Saturday, January 20, 2007

Here there be Foodies

...of monstous proportions!

We've always been foodies (or, gourmet, depending on the company we're keeping), but several things made me think of this again recently.

One is the very cool book, Hungry Planet, by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Luisio. It's almost appalling how much packaged stuff we in the "civilized" world eat compared to the foods that are consumed by the families of smaller villages that produce their own food. Seems like, as DH noted, that the more "advanced" the culture, the worse the quality of food becomes.

The other is a chat I had with a colleague of DH's. I teased him about being at the office even though he was retired. I said that if DH were retired, he'd be home all the time, gardening. This gentleman said that he went through that "phase", and that when you realize how much hard work that was, it's more relaxing to go to the office. It's a bit sad that some people consider growing their own food a "phase", or only do it because their finances dictate it (and they stop as soon as they can afford not to grow their own food).

For us, we grow our own food because it tastes far superior to anything store-bought. The quality of our food is so much more important to us than the cost (although that is a pleasant part too).

We live to eat. Others eat to live. We are Foodies.

(The photos shows a strawberry shortcake I made with our own strawberries and mint leaves.)

"To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge." ~ Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)