A couple days ago I attended an WWF Earth Hour Dinner at Tom’s Kitchen in Somerset House. Tom Aikens created a menu specifically for the night. Tom based his menu for the night based on the Six simple Live Well Rules set by WWF.
1) Eat more plants – enjoy vegetables and whole grains!
2) Eat a variety of foods – have a colourful plate!
3) Waste less food – one third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted.
4) Moderate your meat consumption, both red and white – enjoy other sources of proteins such as peas, beans and nuts.
5) Buy food that meet a credible certified standard – consider MSC, free-range and fair trade.
6) Eat fewer foods high in fat, salt and sugar – keep foods such as cakes, sweets and chocolate as well as cured meat, fries and crisps to an occasional treat. Choose water, avoid sugary drinks and remember that juices only count as one of your 5-a-day however much you drink.
As starters we were treated to Honey Mustard Glazed Sausages with Rosemary. They were delicious and had to control how many I took as I hadn’t even got to the main course yet.
The other starter was a Toasted Brioche, Aubergine Caviar with Red Onion Jam. This also was delicious and made Aubergine taste great as I’m not a huge fan of Aubergine.
We then had a demonstration on one of the main courses by Head Chef Richard as Tom Aikens, the founder of Tom’s Kitchen was unable to attend. Richard cooked the Pearl Barley Risotto, with Basil & Grated Cauliflower. Really simple to make and Richard recommended using Barley instead of risotto rice as it’s cheaper and provides more nutritional benefits.
We then enjoyed a candlelit dinner with battery-powered tea lights to prepare us for the Earth Hour and inspire us to do so during the Earth Hour.
The other main course which I had was the Mackerel Fillets with Apple & Potato Salad. This was a nice, filling salad which was healthy and delicious.
Lastly, for dessert we had Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding with Bread and Butter Pudding Ice Cream. Instead of using regular bread, they used Brioche and Croissants. It was sweet and creamy and the perfect finish to the evening.
Don’t forget to do your part whether it be holding a candlelit dinner with friends or simply just turning your lights off this Saturday the 28th of March at 8.30pm . And be sure to look out for famous landmarks such as the London Eye, and Big Ben who will be switching off their lights for WWF Earth Hour.