Jornada Gastronómica – Photos and Comments

If you went to the annual food event on Wednesday, we hope you had a great time and tried many different dishes. And if you won a restaurant meal in the quiz, congratulations!!

Which language had the best table and the best food?

What was your favourite dish?

Give us your opinion: click on “leave a comment” at the end of this post.

And if you couldn’t come, here are some photos of the afternoon to give you a flavour of what you missed.

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Waste

The most interesting photo of all, however, was not taken! The mass of rubbish we all produced on Wednesday afternoon was frightening!! The bins were overflowing after half an hour and at the end the garden was covered with empty tins, plastic bottles, packaging of many sorts, plastic plates, paper cups, etc.

What can we do next year to reduce this mountain of waste?

Please let us have your ideas: click on “leave a comment” at the end of this post.  And if you took a photo of the rubbish, we would like to put it on the blog, if you agree. Thank you.

And something for all of you who are concerned about food waste.  One of our colleagues (a big thanks to Clara) recommend this site: http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.  Here you´ll find tips to waste less and save more, plus delicious recipes to use the stuff you have in the fridge.

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Food for Thought

Come and try out some traditional Russian cuisine!

What do sigara böreği, kimchi, prianik, yakisobacouscous salad, and chocolate brownies have in common?

Well, you can try them all on Wednesday 25th April, at the JORNADA GASTRONÓMICA. This annual CSIM event will again take place in the garden outside the Law faculty cafeteria, from 18.00-20.00.

You are very welcome to come with your classmates. As well as dishes from over a dozen different cultures, there’ll be a food quiz with many prizes. You can win a meal for two people in an international restaurant in Madrid .

Food is Culture
Maybe not in the same way as literature, music and fine arts, but if you think of culture as an expression of your social identity, culture with a small c, it most certainly is. Just think about the last time you spent some time abroad. I bet what you missed most, after your family and friends, was your favourite food.

Although we live in a global world nowadays, there are some very big regional differences in what people like to eat. To Europeans, for example, it seems strange that many Chinese people have a strong aversion to cheese, and many in the developed world wouldn’t find it easy to eat a dish of fried locusts or mealworms.

You don’t even have to go very far to find such big cultural differences regarding food. For many English people on holiday in France or Spain , eating snailsfrogs legs or octopus seems revolting. And after they have enjoyed a meal of roast lamb in a Castilian village, they may be horrified to hear that the meat came from a lamb just a few weeks old.

It is not only the food, but the way we eat it too. For many of us, sitting at a table with everything on a single plate, a knife in your right hand and a fork in your left is the universal way to eat. But in other cultures food is consumed while sitting on the ground, or from many small dishes or eaten with fingers.

Food Waste and Hunger

Did you know that in developed countries an average of 100 kilograms of food is wasted by each person every year? That means each of us throws away around 2 kilograms of food every week on average! Click here for some eye-opening facts about the way we waste food.

In theory, the world produces enough food to feed everyone. World agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase. This is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2,720 kilocalories (kcal) per person per day, in theory.

Yet hunger is the world’s number 1 health risk, killing more people than AIDS, malaria and tubercolosis combined. Further, while childhood obesity is becoming a big health problem in the same countries, in the developing world one child in every four is underweight and probably suffering from malnutrition.

I hope this food for thought doesn’t prevent you from enjoying a splendid afternoon in the Derecho gardens on the 21st. See you there!

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