High Life magazine BA: Bella Bathurst cooks up hot dishes in cold climate

by ABCCmain on June 30, 2014

British Airways magazine High Life featurette on The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning by Bella Bathurst, June 2014. Thank you British friends and world travellers for your interest in the book after you saw this piece in the air!


In the century since Shackleton and his crew returned, polar cuisine has improved. Wendy Trusler and Carol Devine’s account of leading a Canadian expedition to clear the area of waste around a Russian base in the mid-1990s is nourishing in all sorts of ways. Not just for the sumptuous recipes they include — good enough to make one take up litter-picking or penguin-counting just to fit them all in — but for the day-to-day detail of deep-frozen existence. Antarctica is the world compressed; 30 separate countries have bases there, and Trusler spent much of her time cooking up an entente between China, Russia and her league of volunteering nations.

What’s lovely about these recipes is not their rarity (chocolate chip cookies, asparagus pâté) but the stories that go with them and the value of their connections. This is cooking at its best: food with history, icebreaking bread.

High Life Detours Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning June 2014

Ernest Journal: for curious and adventurous gentlefolk

by ABCCmain on June 05, 2014

Ernest is a daily blog, a digital magazine and biannual printed journal for curious and adventurous gentlefolk. Their first issue launched Jun 1 and we’re in it. This 160 page beauty was printed on a Heidelberg Speedmaster litho press at Bristol’s oldest printers, Taylor Brothers Ltd (1830) and features stories from the last of the Scalpay Fishermen, Trans-Icelandic trekking to wild eating: cooking meat underground. We feel at home.

Ernest Journal, First issue, page 15

more about Ernest:

“a guide for those who appreciate true craftsmanship, who are fascinated by curious histories and eccentric traditions and who care more for timeless style than trends.

It is a periodical of substance created for folk who love to build fires, embark on road trips, camp under a canopy of stars and run full pelt into the sea. Ernest appeals to those of us who appreciate a craft gin cocktail as much as a hearty one-pot supper, who love the grain of wood and the smell of paper, who’d like to learn how to fly fish, brew beer in their shed and name all
the constellations of the northern hemisphere. It is for people who like to whittle.”

An object, a tool Antarctic scientists used in early in Antarctic navigation, also featured in Ernest Journal is the Sextant:

Amundsen at the South Pole determining his position from that of the sun using a sextant.

“This symbol of the maritime world is
used to measure the angular distance
between a celestial body, such as the
sun, and the horizon, from which you
can determine your latitude position
on the globe. It has a scale of 60˚,
a sixth of a circle, hence its name,
and has changed little since the 18th
century. For 200 years, mastery of the
sextant was a requirement for every
seafarer. Today it’s an endangered
skill; merely a safety net for when
GPS lets us down.”

Thank you Jo Keeling and team!