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Learning to love veg as a child helps establish good eating habits for life
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Running an education catering business with a core belief in the importance of healthy eating, I spend a lot of time talking about what “healthy eating” means. This can be about sports nutrition, balanced meals, cutting down on salt and sugar, but the more challenging aspect is getting children to eat healthy foods. The fact is that what is often seen as healthy nutritious food isn’t what children want to eat. Take leafy green vegetables, almost certainly not high on a list of children’s top five foods...
When a saddle comes in we take the chops for our main menu, trim down the ribs for a delicious sticky lamb ribs starter, and then take everything that is left, all the trimmings, fat and belly meat and use it to make awarma – a mixture of the rendered lamb fat and meat trimmings that can be stored for a long time and is delicately spiced – and just using a tiny amount of it adds an amazing extra dimension to dishes… Especially hummus, which is served with crispy lamb awarma all over the Middle East.
If you asked me if we’ll compromise by just going back to one big supplier for our business, I’d say absolutely not. This is our model and while we will undoubtedly have growing pains with a lot of work along the way, but we proudly believe that it’s the right thing to do and that our clients love it. You could say we make life hard for ourselves, and sometimes it can be a challenge but there are so many benefits that we wouldn’t do it any other way.
The brothers have crafted a daily-changing menu of seasonal produce which aligns with their ethos of incorporating growing, foraging and great cooking. Already focussed on minimising waste in their kitchen, the brothers embrace ‘nose-to-tailcooking’ making sure no part of the animal goes to waste.
Oakman has always strived to make its pubs genuine community hubs. Peter says: “A business should make sustainability part of its philosophy, part of how it behaves on a day to day basis.”
Peter is convinced that of the business benefits. “I believe that in the longer term it will drive innovative ideas that will reduce costs as well as environmental impact,” he adds.
Like a number of SRA Members, Carluccio’s was somewhat anxious to discover how it would perform in the rating and was pleasantly surprised when the SRA awarded it One Star – equating to a good level of sustainability. The SRA’s assessors found that the company was already performing very strongly in two of the three pillars of sustainability – Society and Environment.