Real Food

Real food. My favourite kind.
It isn't too difficult to tell if the food you are about to put in your trolley is real food or fake food. Look at the list of ingredients on the packet. It doesn't have a packet? Fabulous, food without a packet is real food. It's a potato, an apple, a tomato, sling it in your trolley (careful the tomato doesn't get squashed). It has a container but there are no ingredients listed? That's because it is a real food, put it in your trolley too. There are no ingredients listed on a carton of cream because all that's in there is pure, natural cream from a cow. This stuff however is fake food and has all these things in it;
Buttermilk (63%), Vegetable Oil (26%), Vegetable Oil (8.8%), Buttermilk Powder, Emulsifiers (E435, E322-from soya), Lactose, Stabilisers (E412, E410), Colour (e160a).

Why would anyone want to eat that?

















Eggs, oats, lentils, honey, salad leaves, grapes, carrots, pasta, tinned tomatoes, butter and cheese. Just some of the real foods I bought this morning.

Supper tonight, a salmon and sweetcorn tart made from real foods.
Pastry made from flour, lard, butter and water.
Filling made from tinned wild salmon, frozen sweetcorn, milk, cream, eggs and cheese.

Comments

  1. What wonderful pictures of REAL food they look some appetising, your salmon and sweetcorn tart looks delicious too.
    Sarah

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  2. makes you think really doesn't it about how much ' fake' food we eat sometimes without even realising.

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  3. I totally agree, hate fake food!!!!
    That pie looks delish :)
    Karen x

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  4. I once went round a farmers market got to the fruit and veg stall looked at the apples and in a very loud voice said 'look real apples' they were all different sizes and had blemishes on the skins. Then I bought some and they were best apples we had eaten in a long time
    Julie xxxxxxxxxx

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  5. Lots of e numbers are actually natural ingredients, they just need to 'classified' for labelling purposes. Though I do agree with you on Elmlea!
    Dan
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  6. Yum yum! Your sort of shopping is my sort of shopping, too! We're having a "think about what you eat" week here - trying to concentrate on keeping it all good, and fresh, with as little refined sugary stuff as we can. We thought it would be no problem for us, but within a few minutes of starting talking about it we'd already stumbled across several interesting questions around it! Might well blog on the subject later in the week actually.

    Your picture of the cheese is making me hungry!

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  7. Have you ever thought about doing a cookbook? I'll be the first to buy a copy if you do. The things you make always look sooooo delish and makes me so hungry! Thank you!

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  8. I shop like that - mostly, and feel virtuous as I go round the outer aisles, gathering up fruit, veg and salad. And then the madness seizes me and I buy something over-sugary.....

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  9. I've never tried sweetcorn with salmon. I wouldn't have expected the tastes to marry very well but I trust you so I'm trying it sometime! Anything in a tart generally is absolutely fine with me.

    We are trying to eat more simply and that means real food. It's saving us money too! (Although I may have eaten a bag of dolly mixtures yesterday.)

    Lovely photos.

    Nicki

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  10. I am now drooling. For Dinner tonight I had a pork chop with home made greek salad. It was so yum. tomato, cucumber, olives, onion and feta cheese dressed with garlic infused rapeseed oil from scotland. lovely.

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  11. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos. I've got a glut of eggs at the moment wish I could email some to you. They'd come with the date written in pencil.

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    1. I like the sound of that.

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  12. I do so agree with you. I get my eggs from this site
    http://www.rent-a-hen.co.uk/ and the eggs are so delicious. I have never understood why someone would buy margarine when butter is so real.

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  13. Chocolate is a real food. It grows on bushes, you know.

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  14. I totally agree with you on this, we rarely eat anything other than real food here, with the exception of Longest-Ever-Gap-Year son who seems to think a man can live on shop-bought cookies if he drinks enough milk to wash them down!

    Great post Sue x

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  15. Some of the glories of life and we can be thankful for them everyday !

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  16. my mother in law buys elmlea......... it is foul. we always refuse to eat it and I can tell she is totally baffled by us. oh well.

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    1. My mother buys it too -completely baffles me.

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  17. Why would you want to buy the fake stuff when the real things is so good.

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  18. I wholeheartedly agree with you. I read all the labels - much to some people's dismay - and lots of things get put back on the shelves. We hardly shop in supermarkets anymore, and do a lot of our meals ourselves, generally cutting the amount of sugar by 1/3. We love to go to the market on Saturday mornings.
    I never understood why butter is considered evil - and why skip cream to replace it with vegetable oil (which ones ? not even mentionned ! what quality ? I'd like to know !) and artificial stuff ??

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  19. Pati from London2:42 pm GMT

    same here Sue, I hate prefab stuff. Never understood why some people think that cooking real food takes a long time... We love one pot meals here, they are easy peasy, tasty, full of goodness and can be cook in no time... x Pati

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  20. We use real food 99.9% of the time but we do use Elmlea. Let me explain. We love porridge for breakfast. Make it with water, milk or water and fresh cream, I feel very sick. Make it with mainly water and a little elmlea, I'm okay. Go figure ...

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  21. Real food all the way for me. Dinner last night was an asparagus and ham omelette, with a few new potatoes and a salad of baby spinach and cos lettuce. Fast, nutritious and oh so yummy.

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  22. What beautiful photographs. I feel the same, especially about butter! I cannot stand low fat spreads, real food all the way.

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  23. A lovely thought provoking post. Even though we think we are eating well, it's surprising how much junk we unwittingly consume. I must say, I fancvy a bit of that tart!

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  24. and i'd add that 'real food' is often so much cheaper too..a big pot of lentils with some fresh vegetables added and a loaf of home made bread is cheap, nutritious, tasty, soulful and not difficult..

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  25. Thank you so much for supporting and buying much British produce. As a lady farmer it gave me much satisfaction to know we are appreciated as an industry. Kind regards MrsGH.

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  26. Same here, I despise fake food and in general if I ever do eat it my body has it's way off letting me know it's not happy about it.. tired, sluggish, headache.. sometimes it feels like a hangover :/
    This morning I noticed that I've meal planned an entirely meat free week and there's been no complaining from Himself.. today I'm going to have a crack at Hugh's 'Mushroom Stoup' from the Veg book.
    May steal the salmon tart for next week. Sometimes, when I need a kick up the inspiration butt I peruse your blog and you never fail to de-rut me :)
    Steph.

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  27. Yes ! Real food comforts and sustains ..... and tastes marvellous !!

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  28. Couldn't agree more Sue! I do buy the odd sauce in a jar when needs must but mostly we go from scratch - although I do admit to demolishing a mars bar on the way home tonight. If I eat enough lentils will I cancel it out??!?

    Smashing post as ever.
    Stephx

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  29. Love your work. You are a cook, writer and photographer after my own heart!

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  30. Thank you for using wild salmon in your tart! Can you publish the recipe - it sounds delicious!

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