Ok, “foodies”, especially “foodies” in Ireland, listen up. I don’t like to lecture or tell anyone what to do, as each to their own, but for this post, I will. My problem is with the unnerving deaf ears and tumbleweed among food bloggers in Ireland about the recent horsemeat/labelling scandal.
Here’s the *beef*.. I am tired of the so-called foodies in Ireland seemingly ignoring the issues which have arisen lately in this country. It’s all very well to post pretty blogs with *fab* pictures, tied up in lovely bows, with great backdrops, and props. If you are not ready to offer an opinion about real Food, can you still call yourself a “Foodie”??
A few folks in my Twitter timeline and FB friends have expressed, and continue to express opinions on this subject. These are free-range pig farmers, dairy/beef farmers, free-range chicken farmers, and those Chefs and Restaurateurs who support their local proper artisan products. As for the rest, well, as long as it includes invitations to tastings/restaurant openings/book launches, and the like, and nothing which involves anything remotely controversial, well, that seems to be ok.
I’ve left comments on truly great blogs and posts, here and there, which I follow, but, sadly, I rarely see any Irish “food bloggers” following suit.
As long as everything is pretty and lovely, and includes free stuff, well, why would you want to even bother with silly things like labelling, scandals, etc.
I just think that “food bloggers” could be such a powerful lobby, and cannot understand why that is not the case.
If you buy cheap, as my Mam used to say, you buy twice. If it tastes bland and horrible, well, there’s a reason for that…. There are great lesser cuts of meat which are not available, as our butchers cannot stock those, as either we don’t know about them, or don’t know how to cook them, therefore, there is no demand. Education is the key. I just wish – a pipe dream, I know – that a cookery or food education could be offered from an early age in our schools.
I am not an authority on this subject, by any means, but to see our farmers having to adhere so strictly to dotting their “i’s” and crossing their “t’s” so carefully, and documenting every animal they care for, before they enter the food chain is an “eye-opener” for me, as a consumer. How our diligent farmers feel, if they get something wrong, and face huge fines, is beyond my comprehension.
It seems disgusting to me that these amazing farmers who have spent blood, sweat and tears, are sending their well-documented animals in good faith, off for processing to abattoirs/processing plants which may be adding cheap and inferior ingredients just for pure profit.
So, here’s the line in the sand…. get out there, buy local, to your area, county, or country. For a few Euros more, you could be buying/eating/cooking quality ingredients.
It’s not rocket science, people, it never was, and never will be.