I’m noticing that several streams are coming together for me and, like people at my parties, they are all ending up in the kitchen!
– Localvorism: buying local foods both for environmental reasons and to move away from being part of the machine (hey I KNOW Farmer Nick, Eggland? Not so much….)
– Slow Food movement – cooking my own dinner, not being part of the 51% of American meals that are eaten outside the home. Though I must say “guilty as charged” for plenty of lunches and dinners, alas 😦
– Creativity – as long as I’m going to trouble myself to cook, I have been actually (Gasp) cooking – not just microwaving what someone else made me for dinner or lunch. This has led to a lot of odd little mustgo meals (everything that Must Go — from my brother-in-law Tom’s days working in an Eating club when he was at Princeton) which are frugal (using up those mustgo leftovers), healthy and quite delicious. tonight’s odd offering – leeks, asparagus, Trader Joe’s apple-chicken sausage and because the apples seemed a good idea, 1/2 an apple, plus garlic and pepper jack cheese. Sound odd? Make some – it’s delish!
Simple living – cooking for oneself – indeed, doing anything for oneself – is frugal, conscious, and I believe innately satisfying.
Social activism/cultural change – by taking charge of my own life, especially when it involves food I’ve bought directly from the farmers growing it, I’m saying NO to corporate personhood and The Machine. I’m also in a sidebar way (but in my opinion, just as importantly) saying no to “Health” “Care” –whomever pays for it, a lot of mainstream medical care is fixing what we broke by what we did or didn’t eat. Me? I’d rather spend my money and time on food than drugs. Just not into drugs, thanks very much.
Making dinner is so much more than making dinner. I’m glad I thought of that. And glad I thought of throwing in that apple – I think it’s what made the dish!