Hi! My name is Bianca Ackroyd and I live in Johannesburg, South Africa.
I blog about food, travel and sustainability.
Why I care about food sustainability
I wouldn’t say that I’m a foodie* but these days I find myself thinking more seriously about the food I eat. Where does it come from? Was it produced ethically? How much packaging does it have? These are just some of the questions I ask myself when I go into a shop to buy ingredients, or order a meal in a restaurant.
We face a scary future with global warming being a serious threat to our food security. This has forced me to take a hard look at my own life and question how sustainable my choices actually are.
While I don’t think I can do much to change government policy on renewable energy I feel I can possibly make a tiny difference through the food choices I make like buying food that’s produced locally to avoid transport emissions from imported food. I also try to choose products with less plastic and packaging.
Does it make a difference? I’m not convinced but it does make me feel a bit better. Since I’m no longer I full-time reporter I wanted to find an outlet to continue writing about sustainability – particularly when it comes to food.
Understanding world cultures through food travel
I love to travel and discover a new place with a hungry belly. I’m fascinated by the stories behind the food – the culinary heritage. Sometimes I return home to Joburg after a trip and try to find these same dishes or try to recreate them.
It never turns out the same but for one nostalgic meal I can pretend I’m back on the road. I’m not a chef or a nutritionist but I am a prolific experimental home cook and I will document these attempts in this blog with information on how to make some of the dishes. Try them at your own risk.
The story of migration to Joburg through food
Finally, and probably most importantly – there will be a lot of posts about Johannesburg, or as we call it – Joburg. The largest city in South Africa, and also known as the city of Gold, people first started moving here after 1886 when gold was first discovered and they haven’t stopped.
The urban sprawl and opportunity to business and career success draws people from all over the country – including myself as I’m originally from Durban.
I love living in a big city that celebrates diversity and I want to tell the stories of people who’ve come to live here from different parts of the world through the food they prepare. Sometimes I will cook with friends, sometimes I will blog about restaurants in the city serving food from other parts of the world. Their stories of migration will be told here.
Join me on a journey as I try to answer difficult questions for myself about how to live more sustainably in Joburg through the food choices we make and enjoy some food travel stories along the way!
*Wikipedia definition of a foodie: A foodie is a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and alcoholic beverages. A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger.