DISHE is an acronym made from the five keywords of this site. Delicious. Inexpensive. Simple. Healthy. Ethical. Why these five words?

Consume better without it being all-consuming.

We all have to eat. And yet this most basic of activities has become amongst the most confusing and intimidating things we do. Half the developed world is now overweight or obese. Supermarkets and fast food chains saturate the media with advertising for products clearly bereft of healthy ingredients, heavily processed and laden with sugar and the worst kinds of fat. On the other hand, we are continually bombarded with new “superfoods” and “miracle” diets, each of which is marketed as the one missing link to good health and the perfect body. Meanwhile, a never-ending string of celebrity cooking shows and recipe books seem designed to make even the most modest home cook feel like they have to serve up five star, three course meals every night. Not only that, but these recipes send their viewers doing the rounds of far-flung delicatessens and exotic food stores, searching for rare and expensive ingredients (call out gold leaf for risotto!). Then on the other extreme, there’s the “X ingredient” school, making meals with the fewest possible things. Call me a snob, but I don’t think baked beans with grated cheese on top constitutes a meal  unless you are nursing the mother of all hangovers. And if you make all your food from tins of processed food already containing tons of ingredients, it’s just possible you’re cheating. Finally, the environmentalists are warning us that all those millions of tonnes of food shipped around the world and billions of farting cows are causing climate change. And increasingly we are realising that factory farming is both inhumane and unsustainable, and looking for animal products coming from producers using better methods.

If you care about any of the above, you’ll often find yourself standing in a food store, looking at two packets of food, desperately trying to evaluate their competing health and moral claims: “This one has less fat, but this one is organic”; “This one is imported, but the local one is more expensive”; “I love the taste of this, but it consists of nothing but trans fats and flavouring”. When you have to make these decisions twenty or thirty times every time you walk into a grocery store, shopping becomes an incredibly tiring activity. It’s no wonder you start out virtuously filling your cart with organic pumpkin, eggplants and fresh herbs, and arrive home, exhausted, wondering when you picked up three tubs of ice cream and a bucket of frozen southern fried chicken.

Where does this leave normal people, who like good food, but haven’t got a huge amount of time to spend preparing it? Who don’t want to have to learn to cook like a three star chef? Who want to eat healthily, but can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on overhyped, faddish superfoods? Who hate the idea of battery hens and pigs confined to tiny sow stalls, but whose budget simply can’t stretch to hand-reared, free-range, organic heritage breed pork farmed by the Amish? Who, in short, would like to eat better in every way, but don’t want to have to think about food all the damn time to do it.

This blog aims to do a lot of that thinking for you. Our goal is to give you the tools each week to:

  • provide two people with delicious, healthy food
  • spend about a hundred dollars
  • take no more than about an hour, total, on any given day, to prepare food
  • to feel good about yourself while doing it