Growing up in Halifax, West Yorkshire, I often used to visit the local High Street and Market with my Grandma. I remember her carefully perusing, squeezing and smelling the produce, and chatting with shopkeepers to find the best value, quality ingredients her money could buy.
She didn't turn out anything fancy but she really knew how to cook 'real food'. Always keeping the fat in the pan for the next fry-up, it was constantly infused with the flavours of fried tomatoes and smoked bacon, and produced the best cooked breakfasts I've ever tasted. Homemade fish and chips using the freshest, chunkiest cod fillet; deliciously tart apple pies with short, crumbly pastry; incredibly moreish sponge cakes and the most delightful variety of meat and veg dinners you could ever wish for.
Food is LOVE!
I find that time spent cooking and sharing food with those you love most is one of the most pleasurable and satisfying experiences in life. Food can be the greatest ever relationship builder and communication tool, and the love you put into food is extremely tangible and genuine.
"Food is our common ground, a universal experience" James Beard
Unfortunately, there are many people, nowadays, who miss out on the great experiences and enormous pleasure food can bring. Ready-meals, fast and processed foods are the only association some have with food, and marketers would have them believe that this is the way it should be, that they're too busy to bother with all that shopping, preparing and cooking nonsense. If only they knew what they're missing out on!!
Look around; problems of poor health and obesity, family and relationship breakdown, struggling local economies, damage to the environment and climate change, and more. I strongly believe that many of these issues could be vastly improved if more people took care of how and what they eat!
For the past six years, I've been working closely with many local food and drink businesses, and witnessing, first hand, the passion and enthusiasm they have for their produce. This certainly isn't the case with supermarkets and regardless of all the caring messages their marketing would have you believe, their only concern is for profit and that of satisfying their shareholders.
It's for these reasons that I got involved with Slow Food and started the Slow Food group in Lancashire. I believe that Good, Clean and Fair food for all is a perfectly fair aspiration, and I fully intend to do as much as I can to help make it possible. If you agree and would like to join us at Slow Food or feel free to get in touch.
I provide various business support services to a variety of food and drink businesses.
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