Words by Frou Williams.
I love looking at what types of food our ancestors ate. Why? Because humans have long evolved and adapted on a variety of different diets and I for one, personally believe there is no one diet that we should all follow.
By and large, humans - especially in the west - have narrowed the range of foods that they willingly consume, compared to what they 'could' consume. Ever seen insects or grubs on the menu in your favourite restaurant? The chances are slim to none. Why? With the advancement of transportation and communication, food cultures have merged and cross-pollinated.
As eaters today, we have the freedom to eat and explore culinary delights quite literally to our hearts content, fuelled by personal preference rather than a need for survival. Simply put, we eat more for pleasure. Of course that doesn't take into account, allergies or intolerances. Which is where the cult of 'healthy eating' as we know it has sprung up. The problem with healthy eating diets is that they are still exactly that; a diet - and any diet sets about convincing its followers, that this is the one and only way for a healthy and prosperous life. Advocating only one way of eating is dangerous as it reinforces rules and creates disordered eating.
If you look at Tudor food, culinary delights would have been considered broth of grasshoppers lung, braised wasp, fly head pie, jellied bat's foot and stewed spleen. Sounds delicious right? 😰
And what we might consider as pesky Seagulls were actually one of the more expensive delicacies in Tudor England so consider that next time you're queuing for your fish and chips on Brighton beach! 🍟🐟