Day 1 Menu
- 2 slices of toast with peanut butter
- 1 fried egg sandwich
- 3 bowls of Chicken congee (rice porridge)
I had a big dinner last night and even had seconds before bed because I thought I should. I wasn’t hungry when I woke up still full so bumped breakfast to be eaten at morning tea. Feeling good, but tired. No coffee or tea. Just lots of hot water.
The hardest thing today was was lunchtime. I made the mistake of going into the kitchen to top up my water. Someone was having a big plate of lasagna that had been cut up into six pieces. One or two pieces would be enough but he was eating all six pieces for lunch. Hard not to comment on the portions size when you’re feeling hungry, but I really don’t want to be that asshole. I usually hate when people comment on my giant lunches! Tomorrow, I’m avoiding the kitchen at lunchtime.
I watched Tristram Stuart’s talk The Global Food Waste Scandal last night. Watch it here if you are interested in global food waste. It’s less than 15 minutes long.
As I type this and I’m feeling hungry on just day one of the challenge, it makes me mad. Food waste should be taboo. People should feel terrible when throwing out perfectly edible food. Food waste isn’t taboo but it only takes a generation to change an attitude to any subject.
Home cooks are usually pretty good at minimising food waste. Especially if you’re the one shopping and cooking. You don’t buy more than you can eat because you have a good idea of quantities.
Fortunately, it’s not the consumer that’s wasting the vast majority of food. It’s the producers, who are at the whim of the buyers. The buyers set standards for how food should look. Anything that doesn’t meet those standards are discarded. It’s an incredible waste. But the consumer can make demands. We can insist that bananas that are not to supermarket size specification are still edible.
I guess one criticism I have of the whole situation, is that the ones making the decisions aren’t the ones in need of food. You wouldn’t order the discarding of thousands of tons of food if you were feeling hungry.