Wednesday, 4 January 2012

All foodied out

I've had my fill of foodie food I think. Since I started out with my own home and garden, the change over the years concerning home cooking has been, and continues to be quite phenomenal. Ingredients that were once considered very exotic have become commonplace, same with dishes themselves, fruits and vegetables that can be flow half way around the world before breakfast time. There is a huge ,probably bewildering to novice cooks, range of recipe and cookery books, DVDs, programmes, internet pages, you name it, likewise equipment and gadgets. There is a lot in the press too - every paper has a cookery/recipe column, often contributed by celebrity chefs and the like; our local free paper has several pages per week devoted to all things food. I am fortunate to live in Dorset, where there is an astounding variety of easily available local food and produce - cheeses, daury, bread, fish from the coast, meat from the Vales,  fruit and vegetables, community gardens and orchards - all sorts of things going on - but sometimes it's definitely overkill.
However,  a lot of it has become tired,  lost its gloss and excitement for me, I've become increasingly irritated over the past two years or so and being urged to add ingredients to otherwise perfectly good food, often looking as if it was just for the sake of it.

Take for instance ,  the perennial 'problem' of Brussels sprouts! Now, this is one of my all time favoruites, and when I eat them I want to taste them, only them. I don't want to be fishing around in bits of crispy bacon, pine nuts or chestnuts, thankyou, I just want the sprouty taste, or what's the point?
Or pizza -  ham/pineapple/chicken/chilli/sweetcorn?  NNNnnooooooooo   - tomatoes, basil mozzarella, that is all, on a good well made and well cooked PLAIN base.
Or a ploughman's lunch (might have done this before lol) - chunk of good bread, pat of fresh butter, piece of really good local cheese and an apple, pint of cider/beer. Nothing else - no Branston, nothing in a wee foil box, no salad, no grapes, no green pepper or coleslaw.


I do enjoy reading cookery magazines and books, watching clips etc, but I don;t necessarily want to try the things, I just like being kept appraised of what's going on, what's happening out there. I liken it to when I was younger with fashion and make up - read all the magazines, knew what was in, what was out, who were the up and coming designers, the names, the catwalk shows and models. I'd no sooner wear a lot of the stuff than fly through the air though lol
I love knowing what's going on, what the younger people are doing, their thoughts and ideas, so have enjoyed reading and 'keeping up'. I think, now though, where food is concned, I've had enough, and I want to get back to really simple, not that I've ever been outrageous in a sort of Heston way lol
I was mulling this over this afternoon when I was cooking - I made a big beef casserole, and Irish stew and a fish pie. Good wholesome food, nothing fancy at all, but with the best ingredients you can find for your kitchen there is nothing fancy needed.
This year, I'll be using my older cookery books more I think, harking back to a time when scones were scones and biscuits tasted of somethingother than just the fancy icingsand chocolate chips and things - back to the Victoria sponge, where you can taste the butter, and the soup where the stock was the main and vital ingredient.

 I'll still make curry, and lasagne, but I use  traditional and fairly plain recipes for those, but I really hanker after some good, basic cooking where you can taste the ingredients and the quality of the finished dish is dependent on the quality of the ingredients.
Anyone got  a use for half a packet of pine nuts and a jar of tamarind sauce?

Today's beef casserole bubbling  away - not an ounce of polenta or smoked garlic in sight..................


Kadeeae said...

Great post, feeling much the same here although I've never been a fancy cook to any standard, lol. Not so much a case of everything old is new again, it' simply always been more flavourful.

Jane and Chris said...

WOOWOO for simple basic food with flavour!
Jane x

Dartford Warbler said...

I agree with you. Simple food, fresh as possible and sourced as locally as you can and cooked in a simple way.That`s what I am increasingly going back to.

I feel fortunate to have learned to cook at school. Real cookery and not just the "Design a Pizza" Food Technology variety. Those old cookery books from the late 60s and early 70s are still the ones I use.

Anonymous said...

Hooray for someone speaking some clear common sense at last. Nature provides us with an abundance of gorgeous delicious tasting produce lets celebrate it not smother it in additives . Great blog! Jules

MrsL said...

Thanks for all your comments, much apreciated; I thought of this post last night when I sat down with a big bowl of Irish stew for supper- the best I've tasted in a long time. :)

Anonymous said...

I sometimes buy a pizza if I've been out and am back late and looking at them in the freezers think that I'd never in a million years buy one with chicken, or minced beef on. Personally I don't like them with any meat on as I'm not keen on it but OH quite likes the Chorizo bits on them.

We don''t have any small shops round here, unless I go into the town (infrequently) and visit the market.

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

YAY . . .for the common sense spoken here. xxx