Monday, March 28, 2011


I've updated some website info.......the link is to the right.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The oldest Recipe?

    Thinking that I would find some ancient instruction on how to cook bread, or vegetables or the like, I set off to find out what the oldest known written recipe is.  After an exhaustive search, which consisted of me sitting on my couch and asking google, I was stunned to find out that the oldest recipe is for beer!!!.   This of course should not have surprised me, as a resident of Wisconsin where the suds flow freely, it is no wonder that ancient man having discovered the secrets of brewing immediately inscribed this valuable knowledge on the nearest stone. I would have loved to have been in the room when, some 4000 years later,  the archeologist finally deciphered that  clay tablet and found instructions for making beer!!

     Well this was not quite what I set out looking for, I wanted to find out what ancient people ate.  The following is what I suggest would be a possible dish given the ingredients we know were available.  We know that a favorite in Egypt, Assyria, and all across what we now call North Africa and the Middle East were leeks.  They were often cooked with vinegars, raw or with a basic bread.  This is how I prefer them:

Take a couple of leeks, trim them, wash them(leeks are particularly cleaver at hiding dirt)  and finely chop the white part and the tender part of the green stem.  Heat some olive oil and cook the leeks until the are slightly caramelized and soft.  About 15 or 20 minutes.   Remove from the heat and mash the leaks with a fork, mix in some salt and that's it!  Serve on some flat bread..............with a beer.

     This is incredibly good and will give you a connection to people from Biblical times.

stay hungry.................peace

Monday, March 21, 2011

another amateur

I am an amateur foodie.  I hope that does not disappoint, if it does I put it to you that it is a disappointment of your own making.  I understand and it is probably perfectly valid.  What the world probably does not need is yet another food blog by a non-professional, but amateur and non-professional are not the same thing.  An amateur does what he or she does for the love of doing it, and what the world does need is more lovers.  However flawed, it is the amateur that explores the nooks and crannies that the professionals deem beneath them and the others decide is not worth their time.  Those of us that cook just for the love of the food, I believe, attempt to look past the act of shoveling organic material into our face, and into the sustenance of life.  In our fast everything world, this basic act has been pushed aside for the sake of convenience, drive thru - ready made - freeze dried - tv dinners, these things are a heresy to lovers of food.

     So, if you are an amateur of any type, pursue your love and make the world slow down and look just to look, no pretense, no expectations, just see your passion and love.  This may not make a tremendous difference in the world...............but it just might.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Book I'm reading now...........

I've skimmed it before, but now I'm looking forward to giving it a close read.


The love of reading is something that I have had my entire life, it comes and goes and manifests in different forms.  Historical fiction, scifi, fantasy and so on,  but one thing I love to read is cookbooks.  Yup, that’s right cookbooks.  Primarily cookbooks from regional chefs that tell the story of the food, not just the mechanics of a recipe.  Anyone can cook from a recipe, it’s really a very easy thing to do, but to understand the food, see, feel, smell and taste the history, to share the custom, tradition and sometimes the struggles and joy that are reflected in a community’s cuisine,  Now that’s cooking!!!!


I like food.  Just looking at my gut will tell you that.  But it is much deeper than that.  I think that food reflects life, it defines culture and goes beyond status.  I like to know the history of food, where it comes from, what economic, cultural and geographic influences brought it to be.  So I’ll probably write a lot about food.
“food is life, to share your food is to share your life,  and there is nothing more intimate.”