Time-travelling restaurant serves up old ideas

A time-travelling restaurant is transporting adventurous diners back to the Stone Age.

Holly Taylor’s pop-up eatery in Haywards Heath only serves food eaten by our hunter-gatherer ancestors tens of thousands of years ago.

The scientist-turned-restaurateur from Burgess Hill said her ‘paleo’ menu of meat, seafood, nuts, seeds and eggs is the “food our bodies were born to eat”.

And she even claimed her caveman cooking could cure conditions like irritable bowel syndrome.

She said: “We haven’t changed much for over 100,000 years but the food we eat has changed hugely. Our genetics haven’t been able to keep up.

“I believe our bodies are designed to eat the way we did before the agricultural revolution. So the idea of the restaurant is to eat meals based around a hunter-gatherer lifestyle.”

Ms Taylor’s menu includes wild duck and roasted vegetables with a prehistoric pudding of poached pear.

Flours containing gluten are replaced with rice, potato and ground nuts while grains, dairy, legumes and sugar are banned.

Healthy eating

Ms Taylor said: “What killed our ancestors was lack of hygiene and sanitation rather than the chronic disease like cancers and IBS that we suffer now. There is reasonable evidence that eating the way the cavemen did is much healthier.”

Her Pure Taste pop-up restaurant, which opens today, will appear at Jeremy’s Restaurant in Borde Hill, near Haywards Heath on the first Monday of every month.

Ms Taylor, who has a chemistry degree and lectures at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, has been volunteering in the kitchens at Jeremy’s and adjoining Elvira’s Cafe since last April.

She said: “People might expect the food to be boring but we are using the best of seasonal produce and we are determined to push the boundaries.

“So if people want to turn up in caveman costumes, that’s fine with me.”

 

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8:34am Tue 26 Feb 13

Old Ladys Gin says...

Who is to say our ancestors didn't have cancer and IBS?
I'd put even odds on it that they did, and a whole lot more besides.
They also lived short lives which may have been extremely violent.
It's a good free advert but that's about it.
Who is to say our ancestors didn't have cancer and IBS? I'd put even odds on it that they did, and a whole lot more besides. They also lived short lives which may have been extremely violent. It's a good free advert but that's about it. Old Ladys Gin

8:37am Tue 26 Feb 13

Tedious Pedant says...

I might nip in there one night before I go out clubbing.
I might nip in there one night before I go out clubbing. Tedious Pedant

8:45am Tue 26 Feb 13

Cave Johnson says...

Why is she trying to invoke science when she lectures at a mumbo jumbo 'college' that believes in a mysterious energy that guides our bodies?
Why is she trying to invoke science when she lectures at a mumbo jumbo 'college' that believes in a mysterious energy that guides our bodies? Cave Johnson

9:46am Tue 26 Feb 13

inadaptado says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
Why is she trying to invoke science when she lectures at a mumbo jumbo 'college' that believes in a mysterious energy that guides our bodies?
Because that's what sellers of mumbo jumbo do: give their products a lick of science-y paint to make them appear legit, even though if you look closely it's all hogwash. I guess it wouldn't be as effective if she said "hey, I have no idea of palaeontology or biochemistry, but I'm pretty sure caveman ate better than us because they didn't use gluten, dairy or sugar, which I've been told are really bad".
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: Why is she trying to invoke science when she lectures at a mumbo jumbo 'college' that believes in a mysterious energy that guides our bodies?[/p][/quote]Because that's what sellers of mumbo jumbo do: give their products a lick of science-y paint to make them appear legit, even though if you look closely it's all hogwash. I guess it wouldn't be as effective if she said "hey, I have no idea of palaeontology or biochemistry, but I'm pretty sure caveman ate better than us because they didn't use gluten, dairy or sugar, which I've been told are really bad". inadaptado

3:28pm Tue 26 Feb 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Sounds interesting.

To those against homeopathy - if you believe in it you can make your body better from an illness, the same way you can make yourself ill - my mother was a great believer in this and if she believed in something, it had a good effect on her.

If she went into a room and someone sneezed she believed she would catch their cold and she would - big time! She could convince herself into illness and wellness - it's amazing what your body is capable of.
Sounds interesting. To those against homeopathy - if you believe in it you can make your body better from an illness, the same way you can make yourself ill - my mother was a great believer in this and if she believed in something, it had a good effect on her. If she went into a room and someone sneezed she believed she would catch their cold and she would - big time! She could convince herself into illness and wellness - it's amazing what your body is capable of. getThisCoalitionOut

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