Our world today is all about convenience products, 24/7 access, yet we are busier than ever, have less spare time and are a little more stressed out. Ready made meals are a million-dollar industry and our supermarket shelves are full of them. There are hundreds of machines and gadgets that will save us time in the kitchen, and not many people these days will make time to prove and knead bread dough, unless you have one of those amazing ‘time saving’ devices to assist! If my Grandma Ruby was alive today and saw what my Thermomix could do, she would be amazed and probably petrified at the same time.
Lately, I have been intentionally using my machine less, why? Because I want to slow down, stop chopping, blending, whizzing my food like a crazy lady. I want to touch and feel my food, get out the utensils and be more intuitive in the kitchen. So, recently I have been making cakes and muffins in a bowl not in a machine. All the ingredients are stirred with a wooden spoon, slowly. Amazingly simple and I realised, this process is in fact more enjoyable, easier and my cakes and muffins turn out much better.
If I start to lose a connection with food, then it’s time to stop and re-assess.
So, what does Slow Food mean and how did it start?
The Slow Food movement originated in Italy in 1986, by a food and wine expert, Carlo Petrini. At the time, the rise of the fast food industry was increasing in Italy (ie. McDonalds) and Carlo and a group of foodie activists chose to protect Italy’s traditions of good clean food, culinary pleasure and a slow pace of life. Starting from grass roots level, the Slow Food movement has now spread all over the world with millions of people today joining the movement and desiring that connection with plate, people and our planet.
Slow food essentially is having a connection with your food, the people you purchase it from and keeping it local as possible (less food miles = better for planet). Sourcing ‘clean organic, hand crafted, made with love’ kind of food. Being a slow foodie requires adopting a different mindset around food and being more conscious, mindful and selective of your food purchases. Food is also pleasure, so before you take a bite, take some breaths, and take a moment to touch, taste and smell your food. Consciously slow down, chew your food and enjoy it. A little gratitude is awesome too.
Slow food is a powerful choice, which has the potential to impact our environment and society in a positive way.