Friday, March 25, 2011

Cook What Is

I read the best quote on this cool blog I just found.

"Cooking this way reverses the modern relationship between a chef and an ingredient. Rather than writing a menu and then going shopping, the chef walks through a garden or market; goes foraging, fishing or hunting; and cooks what is. This approach can deliver vibrant flavours and lively meals. Responsive cooking is not only a way to approach dinner. It is a way to approach life, grounded in what is, eyes wide open to what could be." -Molly O'Neill, from The Blackberry Farm Cookbook.

Yes! How delightful and beautiful is that? Cook what is...grounded in what is, eyes wide open to what could be. Love.

And the blog is pretty awesome too. There are posts about wild foods and herbs, medicine making and fermentation. Double love!


Pamela said...

Thanks for posting this! It is lovely!

I found that having a CSA delivered weekly has forced us to cook what is. We never know until Tuesday what will be in the basket. It is such an adventure.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree.
Sometimes when I'm at the food court at the mall, and, like, someone has left their unfinished burrito plate behind, I'll totally just, like, grab it and eat that instead of buying the chili dog I was planning on buying in the first place.

Amber said...

Pamela, I signed up for a half share CSA this year. I'm super excited for it and can't wait to get creative with 'what is'!

Anon, is that before or after you pee in the river? ;) If you like salvaging cast off food so much, then let's go dumpster diving this week. I've got a lead on a good source. It'll be a better use of your time than spamming your GF's blog!

J.Garlough said...

Anon's comments are certainly peppered with wisdom. However, skipping out on that chili dog purchase too many times will no doubt lead to the collapse of capitalism and our Canadian comforts.

Perhaps next time you sould buy the chili dog anyways and leave it there for the next hungry soul. :P