Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Plain Ol' Food and Me

I love food. I especially love plain ol' food. Not the fancy schmancy gourmet food, though that's okay at times. But plain ol' good cookin'. Chicken Fried Steak, mashed potatoes with a little gravy, green beans or field peas, and a little cornbread. Or Swiss Steak with a baked potato and a salad.

Yep, food and I get along well - too well. I love to eat and have as long as I can remember. Many of my childhood memories center around food and food-related events or are somehow associated with food. You know, holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas when gluttony was the order of the day. Birthdays with cake and ice cream and other screaming sugared up kids. Parents trying to make hurt feelings or a scratched knee better with a cookie. "Ohh, you hurt your knee. Let me wash it off and we'll go have a cookie!" (Bless you, Mom, I love you and your cookies!)

So yeah, I really do love food. I love the sight of it, the scent of it. I love the way it feels in my mouth and in my stomach. Yep, I do love food! But food and I have a love/hate thing going, too. I'm a Type II Diabetic, diagnosed in 2000. The day of diagnosis changed my relationship with food forever. Oh, I still enjoy eating but what I eat has changed. Umm, for the most part. I still indulge in a little cake or a cookie or some corn on the cob now and then but those things aren't a part of my regular diet these days. Nope, now it's salad, spinach, green beans, cauliflower, cream and cottage cheeses, lean meats, wild rice, sweet potatoes, etc. But those things are worthy of my attention so they get it. Yep, I do love food!

I not only love to eat but I love to cook. Cooking is one of my passions. Time in the kitchen is special and I thoroughly enjoy it. Making bread is an almost spiritual experience. Okay, so that isn't quite accurate but I really get a kick out of it! I like the kneading process, the rolling and pushing and pulling and tugging, the placing it in the greased pan, the smell of a baking loaf... it's a great joy for me and it's something I feel blessed to do and I'm going to use this blog to share some of my cooking and baking experiences with whoever reads it.

I hope you enjoy it!


Anna said...

You have good recipes and I have used them. My family loves them. Keeping this blog up to date must take a lot of your time. I thank you for posting. I am sure many have been helped.

CookinsForMe said...

It is time consuming but I love it. I should be back in action soon! Thank you.

Roxi said...

I absolutely love to make bread. My Baby and I didn't have any money or a car for 2 years, and when I would be able to make homemade bread it would actually make me cry. my grandma used to bake pies and breads all of the time. So when I make the pies and bread it really makes me feel really close to her. Thank you.