10 March 2009

Slow Food

Ever since our trip to Italy in October, I have loved the concept of slow food.  I really enjoy shopping at markets for seasonal goods - as well as things that are grown as locally as possible. I find that I am pickier about meat and where it comes from.  But the current economy makes it a bit more difficult to just run to Whole Foods (one of my favorite places, especially in the winter when there are far fewer markets to visit) to do all of my shopping.  You can imagine how excited I was to discover the term "peasant food", defined in Wikipedia as 

"Peasant foods often involve skilled preparation by knowledgeable cooks using inventiveness and skills passed down from earlier generations. Such dishes are often prized as ethnic foods by other cultures and by descendants of the native culture who still desire these traditional dishes even when their incomes rise to the point where they can purchase any food they like."

I think that the concept of peasant food is so appropriate in our current economic time.  For me, it elicits a sense of nesting, and comfort foods, as well as really making something fabulous out of something healthy and not that expensive.  As I love to cook, the idea that peasant food is well-prepared and healthy inspires me to try more recipes. 

Last night I tried Ratatouille for the first time and it was fabulous!  I served it with a hearty rye bread and a salad, and everyone but #3 really enjoyed it.  

Tonight I will be making a roast chicken with grilled asparagus and roasted potatoes with rosemary.  I don't do roast chickens as much as I would like, and I am going to try a new technique to see if it comes out as tender and juicy as it claims~

Bon Appetite!


Ciara said...

Oooh! You're making me hungry! I've been feeling a bit uninspired about food lately, so thanks for a bit of inspiration. I do love the whole Slow Food movement. One of my measuring-sticks for my life is a quote from it:' If you don't have time in your life to make bread then something is wrong.'

It's been a while... oh dear.

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LovingPrettyThings said...

all those dishes sound so fabulous - would love to see a recipe! So happy to have stumbled on to your Blog. Have had fun reading some previous posts - I'm a fan! Can't wait to read more.

Joyce said...

Oh this looks so good! I think I need to put my camera down and head back into the kitchen! xoxo
PS I love Whole Foods too!

Allidink said...

That looks so good! Did you watch the movie after eating it? ;)

All the best,

Anne Marie said...

So glad to see there is still a growing number of people involved with Slow Food...being a lifetime member of that organization I whole heartily agree....