One of my favourite recipes for entertaining. Melon with Chorizo & Mozzarella Pearls. Serves 4.
1 Galia Melon, halved, seeds removed and scooped into melon balls, 1 tub Mozzarella Pearls, 100g chorizo, diced and then fry till crispy (reserve the orange oil), Balsamic glaze (I use @mandsireland ) and some fresh basil leaves. Put melon balls and mozzarella balls on plate, sprinkle over chorizo, drizzle over orange chorizo oil and then drizzle over the balsamic glaze. Sprinkle with fresh basil leaves and serve.
What Do You Think Of Black Friday? #blackfriday
You would be forgiven for thinking that this whirlpool of consumption epitomised by “Black Friday” is necessary for the survival of our species.
Black Friday, or “buy more stuff you really don’t need Friday” has arrived on our shores. The enticements to spend are everywhere and are heavily promoted by the bigger chain stores. I find it hard enough to trudge into the shops to buy a new pair of jeans when the ones that I am wearing are thread bare and are falling apart.
Life back then did not revolve around consumption. I don’t advocate going back to the dark days of the depression of Ireland in the 80’s. But the needle of consumption seems to have gone off the scale in the other direction.
This constant pressure to buy more things and often stuff we don’t need is everywhere, it is hard to resist.
This insatiable drive to have more and buy more will not in the end bring us any-more happiness.
Of course we need shops, and there are magnificent independent shops out there, where the owners know their products, they have knowledge, they work extremely hard to make a living, they are the life blood of our towns and cities and they need to be supported. And yet it has never been tougher for independent retailers to survive with the large chains forever pushing prices lower.
It is these independent retailers that bring value and vibrancy and a wealth of knowledge to our high street.
This push to consume (and of course I don’t mean organic vegetables, which you obviously can’t consume enough of!) keeps us distracted, it causes us to stop thinking about the bigger picture, it gives us a temporary buzz, it keeps the economy going. But I always find myself coming back to one basic fact, our planet cannot sustain endless consumption. There is a price, eventually we will run out of stuff to make more stuff and an endless cycle of consumption and production is a root cause of climate change.