I don’t know about others, but I used to be a person who ate for living and I was happy with that. I never ate too much or searched for food in my life. Often I forgot to have dinner and remembered when I was already in bed muttering to myself “Oh shit I forgot to have dinner”. Yes, it is possible and this happened many times to me. Of course living alone and not having the responsibility to cook for anyone doesn’t make your eating style better.
I’ve always found eating to be a waste of time and have wished for some kind of technological improvement to eliminate to need to cook and then eat. Perhaps if there was a kind of pills I could get to supply me with the proper nutrition. With this solution I wouldn’t have to spend time for shopping, cooking, and eating. Still, it is not a bad idea but I changed my mind about food after I visited Italy.
Contrary to some people’s beliefs, I didn’t get married to an Italian for food. I think this is clear enough considering my weight is 50 kg. Honestly I didn’t even know about Italian food. Like many others I used to think that all Italians ever did was eat pasta and pizza. Actually with this logic its no wonder Italians must be the fattest people in the world but they are not. So there must be something else.
I am going to share some important information with you today.
Even though Italian recipes are very complicated and precise, Italian cuisine is based on simplicity and respect for good produce. When I ate first time in Italy, looked at the table to the simply boiled carrots, zucchinis and then I thought “what poor dishes, they really eat like that!”. But I cannot tell you how delicious were these simply boiled carrots and zucchinis. Watch out! The girl who is eating for living is saying this.
What makes these simple dishes that much delicious?
Organic production. Italy is one of the rare countries against the cultivation of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism). If you’re living in a country that doesn’t restrict their GMO cultivation, then you’re likely eating GMO. After getting used to eat GMO, your food sensitivity gets decrease and you don’t feel the taste of the food. That’s how we hear a lot from our parents how vegetables were delicious once upon a time. I started to feel the real taste of vegetables and that was fantastico.
And the other most important thing that makes dishes delicious is good quality olive oil. Almost all dishes are served with olive oil. Nothing can be more tasty than cooked organic vegetables with sprinkle a bit of olive oil.
People are so much stuck to the food that all the life is turning around food in Italy; wedding, meeting, shopping, chatting etc. In other countries while it can be normal to see two women are talking or interchanging recipes, in italy it doesn’t even matter gender or age to talk about food.
For example I witnessed this dialogue between an Italian mother and her adult son:
Mother: What do you want me make; spaghetti or ravioli?
Son: Hmm, what is inside ravioli?
Mother: Beef and cheese.
Son: How do you make spaghetti?
Mother: With tomato sauce or butter and salvia.
Son: What kind of tomato sauce you use?
Mother: The one yesterday I used.
Son: Okay then, make spaghetti and we eat ravioli tomorrow.
The Turkish version of this dialogue would be:
Mother: What do you want me make; pasta or beans?
Son: Up to you.
And probably the American version would be:
Mother: What do you want me order today; Mexican, Chinese or pizza?
If it is about nutrition, it doesn’t matter how much time it takes to prepare or how difficult to make for Italians. They just make it.
Learning and comprehending of food made me think about a lot of things. It is not random Italians live longer lifetime than other nations. I see everywhere octogenarian and nonagenarian going around, riding bicycle on the street. It was surprising for me to see 86 years old grand mother is jumping around, living alone, driving her car sportively. It was very strange and rare to me coming from a country where people are considered old after 60, they are sitting at home and waiting to die.
Lots of people asked me to give some Italian recipes. As this is not a recipe blog I am not going to do that, but I am going to share one of the recipe of my mother in law’s favorite’s. Here there is, fried salvia:
I started to enjoy feeling the taste of food. Living more than 30 years without this sensation gave me the opportunity to feel it more and I invented “food meditation”. I don’t know if this phenomenon exist or no, but I mean how to feel the food with all your senses. Without any rush, taking time with your food (better with quality and tasty one) and focus on it with your all senses. Believe me you will enjoy your food more than ever.
Are you a food lover? Are you eating for living like I used to be? Did you meet with Italian food?
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