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Nancy Platts became a vegetarian in her early twenties (that’s quite a while ago now, but you would never know it to look at her) as a personal protest at intensive farming methods.  Mrs Palmer, her cookery teacher, is owed considerable credit for delivering just about the only enjoyable lessons at secondary school.  She gave Nancy a valuable skill for life as well as helping her achieve a grade A at Food and Nutrition ‘O’ Level (thanks Mrs Palmer).

Nancy is passionate about cooking good vegetarian food for friends and family.  She loves it when friends either don’t realise they’ve not had any meat (victory for veggies) or say that they didn’t know veggie food could be so good.

She believes, that if she can do this on the strength of an ‘O’ Level, reading a few cookery books (ok, quite a lot of cookery books) and with a bit of love and attention, then chefs in pubs and restaurants should be able to do better.

Cleverly disguised as Mrs Pantry, her latest mission is to find out if they can.

Jillian Pitt MSc RPHNutr  is a Registered Public Health Nutritionist with the Association of Nutrition and juggles her nutrition career with being a busy Mum. Food is never very far away from her thoughts; whether it is promoting the tasty options of breadsticks and rice cakes to her young daughters; writing about food issues or planning the family’s meals.

Jill is passionate about promoting healthy eating to all sectors of society. Jill has spent a good few years working in public health nutrition and particularly enjoys campaigning for good food to be available as an affordable and healthy choice.

Jill has written extensively on a number of nutrition topics including reports to call the supermarkets to account and irresponsible marketing to children.

Jill very much hopes that she can bust some of the myths about food and shed some light on why certain foods should be eaten in large quantities and why others should only be eaten as treats.  Happy Eating!

Mrs Pantry and Jill will be joined on this blog by community reporters who will send in restaurant reviews and tell us where to get the best veggie fare in their area.

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