One of the dinners me and my colleagues prepared for ourselves last week. Deep-fried chicken breast with Korean sweet and spicy sauce & Pork fajita.
Living in a densely populated town means a lot of restaurants and diners around. And it consequently leads to eating out often – even more so when the work finishes late in the evening. I used to buy something to go on my way home or warm up ready-made meals from the freezer for dinner. Guess I was not willing to make a nuisance of cooking and having to clean up the mess.
In Lainate – a commune not far from the city of Milano – where I’m residing at the moment, there are not many places to go for a quick supper. Even the supermercato (yes I have to practice Italian!) closes at 21.00! It’s a disaster when you’re starved and out of stock on food and it’s already 10 o’clock in the night.
This made me super food-conscious, which is quite appropriate when you think about the fact that the theme of the Expo Milano 2015 is “Feeding the World, Energy for Life.”
I plan ahead to go grocery shopping, and know what to have for dinner already by noon. Pretty big a change in feeding myself for me! A couple colleagues and I will have some ravioli and a bowl of healthy salad with olives and feta cheese soon. Greek style. Maybe.
Cooking turned out to be more fun than I thought. The process made me savour the result of it more pleasantly. Looking up the internet for the recipes made me realize how many different ingredients went in, for instance, a bowl of steamed mixed vegetables. Sometimes I wince before scary kitchen knives thanks to an awful experience where I cut a part of my nail off my finger while trying to get an onion chopped, but other than that it’s all good and fun.
Besides knowing how to cook, there’s something else. I imagine that a long long time ago, before our food came free of soil packed in plastic bags and cans, it must have taken a whole day to prepare two to three meals a day. Not only because of physically exhausting labour but also because people knew where the food came from, cooking and eating must have been an entirely different experience from what it is now!
Of course, it’s not like I became a farmer myself and went to the marketplace to exchange my crop with some eggs or meat. But choosing, buying and cooking the food myself every single day made me become aware of how much food we consume without paying any deed to how it’s possible that we get food so easily from pretty much every corner of the world. And I’m thankful for that.
Food-consciousness does not only have to do with what we are eating but also with how we are eating. Healthy, whole food in prepared in food consciousness consumed in balanced moderation is what I regard as a proper eating habit.