Follow Me Foodie to Food Revolution Day!
Today is the 1st annual and global Food Revolution Day! Food Revolution Day is an initiative started by Jamie Oliver and the purpose of the day is to stand up for real food and better food. Technically we should be celebrating this every day though. People from around the world are raising awareness and educating people through cooking classes, seminars and events in their own cities and homes.
So who’s in on it? Everyone! Well sort of, this is the first year and it’s just the beginning. But thousands of people from parents to kids, and celebrities and athletes are working towards the same goal: to promote healthy eating and food education in our communities. Anyone can participate and it can be as easy as making food from scratch, eating healthy, going to a restaurant that is socially responsible, visiting the local famer’s market or simply spreading the word about Food Revolution Day.
Food education needs to start at a young age. You gotta get them when they’re young! Encourage kids to explore food and get them curious about what they eat. Get kids excited about learning about food! Or make them try something new! Take them to the farmers markets and show them where their food comes from. Get them to water the vegetable garden and if you don’t have one, then start one! Even if it’s too late at least the idea is “planted”. Let them help with dinner or help them make something from scratch. You can even even fake “plant” carrots so they can pick them! So many kids have never picked a vegetable from the ground. Just get them interested. It’s suppose to be a fun day and the point is to get them connected with food.
Actually all of the above applies to adults too and not only kids… I even wouldn’t mind picking “staged” carrots. The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter what age you are, we all have to eat, so it doesn’t matter how you participate today, but just participate!
On Follow Me Foodie I’ve decided to post a series of photos celebrating Food Revolution Day.
The theme is kids + food.
How to submit your photo:
1) Email – mpak(@)followmefoodie(dot)com
2) Tweet your photo to @followmefoodie #KidsandFood
3) Leave a comment on this with the appropriate link.
Please size photos to 640 X 480. Include the name and what he/she eating or I’ll call it “kid”.
And no, I’m not going to make you vote for the cutest kid or anything stupid like that. This is about kids + food! Good food! Real food! I don’t even care if it’s cake or cookies, but as long as it’s made from scratch or a healthier version.
Kids + Food.
Green Crackers Recipe
Message from Tanya: “From the traditional to the new healthy version: My kids love these green crackers, made today from the leaves of organic beetroots from the local farm (hence the reddish colour), along with sesame, and grated cheese on top.” – Tanya.
Green Crackers Recipe
100g boiled Swiss chard leaves, beetroot leaves, or such
150g plain flour
50g corn flour, or cornmeal
2 tbsp caster sugar or coconut sugar (healthier)
2-3 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 tsp salt
30g cream cheese (optional)
2-3 tbsp cold water
1. Preheat over to 180ºC/350ºF.
2. Boil chard/beetroot leaves for 2 min. or until tender. Drain. Chop finely.
3. Mix all dry ingredients in bowl.
4. Last, add butter and cream cheese (optional).
5. Rub in with fingers the butter, cream cheese with dry ingredients until like coarse breadcrumbs.
6. Now add the finely chopped leaves and stalks.
7. Then stir in water, one tablespoon at a time, to bind a pastry.
8. Roll out pastry to 3mm thick.
9. Cut into squares, prick with fork, and if you like, sprinkle some cheese on top.
10. Bake until golden, about 15-18 min.