As the wettest summer in living memory drizzles its way into autumn under a dark cloud of rising inflation, plummeting house prices, imminent recession and the distant rumble of gunfire from across the Caucuses, there are probably more important things to be writing about just now than food.
But it’s at times like these when we have to look on the bright side of life and take heart in the little things that make life worth living. And, apart from gambling, The Simpsons and female beach volleyball Olympians this blogger’s otherwise miserable existence is enhanced by food. And as Fran Liebowitz once said, “food is an important part of a balanced diet.”
This being the case, Danny from Eurofrutta has asked me to write a food blog for his website. Eurofrutta, which delivers fruit and vegetable to eateries, schools, offices and golf clubs all over London and the Home Counties, has launched a brand new website to keep its customers up to date with all the latest food news, information on which fruit and vegetables are in season and an easy way to place orders online.
The aim of my blog is to help build up a community of like-minded people, whether they are chefs and caterers, restaurateurs or just foodies who simply want to share their views on everything from their favourite caffe to the price of pasta.
Martyr to the cause
And in the name of investigative journalism I have even selflessly turned vegetarian so that I can keep you updated on whether or not the world of fruit and veg can possibly compensate for the lack of flesh in my diet. But don’t worry, I won’t just be talking fruit and nuts or use this column to vent my spleen about giving peas a chance.
Over the next few weeks I will be offering a continuous stream of ignorance about all things food-related, including the odd recipe, restaurant review, wine tip and thought-provoking intellectual debates such as, Is it just me or is BBC TV Chinese Food Made Easy presenter Ching-He Huang the sauciest Asian dish since drunken chicken? So watch this space.