You may have seen the "Food Revolution Day" logo in my sidebar and wondered what it was. I've been meaning to getting around to tell you all.
In case you haven't heard of him before, Jamie Oliver is a British celebrity chef, cookbook author and, more recently, has become an advocate for getting people to get back to cooking and eating 'real food' and getting back to 'real food' in schools in the UK and the USA. As per the Food Revolution web site, the Food Revolution on the 19th of May is a chance for people who love food to come together to share information, talents and resources; to pass on their knowledge and highlight the world’s food issues. All around the globe, people will work together to make a difference. Food Revolution Day is about connecting with your community through events at schools, restaurants, local businesses, dinner parties and farmers' markets. We want to inspire change in people’s food habits and to promote the mission for better food and education for everyone.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I dislike packet mixes, prepackaged food and ready made meals. I've made it my business, through writing this blog, to bring to my children's attention (in the future), how easy it is to cook simple, wholesome food for not very much money, but not sacrificing on taste.
There are a lot of resources on the Food Revolution web site on how to join in on the 19th of May. Why not contact your kid's local school and work with the tuckshop to create a new, 'from scratch' menu? Host a dinner party? Set up a stall at a local farmer's market?
Just over 20 years ago, there was hardly such a thing as cheese spread and crackers in a packet or very few cake mixes in a box? Nearly everyone sat at the dinner table for the evening meal of meat and 3 veg or cold meat and salad, not driving through the local hamburger joint picking up the $19.95 evening 'special' deal. For less than $1.50 you can pick up a small tub of cream which can be added to a home made pasta sauce for something luxurious or whipped up and served with some fresh or frozen berries for dessert. How could that be substituted with a 'spray can' of whipped cream? How have we learnt to substitute quality, freshness and taste for convenience?
I know I'm not perfect and have relied on the occasional takeaway KFC or pizza in times of desperation or laziness but we need to get back to eating and living with 'real food' and teaching our children to do the same or else who knows what the future holds in our wonderful world of food.