I write “I love lunch” optimistically, full of faith and hope because if I’m honest lunch is usually the weakest contender in ‘meal of the day’. (It’s normal to review the day’s meals and compile a leaders board, right?)
Too often I’m out of the house, unprepared, grabbing something on the fly, pacing the streets of Teddington in search of anything that isn’t an overpriced panini.
But I am hopeful, because I have just invested some birthday money in an exciting book: River Cottage Veg Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whatsisface. Part of my journey on living within limits brings me to the question of food. Is meat-eating basically a terrible environmental catastrophe in the making? (Pretty much, at current levels anyway). I posted on Facebook, asking for recommendations of books that might convert me to the green side, and received all kinds of responses. These ranged from “Don’t do it!” to diet book recommendations (once I worked out people weren’t just calling me a ‘skinny bitch’ – it did seem unlikely), to a handful of ethical reflections and then the practical advice of my friend Dave: “Honestly, get the Hugh Fernley-W book. Skip the theory, and get some good recipes!!”. And so I did. And I’m cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
Saying that, I was hoping to write this post earlier, only the night I returned, recipe book in hand, to greet my organic veg delivery and get cracking, I was devastated to discover that the veg had been delivered while my husband was asleep, and so they had been rescued by our faithful next door neighbour Frank, except he had now gone out for the evening. I was grumpy and there was no vegetarian food to photograph.
But here was today’s lunch:
It’s called ribollita and it was great, although perhaps not the most appealing meal to have photographed?
Anyway, we’re now officially veggies from Monday-Friday, and so far I haven’t even eaten meat this weekend.
The other reason to blog about lunch is because of this BRILLIANT new film about a project my friend Rachel helps to run, called LUNCH. “There are children around this country who are only eating if their school provides them with a meal” she says. 1.2million children in the UK are registered for free school meals, but there is no provision for them in school holidays. That’s where this nifty and amazing project comes in. Get involved.