Archive for ‘food’

June 10, 2010

Did Target miss the mark?

I guess I applaud Target for starting to sell food in their stores. But somehow, to me, it is not a pleasant or familiar food shopping type environment. Something about it is just uncomfortable. Everything fresh, with the exception of a small partial aisle of bins in the produce area of apple, potatoes, etc…, but everything else, is in plastic, in refrigerated glass front coolers. They don’t exactly make the food convenient either, even though it is all convenience foods, because you have to walk all the way across the store from the doors, through many aisles of merchandise to the back side wall of the store to even find the food section. They do have “fresh” meat and produce, but since it comes to the store packaged in plastic, then stacked in those coolers, I have to wonder, how fresh is it really? Then there is aisle after aisle of boxed, bagged and canned goods, the common menagerie of processed foods so many people today rely on for their main food source. Odd how they call them “goods”, when I am wondering if they are in fact “bads”. I did buy a couple of lemons there one day and they got moldy in about 2 days, faster than from most other places I buy “fresh” produce. So again, how fresh is it? Even though I am surrounded by food I feel the same as if I were in the electronics or clothing department. I don’t think it is something I can get past. Success may be more than location, it may ultimately come down to what is being offered. There is just nothing about the food shopping experience in Target that feels right or comfortable to me. Sorry Target, nothing personal … but maybe that’s it, it just feels cold and impersonal, not a happy inviting place with live foods that will sustain healthy life!

March 10, 2010

Food is Love!

I just had a revelation! It’s actually been simmering around in my head for a while and it just began to show signs of something recognizable. Food is Love! Food is literally the physical manifestation of love for the universe. It is so true! Every living thing has to “eat” in order to survive and it is a drive more powerful that any other, rivaling sex or reproduction, but we usually eat first! After food, love is what humans really all crave and desire most in our hearts, like being hungry for food is what we desire most in our bodies. In our daily life we all have an ongoing quest for food. It’s like breathing, we have to do it. It is not something we can stop. But we don’t get excited and want to share our air. We don’t put any effort into making air or breathing at all, it is there and we just do it. But we prepare food for ourselves and for those we care about and love every day. We grow gardens to provided food for those we care about and love including ourselves. We work to get money to buy our food, either by going out to eat or to have a house to store it in with a kitchen to prepare and enjoy it. We invite others to eat and share our food with us because we love them and enjoy spending the quality time unique to a table full of good foods. Family gatherings and special occasions in all cultures are centered around wonderful, aromatic, delicacies usually prepared lovingly by the family members who make each dish special. We offer food on our altars, love offerings they are sometimes called, in almost all of humans religious faiths. When someone dies, we take food to the family to show our love and concern for them. We grow or buy, prepare and eat food because we love ourselves, our bodies are hungry and if we are conscientious eaters we try to eat food that is most nourishing to keep us healthy. Food and love go hand in hand. We give chocolate on our lovers holidays and special occasions. We eat cake at our weddings and special events. We refer to our favorite foods as comfort foods and we reserve them for special times or when we need something to help make us feel better. We celebrate and remember those we love by cooking their favorite dishes. With food we give and receive love. In addition to providing us with our necessary nutrition, food just simply makes us happy. There is no denying it, we love it ♥

January 6, 2010

Hunger In America

Hunger is a worldwide problem that never goes away and should be more curable now than ever before. I heard that 1 in 8 Americans struggle with hunger. How can that be? This is the wealthiest nation on the planet where you could live and dine like a king from dumpsters!  The answer is in going back to our roots to what we know and that is growing our own food. Sharing food and the things we produce with our neighbors and theirs with us. It’s about community, doing the simple basic things that each and every one of us need and helping each other. It’s about taking care of ourselves and those we know. Watch the 31 second video:

http://osocio.org/message/who_is_the_1_in_8_in_your_life/

Can we each consider what we can do so that no one is hungry because they are without food? Plant an herb, a tomato plant, a patch of greens in your yard. Share them with your friends and neighbors. Save seeds and share them too! Get some chickens. That’s how it used to be!

I love this excerpt from a cookbook in my collection, The New Glorious American Food by Christopher Idone, talking about life in the late 1700’s when the whole country was still wilderness and mostly unsettled, “The frontier folk were a poor lot who managed to get by with little … but a young visiting Frenchman, Francios Michaux, recorded that there was not “a single family without milk, butter, salted or dried meats and Indian corn generally in the house”.” America was founded as an agrarian society as all people have been through most of human history.  While we can’t stop progress, but we can preserve what’s too important to try to change!

January 4, 2010

What’s for breakfast?

I must admit, I don’t really like breakfast, or is it breakfast food? I don’t get far in the day with just cereals or a bagel. And breakfast meats with nitrates just isn’t going to be good enough for me any more either. I like eggs and there is lot you can do with them, but it just seems there needs to be more. I need to do some work on the subject of breakfast and develop some recipes that are something to look forward to making and eating first thing in the morning. My chef trained daughter suggested I look into breakfast foods of other cultures. When I was in Mexico once, I noticed the fresh fruit and juice at breakfast every day really added something I realized I’d been missing all my life. But I don’t like the sweet stuff. Except on special occasions I’ll do something like make beignets, french donuts like the Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans, or Pecan Waffles. That’s what I’ll make today, with fresh organic oranges on the side!

January 1, 2010

New Year Resolutions

For the new year I decided to make a resolution to finish the project I started a few years ago. I had been inspired by a young friend who had no idea how to cook food for herself and her husband. She came to my house all the time, watched me cook and ate with us. One day she asked me if I would teach her how to cook because it cost them so much money to buy all their food out all the time. I bought her a red and white checked Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and wrote out a couple of basic recipes I had made for dinner that she liked and away she went. She began to make her own food instead of eating out for breakfast, lunch and dinner and was amazed at how much money she saved. Her husband was very happy and they were able to afford for him to go back to school even. She now has 4 children and happily prepares all there own food except when they want to eat out.  I recently watched the movie, Julie and Julia, and was inspired by the idea of her cooking her way through the cookbook. I decided what I need to do instead is cook my way to the cookbook! So every day, to the best of my ability, I will write and cook at least one recipe for my cookbook. I’ve created many in the last couple of years with some of my best created in this last year. I am excited to share them and hope I can convey how to prepare the wonderful dishes we make here at home. I will so by best and report on my progress. From time to time, I will share a recipe and would appreciate feed back. Please let me know how you like the food and if the recipe was clear and easy to follow. I haven’t decided what to make tomorrow. I like to plan my dishes and meals by what I find available and fresh each day I can shop. I believe the ideal is to shop for fresh food every day, but know we have to by ahead often with our busy schedules. I will try to keep this in mind with each recipe because it’s just more fun to cook if its not too complicated and the main point is to enjoy the preparation of delicious food that can then be enjoyed for our health and happiness. That is my goal, for my children and friends who always love my food and ask me how to make the things they like best and everyone who appreciates real good food, to share what I know about food. Home made doesn’t mean inferior, quite to the contrary, you will pleasantly find that you can dine on finer fare made at home in your own kitchen then some  of the finest restaurants in the country. I know, I do it all the time!

With this in mind, I created another blog devoted to the book: http://thefoodbook.wordpress.com/

November 10, 2009

lions, tigers and bears oh my

This isn’t about food. It’s about us. It’s about them. Them, in this case, is all the other species. I read the other day that in just one or two more decades there won’t be any more lions left in the wild. That’s just 10 -20 years from now! I may have grandchildren who don’t know what it’s like to have wild animals on planet earth like I grew up with. A couple of weeks ago I read how there are less than 4000 tigers in the wild and over 10,000 in captivity. Only about 1000 of those being in zoos with the rest owned privately. The point here is that the wildlife on our planet isn’t very wild anymore. The wild places are being developed, cleared and taken over by us, the homo sapiens. I don’t even like to think about the reported over 27,000 species per year going extinct. The planet is considered by scientists today to be going through a mass extinction even as I write this. It’s not from any sudden cataclysmic event like the causes of past earth extinctions that we know of. As I found on the site: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/03/2/l_032_04.html , “it’s not a chance asteroid collision, nor a chain of climatic circumstances alone that’s at fault. Instead, it is chiefly the activities of an ever-growing human population, in concert with long-term environmental change”. What is wrong with us as a species that we cannot see, acknowledge or figure out how to live on this planet without using up and destroying everything else on a scale rivaling global annihilation of life? I think we have the mental capability to figure out how to do it, easily. We have the resources on the planet, if it’s not too late, to make the things we need in a sustainable way so we stop the destruction and endless exhaustion of resources. We certainly have the numbers of people to do the physical work required for any project, even on a global scale. We have the pooled finances between us to accomplish anything we want, which shouldn’t even be an issue since it’s our responsibility for messing it up in the first place. There is no reason I can think of why we, the homo sapiens, as a species do not, can not and are not stopping the waste and destruction of the planet itself and every living species on it, including ourselves … except plain old laziness. I would have said ignorance, but I think even the most remote members of indigenous tribes are getting the gist of things aren’t going along like they used to. Many or most of us see or have heard things on the planet aren’t all that great. I don’t mean to belittle us all when I say laziness but I feel it myself. It’s too much sometimes to have to think about the burden of changing my whole lifestyle to do my share to effect the changes we all need to make in the world for it to survive. It’s easier for us to just wish it weren’t the way it is. Hope someone else will take care of it. Trust the planet will heal itself and it’ll all just all be ok like we took for granted it always would be, without us as an individual having to do anything or change our life. But it just can’t go on like it has and still is. It is like a bubble getting bigger and bigger. It will burst. There is no place on the planet that is not at least beginning to feel the squeeze of human encroachment from the swell of our population. There are just too many people to support the way the global economy has been set up. Sure it’s nice to have everything and anything we can think of right down the road, 24/7, but we also have to consider the cost. We must either willingly realize what we are doing and change our ways soon or we will sooner or later, inevitably be forced to change, like it or not. Just like our recent global financial meltdown, the rampant resource-based consumerism will melt down because the stuff to make it all just won’t be there anymore. I knew someone once who had a job just to earn the money to go shopping at Wal-Mart and other discount stores because it made her happy. That’s what she enjoyed doing. Driving to the stores to buy stuff she didn’t need just to have something enjoyable to do. Seriously, there are alternatives and we have to stop being stupid. What really concerns me most is the soil, water and other resources that won’t be there to make the stuff we call food. We take it for granted more than anything else. Food is everywhere in our world. It’s there in a dazzling array of endless variety in the supermarkets scattered across this country not more than 5 miles away from any of us, if that far and usually at least a convenience store much closer open 24 hours a day! Without lifting a finger, to grow, make or produce it, we have abundant, pretty food at our fingertips practically all the time. I guess this little blog was about food after all. That’s all I have to say about this for now. Don’t know what to do in my immediate world about the lions and tigers but be sad for their plight. And I also wish, hope that somewhere, someone on this planet can effect the changes that need to be made before it’s too late for everything.