Sunday, July 11, 2010

Local cuisine

I don't think I've stated it on this blog before, but I have a complicated relationship with food. Namely, I think about where it comes from and how it was grown/raised. I also love it and am a total food snob in a lot of annoying ways. Lots of reading and discussing has led me to a place where my "food rules" are as follows:

-I only eat meat (includes poultry and four legged creatures) if I can confirm it was raised in a humane way, i.e. running around in the grass and killed in a so-called humane slaughterhouse. (I've done a significant amount of time as a vegetarian and 1 year as a vegan, so I've played the spectrum.)
-I eat fish. I don't eat the "bad" fish if I can help it. I consult these people to get an idea of what is okay and what is not. However: if I'm on call and starving for a protein source, I'm flexible.
-I buy free range/no antibiotics eggs, preferably from the farmer's market looking the farmer in the eye. At work, I eat any egg. I believe that this compromise makes me a happier resident (see also: well fed).
-I'm doing my best to decrease high fructose corn syrup. I don't think it's evil, per se, but the more I read, the more I'm convinced that it isn't doing anyone any favors.

Tonight for dinner, I made rice, Rancho Gordo heirloom beans, Ledge Ends CSA swiss chard with tomatoes, topped with farmer's market eggs. I'm pleased. And well fed. And also becoming more and more like my mother everyday (I'm pleased with that too).

3 comments:

twinsetellen said...

It's funny, because I think I grow more like my daughter every day, too. And am pleased.

twinsetjan said...

I find I am losing some weight now that I've just started to try to eat the foods that please me and leave out the ones that were just "filler." And the ones that please me are the ones I actually recognize as food.

Rachelle said...

I know what it is to have a food list, ha ha, except mine have to do with allergies. I can't have anything with gluten in it, or IBS triggers, etc. Makes for a limited diet, but I muddle through. I enjoy your blog, by the way! -Rachelle http://phoenixrachelle.blogspot.com/