Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day 19th May 2012

May 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’m sure that people who read my blog regularly will know that I’m a real foodie. I love to cook, share recipes and entertain my friends and family with regular dinner parties. So when I read about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day, which is been held on the 19th May 2012 across the world, I was interested to see what my favourite TV chef has planned.

Jamie is renowned for being passionate about getting people, specifically children, to eat a healthy and notorious diet. He’s previously worked on projects both in the UK and in the United States that actively helped families, school children and communities to eat healthier.  

Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day 2012

Now Jamie Oliver is using the power of people to make a change to the world’s unhealthy food habits. He wants foodies from across the globe to come together and share their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm for food to raise awareness of how easy healthy food is to prepare and more importantly how delicious it is to eat.

Anyone can take part in Food Revolution Day. You can host an event- dinner party, BBQ, tasting session, cookery class, food parties/festival- or go along to an existing event it’s completely up to you. The point is that we make and share healthy foods, teach children where produce comes from and start to understand the advantages of cooking at home rather than opting for unhealthy take-outs or restaurant meals.

As I’m sure you can imagine the response to Jamie’s Food Revolution Day has been phenomenal. At present 551 cities and 57 countries are involved with 397 public events and 434 dinner parties taking place on Saturday. These events hope to raise funds for more schooling toward food education in schools and colleges where food basics should be unfortunately aren’t been taught to children and young adults.

Jamie Oliver

As someone who loves food and cooked as a child with my mother (I believe it’s important to get kids in the kitchen from a young age), I think that Food Revolution Day is a great idea. Not only will it help educate people and further their skills but it’s a great opportunity for foodies like me to learn more about foods from across the world as The Food Revolution Day website allows guests to post their own recipes making it a brilliant resource for finding authentic recipes from all corners of the globe.

If you want to get involved check out the website where you can search for an event near you or register to host your own. But importantly read the facts about how major an issue the world’s unhealthy attitude towards food is. The facts are shocking- 43 million children under 5 are overweight- the reality of the issue will encourage you ‘stand up for real food’ once and for all.

Raymond Blanc: The Very Hungry Frenchman

February 8, 2012 at 11:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Last night I watched Raymond Blanc: The Very Hungry Frenchman on BBC Two which documents the famous French chef returning to his homeland to produce classic French cuisine.

Set in the beautiful area of Franche Comte, the French region where Raymond grew up and first became interested in cooking. Viewers got a glimpse at Raymond Blanc’s childhood home were his mother, Maman Blanc still lives, spending much of her time producing delicious homemade dishes of her own.

Raymond Blanc

Raymond Blanc: The Very Hungry Frenchman

Aged 89 Maman Blanc is incredible. Still actively working away in the kitchen where she often climbs onto chairs and kitchen tops to reach for her favourite ingredients. She still tends to her magnificent garden, where she grow her own produce from vegetables, fruits, herbs and most famously Raymond’s favourite lettuce.

I was completely in awe of how much Maman Blanc still loves to cook and how her passion of food has inspired her children. Footage of Raymond and Maman cooking together is lovely as they use recipes and tools which have been passed through the family for years.

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Raymond Blanc with his mother Maman Blanc

Similarly it’s brilliant to see that Maman Blanc is still able to get into the garden and take care of her produce. I felt a real inspiration from Raymond’s mother as she’s proof that home cooking and growing your own can be easy and manageable even at the ripe age of 89.

You can catch up on Raymond Blanc: The Very Hungry Frenchman via BBC iPlayer now.

Gordon Ramsay- Gordon’s Christmas Cook along Live

November 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Christmas-With-GordonWith Christmas at the helm of everyone’s agenda it has been revealed that top celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay will be cooking live on Christmas day in a festive TV special titled ‘Gordon’s Christmas Cook along Live’.

The live show, which will be aired on Channel 4, will see Gordon cook a three course traditional turkey dinner and all the trimmings. Designed so that viewers can ‘cook along’ with the Michelin star chef, Gordon will cook the meal step by step, hopefully taking the stress out of Christmas cooking.

Upon first hearing about the show I was quite surprised. Firstly because a live show on Christmas Day making the ultimate Christmas lunch is quite the challenge. And secondly because I found myself questioning whether or not people will tune in.

However, having read a little more about the show it sounds like good Christmassy fun. Gordon, who has become well known for getting his family involved in the kitchen, will be getting a helping hand from both his wife and four children making it very much a family Christmas.

Even better the live show is apparently set to feature celebrity chef bloopers and some of those classic TV cooking moments. Offering a great sense of nostalgia and not forgetting giving both Gordon and any home cooks time clear up any mishaps which have arisen along with way.

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Classic Christmas Pud could be on the menu

Although I’m not 100% sure I’ll cook with Gordon – I’ve got a tried and tested Christmas routine which goes down a treat- I think it’s a great opportunity for others who might not feel confident enough to face the challenge of cooking Christmas lunch alone.

Having said that, as a keen foodie I’m hoping to see what Gordon whips up. I’m always looking for new ideas and I’m sure that Gordon has something rather special in mind for Christmas time. Maybe a clever twist on Christmas veggies and something extra special for desert, who knows, but I’m sure it will be delicious and definitely worth the hard work.

Currently information on the programme is rather sparse. However, I’m sure that closer to the big day more information will be released. I’d recommend visiting Channel 4 for updates alternatively I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

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