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September 4, 2008 by admin

So much talk about peoples poor diet on the news at the moment. Kids in the UK are getting fatter, but I doubt this is unique for the UK, same thing seem to happen in Sweden too. I wonder what they serve in Schools in Sweden these days? I was amazed to hear what they eat in the UK, burgers, pizza, chips. In my school we never had anything like that, we mostly had stews and things with rice, boiled potatoes and such. All in all pretty healthy but tasteless stuff, but since you weren’t allowed to take food with you to school and no-where to get any snacks, you ate what you were given or went hungry, which I would do every time they served pasta, as they just couldn’t cook pasta for shit. I still feel sick thinking of their slimy lasange. Brrrr. But still I think this is the way to go rather then spoil the kids with junk food.

Another strange thing in school about food is that food is like fashion, or music, you are meant to like certain things, in my school that would have been meatballs or pancakes. And food you are meant to hate, like black pudding and any fish dish. If you liked the wrong thing and kids would see you stacking the black pudding up for instance you’d get teased to no end. Which is why I think schools will have troubles if the introduce a healthy choice as well as the crap food, as the kids choosing the good stuff no doubt will get teased.

In all honesty this teasing doesn’t end at school, it stays with you. I think I have always been slightly ashamed for food I like. I love black pudding, I like fish-roe paste, I like liver-pate, I enjoy horse meat and the list goes on. A lot of people that turn their noses up to this type of food, never tried it. This is a thing that annoys me. I was a very fussy eater as a child but my Dad made me try all kinds of food at least once. This made me like things other kids didn’t, like smoked salmon, lots of different type of fish and roe. Don’t get me wrong there is/was lots of things I didn’t stand. I can’t eat any type of beans, the texture makes me hurl, deep fried food is blergh, sweet corn makes me think of old ppl’s teeth. But at least I know this because I have tried it. A few year ago when Jamie Oliver had his program about school dinners, I was quite disgusted by seeing kids refusing to try things like chicken stews, and fresh strawberries, the only thing they wanted was chips. Brrrr.

I often stare at ppls shopping whilst waiting at the till. So many people just buy brown and yellow food, heaps of white bread (don’t get me started about the poor option of bread in the UK and yet it is better than when I fist moved here then there was isle upon isle of only white toasty bread), frozen dinners, pies, chips, crisps, etc. So it is not so strange we are a fat nation.

It is also quite sad that it is cheaper to get junk food then good fresh food. If you would go to an organic food store for your weekly shopping you’ d eat much better but to triple the price. Crazy.

Yet food snobbery annoys me also, even though I know I am doing it when I look down on peoples bad choices. Nothing worse then if you are tucking into something you like, and someone looks at it and goes erghh disgusting, it destroys the whole meal.

ok I’ll end this rather pointless rant. But it is good to be open minded this made me try Bubble tea even after I thought it sounded disgusting and I loved it.

Oh one last thing. Isn’t the term “making love” kinda like sitting down at a table with a crisp white linen cloth, picking up your expensive silver knife and fork and tuck into a bucket of Kentucky fried chicken?

PS…I have never actually had Kentucky fried chicken so maybe I should have said big mac…

Lovely Black Pudding…


  1. lynchseattle says:

    You know, eating “right” gets harder and harder to do. It’s very convenient to get fast food, and many restaurants serve fried foods as appetizers, and those go straight to your gut :)

    I am willing to try just about anything though, and I’m pretty good with most anything with the exception of cilantro (blech!).

    The other killer is portion sizes… at least in the US. I’ve noticed that portions are generally at least good for two people. Bev and I have started eating half portions or splitting an entree because they’re so big!

  2. mbs says:

    i love me some kfc. it will make love to my tastebuds.

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