I would like to welcome again, my guest blogger, the IsoWhey Chef, Janine Royce. This week Janine is looking at the effect that the very popular TV cooking shows actually have on our culinary expertise..ready…steady….go Janine!..
Australians love their cooking shows. We are passionate about other people cooking with television shows such as Masterchef, My Kitchen Rules and Ready Steady Cook with ratings through the roof.The question that needs to be asked is, do these shows really promote the right thing when it comes to healthy eating?
You would think that this would inspire us at mealtimes and we would be rushing out to create restaurant style meals, this is not the case. A recent survey backed by Westfield, the nations largest shopping centre operator, found that almost 70% of respondents said they lacked the skills, time or budget to recreate the TV recipes at home. What was even more concerning was that out of the 1200 people surveyed, 83% didn’t even know how to boil an egg!!
WHAT has happened to our basic cooking skills? Social researcher Mark McCrindle said: “Women of today tend to be busier, juggling more roles, and are quite prepared to compromise a bit of the homemade just to save some time”. His research also showed that Generation Y women lack the skills to do the chores their mothers and grandmothers did, with only 51 per cent of women aged under 30 able to cook a roast compared with 82 per cent of baby boomers.
Fast food, ready meals and microwaves have coincided with the decline of home cooking.
Years ago, it was a family tradition for mothers to pass down the secrets of treasured recipes and spend time in the kitchen teaching children to cook. Somewhere between the addiction to video games, the internet and overactive schedules of parents and children, cooking lessons have been neglected. I remember when I had to help prepare the evening meal and pitch in by peeling potatoes. I learnt about vegetables, how to prepare them and picked up a basic understanding of how to put a meal together.
Home cooked meals also allow the family to share a meal together. This is where good eating habits begin and children can learning how to socialise and interact. Research has shown that those children who regularly have meals with their parents eat more fruits, vegetables and calcium-rich foods, ingest more vitamins and nutrients, and consume less junk food. They are also at a lower risk for picking up behaviors like smoking and drug and alcohol use.
Jamie Oliver is a big advocate for teaching children how to cook and eat healthily. His view is that: ‘cooking is, without a doubt, one of the most important things a person can ever learn’. ‘Once someone has that knowledge, that’s it – they’re set for life’. Jamie realised that the lack of knowledge around cooking, and food in general, is having a huge negative impact on the health of the UK. He successfully campaigned the UK government to finally put cooking classes for 11- to 14-year-olds back onto the school curriculum and has developed a cooking course for kids and teachers : http://www.jamieshomecookingskills.com/about.php
Eating dinner together as a family can often be difficult to manage with the busy lives we currently lead. You need to plan ahead with menus and find time to make the food. You might want to have a look at our isowhey website: www.isowhey.com.au and healthy eating plans for some new ideas. Or alternatively watch my cooking videos which use fresh, healthy ingredients for recipes that are easy to prepare.
So next time you are watching Masterchef, don’t sit there being a spectator, get creative and plan to make something nutritious and healthy.