Thursday, 19 June 2008

FOOD OF THE POOR by Maggie

The latest food fashion is the "food of the poor" or peasant food, or local food or homegrown food.
Well, the real poor of the world have no food so its a pretty silly thing to say really.
What chefs and food writers are talking about is homegrown produce, picked daily after being grown seasonally. Prepared in the kitchen and eaten to provide sustenance.
Thinking globally this would include quick stir fried greens in Asian countries, green bean curry and rice in India, polenta and green vegetable casserole in Italy, Colcannon in Ireland, Sauteed greens and herbs in Mediterranean countries, Southern fried beans and greens from the USA, Greens and barley from Tibet, Green veggie pie from Cyprus, veggie soups from Japan, cabbage and potatoes from Russia, wild greens and herb salad from France.
The common thread in this collage of words is green.
Green veggies from many veggie families have sustained people for millions of years.
"Eat up your greens"!
"I don't eat greens"! spoken by adults and children in affluent countries.
Greens keep us healthy, they provide enzymes to digest food, cooking will destroy some vitamins and enzymes so it is important to eat raw greens with cooked foods.
The Italians always serve a green salad , served with a balsamic, olive oil dressing, to which is added fresh garlic and herbs (fresh enzymes and vitamins plus calcium and heaps more).
When you think of going green, go really green.
Check out a variety of greens to grow and learn how to prepare them.

5 comments:

Kate said...

Lovely, Maggie and I love the sawdust on the path. Your garden should feature in some sort of 'Vogue Vegetable Gardens' magazine!

Rachel said...

What a beautiful design; it looks so lovely. I think that planting with an eye to the aesthetic is the next challenge for me, so I'm taking a visual file of what you're doing for my thinking!

One of the best things for getting my 3-year-old interested in eating her greens has been planting them ourselves; it's much easier to get her to chow down when she's the one who helped me plant, water and then harvest! She makes me bust my buttons when we go to the weekly markets and says "Look, Mummy - that's the rainbow chard. But ours is prettier." ;-)

Maggie said...

Thanks Kate but a veggo mag would be better.
Rachel, I love your comment about your daughter and her veggie knowledge!
I am looking forward to sharing gardening and eating with my baby grandson once he is older.
We had an oval garden but it was too hard to pick and plant, so the path through the middle is great. We plan to extend the garden a bit so it winds into the herb section.
Rainbow chard is so great to look at and I am sure your daughter is right.

Rachel said...

well, it looks a little lacy at the moment (caterpillers, white fly), but I'm proud of it!

I always intended to do gardening when we got enough space (when we were living in Paris and London, I was a rigorous windowbox gardener!), but I found new inspiration with my daughter, mainly because I've found that gardening is another tool in the arsenal of keeping her occupied, happy and learning!! I'm sure you'll find the same with you grandson as well. I started with her at the begining of last spring when she was a little more than two, with her own box of sugar snap peas. That's worked a treat!

Deb said...

It seems to me that fresh vegies have become trendy which can only be good but...will it last and.... I have concerns about how some are grown , not the commercial vegies but the backyard ones, grown in manure,potting mix, too much fertilizer and the like.(I'll write something soon about that)
We have a saying when enjoying our food, 'Bet you can't get this anywhere else,.'money could never buy this flavour'
Maggie & Bob your garden looks so good you must be enjoying it.