If lunch for you is an “on-the-go” affair, a means of subsistence between two meetings, then this week is the perfect excuse to slow things down and discover a better way to eat.
Slow Food Week UK 2014 runs from the 1st to the 8th of June . The aim is simple: to reconnect us with the food we eat. Why? Well, simply because we have lost touch with where our food is coming from, how it is produced and how our food choices influence the environment. Slow Food Week is here to encourage us to choose local and sustainable food and to take the time to appreciate it.
The Slow Food movement was started in 1986 in Italy, a country famous for its enjoyment of food. Today this grassroots organisation counts 100,000 members in 150 countries worldwide.
This year Slow Food Week UK celebrates 7 Forgotten Foods:
Penclawwd Cockles (Swansea) – These cockles have been harvested from the shores of the Burry Estuary in Wales since Roman times, when very basic methods were used such as a donkey pulling a metal “scrape” to loosen the cockles from the seabed. Nowadays strict legislation ensures that only small-scale producers are licensed to harvest the cockles, using only sustainable practices. They are absolutely delicious, particularly when fried in bacon fat and served with laverbread and eggs – a very traditional Welsh breakfast.
Martock Beans (Somerset) – Records of this historic variety of broad bean go as far back as the 13th Century. The plants from which they are grown produce mauve coloured flowers and, typically, there are two beans to a pod. They are an excellent source of protein and can be enjoyed fresh, although traditionally they are dried and used in stews.
So far Slow Food UK has contributed and saved 79 Forgotten Foods.
For more information about Forgotten Foods events happening around the country during Slow Food Week please visit Slow Food Week UK 2014