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Written by Fiona Greig on June 22nd, 2015

BRINGING YOUR CHILDHOOD BACK TO THE KITCHEN

Many of us have pleasant memories of our grandparents’ kitchen.  Whether it was bringing in herbs or vegetables from the garden, helping mix the ingredients or licking the spoon, the kitchen was, and still is, a pride of place for grandmothers to teach their grandchildren the basics of cooking.
 
In our fast-paced lives, with grandparents living further away from their families, it means the soul of the home, the kitchen, is less likely a place of pleasure, and instead chaotic and somewhere cooking is seen as a chore, therefore convenient and often less healthy options are becoming the norm. 

When was the last time you prepared and cooked with someone else?  There’s something special about working on a recipe together and the satisfaction it brings of being a team effort.  Kids love to help when given the opportunity and swell with pride when they see what they have produced, with the extra bonus they are learning to cook from scratch, which puts them in good stead for establishing healthy eating habits through to adulthood.
 
The recipes in this issue of mEAT Magazine lend themselves perfectly to helping hands – imagine the production line of Polpettone meatballs made with love, then sitting around the table as a family to enjoy them. Eating together as a family around the table is another lost tradition, yet it had been shown to strengthen family bonding, cement lifelong positive eating habits whilst teaching kids all important socialising and table manners. 
 
Bring back your kitchen childhood memories and you’ll learn to fall in love with cooking nourishing foods, like beef and lamb, again.

2 Comments

Shelley says ...
Made me feel young again!!
Matt says ...
Why are you guys censoring all of my comments?

I have a Bachelors of Science majoring in the Biological Sciences, and I have experience working in research. The information contained in this blog is incredibly misleading and you have obviously been paid to write this.

The World Cancer Research Fund report is a report in which over 200 of the worlds leading scientists in their field analyzed over 7000 scientific publications on the topic of meat and cancer. They concluded after months of deliberation that it is detrimental to our health to consume more than 300g per week of red meat - an amount that NZ currently consumes far more than on average.

If you actually read the report as you claim, you would see that the WCRF does not recommend completely removing red meat from your diet as you seem to claim with the sun light analogy...They made a very specific recommendation of no more than 300g per week to avoid increased colorectal cancer risk. Your blog is incredibly misleading with regards to this fact.

You seem to want to brush away possibly the most comprehensive report on Earth to date regarding this topic with the wave of a hand in your blog post because it suits the company that you are working for.

Quite frankly this is scientifically irresponsible and morally repugnant. Shame on you! And shame on you for trying to shut down open dialogue with people who are qualified to discuss this topic...I guess you'd rather delete all of my comments than face the fact that you cannot articulate a scientifically literate response to them without blemishing your companies reputation.
 

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