Ha ha, made you look! I had more views on yesterdays blog than ever before! Was it the promise of my nakedness? Now I see how advertising works! Don't worry, there will be no nakedness on this blog, perish the thought, wouldn't inflect that on anyone.
First off, huge thanks to Kris who solved the problem of people getting weird login and password requests when viewing my blog. Hopefully it is all resolved now and you won’t get that any more, but do let me know! I took the opportunity at the same time to go through my list of blogs I follow and remove those that have broken links and to ruthlessly remove those that have not blogged for 9 months or more.
Now, who can resolve all the other blogspot issues?
I watched ‘the food factory’ on tv last night, anyone see it? For those that didn’t it is a programme in which popular supermarket products are taken and broken down to their basic components and then re-made. It used to be hosted by Jimmy of Jimmy’s Farm fame but now he obviously has better things to do (such as look after his farm) and it has changed its format to include the dubious help of two Saturday night ‘celebrities’, obviously, what is an information programme without the appearance of a couple of z listers these days.
Last night’s episodes saw them learning how supermarket orange squash and powdered tomato soup are made. The first thing that struck was the regular use of the word factory. How unappealing a food becomes when you start thinking in terms of factories.
Surprisingly, the orange squash was actually made almost completely from oranges, but it involved crushing and boiling in a vacuum and spinning and pulping using machines made from lawn mower pieces and cement mixers. Here is where the programme missed a trick if you ask me. They neglected to mention at any point that it is possible to make cordials and squash quite easily in your own kitchen. They, purposely it seems to me, made it seem impossible to ever do yourself at home. Having just made elderflower cordial it struck a chord with me that wouldn’t the programme have way more value if it perhaps showed the viewer how to actually do something useful? Of course, this would probably not be good television. Shame on you BBC.
The tomato soup was a bit more disturbing, mainly because of the amount of salt and sugar that went into it. I have nothing against powdered cup-a-soup really, except that I don’t actually like it, but I can see the use of something you can mix with boiling water for some people, that is fine. What the programme succeeded in highlighting to my mind, was how little nutritional value there is in such food. So I don’t think it tastes all that good and does zero for you except pumps a lot of salt and sugar into your system.
If anything was inadvertently designed to put me off supermarket ready made stuff even more, then it was this programme. Not saying we need more cookery shows, there are enough of those. Just perhaps that programmes like this could point out how easy it is to bi-pass the cup-a-soup completely and make your own.