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Do you remember Dom Sci?

Posted by Sharon Eason on 27 February 2013 | 0 Comments

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Dom Sci or Home Ec – six letters to strike fear into the hearts of those of us who were teenagers in the 1950’s and 1960’s when the subjects were compulsory for the first three years of secondary school.

Do you remember Domestic Science or Home Economics?  They were not just a posh way of saying cookery lessons, they went far deeper than that to include the biology behind digestion and nutrition, the chemistry behind cooking, menu planning to include the right proportions of different types of food to ensure good health, and the economics of planning menus to balance the family budget.  Our lessons even included good cleaning techniques with every practical session ending on our knees scrubbing the floor of our little kitchen area. 

Of course, we were just school pupils who were there to learn from our teachers who were all experts in their chosen fields.  Something has gone wrong somewhere as I dread to think what would happen should anyone suggest that todays ‘students’ were to clean up behind themselves.  The problem though is that without the real grounding in both theory and practice our children are being left to the mercy of the mass food producers.  How many of them are taught to create a meal from scratch, using fresh ingredients?  How often are they encouraged to use ‘convenience foods’ as the base of a meal?  How many young mothers are able to cook suitable food for their babies and puree it for the youngest?

It is vitally important that schools return to teaching all youngsters – boys as well as girls – how to prepare nutritious meals, with a full understanding of how that food changes during the cooking process and how it is digested and used by the body.  It is only when you have the confidence to create a meal that you also understand the need for fresh local produce of the best quality from trusted local sources.

Alongside our support for local shops, we also need to ensure that our children and grandchildren understand the importance and value of food and how to prepare, cook and serve it.

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Simply Delicious

Posted by Sharon Eason on 25 February 2013 | 0 Comments

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Keep it Simple, Local and Delicious It has been a strange week, with food continuing to hit the headlines - mostly for all the wrong reasons.  The horsemeat saga rumbles on, but perhaps just as worrying was a news item on food in hospitals in Wales.  This followed on from the contamination of processed food provided to schools and hospitals across the country, and pointed out that although sheep graze on the hillsides around the hospital, only lamb from New Zealand is served there.  Where is the logic in creating a journey measured in thousands of miles, when you could measure literally in metres!  Think of the saving in transportation costs,...

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Know What You're Eating

Posted by Sharon Eason on 4 February 2013 | 0 Comments

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It really has not been a good weekend for the big food producers.  Come to think of it, they have not had very good press for a couple of weeks now.  So what are you doing about it?  I sincerely hope that you are supporting your local butchers and enjoying not only the better quality of local food, but also the peace of mind of knowing exactly what you are eating.  Let's look at some of the issues in more detail.

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