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Thoughts from February 2014

Feast with Foodcycle

An estimated 400,000 tonnes of surplus food is thrown away by shops every year. That’s the same weight as 4,000 blue whales. And blue whales are huge (their tongues alone are heavier than elephants).

FoodCycle is a great charity that uses the food rejected by supermarkets to feed people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. In 15 locations across England, and with an army of over 1000 volunteers (click here to get stuck in), they cook delicious food for people who really need it, serving up an astonishing 67,000 meals since 2009. 

“In this day and age throwing food away is madness, especially when some don't have enough to eat and we have the means and technology to recycle and put leftovers to good use,” says Giorgio Locatelli, who's been involved with FoodCycle since visiting one of their kitchens early in 2012. 

This month, FoodCycle are throwing a posh Mardi Gras Feast, offering a fancy 7 course meal cooked by Michelin starred chefs, including Signor Locatelli himself, to celebrate what can be done with surplus food destined for the bin. It promises to be an evening of fun, good music, and glorious food, all for a great cause. All funds raised by the feast will help FoodCycle continue to save perfectly good food from the bin and serve delicious meals to vulnerable people. 

The Mardi Gras Feast will be held at Battersea Arts Centre in London, on Thursday 27th February 2014. 

To buy a ticket, contact Kim Jones on 020 7729 2775 or kim@foodcycle.org.uk. 

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strawberry romantic

It's Valentines Day, and while we're all getting loved up in Fruit Towers, it seems that some fruits have love stories of their own. 

Everyone knows that chocolate dipped strawberries are pretty romantic, but our love affair with these heart (or bottom) shaped fruits goes back to Medieval England and rural France, where strawberries have historically been served at wedding breakfasts alongside borage. Borage is a beautiful plant with young leaves and pretty, blue, edible star-shaped flowers that taste like sweet cucumber and honey. The reason borage is served with strawberries at weddings is because of the way both plants help each other grow when they're planted in the soil together. And they taste delicious together with some soured cream and a dusting of icing sugar. True love indeed. 

 

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