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…
Thanks for reading
Song of the week: Liam Gallagher. Universal gleam
Viva la fish