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 …come and read more!

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 …come and read more!

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 …come and read more!

Why There’s Too Much Food in the World.

Gavin WrenFood Education, The World of Food

there's too much food in the world

Seriously. There’s waaayyyyy too much. Today I’m looking at the global supply of food and how there is too much food in the world. I’m going to tell you some of the figures around the global food supply. Often these numbers get hidden away in academic journals and books which are only marginally easier to read than the Tibetan Book of the Dead when you don’t speak Tibetan. I want to explain them in an easier, understandable way, so that people can begin to understand why the world of food is not a simple place to be. You Keep on Chucking it in the Bin. There’s a lot of focus on food waste at the moment. The mainstream press and media has made …come and read more!

What is Food?

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

Apples oranges bananas and pears

Duh, it’s obvious, innit, it’s the stuff you put in yer cake’ole. In a physical sense, yes, that is correct, food is the stuff we put in our mouths, masticate, then swallow. Our body extracts various nutrients and energy sources and I don’t need to tell you what happens after that. What does food mean? What if we considered food on a different level from the physical, nourishing and calorific one, what does food mean to the people of the world, beyond energy and nutrition? What joy or sadness does it bring? What political, professional or domestic issues does it create? How do the 7,400,000,000 people on this planet manage to get enough of that food ‘stuff’ into their gobs every single day …come and read more!

Being Lactose Intolerant & Intolerant of Lactose Intolerance

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

Lactose intolerant Milk pouring into jug

Can you keep a secret? I’m going to break some news, admit something I’ve been ruminating over for a long time. I’m going to hold my hand up and say that I don’t like milk, that I am probably lactose intolerant. This isn’t based on scientific numbers and doctors reports, it is based on personal evidence of an aversion to milk, so all those who hate the ‘fad of wellness’ better saddle up your best trolls and get ready for a fight. But First, Some Contradictions. I have always been slightly begrudging of ‘intolerances’. I’ve always seen a full-blown allergy based on doctors examinations and trials as a big, undeniable fact and no-one’s going to argue that point, hopefully. Except those who believe that exposure to …come and read more!