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Ed Sheeran celebrates birthday with Austrian Schnitzel and beer

Down-to-earth English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran recently celebrated his 26th birthday in Austria. Not in a Michelin-starred restaurant, but in a rustic guest house.

Ed Sheeran celebrates birthday with Austrian Schnitzel and beer
Sheeran at Austria's Frequency Festival. Photo: Christopher Johnson

He posted a photo on his Instagram feed showing himself holding two pints of Stiegl beer, in front of a plate of Wiener Schnitzel, French fries and cranberry sauce. The red-haired singer is due to release his new album ÷ (divide). 

He recently told Ö3 radio that he’s a big fan of Austria. “I love Austria – the people, the beer, and the food.” He added that he would like to spend more time here.

 

Spent my birthday in Austria with beer and fried stuff, yep yep yep

A post shared by Ed Sheeran (@teddysphotos) on Feb 18, 2017 at 12:03am PST

FOOD & DRINK

Reader question: Why can’t I find any mustard in France?

Limits on purchases are being imposed in some stores due to a global shortage of mustard grains.

Reader question: Why can't I find any mustard in France?

Question: I haven’t been able to buy mustard for weeks, all the local supermarkets seem to have sold out, is there a shortage?

After recent limits on purchases of cooking oil caused by unnecessary panic-buying, now another staple of French cuisine is hard to come by – mustard.

The reason appears to be a ‘perfect storm’ of events in the world’s three largest mustard-producing countries; Canada, Russia and France.

Canada, the world’s largest mustard producer which provides 80 percent of the seeds that France imports, was hit by an “extreme heat dome” in July 2021, that halved the harvest, prompting the country to limit exports, Michel Liardet, president of Européenne de condiments, a company that specialises in the manufacture and packaging of mustard, told Le Point.

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The world’s second largest producer, Russia, has had embargoes imposed on exports following its invasion of Ukraine.

As a result, grain prices increased fivefold between April 2021 and April 2022, while the price of packaged mustard has risen by nine percent over the same period, according to the market research institute IRI.

The mustard shortage has prompted Liardet to call for an increase in French production “in order to be less dependent on imports”.

However, harvests in France have declined in recent years, in part because of a ban on the spraying of pesticides on seeds.

It has lead to empty shelves in some supermarkets, while others have imposed limits on mustard-buying.

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