31/07/2010

Waste not, want not.

I was reading rather late into the night last night. Once you start on food blogs there are so many to choose from that you can get carried away. Okay, I can get carried away, and frequently do. There is something...warm about the way that people can connect via the sharing of food. When there is so little of it in parts of our world, to find people that appreciate it to the fullest extent is incredibly heartening. We know how lucky we are to be able to just buy what we need, when we need it, or even if we just want it. 

We have so much available to us, so much decent, quality produce that to spoil it with over-processing is shameful. Taking a basket of beautiful fruits, at their very best, and just eating them on their own to savour the true tastes is far preferable to processing it all down into a mush then squeezing the resultant paste into tubes and adding dairy. Frubes, I ask you. (These, in case you don't know what I am on about -  http://www.ocado.com/webshop/product/Petits-Filous-Frubes-Yogurt-Pouches/30545011)

Is it any wonder that we get children who have a loathing of texture and of 'bits' in their food? It's not just fruit, how about eating meat off the bone? Learning how to just eat around a bit of gristle, working out how to get all the flesh off an olive and ejecting the stone? Why does everything have to be refined, and made easy? So much is wasted, and that is not how it should be.

2 comments:

Kavey said...

Totally agree... so many people miss the BEST of good, fresh produce because they don't know, and are therefore terrified, how to handle bones, texture, imperfect bits...

Lisa said...

Ooh - welcome!

We had lamb shanks tonight, and I took a photo of them to put up. Caught myself thinking "Oh, people may not like that!" but then thought "Well, tough."

We owe the animals who provide us with food some respect, surely. Shoving perfectly cut pieces into packages so no-one knows the origin of their food is just wrong.