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ugly fruit and veg

Ugly Fruit and Veg – bring it on

BRITAIN–Jamie’s done it again – taken the road less traveled when it comes to food and exposed that lo and behold, consumers in Britain and surely elsewhere, have no problem buying what he terms ugly fruit and veg. Tons of fruit and vegetables deemed not perfect enough for consumers is dumped each year or turned into animal fodder. At one Norfolk farm he visited, up to 10 tons of imperfect vegetables were dumped a week. As Jamie pointed out in his Food Revolution series, this is perfectly edible fruit and vegetables, with exactly the same nutritional value as its prettier peers, it’s just a bit more gnarly and quirky than its commercially acceptable counterparts. Testing his theory about ugly fruit and veg To test his theory that consumers were not averse to buying deformed vegetables, he placed cameras at a particular supermarket and viewed customer reaction to the not so perfect vegetables which were marked 30% off. To his delight, consumers bought with gusto – they understood that not all vegetables grown are perfect and …

Dale Steele and Catt White

San Diego’s Public Market is Coming!

AFTER TEN YEARS of tenacity, chutzpah and vision to see a public market established in San Diego, Dale Steele and Catt White have finally signed a lease on a massive 92,000 square foot property near the harbor and Petco Park. Watch the Kickstarter video below to discover more about this exciting development that will become a landmark for the city. Read about the venture on Kickstarter

Mangrove Jack – Serial Killer or Fine Fare?

Anyone ever sampled a Mangrove Jack? Forgive my ignorance but this is the first time I’ve cooked this Northern Queensland fish with a name that sounds more like a serial killer than a rather palatable fish. Not being an angler of any notoriety, I cooked, not hooked this fish. He turned up in my local supermarket deli in fillets and after wrapping in foil and slow baking with lemon juice and butter, he was surprisingly tasty. The flesh was more like a steak, really – meaty, not flaky. Turns out, our Mangrove Jack is, in fish terms rather a meaty, mafia type. In fact, the Aussie fisherman’s bible, Grant’s Fishes of Australia describes the fish thus: “It is a violent ruffian; a hooligan; a thug; a close associate of terrorists.” Apparently the modus operandi of this notorious killer is to ambush its prey with a vicious attack on anything venturing close to its lair. “With a powerful sweep of their broad tail they will actually swim past the “food” and hit it going full pelt …

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

If there’s one book you read this year, make sure it’s this one. It took me a month of Sundays to finish on account of the detailed content, (and reading another book in between) but wow, was it worth it! I came away inspired, informed and far more aware of the adage, ‘you are what you eat’. American author, Barbara Kingsolver, best known for her fiction titles, The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees – (two of 12 published works), tells the story of her family’s year-long sojourn – their challenge to only eat food produced on their 100-year-old farm or sourced from the area.  In her words, “this is the story…of how our family was changed by our first year of deliberately eating food produced from the same place we worked, went to school, loved our neighbours, drank the water, and breathed the air.” It gives fascinating, and sometimes shocking insight into the American food industry often monopolised by huge corporates. While her husband, Steven, an environmental studies expert interjects her story with informative …