What Jamie Oliver Taught Me About Caring (And Food)

On Sunday, Ben and I were lucky enough to watch Jamie Oliver give a Ministry of Food talk in Sydney. I’m not much of a cooking-show kinda gal and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

Not only did I enjoy Jamie’s infectious passion for good, simple food, but also his determination to help change the health of the world – one person, one meal, one choice and one day at a time. This idea of baby steps is something I can really get behind.

And not only did he inspire us to think a little more out of the box when it comes to the meals we cook, but he also reminded me that each of us can affect change in the world. Every single one of us.

When faced with a massive global issue – think famine, spiralling debt, the health crisis crippling many countries – it’s human nature to say, “But what can I do? I’m just one person.” What I realised on Sunday is that being just one person is enough. Helping one other person in one small way is helping to change the world. Step by step.

It really is up to everyone to turn around the poor health epidemic, the debt crisis, famine, child-labour. It’s not enough to look at our own tiny corner of the world, be pleased with ourselves, our health, our home, our food, and say, “Well, I’ve done my part.” We all need to help.

We all need to care just that little bit more.

When I first started blogging on a different website, I posted simple, healthy, family-friendly recipes once every fortnight. Things like vegetable quesadillas and salmon fritters. Things you can cook up with a toddler twisted around your legs and a baby in the rocker beside you. (This testimonial comes from personal experience.)

Is this something that interests you? Are you on the lookout for easy, simple, healthy, inexpensive weekday meals? Or does the rise of Pinterest and a million food blogs mean you’re now spoilt for choice?

Let me know. And if your answer is definitively the latter, I promise to never mention food blogging again!

15 Responses to What Jamie Oliver Taught Me About Caring (And Food)

  1. Hi Brooke, thank you for your blog, I enjoy your insightful posts. I’m always on the look out for mid-week meals so you can count me in for your recipes. I am vegetarian (vegan) though so if you are able to include a few vego recipes that would be really nice.

  2. I am with Brooke being a Vegan so including veggie meals would be great if possible. So I say if you want to go for it, go for it. I would not have a problem with having recipes posted. Thanks for thinking of it. I love simple easy meals so will take and do what I can even with a picky eater.

  3. Add my name to the chorus. We are trying to really cut out meat and so any sort of easy to put together, week night, veggie meals would be most welcome. (not saying no-meat-ever, but personally, vegetarian options are great for me.)

  4. I’m sure I have well over 100 recipes in the “to try” pile, but I’m always on the lookout for more. Maybe I need a 12-step program? But in the meantime, I’d love to see your recipes.

  5. Simple, healthful meals are always needed and appreciated! We are also trying to cut down significantly on meat. In regards to helping at least one person, that’s exactly why we decided to adopt our daughter! My husband heard those exact words on the radio one day, and a little over one year later, we brought our daughter home from Vietnam. Yes, we have blessed her, but in the long run, our whole family has been blessed much more by her.

  6. Hi Brooke
    Thanks for sharing J O’s TED talk. I came across your blog for some study I am doing and love it! I am inspired to make my daughter some pancakes now!

  7. I love how folks want to see recipes, but I’m surprised that more did not comment on the actual video. I’m COMPLETELY floored at the content of this video. I cannot even come up with words for my comment on your post, but I thank you so much for sharing. Over the past 7 months, I’ve made so many changes to what me and my family CONSUME, yet still I allow my son to eat school lunches because it’s convenient. THAT CHANGES NOW! I had no idea. Out of sight (convenient), out of mind. At the same time, I’m CERTAIN my 14-year old can identify produce that’s not your everyday produce (as well as what is – he is 14 after all) because a few months ago, I began subscribing to organic and local produce delivery and cut out processed foods. When he had to unload a WHOLE FENNEL, he quickly learned what it was. I myself, never knew what whole fennel looked like, nor had I ever consumed it. Over the past 2 months or so, I’ve engaged myself in paying it forward. To start, a dear, close friend of mine was finally going to have her much needed brain surgery, but her insurance wouldn’t cover it all, so I campaigned (as a blogger) to raise funds from the community (nearly $48,000). She had her brain surgery last week and is on the long road to recovery. Unfortunately her husband was laid off on FRIDAY, so I’ve got a lot more work to do. After I began that, I decided I needed to be a warrior for all causes. So I created another website for $3 on blogger. I will add Jamie Oliver’s ideals and missions to my list of things to do, not just for my family, but to share with the world thanks to my friend and fellow blogger, Ellen for sharing your site with me about decluttering. If it weren’t for her, I would have likely never found your site and this post. I must thank you for this post! It really touched my heart and of course, I love your site and have requested to join the Facebook group to get me on the road to decluttering. My goal is to become MINIMALIST so I can focus on the things that really matter.

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