I am a book snob (at least, that’s what I’ve been told. I’m pretty sure it’s not true, because I’m pretty sure actual book snobs wouldn’t deign to read the Twilight saga and I sure did). I am a film snob (hahahahhaha. Not actually though. Because Freddy Krueger, obviously).
I am a food preparation snob. Absolutely.
Here’s the thing, I used to buy a lot of pre-packaged food stuffs (like granola and granola bars). Cheerfully. There is an awful lot of convenience in those little packages of food. Now? Can’t do it. Okay, I absolutely can, and recently have, but I vastly prefer to make my own food. I have a wicked easy recipe for granola (that is the bomb with banana, raisins and milk)*, I love those Looneyspoons girls and their GRAINola bars,** and my big baking goal for 2015 is to learn how to make bread and get into a habit/routine of doing it regularly.
Along with bread making, I have a “five year plan” goal of learning how to competantly preserve my own food. Clearly this is more because I love homemade jam than anything, but it would be completely wonderful to be able to buy a metric fuck-tonne of good (Okanagan) fruit when it’s ripe and ready and properly preserve it. Nevermind the possibilities that abound for veggies, soups and sauces AND PICKLES.
This stretches to my son, too. When he hit the “six months and safe to eat ‘real’ food” mark, I made the decision to serve him as little as possible in the pre-packaged department. I did not get into my own rice/oat cereal making (though I would be interested in trying that if we have a second go ’round), but I have steamed seemingly endless pounds of carrots, squash and potatoes and paired those with similar measures of pureed meats, legumes and other such healthy creations. (So thrilled that kid is into toddlerhood and eating actual real foods like a rockstar. It is so wonderful to cook only one meal at any given meal time, for the most part.)
There was a time when my favourite French toast, waffle and pancake topper was butter flavoured syrup (on top of melted butter, obviously). Now? Maple. Maple syrup with an ingredients list that is limited to “maple syrup”, like the natural peanut butter we eat in this house that is made from (WAIT FOR IT. Ready? Kay…) peanuts. Just. Peanuts.
And here’s A Thing that I never thought, in all of my wildest flights of fancy, that I would ever experience: I am increasingly interested in studying the CORE (Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education) to obtain a hunting license. (I already have required firearms certification, and then some.) Never, not once, did I think that I could be interested in hunting and killing an animal. It doesn’t feel so off the mark, now. I respect the art of true hunting and the relationship between human and animal, honouring the sacrifice of the animal (or me, if I met a bear/cougar or was surprised by a moose) and using as much of it as possible. As much as I love the idea of locally and ethically sourced meat (and am lucky enough to have access to some really great locations to purchase that), I really appreciate the idea of hunting healthy animals. And fishing, too. (So to my friend who is “definitely not a poet,” I’m in. Teach me.)
I’m not perfect, but I’m really enjoying getting into a more whole foods lifestyle. It’s been really fun to learn more about nutrition, foods, additives and food preparation in the last few years. I have no doubt that, by the time I have mastered the art of canning, I will be living, off the grid, on a commune. With chickens and goats. (Probably alone, because I’m pretty sure that Mephy will only put up with so many of my hippie ways.)
Disclaimer: this has no bearing on you at all. You do what you gotta do, folks. You need to buy some Quaker granola bars? You do that. Like I said, I still do. They’re good, they are what they are and they serve their purpose. When given the time and opportunity, I will manufacture what I can in my own kitchen is all I’m saying.
…okay…. Am I a food snob, or a hipster doofus…?
(Image found @ Hipster Jew)
Do YOU make your own foods? What do you make and what do you buy? What are your recipes? Any bread-making advice for me?
*Go here: http://www.recipetineats.com/homemade-granola-muesli/ Have fun. Eat muchly. (I use pumpkin seeds and almonds, unsweetened dried cranberries, vanilla, coconut oil and honey.)
** Go here: http://www.canadianfamily.ca/recipe/grainola-bars/ (I used extra cranberries in place of the chocolate chips because when last I made these I was on a no-sugar challenge. …more on that later.)