The Future is Bright - Chicken with Lemon and Thyme #BrightFutures

The Future is Bright - Chicken with Lemon and Thyme #BrightFutures

Amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to

forget about the things that really matter, in my case, spending enough quality time with my children, as I know that

by teaching them and investing in them, you create bright futures for all that

come into contact with them, either directly or indirectly. We talk about

waste; we talk about caring for the environment; we talk about helping those

less fortunate than us.

That is why I am enthusiastic about the idea of promoting a

#BrightFuture, Unilever’s drive to promote sustainability, ethical practice and

their dedication to improving people’s lives across the world. As this is a

food blog, I want to talk about the ways in which you can create brighter futures

for others by thinking seriously about how we buy, treat and consume food.

Unilever’s involvement with Rainforest Alliance certified

products is one way in which you can do something pretty great by doing very

little. A PG cuppa, for example, and a sit down with those who you love is an

immediate hit of kindness and an example of caring for those around you, whilst

supporting those in the tea plantations around the world who wish to farm

sustainably. Making a simple choice of putting a Rainforest Alliance banana

into your child’s lunchbox means that you are thinking about the health and

wellbeing of your children as well as helping those on banana plantations have

a better life. Crumbling a Knorr stock cube to make a chicken stock is

supporting the idea of farming sustainability because of their desire to improving agricultural practices in the production of their goods.

So what do I do? What can we do?

Seasonality

I buy in season. Buying strawberries in winter is crazy

because they take like wet cotton wool and have been flown half way around the

world. The taste of the first strawberry from the garden in late spring/early

summer, when it has been gently warmed by the sun is the stuff that makes us

foodies swoon with delight… and most kids too.

Buy what I need.

I can’t get to the supermarket in the week as I am usually

hiding behind a veritable ‘Great Wall of China’ of exercise books. So, I do it

all online, but only after planning what I intend to cook for the week and

buying just what I need. I used to throw out loads and feel guilty about the

(wo)manpower that had been wasted to make it, the energy needed, the fact that people

are starving in many parts of the world and I am filling a bin full of food

that, with more forethought, could have produced a tasty meal.

Leftovers are pretty fabulous.

The joy of making that oversize cottage pie/lasagne/chilli

is that you get to put what’s leftover into a plastic container and take it to

work the next day. Bung it in the microwave, wait for the ping and hey presto,

you’ve avoided wasting petrol and additional costs by not going to the pie shop

(if you’re me, that is…)

Sustainability and Ethical Practice

The selecting of products which support growers and

producers is something that can be easily accomplished. You’re probably

supporting many of these great causes already by buying products that support

producers worldwide and happily, many of these products are not necessarily

more expensive than those that are not as ethically orientated. Win win.

However, it’s worth considering those products that might be dearer, especially

something like chicken, which tastes so much better when there has been ethical

treatment of the chook before it reaches the bright lights of the fridge

section.

Talking of chicken, and this is where there has to be a

recipe, for this is a food blog, I love getting all of us sat down round the

table sometime of a weekend and having a really good meal. Brighter futures

start at home; those moments where I can spend quality time with Lola and Finn,

chatting, laughing, teaching, caring… Cooking is one of the ways that I show my

love and in my own way I am creating a safe, happy environment which I hope

that will encourage my children to pass on as they grow.

Easter Chicken with Thyme and Garlic, adapted from ‘Eat

Ingredients

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 2 large onions (or you could use 10 peeled shallots)
  • 150ml white wine
Read the whole recipe on Lola and Finn's mum