Friday, 5 March 2010

Great food rules (if you've got the time)

Is healthy living a luxury in a time-poor world?
 “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.”  Says Michael Pollan in his book “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,”
As prevention against obesity, his other rule is “cook”.
Great,  but let’s say you’re a full-time working mother coming home from your job at seven and with a family of five to feed. Chances are, you’re no stranger to take-out food.
So who shall we demonise for the obesity epidemic? 
Shall we blame McDonalds?
or our children that love takeouts?
or the time-poor mothers?
or the system where unsupported women have to work so hard to earn so little?
As an old boyfriend once explained to me, it’s all about who owns the means of production

Comfort yourself with this yummy soup.
Butternut soup
 Three tablespoons sunflower oil
Two onions chopped
One butternut peeled and diced
One apple peeled and chopped
Three tablespoons flour
Two heaped teaspoons garam masala
Two telma vegetable cubes
Three cups boiling water
One cup milk
Zest and juice of one orange
Salt and one teaspoon sugar

Fry onions in the oil. Add the butternut and apple. Fry for another five minutes.
Add the flour, the crushed cubes and garam masala and stir. Add the liquids, zest, salt and sugar.
Cook for 25 minutes. Blitz with wand.

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  1. Glad you came across my blog! I'm assuming you're from London? I'll be studying there this summer! I love your "About Me" section..everything in it is so true. And butternut squash soup, delish!

  2. This is a delicious recipe. I see curry powder has been replaced by garam masala. Also I will always now add a teaspoon of sugar.

  3. hello Outlier! great name, garam marsala is less hot, more complex. All good.