In the introduction to Cooked, by Michael Pollan (which I have just started reading) he wrote:
"And it is entirely possible that, within another generation, cooking a meal from scratch will seem as exotic and ambitious-as 'extreme'- as most of us today regard brewing beer or baking a loaf of bread or putting up a crock of sauerkraut."
I can imagine this. And I suppose this is my response.
What if we consider cooking a creative act? Would that encourage more people to cook? Make it more of an experience to be enjoyed rather than a chore?
What if it is simple and flexible? What if a recipe is only a place to start?
Here are my goals and the parameters that I set for food:
- To cook with mostly local foods, organic foods, bulk foods and with what is in season.
- To grow as much of my food as I can.
- I eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, pasta, dairy products, eggs and occasionally meat.
- To eat minimal sugar and less wheat.
- To have a well stocked pantry (even though I live 1 1/2 blocks from a grocery store).
I want to share the story of how I cook. As inspiration. As an act of protest. I have no special training, other than the experience of cooking for at least 35 years (maybe I could even claim over 40?) and being a voracious reader of recipes.
My goal is to post every weekend. Not so much recipes, because there are a lot of wonderful ones out there. But to share what ingredients I'm working with for the week, how I plan ahead to make cooking easier on busy days, where my ideas come from, and some of the the things that I prepare. I will probably share my food gardening here as well.
I hope some of you will share your ideas.
And so I begin...