United Nations days of… come and go and I admit most pass me by unnoticed, although I can usually manage a cheer for International Womens Day. It is frequently observed that I have a “bee in my bonnet” infact there is usually a whole hive tucked under my woolly hat. World Food Day got a few of these bees buzzing: local food, seasonal food, sustainable agriculture and food waste. In fact they buzzed around my head on Tuesday afternoon as I weeded the veg plot, along with some of the real ones which were feeding on the broccoli flowers.
Several hours later I was left with the usual imponderables – why
- is one third of all food production wasted
- do consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa
- do more than 100 million more people across the world suffer from hunger due to recent food price rises
- do one in eight people not have enough food?
Trying to change the world is like whispering in a hurricane, I can’t change the world, but I can exercise my power of choice, manage my croft sustainably, grow fruit and vegetables and bore as many people as possible on the subject. So to celebrate World Food Day, I
- made some soup using mushrooms which were perfectly ok but had reached their best before date and were half-price, so I bought all 2kg to save waste (Best before date another bête noire)
- made stuffed pancakes for dinner, using vegetables from the garden and the surplus sourdough starter culture
- made a cake – well it was a celebration.
I can tell that you’re not exactly impressed as this is what I do all the time – but then food is a thread that runs through my everyday life whether it is growing vegetables, cooking or indeed eating. Food is for sharing, enjoying and most certainly not for wasting, so I’m posting my recipes for mushroom soup and sourdough pancakes in the croft kitchen.