Alice Waters, the famous American Chef wrote in her book about vegetables that, ‘’The finest food is produced and grown in ways that are ecologically sound. We try to make decisions about cooking and eating that support the kind of agriculture that takes care of the land, land we hold in trust for future generations.’’
This sums up cooking for me, the principal of sourcing the best food you can afford, that has been grown locally by local farmers who care about their land and the job of work they do. And we are so lucky to be living in Ireland; to me this is a country of pure land, pure water and pure food.
We have come a long way since the humble spud and the odd bit of cabbage that was the only vegetables we might see on a dining table. Today people are growing their own vegetables and always on the lookout for something new and exciting to plant. Supermarkets have tapped into this but unfortunately most of these are importing most of what they sell from the far corners of the globe.
Now more than ever we need to source locally produced food that is in season. It will cost less, be a lot kinder to the environment, support local farmers and the most important thing of all it will taste fantastic with the minimal effort in cooking..