The Chicken, Coffee and Chocolate Arms Race

Gavin WrenFood Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

chickens chocolate coffee arms race
Deciphering what food is acceptable to eat is incredibly confusing and frequently exposes the internal contradictions of the human condition.

Dr Tara Garnett recently highlighted my personal conflicts when talking about the effect of food on climate change. The evidence surrounding eating too much meat poured through the air as heads nodded sagely, while virtuous “eat less meat” campaigns formulated in the quasi-vegetarian minds around the room. Then came the shocker, her evidence also suggests we should drink less coffee and tea, and eat less chocolate.

Well screw that. Contemplating quitting coffee and chocolate gave me a glimpse into the world of an NRA member when asked to...

My Last Blog Post: The Magic of Blogging.

Gavin WrenBlogging

My Last Blog Post The Magic of Blogging
Hello my dear friends.

Two months have passed since I last published a recipe on my blog and I want to explain why. There are no excuses about being busy, or despair over increased demands of life making blogging hard. I'm going to tell you the exact reason why I started blogging, why I'm going to stop and some words about the exciting and fulfilling project that I’m refocussing my time upon.

I nervously began Le Petit Oeuf in July 2014, utterly petrified of pressing ‘publish’ on my first, highly inoffensive blog post. I was a hobby photographer, with threadbare experience of taking food photos and mortally terrified of putting a profile picture online, for fear of judgement. That’s why the header image for this post is a self-portrait, because I genuinely no longer care what you think, and it’s bliss.

Over three and a half years, I’ve written...come and read more...

We’re not going to die yet.

Gavin WrenYouTube Food Videos

we're not going to die yet
Sitting at my desk last week I decided to film a very quick video on my iPhone, a rant in response to various articles which I had read in the press that day.

George Monbiot doom-mongering about the state of the environment and Giles Coren's clickbait-esque headline about hating Jane Austen all feature, alongside the amount of calories people eat.

Watch the video on YouTube below or via this link.

Is your creative cart behind your human horse?

Gavin WrenBlogging

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Horses aren’t very good at walking backwards or pushing things along with their noses, which might be due, in part, to their long faces.

When used to help transport goods or people, horses are traditionally positioned in front of a cart or coach and then attached via a set of leather straps to the trailer.

A coachman, set upon the trailer, is able to direct the horses using a complicated language specifically developed to him sound like part of the English aristocracy, ensuring the cart is pulled steadily and strongly along it’s journey. Ergo, to ensure the success of this venture, it is vital that the horse is placed in front of the cart, rather than behind.

Why am I explaining such glaringly obvious statements of fact around the arrangements and forces involved in joining a horse and cart in union to develop forward motion? Because for many years, I’ve...

Bloody Food Banks

Gavin WrenFood Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

fucking food banks
Yes, bloody food banks.

They’re a blight on society. They go against everything that an egalitarian, democratic society stands for.

I’m privileged, relatively speaking. I’m part of the white, middle class bubble of the food world who postures on Twitter and posts about the joys of cooking with ingredients that require a trip to Waitrose or speciality food stores. I have not, yet, required the services of a food bank, although my mum mistakenly thought that my student status and part time employment meant I qualified to use one, bless her.

Ironically, I do visit a food bank, because I help at one. This triggered a chain of learning which is leading me down a path of sheer incredulity at the way British society has constructed these outposts of basic human survival.

Lets start with some facts...come and