Puritanism: The Haunting Fear That Someone, Somewhere, May Be Happy

Schools are sending out the wrong message to children by holding cake and bake sales, Jamie Oliver’s food foundation has claimed.

In another scathing attack on school food, the celebrity chef has taken aim at the culture surrounding unhealthy food, claiming that salads and other nutritious foods are shunned out of sight.

A report for the foundation said: ‘The culture of high fat and sugary foods used as rewards, in fundraising and in celebrations, is creating social and physical environments that contradict children’s food education.’

Currently, schools struggle to teach them reading, writing and adding up adequately; the idea that they can somehow educate them on food is laughable.

The report also found that there were still a variety of unhealthy foods on offer at schools, and the schoolchildren were choosing them as they were often cheaper than the healthy alternatives.

Clearly, they have managed to lean something, then! They’ve learnt when they are being sold a pup!

Oliver’s newest cookbook, ‘5 Ingredients – Quick and Easy Food’, includes a section entitled Sweet Treats, which includes recipes ‘a classic really sumptuous shortbread, drizzled in dark chocolate and grated orange zest’, and other calorie-busting food, such as cherry chocolate mousse made with double cream and caster sugar.

I never thought I’d say this, but…ban this book! It’s for the chiiilllldreeeennnn!

18 comments for “Puritanism: The Haunting Fear That Someone, Somewhere, May Be Happy

  1. John in cheshire
    November 1, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Why is the word ‘ culture ‘ always tagged onto these rants by lefties?

    • November 5, 2017 at 7:36 am

      It has become the word du jour.

      Everyone has culture. Except white Christians & atheists.

    • November 6, 2017 at 2:59 pm


  2. November 1, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    “Currently, schools struggle to teach them reading, writing and adding up adequately; the idea that they can somehow educate them on food is laughable.”

    In one.

  3. Errol
    November 1, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Probably more sensible to teach children about markets. After all, if the cheaper food is the sugary stuff then that’s what people want to eat, thus making it has been made more efficient.

    Frankly, you could eat a steak and dauphinois potatoes with carrots or some leaf that you’ll spend so long chewing through until all you’ve got in your mouth is saliva and cabbage multiplied until it’s a solid ball of tasteless muck.

  4. Bemused
    November 1, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Your cakes bad, my cakes good. Hypocrite.

    • Mudplugger
      November 1, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      Wealthy hypocrite, more like.

  5. DICK R
    November 2, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Salad is NOT nutritious, a lettuce leaf or a tomato has very little food value whatsoever ,growing children need plenty of fat and protein in their diets , they know this instinctively ,that is why they are programmed to shun things like cabbage , sprouts , and broccoli their bodies neither want nor need them .

  6. November 2, 2017 at 12:22 am

    You don’t find starving peasants in Africa eating cream cakes, so all this school food ‘sugery rewards’ stuff is just more white supremecist waaaaycism. It’s food rape. And kiddies are expected to ogle. It is assault of the sweet tooth, just as outrageous as touching a female knee on late night TV or giving out the name of the Great British Bake Off winnner before the oven door had even been opened.

  7. Stonyground
    November 2, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Actually I do actually recall being taught about food at school back in the 1970s. There was a kind of pie chart with all the major food groups that you needed for a balanced diet. Protein, fibre, calcium, carbohydrates and sugars, vitamins etc.

    We didn’t have as many sweeties in those days but we certainly ate cakes and we used to lace our tea and cereals with white sugar.

    • Ed P
      November 2, 2017 at 10:29 am

      What sort of pies were on the chart?

      • Stonyground
        November 2, 2017 at 8:43 pm

        From memory there were meat, cheese and eggs on the protein bit; bread, cereals and fruit on the carbohydrate bit; milk on the calcium bit; Fruit on the sugars bit.

        OK I get it, lemon meringue was probably the most poisonous thing in the world ever. I ate tons of it and so far have made it to age 59.

    • Robert the Biker
      November 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      “There was a kind of pie chart”
      I see what you did there! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • November 5, 2017 at 7:37 am


    • Rhoda Klapp
      November 5, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Mmmmm, pie!

  8. November 6, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    We really could do with a ‘like ‘ button here. ๐Ÿ™‚

    How about a ‘hear, hear.’ Or a ‘what, ho !’

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