I am getting back into the groove of cooking and baking more at home, especially bread and enjoying every bite of what I eat because it was made at home, with love! :)
My resolution to create from scratch only gets strengthened everyday, as I come across more and more blogs that talk about dietary restrictions effected by some sort of dietary system disorder. In fact, it almost seems, the trend these days is to talk gluten-free, dairy-free.. etc.-free.
I have always wondered if this was the way human race was supposed to progress by Darwinian mechanisms or if our collective desire for ever-more instant gratification is, ironically, leading us individually down the path of regimented self-denial. Then, this morning I read this very informative post by Regula that set my mind into overdrive brooding over the perils of modern day living!
Drama aside, the loss of traditions in food and eating has more than just a cultural impact on our lives. These days, it has serious health concerns. Slow Food to many, sounds like New Age, Hippie jargon but, really, I think it is just that many of us have lost the connection with eating well and hence do not relate to it.
Reading books like this, makes me yearn for those times of foraging, living off what the land around you provides, growing vegetables in your garden and making everything at home, feeding the family with meals that were made from start to finish with the utmost care and respect for the ingredients. What is more, these simple choices build a community and bonds within, in sharing with neighbors in times of abundance and scarcity.
Yes, I realise I am being both ironic and idealistic. I live in New York, a place that seemingly epitomizes the constant quest for material perfection - faster, sooner, NOW. But, it is also the place where changing ideas and mind sets are accepted with as much instance. So, while there is a seeming dichotomy in the juxtaposition of the towering sky scrapers and the farmers' markets, there is space for the idealists like me to sit by the window and imagine a flourishing window-sill garden or an uniquely green wall art and daydream of a day when I can wind back time to a more relaxed, enjoyable and peaceful way of living.
Until then, all I can do is eat well and stay healthy and make and enjoy meals together with friends and family!
Now, for the Giveaway... It's a sweet one! Winner of the giveaway is Melody! Congratulations Melody!!! Hope you love the chocolates.
Have a great week and bake more! I leave you with a recipe for Grape Focaccia below that makes for incredible sandwiches if you save enough after devouring it with olive oil and good balsamic!