Sustainable Logic – Kitchen Talk 1

February 7, 2008 at 10:19 pm 9 comments

Ann Vileisis, food and environmental author, talks about writing “Kitchen Literacy” and restoring the connection to sustainability, by looking back at the handling of nutrition and food production from her local ancestors.  Here is a link to Part One of her dialogue on this subject, Part Two to follow:

This video posting was prompted by contact with Rebecca Gerendasy

from the wonderful American food resource,

Cooking Up a Story

Follow the link to find out more about her filming work,

and learn more about sustainable food logic.  Educating about

the value of natural food lore and keeping heritage alive is valuable and

worth following and knowing about for many reasons, not least for

its basic, tried-and-tested-through-time, logic.

Closer to Home:

More locally, the “connecting back to natural produce” theme reminds me of

my maternal grandparents’ unbroken connection with the land,

and domestic practices of sourcing out the best produce locally, keeping

an extensive kitchen garden, small farming with keeping chickens for eggs,

and cultivating fruit and citrus trees.  Their garden seemed endlessly

abundant, and when we would sadly have to go home after visiting

their rural area, our car would always be literally filled with

fresh produce from their garden.  My grandmother made her own

bread, assisted by her husband, her own butter, cakes, sweets and

biscuits.  She also followed the preserving calendar and bottled fruits

and made jam, all of which she shared with her large family.  It would be

a shame if these practices were not handed down and lost forever.   There

may be a lot of common sense in connecting back…

(copyright Monika Roleff 2008.)

(copyright cooking up a story, 2008.)


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Sustainable Summer Sustainable Logic – Kitchen Talk 2

9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lorigloyd  |  February 8, 2008 at 12:26 am

    This was fascinating. And thank you for the link to her blog. What a wonderful resource that is as well. I went there and watched the video about “Monestery Mustard”.

  • 2. lorigloyd  |  February 8, 2008 at 12:34 am

    PS: Your words also remind me of when I was a child and my father grew tomatoes and green beans in the back yard, and my mother and grandmother would make green tomato chutney out of the bushels of tomatoes. We lived in the city and I used to hang on his every word on what life was like for him growing up on a farm with no electricity or plumbing, how they milked cows and butchered pigs (hopefully something I will never have to do), how he helped his father during “sugaring time” to make maple syrup, how to make cider vinegar out of apples and “mother”. Basically, my parents grew up in a world that was in touch with the land and really, in terms of food production, had not changed much in a thousand years. Fascinating, absolutely fascinating.

  • 3. imogen88  |  February 8, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Lori, these comments are so intriguing. Didn’t you just love it? Talk about abundance principle, the wise ones knew. So glad you shared your experiences, it so rich and good common sense, and enjoyed the media as well.

  • 4. Heather Blakey  |  February 8, 2008 at 2:32 am

    This is very timely Monika especially as I have been researching rituals and festivals associated with the agricultural societies of yesteryear. There is much to be said for revitalizing knowledge about where our food comes from so that people do not take it utterly for granted and assume it comes from supermarkets.

  • 5. imogen88  |  February 8, 2008 at 2:57 am

    Heather, this fits in, doesn’t it? It’s so important these rich stores of knowledge don’t get lost because they are so worthwhile.

  • 6. shewolfy728  |  February 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    My grandparents had a large garden when I was very small and I always loved the fresh food on their dinner table. Just the smell of cucumbers brings back summers in my grandmother’s kitchen…

  • 7. imogen88  |  February 12, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Jane, it’s interesting how an aroma like that brings memory back instantly. My grandmother always had crates of apples stored and the smell of them was lovely, and this brings a flood of memories back, too. Ah, the good things in life!

  • 8. jodhiay  |  February 12, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    This reminds me of my mom and how she grew up on a farm: they ate what they grew or hunted, and canned whatever they couldn’t eat right away. They knew where their food came from, and whenever I get a tomato out of my own garden in the summer, I think about this.

    One of my earliest memories is my grandfather talking about the swiss chard he grew in their smaller, kitchen garden. That and strawberries!

    Thanks for the link!

  • 9. imogen88  |  February 12, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Glad you benefited from this, Joanne. I don’t think we can ever forget these experiences, or the memories. These generations were so organised, they knew what to do and when. It’s fascinating to hear these remembrances.


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