One fine Saturday morning on the Twitter, people started to get really heated about ColeWorths; this time vegetables were in the line of supermarket fire.
Steady, aim… Lisa shared a post about the subject. Watch her ideas spread across the digital landscape. Nice.
Describe your dish
This red curry with Thai eggplant is a recent dish of mine and I’m a little bit in love with it, because its not that I invented a new veggie Thai curry, but because I just used a bunch of beautiful fresh ingredients I had bought at the markets that day. I’d never bought or cooked with Thai eggplant but bought them anyway; plus I incorporated sweet cherry tomatoes, green beans, kumera, baby corn, red curry paste, kaffir lime leaves, coconut milk and fresh herbs. The flavours and textures in the resulting curry combined into something unexpectedly special and it was so easy to make. I love it when that happens. I served it with brown rice that I’d cooked and frozen a few weeks ago, so the whole thing took about 30 minutes to prepare and cook.
How does this dish portray your relationship with food?
I am an unashamed “foodie” and absolutely love trying new restaurants and dishes. For me, food adventures are one of life’s great pleasures. When I’m not trying restaurants and eating out (from zero to twice or three times a week), the rest of the time I’m very diligent with exercise and food, making dishes from scratch and ensuring I eat a truck load of fresh fruit and veggies. They’re the staple of my diet so I’m always looking for a killer recipe using fresh ingredients that’s simple and quick. This one nailed it.
What inspired your food behaviour?
Two things. As an operator of farmers’ markets I now understand how important it is to support local food growers and eat what is in season. I used to blindly buy cherries from the supermarket, imported from the US in winter if I felt like them; or garlic imported from China. Now I buy mostly local and what is in season: it’s cheaper, usually has travelled less to get to my shopping bag and it forces me to get creative. Not to mention supporting our local farmers!
The second thing came from reading Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. I’d generally had a “natural is better” outlook but this book confirmed it and was such a light bulb experience reading that book. In Defense of Food totally changed my attitude to eating, cooking and shopping. Whilst I’m not vegetarian, I do cook a lot of vegetarian dishes and I feel I’m still on my “journey of health”, navigating my way through my great love of food and dining out whilst being as healthy as I can the rest of the time.
What do you wish for the future of food?
It saddens me that so many people eat processed food and don’t realise how much the health of themselves and their children are in jeopardy as a result of what they put in their bodies. I know everyone is time-poor, however I think we are losing our “cultural memory” about how to create simple, tasty and healthy meals from scratch, like our parents and grandparents did. I’d love to live in a world where people question their food sources more; read labels; shop less in supermarkets and more at farmers’ markets; and make the decision to eliminate as much processed food from their diets as possible. As consumers we have enormous power – and if we start voting with our wallets, supermarkets, food producers and governments will start to sit up and listen. We might also experience “an epidemic of health”.
And obviously as an operator of farmers’ markets I would like more people to shop at markets and give supermarkets a miss, because the other thing I would love is that for small local farmers to thrive and continue to be able to make a living from growing food. I know that farmers’ markets are growing in popularity and that more people are questioning their food choices, but we still have a lot of work to do.
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