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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Special Weekend Post: Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

I don't know if any of you have noticed the link to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution that has been added to my side bar, but if you haven't...now's the time to take note. 

Jamie Oliver, also know as the Naked Chef has started a campaign in America ...and the UK.  Jamie's challenge was to see if he could get a whole community cooking again. He worked with school lunch ladies and local families to get everyone back in the kitchen, making tasty meals with fresh ingredients – no packets, no cheating. He has started a Food Revolution: "to get people all over America to reconnect with their food and change the way they eat."

(That's Jamie...picture courtesy jamieolvier.com)

Now I'll admit to you, I knew of his "revolution", but had never seen the actual show.  I was shocked, though, to hear what Andrea (The Kitchen Witch) had to say about it...
"The show takes place in a small town in West Virginia in a town that's been identified as the "most unhealthy place in the world" based on CDC statistics. I've only seen the 1st episode of this program so far but it was very powerful. Poor Jamie, I don't think he really knew what he was getting into - this town has NOT welcomed him. In fact they are quite hostile towards him and his ideals. The saddest part of the show for me was when he brought a bunch of tomatoes into the lunch room and asked kids what they were. No kids could identify fresh tomatoes. One child got close, calling them potatoes. Close but no cigar."
Ouch!!  Well in addition to him trying to change the lunch program, he also has a "pass it on" pledge:  he will teach four people how to cook a dish...those four people will teach four more...and so on and so on.

So I'm joining Jamie's Food Revolution!  I would love to hook up with the pass it on week that Andrea and Megan at Tomato Tots are starting/participating in, but I will say that some of the dishes have things neither Chris or myself will eat.  So, I'm going to do things just a bit different and start my own pass it on month.  Each week, for a month, I will make a special recipe and ask that at least one of you recreate it and then pass it on to someone else.  If you have a blog, I ask that you then blog about it on your site too.  I'll use the freshest ingredients and I promise they will be tasty!  It's simple really....you gotta make dinner for the family, right?  Why not make something that is healthy and nutritious for your family.  If you are gonna spend time in the kitchen, might as well come out of it with something unforgettable, right?

Ok...so here we go...my first recipe will be Jamie Oliver's - the best barbecued sticky chicken with lemon and garlic.  I will make it tonight and post it on Monday.  Then it's up to you, my loyal readers, to "Pass It On".


Oh.. and in case you are interested, Jamie's show is on Friday nights on ABC 9pm/8 central.

4 comments:

Andrea said...

Love it Jenn!! the bbq sticky chicken sounds great!!!! I can't wait for that recipe so I too can pass it on :) Thanks as always for the shout out for my blog - you are awesome!!!! Lets all Pass it ON!!!

StephenC said...

Oh, shucks. I forgot to record Jamie last night. I fear there won't be reruns. Alas. Looking forward to the sticky chicken.

Michelle said...

Stephen, you can watch it online! http://abc.go.com/shows/jamie-olivers-food-revolution

I'm in for the pass it on! I didn't understand the concept at other blogs, but now I get it. I'm not in for the sticky chicken but I will keep watching for another round. :o)

Michelle said...

Psst...Jenn! You won!! Come over to my blog!