Scenes from our Saturday trip to the farmer's market.
My obsession with the Slow Food movement began during a post-college stint at an Italian restaurant in
"Slow Food is also simply about taking the time to slow down and to enjoy life with family and friends. Every day can be enriched by doing something slow - making pasta from scratch one night, seductively squeezing your own orange juice from the fresh fruit, lingering over a glass of wine and a slice of cheese - even deciding to eat lunch sitting down instead of standing up."
In theory, I try to embrace the idea of Slow Food as firmly as possible, but somehow the combination of a four-year old and a baby seems to thwart my every effort. No friends, small kids are not exactly huge advocates of the Slow Food movement. Meal time at our place is all about fast. Not so much "fast food", but something prepared quickly (to avoid the epic hunger meltdowns) and most vital, (and this is the part that saddens me) consumed quickly in order to avoid the inevitable Animal House-style food fight that accompanies an extended stay at the table.
I know this, like other challenging phases of toddlerhood, will pass, and one day we'll (hopefully) be lingering over the preparation and consumption of our meals, but until then I'll do something small each day to attempt to embrace "slow" (like waking up before everyone else and frothing some milk to elevate a couple of uninterrupted cups of coffee...) Or I'll live vicariously through this household's description of a typical dinner, pulled from a Cookie home tour, that rekindled my obsession:
As a former chef, what do you make for dinner?
..."Tonight we're having a beef daube served over garlic mashed potatoes and some kind of bitter green salad. We use our pizza stone (the best thing ever) to make a simple margherita or a potato, onion, rosemary, salt, olive oil version. So good. I also like simple roast chicken, with thyme and a lemon in the body, garlicky sauted greens, pan-roasted duck, lentils with mustard, lingonberry sauce, roast pork and gigantic lima beans..."
In the meantime, we'll just eat as slowly as possible.