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Ignorance and laziness leave a bitter taste; Email george.tyndale@trinitymirror.com OPINION GEORGE TYNDALE THE MERCURY'S HARD-HITTING COLUMNIST SPEAKS HIS MIND...

Byline: GEORGE TYNDALE

MRS Tyndale is a plain cook, by which I mean she cooks plain food (to describe her looks as plain would be to exaggerate her beauty).

She is also a frugal cook who seeks out inexpensive ingredients and never to waste food. So the corn-fed chicken she bought from a market stall first served us as a Sunday lunch, then on Monday as a salad and after this the carcass and remaining meat were turned into a very tasty, nourishing broth with a few root vegetables that had lurked in the fridge unloved and abandoned.

I suspect the elderly woman I saw a few evenings ago gathering discarded but perfectly edible fruit and veg from around the closing stalls at Birmingham's outdoor markets has a similar mindset.

That she believes we should make do with what we have or can afford, that we should make the most of those things.

Then, later, I visited a supermarket and saw the frenzy of people piling their trollies high with processed and packaged food sold at an exorbitant price.

What odds that much of that stuff will remain in fridges and cupboards until it is binned? Do not tell me people cannot afford to eat well.

Most simply do not know how to shop or cook or are simply lazy.

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Date:May 24, 2015
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