I like festivals, a lot. Although I've ever only been to Glastonbury previously, this year I'm branching out and heading to a smaller one - Wilderness. The food they have on offer is very different to how other festivals do it, think long banqueting tables, big sharing platters, proper seats (well, haystacks) and massive feasts. Food from Moro, Nuno Mendes, Mark Hix and Angela Hartnett are among the highlights which is very exciting. The prices are high eek but it does look very special. Elsewhere Ben Howard and Bjork are the musical headliners, there is also a lake surrounded by hot tubs, circus acts, creative workshops, yoga and speakers talking about important stuff.
Most of us eat convenience food in some form, whether that's an Indian ready meal, a loaf of bread or pack of biscuits but do we really know what's going into these products? If you take a minute to read the ingredients list, there are often many mysterious chemical sounding substances of unknown origin. This article brings to light a few facts from Joanna Blythman's new book, Swallow This, which goes behind the scenes in the world of processed foods in order to give us the knowledge to make more informed decisions about what we're putting in our mouths. Whether or not it'll change your mind on scoffing that chocolate hobnob tonight is a personal choice but it's worth having a think about.
I couldn't quite believe what I was reading here: there are McDonalds and Burger King 'restaurants' in hospitals?! In actual hospital buildings. How was this ever allowed to happen? Wrong wrong wrong. If you enjoy a fast food meal every now and then, fair enough, whatever floats your boat, but how can the NHS have any credibility in promoting healthy eating when they are housing two of the biggest, unhealthiest food chains under their roof? Don't get me wrong, the NHS is a fantastic organisation with many brilliant employees but the people that are in charge (MPs I'm looking at you) need to get their act together especially when this fact came to light this week: "...the NHS is now spending more on bariatric (gastric band) surgery for obesity than on a national rollout of intensive-support lifestyle intervention programmes..." There are many bad guys in this healthy vs unhealthy food battle but please NHS don't make yourselves one, you're the good guy we're rooting for. Ditch the fast food!
As you've probably guessed by now, I have a bit of a thing about food waste. I attempt to limit the amount of food that ends up on a landfill site via our dustbin by putting together a meal plan each week (oh yes, I'm one of those) but still a few ingredients fall by the wayside. The food item I throw out most is fresh herbs as I'll often use a little bit then leave them languishing in a mug of water on the counter until they go limp and stink (has anyone smelt off coriander before? seriously bad). I need to befriend my freezer and stuff the herbs in ice cubes pronto. Other such freezer friendly foods are discussed above.