Food Education Trust

Sensible Words From A Child

September 2013

My daughter commented a few days ago after having seen a Domino’s pizza advert on television that “if you want a sausage in a pizza crust just have a hot dog don’t be greedy and have a hot dog with a pizza!” Sensible words from a child which also goes to show that if children have sensible guidance early on they can make the right choices about food themselves – food education is where it’s at.

The cold weather arrived this week and the summer clothes are at the back of the wardrobe again. Warm, sunny days may not be quite over though as the UK has a way of surprising us all when it comes to it’s weather and I have heard rumour of a ridge of high pressure arriving this weekend. Fingers crossed – it would be great to keep some warmth in the ground for a little longer to keep the late sown vegetables growing.

I have decided to get started on another book and am therefore faced with the dilemma of whether to write another along similar lines to the last two or whether to go the route of a themed book. I then have to think about what sort of book has not been written yet but I don’t think there is one. The world surely doesn’t need another baking bible. My instinct is to stick with what I know and continue to help people with evening meal dilemmas which is the thing that often sends us in the direction of the ready meals aisle in the supermarket on the way home from work. Just to say that in support of home cooked food and to banish the myth that is so often espoused that we can’t be expected to cook at the end of the day when we get in from work, yesterday evening I got in at 6.30 and had to get a meal on the table for 8 people by 7.30.

Here’s how:

Firstly pre heat the oven to 230C. Place the ribs in a meat tray with a sprinkling of olive oil and some Chinese 5 spice. Roast for 40 minutes.

Put the rice on to cook, using my usual method of for 600g of rice you need 900ml of water and a little salt. Boil the peas and set aside. In the same pan heat a little olive oil and add the eggs. Make a rough omelette. Roughly chop and set aside. When the rice is cooked sprinkle it with some soy sauce and add the peas, the eggs and some finely chopped parsley.

Place the fennel, carrot and radishes in a serving bowl and dress with some orange juice, olive oil and some salt and pepper.

Heat some olive oil in a frying pan and when hot fry the chicken slices for a few minutes until turning golden brown. Spoon in the peanut butter and add the coconut milk. Stir until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle on the spring onions.

Fry the steak slices in some hot oil. Add a tablespoon of fish sauce, some soy sauce, a teaspoon of sugar and some pepper. As soon as the sauce caramalises remove from the heat. Add the cucumber and this is also ready to serve.

Cut the pork into chunks once it is cooked.

And there you have a meal for 8 which was prepared within an hour of walking in the door. I also had to install a printer as my son had some work that he needed to print off for school the next day. These are the pressures most of us face every day when it comes to cooking but don’t be tempted to go the ready meal or takeaway route. Of course do that sometimes as we all need a treat and some time off occasionally but do not accept that you don’t have time to cook. We have been encouraged to believe this by the food manufacturing industry and their advertisers whom I am afraid do not really care for our long term health.