When I was a little girl I learned to cook by helping my mother and father prepare the family meals. I would stand on a stool and help mix or separate the eggs for a cake, or measure out the flour or help clean the chicken for our Friday night dinner, peel potatoes & carrots, etc. Oh and yes, I had to do the dreaded cleaning up after myself. It was great family time and I gained the knowledge needed to carry me forward cooking and caring for my family…total hands on experience. What better way to learn something.
But now I think I can relate to all those people who prefer to buy foods ready made. You just read the directions and pop into the microwave and Voila! it’s done. No thinking, no decisions to make, no time involved. Oh, but it does cost a heck of a lot more money not to mention the loss of valuable family time or the gratificatioin of creating something. The same would be true if I would buy my veggies as plants ready to go into the ground. It seems sad to me that skills such as planting, growing and cooking our foods which were considered a commonplace and normal part of family life are basically lost to the family and are really now considered artisan skills. One has to take a course to learn how to do and practice these lost arts. But I am lucky to live in an area that offers courses in these life skills. So I will be going next Sunday to Riley Rink to take a workshop on starting seeds indoors. I have already put Ed on notice to put aside time to do the planting with me. Since he has been spending so much time working on the mountain I am truly looking forward to spending time with him. What better way then to be creating something…life. So wish me luck since I am dreamin of a great, big productive veggie garden..Yummy..Irene