Something that tastes good! But, really, "good" is not one of the specific taste sensors that we have to determine if something "tastes good". So, what do we have to work with? Chef Roland has told me that people "eat with their eyes first" and that's why presentation is so important. However, I thought it would be fun just to offer a little science lesson about our 'tasters' and how they work for us. I took the link from Wikipedia and if you don't like the information there, try putting in a search yourself for "how do we taste" or something similar. You'll get a whole host of links to choose from. It's amazing how many 'taste' there are that I just wasn't aware of there being. If you have children, or just want to entertain yourself, you might go through your frig and cupboards and conduct your own little bit of research and see how many items you can catagorize.
The "seed" of something is usually considered its 'genesis', its nucleus, where something germinates from to become something else. It's miraculous how the basis for our whole food chain, which we are MOST DEPENDENT upon comes from little, sometimes miniscule, seeds.
Likewise, an idea, a dream, and a controversy of with Fascist/Disctatorship-like characteristics can spring from 'a seed'! In previous posts I have referred to Genetically Modified Organisms (primarily food) and the HUGE concerns that we, as a consuming/dependent public should have regarding them. Not only are there some main concerns such as biological compatability and unknown health consequences, the most concerning is the idea that we no longer will have the freedom to produce our own food.
Some people have referred to me, Elaine Parny, as an alarmist and that I unnecessarily focus on the negative. I can tell you this, if the public does not go out of its way to question, investigate and advocate, it will be subjected to tyranny in every area of their lives. And, with the control over food production, any ruling agency will, in fact, have the government sanctioned capacity to exploit your dependence on food and to regulate what you can and cannot have for food consumption, unconcerned as to your optimum health but rather prioritizing the producers profits. Case in point, please read the following:
Wow!!! I looked through my postings here at Food For Thought and I'm embarassed. Keeping a blog current takes a real commitment and I've just been going in toooooo many directions. Sorry that I've not posted recently. Hopefully, I'll get back on track soon. I've got pics to post and it seems there is so much going on in the 'food world' that it makes food shows look tiny!
Roland and I visited France in May and while visiting family, we also investigated new restaurants and checked out various locations for our 'field trips' where we go to visit markets and chateaus on our culinary tour, A Taste of Le Berry. We were hoping to put something together for October and now it looks like we will be postponing our next tour. We've had several people say they were interested and if you have any questions regarding our tour package, please contact us through our contact page here on the site or firstname.lastname@example.org .
I hope you all have had an opportunity to get involved in food production in one way or another. It seems everywhere I look, more and more people are getting involved in local gardening, markets, cooking programs and community pantries. Ironically, the government is quickly changing food laws that will eventually impact us all and it seems they are doing so without bringing those laws into the public forum. So, I encourage each and every one of you to take a moment and use your browser bar or your favorite search engine to seek out at least one article a week related to "food laws". Give us some feedback as to what you find and 'your take' on what you think about that information. Let's help each other to learn!
I came across a blog that I find very informative and is a good example of a person who has looked into the subject of food/nutrition/production. I hope you find it interesting, as well.
Have you ever heard a person go on about how "good" a chocolate cream pie with tons of 'whipped cream' tasted? Or, how delicious was the fried chicken that grandma made? We really have to realize that we do, in fact, eat many different types of food and many of them we consider good and delicious when, in fact, they are poisening our physical body and causing all sorts of health problems, both major and minor. In addition, whether or not we realize there is a health problem, we often don't realize that we could, in fact, be having better body/mind performance if only we ate food and exercised with that being our end goal. I'm as guilty as the next person. However, as I learn more and more about the body/mind/food connection, I can't help but maintain that there are many good & delicious 'tastes' that will appeal to our personal preferences but it's as we become more knowledgable as to the nutritional content of what it is that we are eating and how it affects our body/mind performance, we will become increasingly more mindful of what it is that we are eating and what is involved in the production of those food items. With that knowledge, we then become better able to participate in the production of that food and/or help to monitor and control what is put on the market for human/animal consuption, rather than naively believing that the corporate food industry has our best health in mind.
Given my 'soapbox' launching of my post today, I'll just say I found a little link that gives some simple information regarding 10 different nutrients and tells what they are, why they are beneficial and where we can look to add them to our eating pleasure.
I came across an article this morning that really got me to thinking. For instance, I've always had the understading, in my limited knowledge, that when there was a glut of something on the market, it would bring the price of that item down. I understand, as with any production, you want to make the best money you can for your efforts, and the better the profit margin, the more you like it. So, after reading this article, I see that when the US markets had an excess of dark chicken meat, they sold outside of the country. I guess I would have liked to have seen that commodity come down so that more Americans would have access to it and buy it. When I was a single mother with three children, I had to be highly selective when it came to meat purchases which were the costliest. And, chicken/turkey legs were where I could get the most real food for the most affordable price.
The other aspect of this article that really deomonstrates how we as consumers affect these kinds of decisions is that we(as the public) indicated that we didn't really want to make significant purchases of dark chicken meat. I can only speculate why that might be. Possibly, we perceive dark chicken meat to be 'poor peoples food'? Just a thought. So, the people who had the buying power rejected the dark meat, and it went to overseas markets. Interesting.
Then, I noted that the dark chicken meat is actually higher in nurtritional content than the white chicken meat. So, it would seam that it didn't matter what the real value was of the chicken meat, it was the 'look' and perception of the white meat that made it more desirable over the dark meat which was lost to the market. I wonder if there's anyone who studies these kinds of things???
Maybe it would be the psycho/sociology of food and how it affects the public food market? Now, there's a thesis for some brave soul!
Here's the link that got me going:
Since I've referred to Mansanto in various articles and links I've posted, I thought I would give you a link that, I think, gives a very good overview as to why we should be concerned about this corporation and how it is negatively impacting our world. Here's the link:
I couldn't resist putting up another blurp regarding food politics. Most everyone knows what a 'player' is, especially in the dating world. Well, there's an old saying about 'odd bedfellows' or one that talks about 'birds of a feather flock together'. The point I'm trying to make is that when a person hears or reads about a particular subject, especially when it's relative to food issues, you should take a minute to look at the bigger story. As it's said, "there's two sides to every coin".
Maybe you've seen an article here or there or heard someone talk about drinking raw milk? I hope that, as subjects like this come up, we make the effort to understand why it's a very important issue and who all has a vested interest in this question and what do they get, depending on the answer of whether or not to make it illegal. Yes, raw milk can become a 'controlled substance' if we allow this to happen through our apathy.
I encourage you to read a little deeper into the issue and decide for yourself.
I've included a link to introduce you to the controversy and to help get you started into your own research to get the truth on the issue of raw milk:
Remember, should anyone have as problem with what I post, I, Elaine Parny am solely responsible for what appears in this blog. Alot of people have said to me, "I don't care for politics". I'm here to tell you, you better get political TODAY when it comes to the food you eat because your choices are going to be getting fewer and fewer. Case in point, please look over the links I've posted to see how the seed industry (seeds being where most plant food originates), is being taken over and dictated by Mansanto and the government. Read and decide for yourself :
Having you ever wondered who buys some of those "different" kinds of vegetables that you see in the market. You have your standard group: lettuce, onions, tomatoes, potatoes and corn. What else do you need? I would like to introduce you to some of the vegetables that you aren't very familiar with and provide you with some of their health benefits. Let's start with Chard:
There always seems to be a particular food product that gets alot of promotion in the market. It seems like soy is the 'darling' when it comes to getting alot of attention and it's being touted as a 'healthy' food that is a viable alternative to meat-protein. Yet again, there is more to soy than what is being said and I hope you will take the time to read over the information I've linked to so that you can become informed and make your own decisions as to soy being a 'healthy' food choice.
When Roland and I met, I was one of those people who opened the box or can and warmed up the family meal. After our marriage in 2005, I truely began to appreciate what food is really about, not only that it can taste very good, and be nutritious, but that it can be a celebration of who you are and the people that you share it with.