14 September 2010
When I am not travelling or attending cooking classes local ingredients and wines inspire me. Every day we should be excited about what we are eating even if it just means making use of a wonderful find at our local farmers market. Each day I am inspired to share my finds with you!
When I was young I was a very picky eater. As we do for our own kids, I am sure that my parents agonized over my lack of nutrients and enjoyment of food as I pushed my food around my plate. How does a picky eater morph into someone who is "willing to try anything at least once" is beyond me!! As you get older your palate changes and you can learn to love food and be excited by the possibilities of sharing a great meal. As a teen I collected recipes and dreamed of the day when I would have dinner parties and friends sharing animated conversation, laughter and outstanding food at my table. Let's just say my first dinner party was not a great success with canned potatoes and carrots being in the picture somewhere. Believe it or not I thought it was delicious!!That was many years ago and I have come far beyond burnt toast and canned ingredients when I share my culinary passions on More Than Burnt Toast and at Foodbuzz.
A few years ago I attended a cooking school on a small island in the Agean Sea off the coast of Greece. This was a life-changing vacation that altered my perception of food and how it should be enjoyed on a daily basis. Travel helps us to better understand and appreciate other people and their cultures. Nothing is more intimate, or more effective at breaking down cultural barriers, than cooking and sharing meals together. When you have like-minded people from all parts of the world breaking bread at the same table magic happens!!! In the classic movie "Zorbas the Greek "the main character sums it up the best, "On the coast I felt for the first time what a pleasant thing it could be to have a meal. We started eating and drinking, the conversation became animated. I at last realized that eating was a spiritual function and the meat, bread, and wine were the raw materials from which the soul is made."
Our community of food bloggers is always there to support each other and somehow make a difference. Yes we enjoy sharing our daily lives and recipes but we are also there for each other when times are tough. Working together to create change or to connect as a community is what brings me back to blogging each and every day.
In 2009 our network BloggerAid – Changing the Face of Famine was born from a vision that ordinary people like myself can achieve extraordinary results. Having launched the site for bloggers, we were keen to find a project where food bloggers from around the world could co-operate and make a real difference. We understood immediately that food bloggers could best relate to a cookbook. The BloggerAid Cookbook was born with the dedicaction and hard work of many. We strived to pay tribute to the home cooking of our grandmothers while celebrating the exoticism and richness of a world brought closer together by our hopes to make a difference and raise funds for the World Food Programme.
Whether it be bringing attention to a friend who is fighting cancer, world hunger, or the tragedy's of natural disasters like tsunami's or earthquakes our food blogging community has a strong voice. Those of you who know me personally know that this is a deal I have made with myself to support my fellow bloggers in whatever way I can. “You must be the change you want to see in the world”. Mahatma Gandhi
My blog began as a place to share my food discoveries with anyone willing to read as well as with my daughter L'il Burnt Toast who was headed off to university. It continues to be a gathering place for family and friends to pull up a chair at the same virtual table and share what we have. I continue to lend an encouraging word, a smile and a helping hand. I enjoy my life in food and relish sharing it with each and every one of you in this challenge as I have every day on More Than Burnt Toast.
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