“You eat your values – don’t let them be fast, cheap and easy” says Alice Waters, the revolutionary chef and cookbook author. Maybe it’s my age but I’ve started to think seriously about what I eat; junk food has never been a sin of mine but Waters has pushed me to eat better.
I’ve been too lazy to go to Farmer’s markets up to a few months ago but I am hoping that my health is worth a little more money and a little inconvenience. Cooking becomes a pleasure again when you use fresh ingredients like in this simple Thai chicken and mint dish.
Alice Waters has started the “Slow Food” program that teaches children to make the right decision about how and what they eat.
This doesn’t mean of course that great food shouldn’t be appreciated just because it’s not green enough. I was at a friend of mine‘s today for a fabulous sunday brunch that ended with these great cakes made by her talented sister, Mona; The chocolate mousse and the baby kiwi cakes were divine.
I took a tour of the kitchen and w o w…
Just look at these pastry molds:
it’s true that a beautiful kitchen like this one makes you want to cook but I have had very delicious food coming out of small/dark/chaotic kitchens in my life (just dare to go to almost any parisian café’s kitchen)…
Today’ s food crisis makes us forget that good food like flowers should be affordable to everyone. As Jeffrey Sacks says “you can’t tell people who are dying of hunger in Africa to tighten their belts, as if they had belts”!
I would like to finish the post with these pictures instead of some starving kids in Africa which is approaching a meltdown with the crazy Mugabe and the criminal Janjawids.
How did she go from chocolate mousse to Darfur? I bet that you didn’t see it coming…
“I believe that he who sows utopia will reap reality. ”
“If food was no longer obliged to make intercontinental journeys, but stayed part of a system in which it can be consumed over short distances, we would save a lot of energy and carbon dioxide emissions.
And just think of what we would save in ecological terms without long-distance transportation, refrigeration, and packaging–which ends up on the garbage dump anyway–and storage, which steals time, space, and vast portions of nature and beauty.”
― Carlo Petrini, Slow Food Nation:
Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, and Fair
Salvador Dali said about wine : “Qui sait déguster ne boit plus jamais de vin mais goûte des secrets”
This is applicable to good food too.