Sunday, August 16, 2009

Slow Food

I link Food with Love.

Food is nourishing.
It can cheer us up.
It can connect us with old friends again
Our mothers give it to us to show their love...
I am sad that in our hectic lives, many families don't have the time to sit down at a dinner table and break bread with the people they love. I am sad that food has become something that we quickly consume on the go through a drive through. We've become satisfied with bad quality food that does more harm than good, just because it's convenient.

This weekend, a girlfriend and I went to our local Farmer's Market and then a cooking class. It was our second time doing this together, and I really enjoyed it. The cooking class that we went to was at the Green Plum Cooking School. It's a free class every Saturday morning, taught by renown chef Monica Pope who runs an awesome restaurant called T'afia. She really enourages the enjoyment of cooking, and making everything from scratch. Slow Food over Fast Food. Her menu changes often, because she bases her dishes on whatever is sold at the Farmer's Market - she is an avid supporter of local produce. On the menu for the cooking class was Pan Roasted Potatoes, Elk, and Fetta

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She taught us how to make this awesome brine to soak fetta in while it's stored in the fridge, and this AMAZING potato dish that was sauteed in an olive oil and duck fat combo (what potatoes in Heaven must taste like). And the
Pièce de résistance was definitely the Elk. Have you ever tried Elk? It has to be the silkiest, softest most delicious meat I have ever eaten in my life!

And then to top off that delicious food, I bought some macarons from the Farmer's Market. And yes, they tasted just as good as they looked!

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(the winner of the Strikk Giveaway is Katie - congrats!)

40 comments:

muchlove said...

great post! It's nice to slow down and appreciate truly good food. That cooking class must have been so much fun.
And those macarons look so thick and yummy!

Jennifer Rose said...

a free cooking class sounds great, wish there was one around here. is elk really gamey? I would think it taste like deer but not sure.

Hello, darling said...

Yum. I wish there was cooking class like that over here. Would make me tres happy. I love it when I cook stuff from scratch, last summer my aunt taught me how to make tomato sauce from tomatoes off the vine as opposed to out of the tin. Twas yum ♥

LBB said...

That sounds like such a nice Saturday! I'm right there with you on the whole enjoyment of food...quality not quantity, right? Ooh, those macarons look delish! You should make some yourself! :)

DesBisoux said...

yummy pictures and as usual, lovely illustration!
xxx

Michelle said...

Macaroons looks like they should only exist in a dreamland. So beautiful! Too bad I've never actually had one...better get on that...

Perfectly Flawed said...

You know I'm not sure I have ever had a macaroon...they always remind me of famous five or secret seven...I think it's secret seven. Oh how I loved my enid blyton story tapes...wish I still had them ;o( Cooking class sounds a lovely thing to do with a friend! x

SK said...

That sounds like such a lovely afternoon! I'm going to try and find some cooking classes around Boston now.

I only had slow food when I was in Korea - because even their fast-food (i.e. kimbap) requires a lot of work beforehand! I've been avoiding fast food now that I'm back in the states... but it's been hard to avoid processed foods that are included in... nearly everything :(

Hannah said...

Love the pictures! They must have tasted delicious, because the pictures looked delicious! :)

Hannah

Bri said...

Yum, slow food. I make almost everything from scratch, and my poor mother thinks I'm nuts. oh well. Everything is made better by thinking about it first.

Carol said...

I've always wanted to do a cooking class with friends. Sounds like so much fun!

Ashley Yazzie said...

D,

I love cooking and baking. It brings such joy for me to make it, and joy to all those that consume it. There's nothing in this world like a good hot meal with great company.

And macarons are my favorite treat!! They are so delicate and scrumptious! It sound like you had an amazing Saturday.

Kristin said...

those macarons looks amazing. yum, I love them!

Agreed on the importance of quality food that you take the time to select and cook. It's so important!

cabin + cub said...

the cooking class sounds so much fun... i love cooking, and totally love the slow food movement.

ps. those macarons look scrumptious ( i am drooling just looking at them)

Kristin said...

That seriously sounds like a heavenly weekend! Food can ridiculously brighten my day. Sad but true.

Toothfairynotes said...

the macaroons look so yummy! I really need to try it sometime!


*loves*

Jaime said...

Those macaroons are so pretty! Love the pastels.

I've never eaten Elk...don't think I've been to a restaurant that has it. I will have to look next time!

photojoy said...

What an exciting way to spend time on Saturday! Everything in the menu sounds great. Mmmmm, and macarons!!! I always hesitate to pick one and bite. They are too cute and colorful.

LJ said...

Um...YUM! I am so with you on the slow food versus fast food thing. My roommate and I try to make all of our dough from scratch using wheat flour because it is so much more beneficial than all-purpose flour. Cooking can be such a bonding experience, so impressive to the people around you, and a great way to show love and affection. GREAT post! I want to eat those macaroons right off the page!

mindy said...

a cooking class + macarons....sounds like the perfect weekend to me! glad you were able to enjoy such a great experience.

tales from an oc cottage said...

Those macaroons are gorgeous...the elk...I'm not sure I could go there ;)

m ^..^

lyndsey | paper girl said...

ooh, elk?? cool. never tried that one. sounds like such a fun saturday! and i love that the cooking class is free :)

Annie said...

i have a love for food! i associate them together for many reasons as well ;)
awesome that you got to go to a free cooking class! love the pictures.

Ali said...

My mouth just sort of watered a bit. Thank you for that!

Jenna said...

I adooooooooooore your blog! I am new to it, found it via an English Muse guest poster I believe.

I have been seriously trying to do less of the "fast food" thing and it is amaaaazing how much more enjoyable meals are when you use fresh ingredients.

We have a very limited Farmer's Market, but I do go and check things out and sometimes even find something I love!

Kris said...

amazing. love food too!!!!

Lily G. said...

Sounds like a great weekend for a foodie. And I totally agree that food is just like love!

iheartkiwi said...

kiwi and i are dying to take some cooking classes... especially after seeing julie and julia!

it is nice to take a moment to appreciate what we put in our bodies. it's an added bonus if it tastes divine too!

the Lost Earring said...

Sounds wonderful! My stomach just growled :)

I could definitely use a cooking class or 2 or 3. My dad has been a chef for 35 years, and I'm the black sheep in a family of talented cooks :) But hey I can bake cupcakes, cookies, oh yeah!

Phoenix said...

Yup...trying to learn to cook for myself and take it easy...I EAT slow...does that count? :)

Tambria said...

Dionne, I love your blog. It's so bright and colorful. Your blog posts are right on point. It's like home away from home. Thanks for stopping by and showing our blog some love.

My sister-in-law is a chef and she teaches us how to appreciate a good, home cooked meal. She hates fast food and instant foods. She loathes instant potatoes. LOL!

Michelle said...

Fresh local food, good company and a bottle of wine?

I live for it.

Miss B said...

I know better than to visit your little blog on an empty stomach! I wish I could take this class, it sounded divine!

Little Miss Tiara said...

oh, the class sounds brilliant, and those pictures, like always make me hungry, you, you never failed at this huh? :d

yeah, I miss the time when me and my whole family sitting together in the dining room enjoying my mom's food...

tangled sky studio said...

hi dionne...thanks so much for commenting on my blog! i think we have a mutual blogger in common but can't remember where i've seen your smile before...hmmm.
i too am in love with slow food and live for cooking with real ingredients fresh, local and in season. my new locale makes this much easier and i am getting all my kids involved in a love of food not only to nourish our bodies but our souls as well...

cheers,
beth

Nicole Marie said...

oh my gosh so fun! i've always wanted to do a cooking class! i'm going to look some up right now!

Pamela said...

What a LOVELY thing for you and your friend to do!! I love it! I'm with you--it is sad how in todays society people are too rushed to sit down and eat together. That is something Aaron and I vowed to do--always eat dinner together as a family. Great blessings come from it!

Yes, I've had elk...so yummy! My dad goes elk hunting every year and likes to share the goods with us. Before we left his house yesterday he gave us a frozen elk roast--I can't wait to cook it!

Love your illustration, as always! xoxo

Anna Ander said...

It's good to be back in the real world when I can read your posts again! Summer is officially over here, which means that I'm back at work. But that has it perks as well, as mentioned. Elk is gooood! So glad you like it, to me it's a very Swedish thing to eat. Though nothing can beat a macaron. Especially not a green one.

And dinner together makes all the difference.

Love,
A.

Jessica Marie said...

i've always wanted to try a cooking class :D it sounds like so much fun

abigail said...

sounds like the perfect day! I would love to take a cooking class like that.