I sat down this morning to write about some of the really good food blogs I’ve discovered so far. But my attention was grabbed by an email from twitter drawing my attention to the huge rise in food banks to meet the growing need to feed people who don’t have enough money to survive. It’s a really informative article by that foodie person Jay Rayner: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/aug/16/food-bank-britain-jay-rayner
It makes you think in a different way about food and welfare. The government is whipping up public support by making the same old historic division between the deserving and undeserving poor. But it is job centres who on the one hand, are denying people benefits and on the other hand are giving them food vouchers to spend at the volunteer run food bank. Does that make sense to you?
So, let’s turn to food blogs but with food poverty in mind. I’ve recently discovered http://acrusteaten.wordpress.com/ a local food blog written by Pami Hoggett who lives in Folkestone so that’s very local but at the moment she’s writing about Polish street food. I’m also following Pami on twitter @acrusteaten. What attracts me is her way of making recipes intriguing. The Polish street food is presented as a guessing game: there’s a picture and some clues and you don’t find out what it is until the next day. This is not fancy food – it’s the food of ordinary people. She also makes a feature of meatless Mondays. Yesterday’s meatless recipe was Polish of course and involved a lot of cheap nutritious beetroot. Last week I bought some tiny delicious beetroot fresh out of ground from our local allotments but by the time I read her recipe I’d already eaten them.
I started following @eatlikeagirl on Twitter and found her blog later. I was hooked by the first one I read because it was like a travelogue with food. She was on holiday in Ireland searching for someone who made a particular kind of traditional bread. She just made the place sound so wonderful I wanted to go there and taste the food. Her blogs are a mixture of reviews of top end expensive restaurants which she calls her Posh Lunch Club and ordinary day to day cheap food like this one: http://eatlikeagirl.com/2013/06/19/recipe-toad-in-the-hole/ . She has published books of course and runs cookery courses.