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

Low Sugar Dark Chocolate Spelt Brownies

Gavin WrenBaking, No Added Sugar, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

Low sugar dark chocolate spelt brownies made using dates to sweeten, providing a delicious rich brownie recipe with only a fraction of the sugar of most brownie recipes. These delicious brownies make a great treat if you're cutting out refined sugar or if you simply want to reduce your sugar intake without foregoing some delicious baked treats! Time to get baking!
Today’s recipe is low sugar dark chocolate spelt brownies, a rich and dark recipe sweetened with dates instead of mountains of refined sugar. Cakes with no refined sugar can present challenges to the baker, because sugar gives structure to cakes as it’s a solid once cooled. Luckily brownies are all the better for being thick, squidgy and gooey, which are boxes these spelt brownies comprehensively tick. Whether you’re simply wanting to cut down on your sugar intake, or are seeking to cut out refined sugar completely, these beauties are the ones for you. The Message. The world is obsessed with sugar. Everyone’s talking about it. There are those who love the white powder, lacing their tea with “milk and three, love” and vocally decrying any suggestions of cutting down or taxation of the sweet stuff as nanny state bollocks. At the other end of the scale we have those who…

Smoked mackerel omelette with horseradish

Gavin WrenFish & Shellfish, Main Dishes, Recipes

smoked mackerel horseradish omelette
I don’t really like roast dinners. I’m sure that’s heresy in some quarters, but it’s the truth. From a young age I eschewed gravy on any roast dinner (yes, I know, I’m a heathen), preferring to retain the integrity, structure and substance of my food, rather than reduce it to a plate of sloppy gruel that could be consumed via a straw. This doesn’t mean I like my food dry, I just favour the legion other inspiring sauces and condiments made available to us, such as mint sauce, cranberry sauce, mayonnaise (on roast potatoes and chips, of course) and horseradish. I’d even say that I prefer the flavour hit of horseradish sauce to the flavour of roast beef. Of course beef has more depth, character and nutritional value, but horseradish will never fail to get the attention of your taste buds tout de suite in a way little else does.…

Sun dried tomato and roquefort omelette with rocket

Gavin WrenMain Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Roquefort and sun dried tomato omelette
The recipe today is super quick, I’m not hanging around, I’ve got so little to do and so much time to do it in that I can’t just sit around being busy writing blog posts and editing photos. Capiche? Confusing eh? That’s the idea. My brain is in a fuzzle today, I had a strange dream last night where an old colleague of mine who I got on well with told me to “FUCK OFF” because he was furious at me. Strange, but maybe he was furious, but was too nice to say it? Straight after that, I crumbled out of bed, washed, then took our puppy for a walk on the heath. This is normally a time of peace and sanctuary in which the rising sun casts long shadows and soft light across the landscape with a bounding puppy constantly checking my presence to affirm his safety. But today…

Brunch-style smoked salmon panzanella

Gavin WrenBreakfast, Fish & Shellfish, Main Dishes, Recipes

Brunch smoked salmon panzanella with poached egg
Yes, yes, I know it’s Monday, not Sunday, so why am I posting a Sunday brunch recipe? Well, firstly, because yesterday was Sunday, which was the day I cooked and photographed this, and secondly, because I wanted to give you plenty of time to wind this recipe into your weekly shopping, so that you can make it this coming weekend. It’s a lovely, easy one to make, a Sunday brunch special which can be quickly thrown together and when it comes to being served, the messier, the better. It doesn’t require very much forethought or planning which combined with a little bit of leftover, stale bread you can create this unique twist on either Panzanella, or poached eggs on toast, depending on how you look at things. Maybe poached eggs on panzanella? Make sure you go in heavy with the dressing as this recipe really needs the lemon and oil,…

Blog posts are like fish – Mackerel on Rye

Gavin WrenFish & Shellfish, Main Dishes, Recipes

mackerel on rye bread with poached eggs and mustard yoghurt sauce
Benjamin Franklin once said “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days”. As well as being very true, it’s also how I feel about posting recipes on this blog. Inspiration for a recipe may come to me at any time, and is often so fleeting that it must be written down immediately, or it may vanish forever. However, if it is retained, then follows the step of developing the idea into a workable, tasty recipe; something which I can take as long as I want over, I’ve spent months working some ideas out. “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” Benjamin FranklinBut finally comes the commitment of buying the ingredients and setting myself up to cook the recipe. This is where the three day countdown timer starts. I interact with the food by chopping, cutting, mixing, heating, crying (depending how badly it goes) until the dish is…