Sunday, 24 February 2013
Hello Dear Reader,
(Welsh Poppy and Organised Castle - please leave a comment, which I won't publish, as you both have a Riverford recipe leaflet which need your address so I can send them to you)
My trip to Riverford and their recipe leaflet has given me lots of food for thought. I will be doing a lot more with vegetables in the future and making them the star of the show. I'm also eating less and less meat as the price increases but the quality can't be proven. I buy my meat from an abattoir outlet store, which sells the meat they slaughter locally. They know exactly what it is and where it comes from and it's all British meat. That said, it costs more than the supermarket and its far from cheap.
I'll also being doing a lot more with offal and cheaper cuts such as neck and breast of lamb, shin of beef and pork knuckles. You'll have to drop by now and then to see what I do with them. In the mean time, I want to sing the praises of humble food. We (or may be it's just me?) compare ourselves to TV chefs and the restaurants we try. We can't always have the best and should (or shouldn't we?) reserve that for best or special occasions. Before the onset of spiraling home costs we would often eat steak, chicken breast and salmon and now, as I imagine so many of you do, keep those for once in a while treats.
Humble home made and home cooked food, in my opinion, can't be beaten. Our daily loaf and simple cooking which comes in small portions, is nothing to boast about and doesn't need to go in a cookery book. No fancy imported vegetables just local spuds, English cabbage, English beetroot and local pork and liver made into simple faggots with an onion gravy. Supper will be soup with bread. I don't think there's anything wrong with humble food (served on my utility plates) and I for one am proud to cook it and proud to eat it.
Over to you Dear Reader. Do we think we should eat 'posh nosh'? Are we swayed by TV cooks and popular restaurants? Is there anything wrong with a meatloaf, a pasty or meat pie? I'm not sure but what do you think? Anyone else want a hurrah for humble food?
Love Froogs xxxx