I see food.
How have I not seen food before?! It’s in magazines, online, in books, on TV, in people’s mouths!
I’m not just seeing it, I’m hearing about it too, like what’s in it, what it looks like, where it comes from and how it’s made.
FOOD is coming at me from all directions and I’m struggling to process it. Having opened the floodgates by paying attention, I’m shocked that the information doesn’t trickle in bit by bit.
You might be tempted to think I’m exaggerating, but I assure you I’m not. (This time.) I am experiencing a massive shift in perception, which means I obviously had the blinders on and the ear plugs in for many years. When you guys were trading recipes I didn’t just shut down that part of the conversation, I shut down the whole thing.
Having said that, of course I have thought about food before, just… differently. Up till now I’ve thought about it:
- when I eat it;
- when people go without it; and
- when I watched Food, Inc. And if I’m honest I thought it didn’t totally apply to me other than suggesting to J-M to shop local.
But Operation: Recipe Swap has achieved its first goal of changing how I view food. I’m in the game.
Today I went to the grocery store today WITH game face on. I had to buy certain ingredients because tomorrow I will be preparing the dish Becky taught me last week, beef barley stew. I’ve heard from a few friends that they were inspired to cook it after I posted the recipe and loved it. I will also cook it again and love it, but first had to fill our cupboards with onions, stewing beef (don’t worry, I put this in the fridge), celery, carrots and pearl barley.
I had to check with friends on Facebook to see if I had to make a special trip to a fancy store to buy pearl barley. No, it’s at my local grocer. Mom (new to Facebook and adapting well – a story to tell another time!) showed me what her package looked like and told me what aisle to find it in. “I’d lend you a cup, but you want to learn, right?”
Here’s a question. We have a lot of grocery stores near us. Even two of the same kind equidistant from where we live. How do you choose where to shop? Does one become your favourite? I ask this of those of you who do not “shop the sales” like J-M or “price match” like my super-woman of a sister-in-law; those blinders shall remain on for the time being. Otherwise, I presume you would base it on consistent overall prices, friendly service, selection, cleanliness… Let me know which is your favourite and why. Please.
In the past I have detested grocery shopping, tagging along behind J-M like a cantankerous child, just wanting to go home already. Other times I’ve done spot-groceries, just a quick visit for one or two items, like when J-M was sick or if I had to buy a veggie tray for a potluck I unwittingly agreed to. Those visits always got me frustrated because I’d walk the entire store without finding the item(s) and always end up calling on a clerk to help me find what I was looking for. Obviously this was because because I was blind to food.
Today, I am awake to food! I went in to the store with anticipation and even discovered some interesting things I might like to try in the future. The colours in the produce section seemed tantalizing. Smells in the bulk section made me curious. I thought, you know, I could get to know this store and try stuff. I made friends with the grocery store today.
I do not like the freezer section and will remember to bring a sweater next time.
There is a world of potential for FOOD. I see it now.