Taste have we lost it?

Taste, how do you like your food

Are we becoming a society that has lost its taste?

By taste. I do not mean in the way we dress, or the amount of dubious celebrity gossip we devour on a daily basis. I mean, in this instance, our taste buds.

We all appear to be concerned with perfection in every thing, which in itself is commendable, but when it comes to food, what may be perfection on the outside, is not necessarily so on the inside.

We seemed to be overly obsessed with gluten free, dairy free, going vegetarian or vegan & eating raw or natural foods, food miles etc, however, when it comes to what were are really putting into our bodies, we appear to ignore, what additives or preservatives are in a product & just munch away, as long as it looks perfect & suits our skewed values.

Last week, meat was discovered in two major supermarkets vegetarian ready meals. Wether this was an error on the production line, or an additive – such as gelatine – that had been overlooked in the recipe, it is yet to be known. The point is if we really cared about what goes into our mouths, we would be cooking our own meals from fresh natural ingredients, to ensure our meals are healthy, natural & fresh, not leave it celebrities & mass food producers, too persuade us that their products are the “best thing since sliced bread”.

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Homemade. The best thing since sliced bread

It is strange, that as we have become so obsessed with food & diet, we seem to have a total disregard for the health & nutritional values of the very stuff that keeps our bodies both healthy & alive.

From my small converted Stable Kitchen in Wiltshire, I endeavour to provide my customers with, fresh totally homemade food, in which I also take the nutritional value into account.

Not for me bowls of the ubiquitous Coleslaw – limp white cabbage & soggy old carrots – smothered in artificial high calorie mayo.

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Healthy salads with homemade herb dressing
Super homemade salads
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Homemade blue cheese Bread & salad

All my breads are homemade, I offer five different varieties, all made with spelt & rye flours. Soups, in the winter, are all made with fresh local veg & my cakes are all made from my own recipes, being low in fat & sugar, some gluten free. I do not use butter cream or mirror glazes on my cakes, the cake itself needs to be full of taste & you really do not need the extra fat & sugar to mask the flavour. Ok, I know it may be ascetically pleasing, but your body won’t thank you for it, in more ways than one.

On a final point, a yummy, glutenfree Mummy, asked yesterday “What cake do you have” I pointed to the Strawberry & Lemon Mousse cake, pictured in the header of this blog & she replied “That’s not really a child’s cake” When I inquired as to why she said it hasn’t got any chocolate sweets & artificial gold stars on. Ahgggggggg.

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The Fodmap diet day 4

OK guys. Low Foodmap foods, do you know which they are?  Have you already identified foods that give you uncomfortable bloating, wind & possibly pain?  Yesterday, I shared with you some of the foods I have noticed, over a period of time, cause me problems. Today, I am listing a few “Safe Foods”, in my next blog I will deal with foods to avoid. Please remember, these will vary from person to person & only through trail & error can you identify which applies to you.

In my previous blog Food, what can I eat. I posted a photo of my homemade gluten/dairy free cake & asked “can you eat this on a Low Fodmap Diet”?  The answer is as inconcise as this diet itself.  Whilst it does not contain any gluten, dairy, additives, preservatives, artificial colours or flavourings it does contain sugar [carbohydrate] SUGAR  . All sugars are categorised as monosaccharides, disaccherides or polysaccharides & are a source of chemical energy for living organisms, including humans.  I think you can probably work out the answer, if you have read my previous blogs on this subject. Sugar occurs naturally in whole foods, but is often added to processed foods to increase the flavour. As to much refined sugar in bad for our health, in general, try replacing it with natural sweetners such as some “Safe Food” Fruits.

SAFE FOODS ( This is not an exhaustive list). 

  • Bean Sprouts, Carrot, Cucumber, Endive, Ginger, Green Beans, Kale, Olives, Parsnips, Red Peppers, Chives, Tomatoes, Courgettes.
  • Blueberries, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Papaya, Passion fruit, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries.
  • White Potatoes, Turnip, Swede, White Rice.
  • Proteins: Meat, Poultry, Fish & Seafood, Eggs.
  • Fats: Coconut Oil, Lard, Olive oil, Homemade Mayonnaise
  • Fresh Herbs, Salt/Pepper, Spices except those containing onion/garlic powder. Balsamic, Red wine & cider vinegar. Seaweed, Sundried Tomatoes.
  • Water, All teas {No milk} Homemade soups using safe ingredients.
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Eat Me

That’s it for today guys. Please follow my blog & leave any comments you feel are appropriate. See you next time, with info on foods to avoid.

Camelot Castle Hotel – Part 2

Camelot Castle Hotel Tintagel Blog

 

Opening our bedroom door on the second floor of The Camelot Castle Hotel, Cornwall, (we had been upgraded to a sea view, family room,) I was immediately drawn to the two large bay windows framing the magnificent views below:

After the long drive I was ready to dump the suit case & settle into our large bedroom, overlooking those granite cliffs, swelling sea & the ruins of the legendary Camelot Castle. This hotel, as far as I was concerned, had all the home comforts I desired.

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Sweet Dreams
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A girls best friend

Plonking Gypsy’s bed on the floor, she snuffled around the edges of the room, seeking out new aromas, while I familiarised myself with the rooms facilities.

As with the rest of the hotel, the walls were adorned with art by the castles Artist in residence Ted Stourton. Art, of course is a question of personal taste & for me these paintings were amazing, each one, allowing me to escape into my own world of imagination. With each view, I discovered something I had not seen before, or had I? The Artist had created for me, on a canvas, rich applications of colour, allowing me to interpret & indulge my own fantasies, seen within these art works. Something I pondered on over the next few days.

We had booked one of the Camelot Castles special spring offers, leading me to suspect we would not have the best suite in the hotel. Personally speaking, the room was perfectly satisfactory. I had read various negative reviews on Social Media, but, to me, you would get rattling windows in a listed building standing on top of a wind swept cliff! The carpet was a bit thread bare, but who would put someone with a dog (understandably only certain rooms accommodate pets,) in a room laid with the best broadloom?

The bathroom, very clean, but not large I must admit. However, who wants to spend all day in there? It reminded me of a pod on a plane. Whilst I am tall, I am not broad, for me it was perfectly serviceable & provided all the services for my ablutions a bathroom is designed for.

The beds, of which there where four in our room, one double & two singles were perfect, as were the pillows & bed linen. Perfectly clean, soft & providing a good nights sleep after our bracing, daily walks. Our room was cleaned quickly & efficiently on a daily basis. I was a happy bunny.

Refreshments were in order, we retraced our steps to the bar, where afternoon tea was being served. I would bypass the cake at the moment, as I had been sitting down all day but, Oh my, it did look delicious, homemadely [is that a word?] delicious. Now I have a

thing about Mocha, that rich, chocolatey, stand your spoon up in, luscious drink normally served in the morning. In fact I am very fussy about them, [I know, get a life] Not for me sickly sweet syrups or cheap powders, I need the real thing. Chocolate & Espresso Coffee. Camelot Castle Hotel, you really made the Earth move for me. Thank you.

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A proper job

As sure as afternoon tea precedes dinner & breakfast follows a night-cap, our four days at The Camelot Castle Hotel were filled with bracing, healthy exercise & leisurely breakfasts in the dinning room, overlooking the sea. Afternoons were spent reading & snoozing in front of log fires in the splendid Great Hall, while evenings held the delights of home made food in Irina’s Brassiere. We feasted on locally caught salmon fish pie followed by a little libation. Ok, you’ve got me on this, a lot of libations. I would thoroughly recommend a stay at The Camelot Castle Hotel, Tintagel, Cornwall.

I hope you enjoyed this blog as much as I enjoyed my stay at this amazing hotel. Thank you to Mr & Mrs Mappin, Artist in residence Ted Stourton & all of the Staff at The Camelot Castle Hotel. Hope to see you again in October

If you would like to find out more about this Hotel and Artist Ted Stourton please click the links below:

Camelot Castle Hotel

Artist in residence Ted Stourton