Thursday, August 18, 2011

Day 681

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

One day I watched a show where Jamie Oliver toured around the USA trying to help families make better food choices. He went to one town and made some controversial remarks based on what he found in the school canteen and in the fridges/freezers of the family homes within this community. One particular radio announcer took exception to Jamie’s comments and it turned into a bit of a war at the time (which has since been rectified and there is now peace).  I actually think the community might be making healthier choices based on the fact statistics suggested they were one of the most obese towns in all of the USA. Not quite sure of the facts. Do you remember the story?

Anyway, I remember Jamie going into one particular home and finding nothing but brown and yellow food.  He pulled all the food from the fridge and freezer and piled it up in the middle of the table. I was shocked at just how colourless their diet was. It was all fried foods like chips/fries, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, nachos, mince meat, melted cheese etc.  Even the pizza had no vegetables on it at all only pepperoni and cheese.  Not a fruit or vegetable in sight. Oh hang on, there may have been canned corn.

I have often pondered that when I do the cooking and food preparation.  I love that we have orange, and green and red in our diet. I love that my vegetable crisper is packed so tight you can hardly open it.  I love that the fruit bowl is full (albeit without bananas right now given they cost more than gold).  I love that my family are united on the fruit and vegetable front.

Yeah, I love that.

But last night I gave my kids a brown and yellow meal.  Not a vegetable in sight. Last night I served up a meal straight from that Jamie Oliver town in the USA. Bad mummy, bad mummy, bad mummy ….

Derek has been away and I have been working pretty hard the last three days.  (Yes, that is my excuse and I’m sticking with it!) So last night when it came time to cook for me and the kids I opened the freezer and made a decision to just have crumbed fish.  When I decided what to put with it I came up with macaroni cheese (coz Darby was hounding me to have that ever since he sampled it at school one day).  And that’s all I did.  Crumbed fish (yellow brown) with macaroni cheese (yellow).

Why no vegetables? Because, quite frankly, I couldn’t be bothered … and because the steaming saucepan was dirty and ... because, quite frankly, I couldn't be bothered.

And that right there is the reason.  I just couldn’t be stuffed doing anything else. 

Lucky for me Jamie Oliver didn’t pop over for a visit ….


  1. Don't beat yourself up about it. You obviously don't serve it up all the time and once in a while will not hurt.

    My theory is that if you absolutely never serve the junk, then I think the kids will be looking to have junk whenever you're not around. Everything in moderation is my motto.

    Visiting from FYBF.

  2. Over from FYBF :)

    Our meals are colourful too, lots of reds, orange, green and yellow. I eat vegan and my family tend to fall in with that for the most part.

    But everyone deserves to have a night off from the sheer effort that goes into a colourful diet and eat what I call a lazy meal from time to time. My fall back is often stir through pasta sauce :))

  3. I try not to beat myself up over things like kids wont' die if they have cheese toasties for dinner every now and again. We probably have 4 very healthy "5 plus vegetables" dinners every week and 2 or 3 that are not so great - hotdogs, pizza, or something.

    I figure as long as thats not ALL they are getting nearly ALL the time, Im doing okay.

    Visiting from FYFB x

  4. My kids are having hot dogs tonight and I do not care to think about it beyond popping the plates int he dishwasher xx


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