An Invitation to a HARVEST POTLUCK
The following sentence from In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen has been stuck in my mind for days: When given the word CHOCOLATE CAKE to respond to, 98% of the survey respondents from France said “Celebration”. When respondents in the USA replied, 99% said “Guilt.”
I do love FOOD, and nothing says loving to me more than someone else taking the time to prepare food from scratch for me to eat. I used to love dressing up for Halloween and going through my childhood neighborhood, because folks had made caramel apples, cupcakes, cookies, popcorn balls, doughnuts and spider guts candies….oh! and the fresh made apple cider.
My Father and Mrs. Williams both had cameras and they would take pictures of our homemade costumes and then their treat was having the pictures developed and giving you a copy.
I love how all the flavors just move across the tongue as you take in and chew the food. I love watching the hands washing and slicing the ingredients. The heavenly smells, as the lid comes off and the spoon is submerged for the stir, are on instant replay in my head.
Harvest on the farm meant hours of cooking energy-saturated, fresh foods and keeping everyone appreciated for their hard efforts.
Church suppers were a competitive feast of the best recipes to show off one’s good works to the Lord….and your community as was the County Fair.
American’s endure food as a whole. I believe they wish to make it just efficient FUEL. A potluck currently is just a dish from the deli or a big box store – sometimes transferred to your own dish or plate. The door to door treats now come in bulk and are individually wrapped. Two of my young neighbors are diabetic so I brought them something back from my travels instead of candy.
American’s are always looking for the new and improved, the rearranged and the processed with additives to make it more nutritious and satisfying. Some want everyone on the Globe to eat this way, because this kind of eating makes a few people incredibly wealthy and satisfies the brain with perfect formulas.
In search of the perfect – designer food?
Well Vered just made me homesick for real food….real love…..real beauty…..real satiety and joy. Look here: Pumpkin Cupcakes
I want more and more of this – I am inviting you to an online POTLUCK of HARVEST FOODS. Not just any old food – but food that you absolutely love – that melts in your mouth, that was made out of real food and that makes you feel satisfied and nourished.
The Potluck is on line on November 1, 2009 and it is to celebrate love of food and harvest. How to participate:
Think of a food you love and that satisfies you.
If you make this food, post the recipe and a picture.
If someone makes this food for you, please ask for the recipe and a picture – and permission (in writing) to write about this food and use the picture. Be sure to give the cookbook proper credit and due….and the author – we don’t want this to become bogged down in legal problems!
Write a few words about how your love of this food fills your need and fuels your love.
I will post as many links as I am able to your recipes on November 1 on Patricia’s Wisdom.
Send 2 emails to Workshops@patriciaswisdom.com
- That you wish to participate in the Online Potluck and the fundraiser;
- Include a link to your post and picture by Nov 1 and attach a copy of your post and picture. Please feel free to use a previous post and picture as a submission if you do not wish to post on November 1, the POTLUCK date.
To reconnect with my LOVE of food and to feel satisfied
To do something for someone else to bring back the LOVE to food
To learn how to write an e-book and to sell it….for a small price (thinking $5) as a fundraiser to get food and medical supplies to children who really need some loving food in the New Year. I have not gotten confirmations from UNICEF or Doctors without Borders, but I will share with you what I am thinking and then let you know any decision in another post.
To all my non-USA readers: I truly believe sending a recipe and participating in this potluck will help those folks in the USA reconnect to real food and serve as a reminder to what they are missing – for some squishing the anger or hate!
Please feel free to pass on this invitation.