It is sometimes hard to decide what to eat. Expecially when you are travelling and trying to find a good restaurant a little bit too late - when you are already too hungry. You find yourself eating just something. Been there done that. But talking seriously, it is nowadays also a little bit difficult to decide where and what kind of food I should buy and why. There are so many point of views to consider. How to make a right decision?
I guess you just have to start from somewhere. I've tried to remember few things when I go to grocery store. First of all I try to keep my shopping list seasonal. I don't try to buy strawberries in the middle of the winter. We have picked up our strawberries in summer - we have them in freezer for our winter mornings. But you know also freezing has it problems. It takes a lot of energy. So what is the final truth of this? Do you know?
I also try to buy local food as much as I can find. In summer time it is much easier. You can grow your own vegetables. We don't have so much time or space to grow everything...but this summer I chose to grow salads. That is one thing I'm very happy about. But you do as you feel and you are comfortable with. I know not everybody like gardening or don't have place to grow. Then the market is great place to buy vegetables and fruits from local producers.
There is also lot to eat in our nature. Wild edibles have been coming to our kithens and even to fine dining restaurants. If you haven't tried foraging yet, I recommend. I blogged about it about year ago. Last year I also wrote another post about nettle.
The newest foraging experience is from beginning of June. I was in food photography workshop in Sweden. It was Aran Goyoaga's workshop and it was suberb! There we had beautiful days with good food and great people. One day we went to foraging with Ola Rudin from Saltimporten restaurant.
Ok, let's get back to garden. I bought a chili plant in spring and it is producing wonderfully. I'm also growing tomatoes and waiting them to turn red. It's not perfect - you know - this gardening of mine. Everything doesn't go like I have planned like tomatoes...they grow too slow...but still I really hope that they produce me new good seeds this year. But one thing is for sure. Every year you learn something new about gardening by doing it.
Respecting nature with right choises concerning about food is something I really hope we could all do. It's not so clear always what is right and what is wrong but you can always ask a friend or try to find the answer from internet or even read a book about it. Have to admit that I and maybe you too feel this question about food overwhelming time to time. But you know what? I think the good start is to learn more step by step and try to make a good habit of it. What do you think?
We had a great party at our house this weekend and if you haven't already seen, go here and see my party look! It was a fun evening!
And now I wish you a great beginning of the week!