grow it cook it preserve it eat it wendy pillar blog gardener grow your own in dorset
How's my attempt to give up sugar going? Not fabulously, I admit. I have managed to not eat cake while out (apart from on John Wright's mushroom foray, when it's practically obligatory), and to not bake cakes or make any puddings. However, the house is just full of sugar! It's not exactly the kind of household that has Magnum multipacks in the freezer and chocolate digestives in the cupboard, but there are sugary foods everywhere nonetheless.
I have a cupboard full of jam, for a start -
There are five jars of peach butter in the fridge, along with several of blackcurrant butter. Neither of these has added sugar, but boiling off all the water concentrates the natural sugar sufficiently for them to count as jam. Similarly, there is plum butter (delicious!) and peach gelato in the freezer -
In the kitchen cupboards, there are sultanas and other dried fruit, as well as self-
What I should do, of course, is bin the lot. I can't waste food though. My head knows that eating something you don't need is pretty much as wasteful as binning it, but my soul doesn't. I received too many childhood lectures on 'starving children in Africa' and was thoroughly trained to clear my plate. Food waste is a crime in our house. At the very last resort, waste food goes into the dog's dinner, not the bin -
Basically, even if I manage to resist the best efforts of food marketing and social pressure, I'm still screwed. The best I can do is prevent any further sugar and baking supplies from entering the house and gradually use up what is here. For that to be successful, I may also need to avoid all images of Mary Berry to escape accidental inspiration to bake. Just seeing her face brings on a Pavlov's dog-
Further adjustment and renegotiation of my relationship with food is needed -