Hana Rawlings is a pastry chef and cake designer who picked up her skills after moving to Australia. Today she is settled back in Prague and her one-time hobby has become her livelihood, she has a food blog, teaches cake-decorating at workshops and writes for leading Czech food magazines. In this edition of Marketplace she talks about her passion and her plans.
The Czech Republic's biggest festival of country and folk music, Porta, celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Established in 1967 by a group of music enthusiasts, the festival gradually evolved into one of the largest events of its kind in Europe, attracting some 30,000 visitors in its heydey. Many of the country’s respected musicians and bands, including Spirituál kvintet, Wabi Daněk or the Nedvěd brothers, started their careers there. Last week, Porta launched the first of a series of concerts marking its special anniversary.
The Education Ministry has completed a list of foods that will be banned in vending machines in schools. The list includes the typical junk-food items, foods high in sugar, energy drinks, caffeine but also dressings, mayo, mustard and ketchup which are traditionally used in sandwiches. The civic initiative For a Healthy School Environment has high praise for the proposal. A law banning unhealthy foods in schools went into effect late last year but has not been implemented in practice since there was no list specifying which foods were considered unhealthy. Schools will be given a period of grace in which to make the transition.
Average life expectancy for Czechs has this year risen to almost 76 years for men and 82 years for women, an increase of around seven months on the figures recorded in 2014, according to official government data published on Wednesday. The average Czech male is now living 4.2 years longer than in the year 2000 with his female equivalent now living 3.4 more years. The trend has been attributed to better healthcare, healthier lifestyles and an improved environment.
In this special Christmas programme on Radio Prague we are going to be looking at traditional Czech Christmas meals. Later on yours truly will be making his take on the classic Czech-style potato salad. But first, I am joined in the studio by Ladislav Provaan of the Gastronomy Museum, who is an expert in all things culinary.
Czechs are the third biggest consumers of salt in Europe, followed by Hungarians and Macedonians, Czech Radio reported on Sunday, citing organizers of the 4th Czech Salt Awareness Week. Czechs consume between 10 to 15 grams of salt a day, which is roughly twice the amount recomended by the World Health Organisation. Doctors are warning that children consume excessive amounts of salt and develop addiction to salt at an early age as a result. According to doctors, the highest amount of salt is consumed in smoked meat products, cheese and processed foods.
Ĺess than a week before Christmas Eve, Czech girl and boy scouts on Saturday began distributing the Light of Bethlehem around the country. The symbolic Light of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, arrived in the Czech Republic from Vienna last Saturday. On Friday, it was taken to St Vitus Cathedral in Prague where it was blessed by Archbishop Dominik Duka. Scouts are now distributing it by train to all corners of the Czech Republic for people to light their own candles. The tradition of the Light of Bethlehem first appeared in the Czech Republic after the fall of communist regime in 1989.
The population of the Czech Republic grew by 7,800 in the first nine months of this year to 10.546 million, according to figures issued by the Czech Statistics Office. The difference can be attributed to migrants as more people died than were born on Czech territory in the first three quarters. The number of fresh marriages grew between the start of January and the end of September while the number of divorces declined, according to the preliminary figures released on Monday.