a ridiculously hot chilli sauce by a slightly mad man called Martin.
In September we sampled a proper little slice of rural England by visiting the 130th Annual Hawkesbury Horticultural show.
In October we learned some very strange things about the bendy yellow foodstuff known as the banana.
As P&G central moved away from the UK capital and into more rural pastures, I took a look at some of my favourite places to eat and drink in London.
Finally, this December, Laura went on a metaphorical journey through the world of Christmas pie, and John and Lucy went on a physical one to Pyes Farm