the study & love of food
garlic – feijoas – heirloom tomatoes
I have always had a healthy relationship with food and was raised on good, simple meals that provided sustenance and energy for an active and studious childhood. But that relationship has started firing on all cylinders since my elimination diet last year after which I became gluten-free. The appreciation is becoming a passion, defining moments in our travels, an expansion of our tastebuds and knowledge, and a let’s-get-even-healthier crusade.
The benefits and satisfaction of mostly homemade meals, seasonal produce and quality animal products are even more in focus as I expand my skills, confidence and knowledge in the kitchen. I wish I could bottle and share the inspiration and gratitude I feel from my weekly market visit – sometimes I want to hug the farmer when I excitedly discover what leafy greens he has that day. When another farmer hands me change with dirt under their fingernails and says “these were picked yesterday” or offers a cooking tip, I am so grateful to the local families who bring us this nutrition.
Together my husband and I absorb tv shows and documentaries and attend interesting lectures and cookbook launches. My own explorations include books and blogs which we then discuss over dinner or on our walks. I’m not one for blindly (ha!) following trends so together we determine where we stand on food issues in a way that works for us. It’s a big study and I often remind myself not to be overwhelmed by information, (and misinformation) or conflicting ideas. I think it’s really important to walk away from information gathering if it gets too stressful and to never forget common sense or just listening to one’s body. Stress will undo the goodness of the best of food. Currently I’m focused on tuning into the rhythms of seasonal plant foods. I’m buzzing with excitement at this deepening relationship.
Rick Stein – tv – Food Heroes & Spain
Fox’s Lane – blog – beautiful photos & seasonal farm living, Australia
How is your relationship with food or cooking? Do you also determine your own food practices amongst all the information/misinformation/trends? Have you come across any great books, shows or documentaries lately?