I’ve always been a big Jamie Oliver fan. I think his passion for food and his commitment to making people, all people, eat better, healthier and homemade is unique. I love his food, his cookbooks and his tv-shows. So it’s sort of a weird thing that I had not heard about the upcoming food revolution day at all. I must have been focused on something else I guess. Who knows! So when I received a tweet this afternoon from Monique Tielemans from Dutch Food Rules, I could not do anything else but respond and join in the fun. Being very last minute I had to think fast and decided to make a chickpea salad I had seen earlier in a new book I will soon tell you more about Under the Walnut Tree
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Because I can talk all I want about food and the importance of real food and good food, without giving you a recipe this post would not be complete right?

If I look at the way a lot of young kids these days get fed it sort of scares me. When I was younger there was not as much junkfood around as there is these days and there certainly weren’t as many obese kids either.

I’ve seen a couple of episodes of the schoolfood program that first ran in the UK and I was shocked that kids didn’t even recognize a tomato! How weird is that. The show didn’t air here but I watched most episodes on youtube as I was entirely fascinated by the whole process.

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For me – looking back over the years – my take on food has changed dramatically. A couple of years back I ate a lot of processed foods. Convenience foods so to speak. We would come home, rip open a package of ‘macaronimix’, add some veggies to it and some protein and we would have a meal. The funny thing is that not too long ago we did a test. We didn’t feel like cooking (yes, that happens!) and we ate one of those pre-made meals and we totally hated it! It was too salty and lacking in flavor and overall made us feel really bad.

I’ve mentioned here before that my mum hated cooking. I didn’t grow up eating real food, so it has taken me a while to change my habits. Which only goes to show that it is so important that the basis of all the kids today is sound. That they understand what a tomato is or an eggplant and that they know the difference between grabbing some junk food and eating real food. You can’t start soon enough with educating them!

In our current society where it is all about living a fast life, I find it is important to take a step back and really think about the food we’re consuming. Not only from the perspective of our own health, but for me it is also important to think about the health of the animals we’re consuming and the vegetables that are grown. Rather then eat supermarket fare every day, we rather pay a little more for organically raised meat. Yes, it is more expensive and a little harder to find too (it is in our area!), but that just means that we can eat less of it. So we eat more vegetarian meals and a little less meat then we’re used to in the past. Even supermarkets are becoming more aware of the importance of good food so it’s becoming easier to find sensible options.

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As for the role that food bloggers can play in all of this; I would say, we can lead by example. I’m not a person who tells others what to do and there have been a couple of discussions going around lately on the importance of our educational role and what we should or shouldn’t post about.

My friend Jamie had a brilliant article published on The Huffington post which you might find worth checking out.

Foodrevolution is not about never having dessert or cake again, but it is about good food. Food that is sourced locally, maybe even grown in your own garden or on your window sill and not preprocessed and packaged foods that are filled with ingredients no one ever heard of. If it has too many E-numbers on the ingredient list you can be pretty sure there is a better alternative.

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Check out the foodrevolution website to find out more information, events that are taking place today, people that got involved and lots more. You can also follow the discussions that will – no doubt – be on twitter today via the official hashtag #foodrevolution. What’s your take on real food? Leave a comment and let me know! The links below are from my fellow Dutch Bloggers who also participated. Check out their websites for more information and their take on real food!

De volgende FoodBloggers en FoodLovers doen ook mee aan Food Revolution Day en geven hun kijk op ‘real food’:

www.uitpaulineskeuken.nl www.dutchfoodrules.nl www.wildvleesch.nl www.vandeboer.nl www.foodnext.nl www.veggiechallenge.nl www.spinazieacademie.nl www.kleuropjebord.nl
www.smulpaapje.nl (= @cookstr2009 organizes a Twinner) www.alexstyling.nl www.junglefrog.nl www.thefoodagency.nl www.kimvanvelzen.nl

Zin in een dagje Rotterdam? Check dan dit Food Revolution Day Event Dutch FoodBloggers @Eetlokaal Meet-up

Chickpea salad

Yield: 5-6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 mnutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 600g chickpeas (either homecooked or from a tin)
  • 5 potatoes (boiled (about 400 gr))
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 0,5-1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • mild olive oil (to taste)
  • handful flat leaf parsley (chopped)

Directions:

  1. Cook the dried chickpeas until tender. Or if using canned chickpeas, rinse them well under cold water and leave to drain.
    Peel and dice the boiled potatoes. Deseed and finely chop the chili and peel and finely chop the red onion. Scrub the lemon in warm water and dry well. Grate the yellow lemon peel, avoiding the bitter white pith. Squeeze the lemon juice.
  2. In a salad bowl combine the chickpeas, potatoes, chili, red, lemon zest and lemon juice, then taste and adjust seasoning. Sprinkle with the garam masala and a pinch of salt. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the chopped parsley then gently toss to combine.

Recipe from Under the walnut tree