Bloggers Are a Bunch of Self Seeking Idiots

Gavin WrenFood Blogging, The World of Food

Bloggers are self seeking idiots and people taking photos of art, rather than looking.
But first, let me clarify something – I love blogging.

I think it’s one of the most fulfilling, engaging and self-nurturing things that I’ve ever done in my life. I’ve found the process of creatively developing my own ideas, designs, words and photographs, without any client briefs, deadlines or meetings utterly liberating on a creative level. Having the freedom to write whatever the hell I want, whenever I want, has been beautifully empowering.

During two and a half years of blogging, I’ve written thoughts and feelings that I didn’t realise were inside me. I’ve transcended the world of keen amateur photography to become a professional food photographer. Through attending events and meeting people, I’ve gone back to university, to study a Masters degree in Food Policy. My personal and professional world has changed unreservedly, purely as a result of pursuing blogging.

Therefore, I believe that blogging as a personal indulgence... come and read more...

21 Things You Didn’t Know About Eggs

Gavin WrenFood Education, The World of Food

21 things about eggs lots of organic eggs
Eggs, beautiful eggs. We love eating them, we buy billions of them every year and all have an opinion on the best way to cook them. I’ve recently become an egg-spert on these fascinating storecupboard staples, having spent a few months researching far and wide into how the UK egg market operates on my Food Policy MSc course.

To celebrate the beautiful occasion of submitting this year’s final coursework, I want to share 21 things I discovered whilst writing my research. If you want to know more, just get in touch, there’s about 1001 things I know about eggs now.
21 Things You Didn’t Know About Eggs
1. The UK consumed nearly 12 billion eggs in 2014 and that’s increasing. 2. That’s 185 per person, per year. 3. In the 1960s, it was 250 per person, per year, but that figure slumped by the eighties. 4. 85% of UK egg consumption is produced

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

The YBFs

Gavin WrenFood Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

YBFs Floating Red Onion
Young British Foodies.
Every year, there’s an awards ceremony dedicated to the grassroots talent in the food industry, the unsung heroes and the up-and-coming visionaries in the food world. These awards celebrate the people who are really, really into food, but haven’t received the recognition they deserve yet. Let’s call them foodies (despite my disdain for that term) because that’s what the awards are called, the Young British Foodie awards, or YBFs for short. Entries for the 2017 tranche of accolades has just opened, anyone can enter into the various categories, from foodservice, via alcohol to food writing or social media sharing, on the YBFs website. As a celebration of these awards, I want to share my 2016 entry. I’m positive it only narrowly missed being a finalist, at least that’s what I like to tell myself. I hope you enjoy it, while I get on

Field to Fork – Preparing Meat for the Table

Gavin WrenFood Techniques, The World of Food

Field to fork
I'd like to begin this post by apologising to any pescetarians, vegetarians or vegans who might be reading this blog and disagree with the killing of animals. The content of this post is trying to understand my feelings around exactly that issue - the killing of animals - and whether I am comfortable with the process of getting meat from field to fork.

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.