Tackling North East food poverty with innovation

ediblegivingIt’s often said that hardship provides the spark for innovation so maybe that’s why these two food developments have come about in the North East just now.

During tough times, taking a fresh approach to people getting fed is something that has become as necessary as it is shameful for the UK in 2015.

I came across these two initiatives at an event held in County Durham to showcase local social entrepreneurs and they both attempt to answer that very real need in their local communities.

The first is EdibleGiving.org. The idea is to map all the places that those of us fortunate to have enough food can go to donate some of it for people who haven’t.

Developer Gregory Marler explains his thinking on the site.

I know a few local charities, but if I’m away from home where do I give the food, and what if local details change? I wanted to solve this by creating a UK-wide or international map, and I wanted different organisations to be able to use their own systems to keep the shared map updated.

It’s up and running and people are invited to help add more locations.

Logo-transparent1-e1428586248839Second is The Magic Hat Cafe, a series of pop-up eateries with a difference – the difference being that all the food served up would otherwise have been destined for the rubbish dump.

As well as helping cut down on food waste, the resulting food has to be an ever-changing menu to be able to cope with the available produce and the cafe leaves it up to the diner to decide how much to pay for the meal.

You can find out where Newcastle’s Magic Hat Cafe will be popping up next in the city at the events section of its website here.

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Welcoming Dietician Without Borders

dwbThe latest addition to my Northern Food Bloggers map is a food blog with a difference – it concentrates on diet but from an informed position, not those faddy magazine types.

Dietitian without Borders looks at food through the eyes of dietician Gemma Critchley who is based in Liverpool where she settled after travelling from Australia via Africa.

She explains:

I’m passionate about practising what I preach, helping others to live healthier lives and helping clear up some of the confusion out there about nutrition by putting it into context and making sense of research and evidence.

Not your average Australian, I lived in Zambia for 6 years witnessing extreme hunger and malnutrition which sparked my interest in health and nutrition from an international perspective.

Having worked and travelled the globe the phrase Dietitian without Borders suits me perfectly! I’m passionate about eating well, keeping active and living a healthy happy life and want to share what I know, do and love with people around the world.

You can also follow her on Twitter @dietnoborders.

* If you belong on the map – drop me a line in the comments or by email to foodiesarahATme.com and tell me a little about your blog. A link back to the map would be appreciated as well.

Welcome to the Yorkshire Food Otter

copy-yfo-banner-check1The latest food blog to join our map of Northern Food Blogs is the Yorkshire Food Otter.

A relatively new blog, it’s all about the search for great ingredients as author Emma explains:

This blog is my search for quality ingredients produced or stocked by passionate individuals who want to encourage their customers to eat seasonally so as to taste the ingredients at their best and with confidence that their provenance can be traced. A natural path to follow on from these ideas is recommending places I have been to such as street stalls, pubs, restaurants, cafés or coffee houses, for example, that serve up glorious fare whilst also being advocates of eating and drinking knowledgeably.


* If you belong on the Northern Food Bloggers map, please let me know via the comments below or twitter @foodiesarah or email foodiesarahATme.com.

Two newcomers at the northern food bloggers map

Time to welcome two new additions to the northern food bloggers map.
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The first is also a newcomer to food blogging – Caroline says she’s a lover of good food, good wine and good conversation and after eight years of living in Leeds she’s decided to start http://showmethefoodblog.wordpress.com.

She says: “I love this city, and I love what it has to offer in terms of new and exciting food experiences. I love exploring new bars, restaurants and menus, and after reading lots of other food blogs for a while now, I finally decided it was time to start my own! Here you’ll find my thoughts on Leeds’ restaurants, bars, cafes, street food vendors and any place else I find myself.”

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The second is the intrepid Mike who claims he does actually eat everything – except ‘cold tomatoes’ (what did they do offend we wonder?)

His website www.mikeeatseverything.co.uk is also our first entry for Warrington and, despite the fact he has only been going a few months, he’s already clocked up a good few posts and reviews.

He says: “Being a massive foody I started it because I was taking pictures of everywhere I was eating out at and being a web geek I decided to start the blog!”

Welcome to both.

* If you belong on the map – drop me a line in the comments or by email to foodiesarahATme.com and tell me a little about your blog. A link back to the map would be appreciated as well.

Welcoming Craftilicious to the northern food bloggers map

craftiliciousThe latest addition to the map of northern food bloggers is Sheffield based Craftilicious.

Blogger Tara tells me she is hoping to get her blog as active as her current crafting one.

I am a keen foodie who loves to cook, entertain and eat out. I host a monthly book group which these days has less to do with books and more to do with dinner… I have an insatiable weakness for cookbooks and can’t pass a bookshop without one (as my now groaning walls full of bookshelves will testify!)

If you belong on the map, please let me know via the comments below or twitter @foodiesarah or email foodiesarahATme.com.

What you eat for breakfast mapped

eggsI joined in with this Guardian Witness challenge to snap your breakfast this week when I happened to be in the lovely courtyard of Piercebridge Organics enjoying some of their tasty fresh eggs and home-baked teacake (well I am on holiday!).

At the time I did it, there was just one other contribution from a northern food snapper who likewise posted a toast-based option from Lancaster.

Browsing through the gallery of several hundred submissions is an interesting scroll through people’s habits and range of choices.

But when you put them all onto a world map, the project tells a more interesting story.

Who knew someone in Australia chose to eat tacos to start the day and then there’s the Greek salad option for breakfast in Dubai or edible flowers in Russia.

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You can join in with the Guardian Witness assignment here and the map above will update to show your submission.

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Welcome Patchy Growth and Taste of the North to the bloggers map

Two new additions to the map of northern food blogs this weekend – both from the north east.

First up it’s Lee with his blog of allotment-related affairs which also covers restaurants reviews and recipes at http://patchygrowth.blogspot.co.uk. Not just cooking but growing the stuff as well.

Second is Paul with the does what it say title of tasteofthenorth. He describes his site:

Northern England has a wonderful larder and with a sweeping coastline, we have great access to fresh fish from various harbours. We also have a great variety of butchers, bakers, grocers and brewers that make it a mecca for foodies. I want to promote what the North has to offer whether it be Eateries, Watering Holes, Producers or Shops.

Taste Of The North includes recipes, reviews, food writing and photography.

I’m looking forward to following them both.

If you belong on the map, please let me know via the comments below or twitter or email foodiesarahATme.com.

Four more blogs join the northern food bloggers map

A warm to welcome to four new entries on the Northern Food bloggers map. Does all this activity represent something of a resurgence in food blogging for the north? I don’t know but wouldn’t that be a welcome move 🙂

First up we have Food and Frets from Hebburn. (And yes, that is a real place and not just a television producer’s fantasy.) Up there in south Tyneside, Steve, a former butcher, cook and teacher, is busy serving up recipes and reviews around Newcastle.

He’s even tackled that masculine no-man’s land of quiche! 

Then we have a trio of Leeds foodies added to the map:
 
Breadsticklers.blogspot.co.uk has been running since 2011 and Claire aims it at resturant reviews mostly in the city but occasionally further afield.

ReallyNicefood.com is about a search for just that from blogger Rebecca who believes that food can bring people together. “I have learnt this from my Mum, who can whip up a dinner for four in under 30 minutes.”

– And Diane is also looking at Leeds although with ataleoftwosittings.wordpress.com she does reveiw stuff further afield when travelling in the UK or abroad.

Welcome all. If you belong on the map, drop me a line wither in the comments, on Twitter @foodiesarah or by email foodiesarahATme.com and tell me a bit about your blog and I’ll include them in the next update.

Mapped: Welcoming The Hungry Manc

The latest addition to my map of northern food bloggers is The Hungry Manc who is busy munching around Manchester.

LogoAuthored by The Kitchen Assistant, the blog attempts to capture something of the everyday with photography and reviews:

I will be writing about what I eat (and perhaps drink). Not necessarily by means of any sort of recommendation – jeez, why would, or should you listen – but simply to share my ideas and thoughts on the food we all eat.

Afterall we live for an average of 75 years each and eat 3 times a day – in one lifetime that comes to something in the region of 80,000 meals we all get through. So why not try to enjoy each one? And please share your thoughts here with others.

* Do you belong on the map? Please let me know via the comments below, email FoodieSarahATme.com or tweet me @foodiesarah and I’ll add you into the next update.

Updates to the map of northern food bloggers

Thanks to a little tweet from the ever wonderful CultureVultures blog, a few more northern food and drink blogs have been in touch and I’ve updated the map.

Check out new additions:

and a move of location and change of name for : www.comedinewithrach.blogspot.com @comedinewitrach

The map is starting to look like a Manchester versus Leeds affair and I’m quite sure there’ll be plenty of food blogs further north if only I could find them……can you help me and spread the word.