I took part in one of the Observer “Conversations” last week with three other food bloggers (Dan from Essex Eating, Lizzie from Hollowlegs and Helen from Food Stories). The Conversation was based around a feature by Sarah Brown that we were told would be appearing in Observer Food Monthly today on sustainability and Downing Street’s vegetable patch. It was led by Jay Rayner.
Having been sent a copy of the finished video earlier this week I have spent several days trying to remove the plum from my throat to no avail. However, I thought I would still put the link up to it here (and attempt to host the video below).
I think I can say that the topic is something that we were all interested in and had views on but that it was not immediately in our comfort zones. I mean, I essentially write extended praise or panning of restaurants.
I’ve only had a chance to read Sarah Brown’s piece now and thought it was worthy but… felt like it had been written by committee. It was meant to be about her passion for food but I couldn’t feel it. I have an innate suspicion when plus ones (though I used to love Denis Thatcher’s background appearances) are wheeled out for election campaigns. There is also the special joy of the awkward press pictures that follow. Have a look at Sarah Brown here posing just like a Tory wife (I presume there is an accompanying piece in the Mirror where she is wearing a flat cap and is smeared in coal).
In the end who are Labour trying to kid? They have had 13 years in which to make food a priority, improve child nutrition and make Britain a FairTrade bumblebee filled place. They have had the benefit of a rampant economy and the consequential tax receipts but have chosen to spend money elsewhere. I can’t say I disagree. I would rather kids had schools, we all had hospitals and MPs moats were properly tended but thank god for Jamie Oliver.