What Free Range Means and Little Blue Stickers

Gavin WrenFood Education, The World of Food

Free Range Eggs Box with little blue barn raised stickers
Have you seen those little blue stickers on the packs of eggs recently? The ones telling you that hens have been temporarily housed in barns? It's because there's been a bout of Avian Influenza (AI), a disease that's bad news for the chicken population of the UK so they're all being kept indoors to prevent it spreading and these stickers are part of that process. A few weeks ago somebody on Twitter was questioning whether it's right to carry on buying these eggs, if the hens are no longer free range. It's a good question, and not a very easy one to answer. I also realised that many people might not know the difference between barn eggs and free range eggs, so I've written this post to spill the beans on how the 35 million UK laying hens spend their lives. After reading this, you can make a decision on

How To Lose Weight and Keep It Off

Gavin WrenFood Education, Food Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

How to lose weight and how I managed to keep it off
“I just assumed you’re one of those people who are naturally slim.” Somebody, to me, last week. Feeling mildly offended by the comment, I calmly explained that I’m naturally tall, however I was previously fat, with my BMI sitting firmly in the upper half of the ‘overweight’ section of the BMI scale. The person has only known me a short time, so they can be forgiven for having little knowledge of my previous corpulence, because it was 10 years ago, exactly.

Should I Eat Meat?

Gavin WrenFood Education, Food Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

Should I eat meat?
Background. I’m having an existential crisis. The foundations of my culinary world are being rocked to their core, because asked myself the question “should I eat meat?”. The best way to describe my diet is flexitarian. I eat everything, however almost every meal I prepare at home is vegetarian, I rarely ever cook meat and buy fish once a week. If I try new recipes from cookbooks or blogs, they are almost exclusively vegetarian and the new recipes I create are almost exclusively vegetarian (hence this blog being 99% vegetarian). Despite this largely vegetarian lifestyle, there’s no underlying urge to become a full-blown vegetarian, because some of my favourite dishes involve meat. I’m an absolute sucker for raw meat and fish, I start salivating at the thought of a sashimi platter or steak tartare. The problem is that I’ve become obsessed with the moral implications of eating meat. I recently…

The Cooking Gap plus Raisin, Oatmeal and Cardamon Cookies

Gavin WrenBaking, Food Education, Recipes, The World of Food

Raisin, oatmeal and cardamon cookies are a unique twist on the traditional cookie recipe, perfect for a quick weekend bake to fill your family up!
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting the whole Sorted Food team at their HQ in East London, the fab bunch of guys and gals who are famous for their YouTube channel which is filled with some awesome recipes and a lot of general larking about with food. We were all meeting up to discuss a big food-based issue which they’ve decided to try and tackle – the ‘cooking gap’. Mind the Gap. They’ve been working with the Co-op, to explore the cooking gap which has developed amongst 16-35 year olds. If you’re wondering what the cooking gap is, it’s the lack of cooking experience that has developed in a generation of the UK population. There’s an entire age group of people growing up in the UK who have little or no culinary knowledge, and worse than that, 28% of those who can’t cook don’t see the point…

How To Make Food

Gavin WrenFood Education, The World of Food

How to make food
It’s very easy to make food. Take some seeds or baby animals, add some of nature’s resources, like soil, grass, air, water or sunlight plus a few processed ingredients like animal food, fertilisers etc. Sit back, wait and sooner or later you will get some food, in the form of vegetables, fruit, grains, animals and so on. These foods can be combined with other foods and make even more food, like pies, sandwiches or jelly or vol-au-vents. These basic ingredients that nature provides are the building blocks of food, which are vital requirements for us to carry on creating more food. A few weeks ago, I was talking about how there’s enough food in the world. You can read the article here, it explains how there are enough calories in the world to feed everyone, we just have trouble getting the right people get the right food. WE’RE RUNNING…

Every Day is World Food Day

Gavin WrenFood Education, The World of Food

The FAO World Food Day 2016 is an important day to consider how your individual actions can effect climate change.
Sunday 16th October is World Food Day 2016, otherwise known as #WFD2016 in the Twittersphere. World Food Day. For me, every day is food day. I recently admitted on Twitter that I begin thinking about breakfast at roughly 9pm the night before. Lunch springs into my noggin at about 10 minutes past breakfast time and as for dinner, well, you get the message. When I’m not writing about food, taking photographs of food or making food, I’m invariably wasting time on the internet reading about food. Which is why my awareness of World Food day came to pass. There’s an organisation known as the Food and Agriculture Organisation, or FAO for short. Not LMFAO, or ‘For the Attention Of’, but a group formed by the United Nations on 16th October 1945 working with the interests of food and agriculture in an effort to defeat…