F is for ‘The Food Programme’ on The Joy of Eggs

FThe Food Programme is an Award Winning Radio Programme on the BBC’s Radio 4 – which is on most of the day in my house, and which is why I found two programmes, broadcast on Easter Monday, that are absolutely relevant to both my blog sites!

If you are interested in crafts of any kind, why not go over to my main blog – julzcrafts.com – where the other Radio programme I am featuring is a 45 minute long feature on the business of crafts – by the “its been on forever” daily Woman’s Hour. (I also sell crafts supplies – worldwide – the links to my ‘shops’ are beneath my picture on the right hand side!)

This one obviously fits in with my general theme of poultry, for the A-Z Challenge – and was equally obviously chosen by the producers of the programme to be relevant to Easter – but not as obvious as discussing chocolate eggs!  I have also added links to their other programmes, so any of you foodies out there can gorge on listening to one of the best programmes on radio – EVER!

IMG_1894The Joy of Eggs

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We were once told ‘Go to work on an egg’ but health warnings later saw us cut the number we eat. As the US Dietary Advisory Committee drops its advice on restricting egg consumption Sheila Dillon asks if we’refalling back in love with the egg. Similar limits in the UK were lifted several years ago after evidence suggested their cholesterol did not have a significant effect on our blood cholesterol after all.

The amount we eat in the UK is now continuing to rise and the trend for keeping hens at home or in community projects has seen many people collecting their own too. Sheila Dillon asks if the humble egg is breaking free of a tarnished reputation and proving itself to be a versatile protein provider worth celebrating.

She hears reports from US where yolk-dodgers have demanded white-only ‘heart healthy omelettes’ and similar concoctions while in Silicon Valley a ‘solution’ to the egg has been created in a plant protein based alternative which they claim can mimic many of the egg’s functions.

But back in the UK she finds a more celebratory atmosphere – a major retailer has begun supplying guaranteed double yolkers, Neil Rankin, founder of ‘Bad Egg’ Restaurant has kept his supplier in steady business while Genevieve Taylor found her hens laid so many she had to create new recipes to use them all.
Has the egg been given too much of a bad rap and is now breaking free and what does the future hold?

Presenter Sheila Dillon and a food collage

Presenter Sheila Dillon and a food collage

Presented by Sheila Dillon and Produced in Bristol by Anne-Marie Bullock.

If the above link does not work, this is the direct link to yesterday’s radio programme

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05pl2rs

To see the full list of the items they have recently covered – including the Food & Farming Awards – go to their webpage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnx3

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