Screw Coffee – Why I’m Giving Up Coffee

Gavin WrenFood Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

Giving up coffee, why drinking espresso every day is bad for creativity
Yep, I said it. Screw coffee. I’m giving up coffee. Painful decisions. I got ill last week, a stomach bug whose ass I’m still struggling to kick. At first I stuck on a brave face, soldiered on, kept calm, carried on and all that bullshit. However, the stiff upper lip approach to personal health simply resulted in further pain and discomfort, by Thursday last week I felt like food was my sworn enemy. Particularly noticeable were the severe stomach cramps, experienced precisely when I imbibed my luscious, thick black morning coffee. The part of the day which I longed for each morning, I dreamed lucidly of it’s inception and felt bereft when it’s time had passed. That poignant moment, when coffee cup hit desk, computer chimed into convivial companionship and the day was ready, had become a time of anguish and pain. There was only one option, stop drinking coffee,…

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 of their lives, if they’re lucky? How is it possible that there’s enough food in the world to provide at least one meal a day to such…

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 things can reduce allergic reactions, but that’s another story altogether. But an intolerance? That’s more of a personal opinion type-thing and we all know…

Sticky Resealable Tabs – They Don’t Work

Gavin WrenFood Opinion Pieces, The World of Food, YouTube Food Videos

Sticky Resealable Tabs
OK, time for a rant. Not about Brexit, nor about the future of UK food. Nope, it’s a problem that’s been around for a lot longer than any of those things. It’s about sticky resealable tabs. Sticky resealable tabs. You know those little self adhesive tabs and tags which supermarkets and food producers add to their packets of dried food. Those little self adhesive strips which lose their stickiness within minutes of being exposed to a kitchen which has water, oil, flour, butter, washing up liquid or anything else within it. The little sticky resealable tabs which gently un-stick themselves whilst hiding in the cupboard, so that you can pour rice everywhere next time you get the packet out. Those little tabs which I have not used and have simply replaced with an elastic band instead. Yes, those. They have irritated me for years. Many, many years. Dear UK Supermarkets.…

The Future of Wellness & Food Intolerance

Gavin WrenFood Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

Stop Food Intolerance
It’s an incredibly unique thing, our current obsession with food intolerance. The world has experienced vast swathes of intolerances in history, normally towards large groups of other people. Today, there’s a swelling mass of people claiming that certain foods don’t make them feel very good. Often backed up with little or no scientific data, these people are changing the course of food in our country and reshaping the profile of products on the shelves in our shops. I often wonder if we’ll look back at this age along with the so called ‘cult’ of wellness and see it as a turning point in the enlightenment of our consumption of food or merely an unscientific hippyish fad. The ‘Cult’ of Wellness. Wellness certainly attracts a lot of cynicism. There has been very vocal opposition, especially against bloggers who are purporting health benefits despite having very little or no formal training in…

Plucking Thyme, Time, or Words to that Effect.

Gavin WrenFood Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

Plucking thyme and time
Time. Our most precious commodity and one which we have utterly no control over. It sets its own agenda and we’re largely at it’s mercy when it comes to finding out when it ends. Time – He’s waiting in the wings
He speaks of senseless things
His script is you and me boys.David Bowie 'Time' That might sound a bit heavy and bleak to start the week with, tackling all of life, death and everything in between. But it seems to have particular relevance to cooking. Yes, really, I’m serious. Yesterday, I was making a dish for the blog which involved some delicious sweet, rich, roasted red peppers. They were silken strands of slithering red, orange and yellow capsicums, swimming around in a simple dressing and my mouth is watering just thinking about them. I hadn’t roasted peppers for a long time and it reminded me of the sweet beauty…