Wednesday, February 10, 2010

We're forgetting what we knew

In today's news: more and more Canadians are depending more and more on packaged dinners.

Wow, like, who knew?

This is the part I didn't like:
"NPD analyst Joel Gregoire said most households see food in a practical utilitarian way and the economic downturn doesn't appear to have had a major impact on spending for packaged foods at the grocery store.

""What this tells me is that even in tough economic times, people really are still looking for convenience," he said in an interview.

""Just because times are getting tough doesn't mean we're all turning into Julia Childs and we're all learning how to cook.""
What's with the Julia Child snark? I don't do French cooking either, and I manage to get dinner on the table. Last night The Apprentice came home from school and, in a burst of creativity as well as sympathy for Mama Squirrel whose tail was dragging a bit, she offered to cook dinner. What did she make? Chicken breasts with paprika, mushroom and sour cream sauce (from the Beany Malone Cookbook); salad, and whole wheat toast triangles. All the Squirrelings liked it, and so did Mr. Fixit when he came home (much) later (he's had a couple of late nights at the office, dealing with phone systems and computer problems).

And that's from a girl who spends more time perusing chemistry textbooks and hair magazines than she does food blogs. Who needs to be Julia Child? We're just forgetting what we used to know, and those coming along behind are going to be even more clueless. Do we want a whole generation asking at what point we, figuratively, add the playdough? (Or worse--not wondering at all?)

We have slow cookers. We have microwaves. We have frying pans. Some of us even have pressure cookers. There are ways to get real food on the table. Keep trying; you don't have to be the French Chef.


Birdie said...

Thank you! Very well said indeed.

Sebastian said...

Oh yeah. There really isn't any reason not to teach your kids to cook. Too dangerous? It's less complicated and less dangerous than driving a car and most would expect their teens to master that.

I think being capable in the kitchen gives my kids some worthy basis for good esteem. How proud it makes them that their dad's favorite special occasion meal when he has a rare day off is his son's French toast. Even the youngest brags about the fact that if I were not feeling well they could make good meals for a couple of days and keep things going.

Given all the other self esteem builders that we (as a society) waste time on, why would we pass up teaching our kids to be capable with food prep?

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