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‘Leon – Naturally Fast Food’ (Book 2)

I’ve just got back from my sister’s house – lots of lovely food, all the family there.  It was really nice to see everyone together.   My nieces, (8, and 1) and nephew, (5), were as boisterous as usual, but very funny – the youngest one, Laila, has learned to ‘high five’ which she now insists on doing every time she sees me, after carefully handing me her excavated mince pie – (eat the mince, leave the pastry).

But I digress.  I actually wanted to rave about a cookery book I received from my youngest sister and her boyfriend – it’s fabulous, (although I think I say that about all the books I read).  It’s a collection of the recipes from a small chain of very well reviewed fast food restaurants, Leon, which I am ashamed to say I’d never heard of,  but both my sisters assure me that the food is wonderful.  The book I have is actually book 2, and I now have book one on my Amazon wishlist.

As well as the recipes there are a couple of pages dedicated to lists of store cupboard essentials, plus party menus, drinks and,  most importantly, the ethos of Leon, which is to provide high quality fast food that is as fast to prepare as it is to cook, and nutritional to boot.  I am so looking forward to starting on this book, as well as ‘Italia’ and ‘Kitchen Diaries’.

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The Slow Food Movement

Slow Food

I am an advocate of all things organic, and I also love to support local farmers and food suppliers, even if it costs me that little bit more.  It is so incredibly important in these days of multinational fast food business, and the alarming rise in obesity and its related health issues.  The number of children I see, from day to day, clutching huge bags of sweets, or cheap plastic toys which they got with their Happy Meals, makes me fume, and want to weep, in equal measure.

This is why I love the Slow Food movement.  It was founded in Italy, as a protest to the insidious encroachment of fast food businesses, and it actively promotes the sustenance of organic farming, including the promotion of local culinary traditions, organic farming, education, and seed banks to preserve heirloom varieties.  There are now over 100,000 members worldwide, which is fantastic, but also not enough.

Please, if you have the time and the inclination, click on the link and take a look at the fantastic work they do.

Thank you!

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