One of the most wonderful parts of living a simple life is the food. Food cooked from scratch made with ingredients sourced with frugal care and prepared with purposeful love and passion - this is the height of the food experience pinnacle. It just does not get better than that.
What pleasure does a hastily purchased take-away meal all mass-produced, palm-oil-ridden, plastic-wrapped, low-paid-worker-produced, zillion-food-miles traveled, pasteurized-till-it's-dead, preservative-laden, food-colouring-laced, salt-riddled, sugar-infused, animal-by-product-heavy, slavery-reliant, animal-cruelty-dependent, profit-margined meal give you?! Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
In comparison, food cooked from scratch means that someone you knew (maybe even yourself) thought about the nutrition, flavour, food source (and sauce), the recipe, the presentation, the timing and the care and love required. Food prepared from scratch means that a person you know took the time and thought to make something nourishing and delicious for you. The time and effort taken was meaningful.
To this end, I offer you some of my recent food pictures from our home - mostly made by the Mr HM daughters!
|Start by setting the table with care and love.|
Flowers for the table show our delight.
|Beautifully warm homemade dinner roles with their|
lovely shiny glaze
|Sprouts pot with a punch of chilli|
|The turkey looks burnt, but it is actually the glaze of|
maple syrup and bourbon - all lovely and sticky
|Honey carrots and sesame beans|
|Spicy vegetable hotpot|
|Smooth buttery mash - total comfort food.|
|Pan juice gravy - the Rolls Royce of all gravy.|
|Turkey with oranges and pomegranates.|
Try squeezing fresh oranges over hot turkey - it's a revelation!
|Pumpkin pie - the filling was light and flavoursome.|
Imagine how much just one slice of this would
cost in a cafe?!
|Steaming hot ginger bread loaf. Decadent.|
|...and of course the ever-present Toby-the-dog under the table hoping|
for tid-bits during dinner. Wicked pupper !
(Toby has just had a haircut so is looking several
dress sizes smaller)
Take care folks and stay nice.
Have a lovely weekend.