image courtesy of design-engine.com
Food writers, bloggers, usually anyone in the food industry, love to talk about food. It's our life and there is no escaping it. That's a great thing. But sometimes our excitement about what we eat and go on to tell others to eat may not exactly match what could be found, or hidden, in our home refrigerators.
We can certainly talk or write a good game when it comes to the deliciousness or perils of eating. We write, for example, about the absolute best places in the world for chicken. I found another answer to that question today after reading an article about the La Bresse region in France. This region raises some of the tastiest chicken in the world. The writer did his job because I found myself not only salivating about the chicken, but also looking online to find out the cost of flying to the Bresse region of France to sample it.
After realizing how crazy - and expensive, that would be, I talked myself off the ledge and decided to make life easier by popping out to The Healthy Butcher - a local Toronto Organic butcher shop, buy a locally raised chicken and roast it myself for dinner.
That was the plan.
Instead, I got somewhat sidetracked while purchasing some milk at the grocery and bought this.
photo by Stephen Wilson
Are you thinking that looks like a package of tea sandwiches? Well if you are, you'd be right. How the thought of eating chicken in France changed to buying sandwiches you'd normally find at a church bazarre is one of those things that make up the crazy world - well, my crazy world, of food.
Now I've stated ad nauseam on this blog my love for all things food. Yet, the tea sandwiches are a gentle reminder to me, that despite my worldly ambitions of talking exotic, amazing food, sometimes reality doesn't quite add up to the ambition.
It also got me thinking about the contents in my fridge and what I like to eat in the comfort of my home. I recall an issue of The New York Times magazine that featured a photo set of what can be found in some of the top American chefs home refrigerators. Read about it here. From practically nothing to some serious gourmet ingredients, it was a fascinating look into what the people who cook yours and my food in some of the most sought after restaurants in the world, eat at home.
The article inspired me to do the same thing, so I took a picture of what's inside my fridge.
photo by Stephen Wilson
Despite outing myself about my love of tea sandwiches which you can see on the upper shelf, this is what you might typically find in my fridge. A few containers with leftovers, some milk, eggs, maybe even a bit of rocket salad. Please note that there is bacon, it's just hidden in one of the compartments. I think the fridge is kind of sparse. Actually, now that I've really looked at the photograph, it could stand a good cleaning too.
Ever since I took the photo, that old saying 'you are what you eat' keeps popping into my brain. If that's true, then I guess I'm secretly an 80 year old grandmother who loves tiny tea sandwiches with the crust cut off. You really do learn something new about yourself every day.
Take a peek inside your fridge and ask yourself, is that who I am? You'll be surprised at the answer. Or not at all.
*Blog redesign update. I've been thinking a great deal about the blog and future content ever since I made the announcement about changing the blog. Turns out, it's not quite as smooth as I thought it would be. Still, it's coming along - albeit slowly. Patience grasshopper, he must constantly tell himself, patience.