One of my favourite food Instagram accounts has got to be Tell Tale Food by Julius Roberts who swapped the hectic life in the big smoke for a smallholding in the Stour Valley, all in his early 20s.
The Instagram documents his journey towards self-sufficiency through farming, gardening and beekeeping, the produce of which is then transformed into delectable food using skills learnt from working as a chef in London (and a lot of passion).
In a day and age where supermarkets shelves are stocked with thousands of different food from across the globe, eating locally and seasonally has become sadly, and rather crucially, overlooked. From hugely reducing your carbon footprint, to supporting small local businesses, the benefits from this type of diet are endless. I personally believe there is no better way to nourish your body than with vegetables fresh from the soil and meat that has not been farmed subject to artificial lighting, chemicals or inhumane conditions. After all, eating local and seasonal produce was intended by nature to give your body everything it needs to achieve maximum health, known as the Paleolithic diet (in other words the Cavemen had it right!)
Tell Tale Food could not inspire this diet, and way of life more, more; his cooking is amass of colour, creativity, health and downright deliciousness. I particularly love the Instagram stories where Julius shows the whole process from ‘farm to fork’ which gives a real insight to the self-sufficient lifestyle and his cooking prowess. If you think about it, it’s kind of amazing to be able to trace every ingredient in the meal you eat… when was the last time you could do this? The stories show all the steps involved, from foraging to milking, collecting to harvesting and even a rather sad but honest, ‘Bye to the Pigs’ to the final finished creation, whether this be a damson clafoutis, pumpkin tart or a wild garlic rosti. Each story I watch feels like a cooking lesson and I come away feeling inspired… and slightly peckish. So get following, let your Instagram feed be lit up with beautiful food and to let yourself gently be reminded that it’s better to live simply.
Last modified: 18th November 2019