Yesterday I watched Dispatches on Channel 4. The program was about what is in your breakfast, but it also went into product labeling and how misleading they are. To say that I was shocked by the program would be an understatement. As a stay at home mom we live a very 1950’s life, or so I like to think! I cook all our meals from scratch (or almost from scratch), I clean *coughbullshit* and take care of Squidge. Wal works and brings home the bacon. I would like to say he always has a freshly laundered and iron shirt each morning but that would be a total lie! I’m working out again after 4 yrs and hopefully setting a good example for Squidge. I try to make healthy food choices and try to limit the amount of sugar we all consume. I do give Squidge treats but I like to believe that the only sugar she is getting is from the chocolate button I’m giving her and not from her Cheerios! Yesterdays program just brought home to me the need to be vigilant. I don’t want to set Squidge up to make bad choices. We eat a lot of fruit and veg and I want to keep it that way. I think the part of the program that concerned me the most was the Heart UK labeling and the Omega 3 labeling. I didn’t know that the omega 3 in margarine is from plants and not fish. Did you know that it is only Omega 3 from fish that is beneficial to your brain?!?! Are you swayed by the Omega 3 label on the package when you purchase your margarine? We’re a split family here, I use butter and Wal uses margarine as he feels it is better than butter. I have always maintained that butter is a more natural and therefor healthier option. After finding out that the healthy claims on the packaging may or may not be total and complete fabrications, £25k and I can get one of those labels stuck on my fat ass, I am even more certain of my choice. I will no longer be buying margarine for Wal he’s just going to have to suck it up and use butter!
Now let me switch to cakes. I was born and raised in the US. I think I mentioned before that I never baked a cake from scratch until I moved here. I LOVED Betty Crocker and didn’t know what to do when I moved here. Baking here is soo different, everything needs to be weighed on a scale and I had never done that before. In the US butter comes in sticks and recipes that use butter use sticks not grams. I didn’t know how many grams in a stick and I had to turn to the interwebz for help. Imagine my surprise and joy when I went into a Waitrose and found Betty Crocker on the shelves! Oh i could go back to adding oil and an egg and calling it homemade! I didn’t buy any BC mix as I didn’t need any, but let me tell you the first time I did I hightailed it back to Waitrose and clutched my box of cake mix lovingly in my arms. I got home, made my cake and waiting impatiently for it to bake and cool. I frosted it with some Betty Crocker frosting and took a big forkful- nom nom BLECH!!! Oh interwebz I have been corrupted!! Betty Crocker cake mixes are awful!! Ooooh the horror! LOL, I have found that I much prefer my from scratch chocolate cake. How could this have happened?!?!? After 4+ years of living in a Betty Crockerless society and surviving nicely, thank you very much, I’ve noticed that I can now find Betty Crocker mixes in more and more shops, this makes me sad. I also heard that all you can eat buffet restaurants are taking hold here. Ooooh of the one thing to be exported from the US to my adopted country why all you can eat buffets?!?! Nothing good can come of it. They’re nasty vile disgusting placing, troughs to overfeed the masses!
I think that being a SAHM I have more time and freedom to cook from scratch but also think that with a little foresight and planning anyone can have a nice home cooked meal. Spend a few hours and cook and freeze for the coming week. We need to spend a little less time in from of the tv/computer/xbox and take care of ourselves, the Betty Crockers of the world are not going to do it for us. If we don’t the future will not be pretty.