Food has such an important place in our lives, it's much more than just sustenance. Sadly a lot of people approach their meals with a complete lack of love or excitement. Even people who enjoy good food will still reach for a convenient pre-packaged meal or stick with an unimaginative repetition of four or five extremely basic dishes.
If Thumper here had put in a bit more effort
he could have been dining on carrots and lettuce,
instead of wilted lawn clippings.
I suspect a lot of this reluctance is down to lack of confidence (and therefore inspiration) in the kitchen. This is understandable if previous experiences of cooking have ended in disaster; I have a vivid childhood memory of my father racing out of the back door with a flaming grill-pan of blackened croissants.
Everyone should be capable of creating their own meals from fresh ingredients though, for the benefit of their health, their happiness and their independence. It's an awful thought that there are thousands of people, just like my Dad, who rely on pre-prepared convenience foods to fill in the gaps when a restaurant isn't an option and their spouse, friend or other family member isn't available to cook for them. People who love good food but, due to lack of knowledge and confidence, pour their money into the pockets of clever companies whose own stakeholders wouldn't touch the products they sell.
|Oscar proves that anyone can eat a varied diet, so long as |
they're quick enough to steal off the barbecue.
I coined the word "hedonethical" because it was the only way I could think of to express how I try to approach food and life in general. Our individual existence is very short so it makes sense to maximise the good things that we experience, the happiness which we give to others, and minimise the suffering we cause.
I make no apologies for my, occasionally militant, approach to good food; be that its source, its treatment in the kitchen or why using artificial substitutes for ingredients ought to be viewed with suspicion.
|Daisy is watching you. She says don't |
buy milk products from dairy cows
with hoof ulcers and untreated mastitis.
I believe that happiness in life, individually and aggregately, is intrinsically linked to what we eat and where our food comes from. By eating exciting home cooked, seasonal, mainly organic food we can help not only ourselves and the people we cook for, but also those lovely farmers who care about their animals and produce, plus the environment benefits too. Win win win win.
I'm not going to lie, eating with these tenets in mind could burn an endless supply of cash. It doesn't have to, but it can; I'm frequently guilty of letting Pie Excitement override financial sense. Being frugal is hard when you can't walk past an interesting looking ingredient. I would certainly choose Borough Market over Oxford Street any day, and I spend much more on food than I ever would on clothes. That's my choice though, anyone could eat well extremely cheaply and still follow the same principles.
It's not always a breeze to stick to the ideal of hedonethical eating; careful shopping and inventive home cooking isn't going to be anyone's top priority every day, especially if you have a busy or tiring lifestyle. That's why this blog is intended to be a warts and all collection of suggestions and food experiences.
|Really good produce doesn't |
require a lot of work to make it taste great.
I hope I can spread a little bit of pie excitement, I'd like to encourage at least one person to try cooking something that they have never tried before, with better ingredients than they would usually purchase. That's it for now!
Abel & Cole
The Real Meat Company
The Fish Society