It’s been a busy few days for us here at the crab shed. It was national seafood week this week elevating the importance of seafood in our diet and at the same time being aware of the danger our seas are in. Not just over fishing but pollution too.
On our menu we have been adding extra fishy meals for one day, each day of the week.
The highlight for us and for all included was the visit of one of our local primary schools.
We coordinated with our suppliers and producers who very kindly donated various boxes of veg, fish and ice creams!
We had the privilege of having gus from fish is the dish. A fisherman in his own right and a very knowledgeable guy. He covered everything from lobster and crab pots to safety for fishermen.
Our aim I think was to prove a point. Our kids need to understand what food is. What real cookery is. Where our food comes from. Most importantly to prove that there is a massive gaping hole in the educational system that needs filling.
Learning to cook decent, healthy food. How to prepare food. How to use a sharp knife. These are the single most important life skills that all of us should learn. Food is the only thing that keeps us alive… we might as well be good at it.
Having the basics in place for our children will ensure they live a better more healthy life.
When the kids came in we asked who of them liked fish. About 4 of them didn’t like it and one had never tried it. By the time they had left we asked them the same question. After having had a tour of the quay and then making there own breaded hake and seeing and feeling all the species of fish we could get our hands on; all of them loved it. They enjoyed it. They showed massive interest in the cooking. And why shouldn’t they? Cooking should be natural to all of us. But it does need to be taught. And more than they are at the moment. We even covered veg too. Again they loved the fact that all this amazing colourful food is on our doorstep.
I will shame the big supermarkets and advertisers that make us all believe that we don’t have the time to cook. It’s irresponsible. It’s wrong and it needs addressing.
We proved it in our little restaurant With a bunch of kids. What’s the saying? “You are what you eat”. So true. So therefore can we apply that to our children and us as parents?
If we are flooded with images of rubbish food appearing to look healthy and “fun” then I think we know the outcome. And we have a problem.
We will continue our mini revolution I hope with more local schools. From tiny acorns and all that…
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Song of the week: Liam Gallagher. Universal gleam
Viva la fish
When I was at school food education was ok. It could have been better but it was ok. We made the odd apple crumble and they proved a potato contained starch by rubbing it on a piece of grease proof paper that was about it. They went into the science of how stuff grew, not why and the environment it was grown. Very little was taught about cookery.
The kids that I have spoken to speak very little about food education at their school. Not just cooking but the process of farming, how it’s grown, how it’s slaughtered, reared and how it ends up on shelves and inevitably on our plates.
So we have a problem.
There are kids coming through now that are born from a generation of people that never learned to cook, let alone having a passion for it.
We need kids cooking again in our schools. Kids learning about food. Kids understanding where our food comes from. What it does for our body and so on.
At the crab shed we love fish, of course. We also love our veg and responsibly farmed and butchered meats.(more on that next week) So we have been in contact with a local school to get kids involved in food … Getting interactive.
If this works and it filters into just one family to cook more or eat better then we have done our part. We will continue to work with other schools and also adults through our classes.
Our kids are the next generation of mums and dads and chefs!
We have a massive problem with obesity in this country. A lot of it I put down to a lack of effort from super markets and advertisers making it seem like there is never enough time in the day for cooking food. So they make fast quick meals that mean you don’t need to cook. Why bother!?
Therefore people don’t see what goes into their food. Need I mention a certain horse scandal?
Food education is so important. Not just for us but our kids too.
If things don’t change then we will never see a decline in diet related diseases.
It needs to start now.
Fish is an amazing source of protein and oily fish has the proper omega-3. Not the plant based stuff.
It’s not hard to cook either.
When cooking a fillet of fish lay it in a hot non stick pan with a little oil.
Don’t move it about, just leave it. This will crisp up the skin.
You will see the flesh start to turn white from the bottom and it will creep up the sides of the fillet.
Once it’s white just over half way up flip it over and take off the heat. The residual heat will finish it off. Easy!
Viva la fish!
Song of the week: Paul Weller, Road runner
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The crab shed.