Sunday, 2 June 2013

Going hungry (The Big IF)

I love food (I think everyone probably knows by now). I love the chemistry between ingredients, the magic that happens in the pan, the happiness you get on a plate. I fuss over my food, how they look, how they taste.  I get excited about cucumbers, hunt for wild garlic and turn my nose up at tomatoes in winter.

I've never really given the whole idea of hunger a proper think. I have always had food, mostly good, and often too much. There are probably a handful of occasions when I forgot my lunch money in primary school, but I only really stayed hungry for a few hours before I was back home and slurping down a big bowl of Mum's pimped-up noodle soup. As a college student, I don't earn enough from my part-time/ freelance gigs to always eat at the fanciest places, but I've never had a bad meal thanks to foodie friends and my okay skills in the kitchen. I blush now as I remember how I  complained about having to eat sandwiches al desko. I am such a lucky bastard. 

A few days ago, I went for an event to raise awareness for Save The Children. It was a gathering of food bloggers and we had a lovely dinner prepared by the River Cafe head chef Danny. Funny though, because the one dish that made the most impact on me was the spoon of ugali we were all made to eat at the start. It was the most bland, flavourless, textureless, colourless thing I have ever eaten- not offensive, but not pleasant nonetheless. But three spoons of the mush that I hurriedly swallowed would have been dinner for a small family in Ethiopia. I felt very small at that moment.

I'm not asking anybody to pull out your credit card or empty your pockets of loose change. I think what the Save The Children people really need right now, is just for enough people to create a big enough noise to get the world leaders at the upcoming G8 summit to listen up and tackle hunger. I don't know how much of a noise I can create with my little blog but I'm giving a shout anyway. You can tweet (#IF) facebook, stamp your feet, whatever. The Big IF event is happening at Hyde Park this Saturday 8 June.

I know I'm just a tiny peanut so here's a very hot David Beckham asking you to do the same:


16 comments:

  1. This is a great cause! Would have love to go to the BIG IF event but I'm out of London. WILL tweet.

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    1. Cheers wendy! Yay, even tweeting will help!

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  2. Thanks for pointing this out Shu Han. It's easy to take our food for granted when there is so much of it here. Sounds like a very good cause and something I need to think about more. Will tweet too.

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    1. I think we have just all been so very very lucky! Thanks! Yay tweet!

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  3. Your post reminds me of my grandmother who used to say how people were often hungry during the war and as a child of course I was bored and fed up with such comments...

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    1. I hate to preach really, and I hope it didn't come across that way. All that I wrote I really meant, and I still think everyone can love their food and love eating good food but just be aware that there are people out there who are hungry xx

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  4. I have shared, thanks for making me aware of the event. I'll try to do the same and pass it forward

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  5. Good on ya girl. I have a lovely friend (a proper gourmet) who works for Action Against Hunger, and she recently spent a week subsisting on £1 a day, to learn how it feels to be living on the bread line in the UK, and to raise money for the charity. I think it was a very humbling and enlightening experience, but luxury compared with a spoonful of ugali.

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  6. This is brilliant and thank you so much for sharing! I love that you cared enough to share. I will definitely be sharing this as well.

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  7. Thank you for sharing this Shu Han. I will make as much noise as I can.
    Debby

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  8. I'd love to try ugali - see what it's like (I think it's important to try these things). Most people in the developed world don't realise how damn lucky they are and take far too much for granted... ungrateful wretches!

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  9. Yes, so true sadly. All voices count though!

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  10. Hi Shu Han ! Your words struck a chord, I'm so selfish when it comes to food, it's often only about me, myself and I.
    But I do try to give a handout to those who need it as often as I can, hope it helps as well as your post does. I have to pay tribute to your initiative, you really are a nice person !
    Hope you'll have an enjoyable week end.

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  11. Hey Shu Han :) My flatmate (he goes to LCC) went to The Big IF today but I only wish I'd heard about it sooner! Thanks for sharing this.

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  12. We never realize how lucky we are until we find out how little other people have. There has been many times where people will complain about bad meals and completely forget that there are children out there that do not have enough. Thank you for trying to raise awareness.

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