My journey to becoming a foodie!@

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Before I was introduced to all the wonderful chefs of Food Network back in 1999 there was Jamie Oliver–the Naked Chef. I admit that the first time I heard the title of his show on BBC I thought “I wonder if they’ll show it here on American TV seeing as how he is naked”.  Much to my surprise the title of his show was just that and not to be taken quite so literally. Previous to my love for American chefs, and American cooking I was also highly influenced, and still am, by these British chefs also- Nigella Lawson, Gordon Ramsay, and Delia Smith. Of course before Jamie there were the fabulous French chefs on PBS every afternoon at 4pm. Now those chefs have been in my life for many years starting with Julia Child (American chef) whom I still watch today (DVD collection). I love the cooking shows and documentaries on PBS – to this day PBS is still my favorite television station. Some of the very first blogs I read, way back in the late 90s, were foodie blogs. My favorite to this day, that I’ve followed for twelve years, is Sarah Cooks .

So to continue my journey’s beginning- my favorite cookbook of Jamie’s is Jamie at Home. My favorite recipe is Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad. I love that Jamie was one of the first chefs to create and promote healthy recipes/living. At the same time I was watching Jamie’s show I was also watching the first of Martha Stewart’s cooking shows.

From Jamie, the Naked Chef and Martha Stewart’s food segment’s on the Martha Stewart Living shows in the early nineties to Ina Garten, Tyler Florence, Mario Batali and Paula Deen. I became utterly and completely smitten with Food Network and its cooking shows. Eventually, I began collecting cookbooks and instead of just watching the chefs cook or bake something– I began cooking or baking their dishes. From that came wanting to source the best ingredients and the beginnings of a love affair of ordering exotic ingredients or hard to find ingredients online. From that came my passion for building a beautifully stocked pantry and purchasing the best pots and pans and cooking gadgets available on the market. Finally all of it led to my ambition in 2004  to cook and bake with whole foods, whole food ingredients- which is were chef Alice Waters and documentarian Michael Pollan come in. From this ambition and life-changing way of living came this blog which started in 2008.

After having sourced most of our food from farmer’s markets for so many years, I eventually became quite interested in homesteading. Which is were following blogs like those listed under my I heart homesteading blogs come in to play. From my absolute love of farming, growing my own, and living a more sustainable life, has come the desire to buy land and grow my own food.

Relocating has been something we’ve talked about for quite some time. It was always going to be something we did by our retirements. Finally, the stars have all come into alignment and we’ve decided to return back to the country I was born and raised for some time in and buy a piece of land. I am still a citizen of that country so our relocating there is a lot easier for me (and my family) to do than it might be for others. Our plan is to purchase the land very soon and then start the moving process shortly after. We hope to be settled by this time next year.

I hope you have enjoyed my journey on becoming a foodie. Until next time–do your body a big favor and choose to eat good food!

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FOOD INC.

My husband has always been very supportive of our movement toward an all organic diet. I think he may at times have felt I was a bit too gung- ho about nutrition, but eventually he has come to agree eating more whole foods is going to be better for us both short and long-term. I’ve spent years working with special diets, I even created meal plans for the clients I worked for in the group homes that I managed. I’m not a nutritionist, but I have taken classes in nutrition and food safety.

Quite a few years ago I visited a commune.  While at this commune I observed their way of living and the food they were growing. Their produce was bigger than any produce I had ever seen.  They grew vegetables and certain varieties that I had never known. Those living in the commune were healthy-almost a super healthy look; long shiny flowing hair, glowing faces, bright eyes and lots of energy. That memory will stay with me all the rest of my life. I want my husband and I to not only feel healthy, but to also look healthy and living an all around healthy lifestyle.

In the last few years I have discovered a whole realm of people like me who are tired of eating food filled with preservatives, chemicals, and additives. People just like me who are devoted to eating local and living healthy.

This weekend we watched Food Inc. We truly believe that the things we have done have been significant- changing our diet and eating organic. During the movie we looked at each other and knew that there are many more things we need to do. And just maybe, judging by my husbands eyes and shocked expressions, he is all right with my being so enthusiastic.

People know they need to make a change. Often they just won’t because it involves too much work. Watch Food Inc. you will clearly see that any change you need to make will involve much less work than you’ve ever imagined.  The road to better health is well traveled. More and more people everyday begin walking on it to save themselves, help save others, and save our Earth.

Make a difference. Thank you Robert Kenner, Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan.

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In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

 

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I am finding the book  In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan to be very educating. It answers many of my questions about “what is healthy to eat?” The book spends ample time explaining why it is important, crucially important, to buy locally (farmers’ markets, food stands, local farmers and growers) grown food.

Michael is in Madison Wisconsin at the Kohl Center 9/24/09 7:00 PM.  He is also the keynote speaker at the Food for Thought Festival, in Madison,on 9/26/09 at 10:00 am.