Just Food

We just got home from a month in Canada where both Steve + I gained a few pounds. We ate SO much. {Both in frequency + portion size!}

We love food. Love eating. And mostly, we love sharing these two things with friends and family. Our time in Canada was positively amazing for this. We visited local brew pubs, {Bushwakkers, I love you!} drank home-made beer {thanks to my father-in-law and brother-in-law}, picked blackberries and crab apples and rhubarb and made crisps and sangria and other delicacies. We bbq’d. We ate steak countless times.

We feasted with abandon {The first trip home to Canada in 2.5 years deserves celebration!}

There were a few things we noticed though. People eat a lot and often. Portion sizes are wayyyy bigger. {Especially compared to portion sizes in Cambodia – where I am convinced the French have left their mark in yet another way}.

Food is so accessible.

Since being in Cambodia, we’ve grown to appreciate scarcity. All the things we are used to in Canada are harder to come by here. And when they do make an appearance, they’re expensive. And so…we’ve become more creative. And we definitely make more things from scratch! Interestingly enough, I {who always hated cooking growing up} have found it FUN to make our own things.

On the weekend, we went on a limb and made bagels. They were delicious.

It brings us back to some fundamental human value. Sourcing + making our own food. No packages. No extra sugars + High Fructose Corn Syrup. We work with our hands to make something we can eat – with great pleasure – along with friends and family. I think it’s a good skill to be remembering. That food hasn’t always come in plastic. And that it deserves time + care. And that we should make what we need so we don’t have to throw a whole bunch out.

Sure, it’s just food. It’s just calories and energy to propel us through the day. It doesn’t feel like a big deal. But there are so many opportunities to pursue justice with the food we eat. Local ingredients = less fossil fuels used. Sharing our food builds community + relationships {And maybe pursuing justice with food will also help Steve + I get back to our pre-Canada weights!}

No, it doesn’t answer the problem of the famine in East Africa. And it isn’t ending global hunger. But maybe, just maybe, if we all thought more carefully about what we eat, and where it comes from, and how much of it we buy and consume, and if we made changes to our lifestyle to consume more locally. Maybe then we could change the world.

It might just be food. But it has the potential to be just food. And that’s what I thought about while making bagels.

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