With obesity rising globally, the internationally renowned chef Jamie Oliver is calling upon the use of social media to encourage people to sign a global petition to introduce compulsory food education into schools.
Jamie Oliver is best known for being the cheeky Pom who brought the importance of home cooking to a level more achievable than his fine-dining peers. His success as the Naked Chef has evolved into a career that has taken him all over the world developing recipes inspired by family life.
He is now calling upon Australians to engage with his latest campaign Fighting for a food revolution. Determined to acknowledge that our unhealthy relationship with food is born from a lack of education and understanding of what we feed ourselves, and our children. By encouraging people to sign his global petition and share on social media, he will present the petition on May 15th this year to call on the leaders and governments in all G20 countries to have compulsory food education in schools as part of the curriculum as a drive to improve food policies and ultimately improve publish health.
As a nation, Australia has more than 7 million overweight people making it one of the fattest countries in the world, a sobering statistic. Through our unhealthy diets, our children are the first generation whose aren’t expected to live as long as their parents. It will take the conscientious change of individuals to turn this around, through improving our knowledge about food as well as our cooking skills. More and more we are beginning to become aware of the implications of an unbalanced diet, and we need to continue to question the origins and quality of the food we eat. With the fight against GMO’s hitting the forefront of agricultural news, the importance of food education and awareness for future generations is paramount.
Jamie Oliver’s simple and easy to navigate recipes mean even the biggest kitchen novice can turn out something pretty delicious! His approach to pork as an ingredient is really exciting and instructs you how to use this underused meat as a midweek alternative to chicken or beef can make for a delicious and nutritious meal.
With autumn approaching, we are all searching for those simple and comforting evening meals to see in the darker nights. If the kitchen is becoming the most neglected room in your humble abode, it is time to feel inspired by food again and enjoy putting together a meal for your loved ones from scratch. The benefit of getting to know your kitchen means getting to know exactly what goes into your food, this further reinforces the need for food education in our convenience focused, modern lives and can only be a good thing. With recipes that can be cooked in under 30 minutes, there is no reason to reach for the nearest ready meal when you can use fresh and wholesome ingredients to cook up a midweek treat.
Jamie’s Pork Chops with prosciutto, apple & Stilton.
- 12 slices of quality prosciutto
- 4 pork chops - all fat removed
- 1 small red apple – cored and sliced
- 75g stilton – crumbled
- 4 small rosemary sprigs – to skewer
- Preheat the oven to 200ºc/400ºf. Lay out 3 slices of the prosciutto so they overlap. Repeat with the rest of the prosciutto so you have 4 piles.
- Put a frying pan over a high heat. Season the chops well with salt and pepper, then sear in the pan on both sides. Place a seared chop on top of each pile of prosciutto. Divide the apple and Stilton between the prosciutto piles, on top of the pork.
- Wrap the prosciutto around each side of the pork, apple and Stilton parcels to hold it all in place. Secure each with a rosemary sprig. Place the prosciutto parcels on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through. Serve with mashed potato, seasonal greens and the cooking juices form the parcels.
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