An Accidental Ode to Potatoes

It’s potato season in the KZN Midlands. It’s also the time of year when Terra Madre Day is celebrated. This annual Slow Food event held on 10 December, is a favourite of mine. I love the idea that we are connecting with thousands of people across the globe celebrating good, clean, fair food and diverse…

Food for Change

Food is both cause and victim of climate change, but also a possible solution. Our food choices have a direct impact on the planet. This is recognised by the Slow Food movement.   I have just participated in the Slow Food – Food for Change Challenge – going meat free, creating zero food waste and eating…

All Local Long Table

Terra Madre is one of my favourite celebrations.  This year, I invited inspiring women who grow food, cook food, barter food and eat food, particularly local, unpackaged, slow food, to join me at a long table on the veranda. Terra Madre Day highlights the relationship between food and climate change as part of the Menu…

Eat Local Challenge – Week Three

Mostly, we do eat local food. So do our dogs. This challenge has, however, focused my attention on what is really local (how far can you go?). The official challenge was within 200 miles – 350 km.  That is pretty far, but meant that I could include tropical fruit and flour.  I think local is…

Eat Local Challenge – Week One

  I like to think I am a locavore. It’s quite a trendy thing to be right now, but makes complete sense to me. It’s the reason I started the Dargle Local Market and then, when that took on an unlocal look, got Dargle Trade and Howick Exchange ticking along.  The Midlands Barter Markets are…

Eataly

My favourite new Italian word is chiocciola.  Snail.  The symbol of Slow Food and, this year, recreated in giant recycled plastic by Cracking Art to decorate the paths, walls and streets of Turin during the Slow Food Terra Madre Salone del Gusto (SFTM) event. Once I had accepted the invitation to attend, I was determined…

Ciao Carbon!

Having consciously avoided emitting excessive carbon for the past 20 years, I am about to embark on a carbon creating extravaganza.  While there is no justification for this behaviour, I thought it likely that others who generally try to live low(ish) carbon lives might find my dilemma and attempts to justify it amusing. I have…

12 Ways to Eat Slow

This lovely guide was originally compiled by the Slow Food movement in France. I wish I had made it up myself. 1. Give yourself (some) pleasure.   Take the time to taste and pay attention to your senses: this is the best way to eat well. 2. Bring the seasons to the table. Each season rediscover…