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Insta-worthy food porn? Maybe once a week...

We eat with our eyes. There is some statistic. 80% of food enjoyment is through the eyes? or is that 80% of face-to-face communication is non-verbal? Either way, what we see is very influential to our experience of the world.


And food porn is of course a very real thing for us all, whether we flip cookery book pages, ogle at Nigella's creations on the big screen or scroll through social media; we can't help but be a little turned on and tuned into a delicious plate of food. And some of us even want to discover how to make it happen for us. But, like any other kind of porn, should it or can it be recreated at home?!


Home grown courgettes, runner beans and new potatoes.
Not all dinners are insta-worthy! Especially if they are low impact.

Recreating those trending dishes is of course a fashion, status and esteem thing. We want new, more exotic, more exciting things to try, more exciting ways to try it and make it look appetising to our ever progressing palates and eyeballs. In the 18th century it was all about pineapples, 80s was fondue and German wine. Last year it was gin and buddha bowls; and now it's all rum and Burmese fritters.


I love the evolution of food fashion, the excitement of the new. I know it's important for our curiosity. But it can be counterproductive to the other huge trend - cutting plastic and food miles to help save the planet. The more exotic, often the more food miles racked up. The more delicate or unusual, often the more packaging used or lower shelf life.


And yes, whilst the supermarkets should take some responsibility and promote local and seasonal, it's also worth exploring our own consumer habits. Most of us would choose a tropically grown banana over a British pear; and sweet potatoes are now more common in our kitchens as British spuds. Of course the tropic varieties are super healthy, readily available, bang on trend and, of course, preferred by the kids. But little swaps here and there can make a huge difference, even if those swaps don't always result in instagram worthy plates!


If you would like us to help you make some easy swaps for seasonal, low impact, low packaging fruit and vegetables, we would love you to join our weekly fruit & vegetable box scheme. Sign up here for home deliveries across SS0, SS1, SS2 & SS9 starting September 17th xx


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