Have you ever gone fishing, caught a beautiful fish, cleaned that fish and then wrapped that fish in packaging to keep it until you cooked it in just the way you like it? Have you ever bought fish sticks out of the freezer at your local supermarket? VERY different experiences. Granted, with the way we have all agreed that daily reality should go, most of us don’t have the time to fish on a regular basis but anytime you can connect/be involved with any of your food from it’s beginning to end is incredibly healthful. Just think about all the potential encoding that goes along with each step of our fish experience. To catch that fish maybe you were on a boat or shoreline in a beautiful location with friends or loved ones. At some point you would’ve had to learn how to clean and package fish; learning something new is wonderful for the brain. And then the cooking part- how satisfying is it to cook something delicious (dare we say nutritious?) for yourself or others?
Just recently I had the opportunity to help friends with their coffee crop. We picked the beans, separated the beans from their skin (sorry- the correct terminology has escaped me so far!) and then helped package the roasted beans. The picture on the label is original artwork by the coffee grower. All this happened amongst friends on beautiful days in a spectacular location. Is it fair to say that this is the best coffee on planet Earth? Why yes, I would have to say it is.
What full-process food stories do have to share? Tell us about them in the comments section. Thanks!