The other panelists were Ursula Philpott, senior lecturer at Leeds Met and expert on nutrition and diet, and Nick Copland, of many things, including Shelf Life, The Source in Kirkgate Market and Homage 2 Fromage. It was a really fun evening, and clearly a subject everyone feels quite passionate about. Some of the key themes were that there is a certain distrust of the messages in the news about how bad everything is for you, and that attitudes to food have changed over the years. I stand by my views that people simply don't exercise as much these days but eat the same, or more, and that the easiest way to get people to appreciate their food is to engage in it, understand where it comes from, and experience pleasure from cooking and eating the end result!
Anyway, rant over, and back to the important thing - our dinner! We got home at some point after nine last night so it was a quicky - prawn, ginger and spring onion dumplings in hot and sour soup. Hot and sour soup is most definitely the best thing to eat when it's cold and you've been caught in a downpour - it warms you all the way through with heat and chilli. Add to that some tasty prawn dumplings, noodles and veg, and you're on to a winner.
|Before the big debate started: (from left) myself, Nick, Ursula, Paul and Rob|
|And the soup|