Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Food as a Universal Experience

"Food is our common ground, a universal experience." -James Beard
"Like the clothes we wear and the cars we drive, food is an expression of who we are and what we value." -Mark Winne
I agree with both of these statements-I think that food is something that brings people together, yet it is a venue for the expression of our individualism, and set of personal beliefs. We share with all of mankind the need for food to sustain our life, yet each of us goes about finding the nourishment in our own unique way. For me, Veganism is a way of eating that has the least negative impact on the environment, fulfills all the needs of my body, taste delicious, and makes me happy! I love eating clean, pure food! But I definitely understand that it isn't for everyone, and there are many ways to eat healthfully, I just believe not eating animal products feels best for me!
That is my individual philosophy but I love coming together with friends and sharing good food. SFBU meets biweekly for a meeting and potluck, so today I made a chickpea curry to share. Aroba Creations makes ridiculously easy and delicious spice blends which are good when you don't have a lot of time. You just add tomatos and chickpeas and tada!!

It's always interesting to see what everyone else brings! Dishes are usually vegetarian, a few vegan, and then we have members who are allergic to gluten and soy, so its quite an interesting mix! You just can't go wrong with a chickpea curry though! We'll see what tonight will bring!


Gina said...

Sounds like a great get together!

It is amazing how much food is an expression of ourselves, and you realize it more when you get out there and meet a range or people, its really cool.

Annabelle Ho said...

love the chickpeas! :)