HELEN BURTON: Junk food cafe coming to Eastbourne soon

Helen Burton SUS-150709-171138001
Helen Burton SUS-150709-171138001

It’s been a big week for me this week. I’ve been trying to get a Real Junk Food Café off the ground in Eastbourne since last year when I visited the one in Brighton, and on Monday we held a meeting with a great bunch of volunteers who are going to make this happen!

The café will open in the next couple of months and will run on Wednesday lunchtimes at Elim Family Church, Hartfield Road. I’ve set up the backbone of the project but as I’m involved in so many other projects now I’m handing the RJFC over to others who have more experience in the kitchen! Part of me is sad not to be directly involved anymore because I think it’s going to be a fun project to be part of but there is only so much I can do. Sunny Soleil organised a fabulous soup for us at the meeting and if that and the pancakes she cooked were anything to go by then Eastbourne will be well served! Follow their progress on Facebook and if you want to be involved email belliesnotbins@gmail.com

Veganuary continues and I am loving being part of it. Although I’ve never really been interested in cooking I found a couple of snack recipes this week that require no cooking but lots of chocolate. My kind of recipes! Having modified the original recipe considerably my favourite is ‘Amaze balls’ which are little balls of high protein peanut buttery goodness covered in dark chocolate. If you want the recipe I’m going to add an ethical eating section to my website this week so if you want to have a look it can be found at www.ethicallifestlye.org

Ethical news: after the disappointment of government deciding recently to continue the badger culling (despite no evidence that it works in reducing bovine TB), there has been one big step forward in morality this week as the EU have banned testing cosmetic products on animals. This is a huge step forward for animal welfare so hurrah for the EU.

I’m going to end my column this week with the words of the late, great David Bowie. “It’s not politicians who will end oppression. It’s the radicals, with the stink in their clothes, rebellion in their brain, hope in their heart and direct action in their fists.” When I was elected to Pevensey Parish Council last April I was described as a Green activist ‘seeding a quiet revolution’, well I’m not sure about that but I have to say that as government cuts impact the poor I am seeing myself and others around me step up to those ideals as we fight austerity on several fronts. We are all capable of affecting change, and as I hand one project over, others come to the fore. There is still so much to do… but luckily there are also a lot of other volunteers, campaigners and ‘radicals’ who want to make the world a better place.