Friday, June 8, 2012

Things do change.

I'm not quite as ... conscientious as Greta Cristina claims to be. Which is not to say that i don't have those ... tendencies. I refuse to call bartenders mixologists (bartender is an ancient and honourable title), though I do like to know where my food (especially my meat) comes from. And there is much to be said for getting out and trying new things. I make beer and spirits. Fresh is always good, I've no objection to locally grown (when I had a garden I much preferred growing my own veges), I do think we should be trying to eat more in season food rather than rely on food shipped vast distances - though part of that is concern stemming from wondering how we're going to feed ourselves when the zombie apocalypse comes, we have to have the skills to feed ourselves.
Artisanal isn't automatically a positive thing for me though, I can make my own bread pretty much as well as any artisanal baker. I can put together a decent cocktail - there much to be said for the simple classics. I make my own jam and pickle. Occasionally my own cheese. I buy the cheap cuts of meat and try and turn them into something good. I bake (not badly according to some). I only do all that because I get a kick out of it, it's fun. I don't mind the people who go rushing off after uber exclusive ingredients, it's just not for me. I don't think they necessary to get really good flavours. And I whole heartedly concur with the sentiment she expresses here though:
“If there’s a local speciality, I’d like to try it. If there’s a great local barbecue joint, a local diner that’s been here for decades, something along those lines… I’d love to go there.”
I like places that are a little worn around the edges, it often indicates that they've been there a while. And most places that survive for quite a while, survive because there's something good about them.
The point she makes at the end of the post is an interesting one though. Many a year ago, making your own preserves, baking your own bread etc, were respected values. Then for the most part, they got ... lost. In New Zealand at least, I don't think it's these acts are respected any more, but it has certainly become something unusual. Which is, imho, a sad thing. I get a kick out doing these things, I wonder how many other people would if they had the knowledge? And it's not as if it's difficult as a lot of people believe, it just takes a little time.

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