We didn’t get to do our weekly Jamie Oliver dinner night last night. The neighbors were busy and Jon was nearly passed out from a very long hiking day. I ended up watching it this morning on Hulu.com, and embedding the video here once again.
Watching it alone wasn’t nearly as much fun, and in fact I’ll watch it with Jon and the neighbors again tomorrow. But this morning as I watched it I had a chance to really be with the implications of what was being said and even took some notes. To be clear I take notes on everything, and it more like jotting down my thoughts then any official note taking in some outline form. I think this is facilitated by the fact that I watched at my desk with my journal infront of me, as it always is. Any how, this is what my page contained by the end of the episode:
~Why, in the face of information that points to something different, do we cling vehemently to our ignorance and status quo?
~I want to be part of a FLASH MOB!!!!
he’s innovative, positive, commited, passionate, cute, and man with a mission… yum
~”Good quality American beef.” Seriously??? (Jamie said this as he was instructing a group of people on how to cook a stir fry. And really? Any one of us would be hard pressed to find any semblance of good quality beef anywhere in any America. And this isn’t an argument about everyone needing to give up meat, but its about the horrific farming practices that we have devolved to in this country and how truly unhealthy most of our meat is. Grass fed, free range, non antibiotic or hormone treated beef is hard to come by and crazy expensive. But I imagine this is beyond the scope of what Jamie is trying to convey for now. For more on this I highly recommend renting Food, Inc.
~”One person cannot change 50,000 people.” Rod, DJ at the local radio station. (If this were true then we wouldn’t even have a United States, or the Civil Rights Movement, or the Women’s Movement, or any other movement that changed the tides of a people. This guy needs a serious perspective change. And he may have had one towards the end of the show.)
~Frozen Veggies? (So, at some point Jamie points out that he is using frozen vegetables for a stir fry and that they are frozen almost immediately after picking and that they would have more vitemens and minerals then their fresh counterparts. What? This doesn’t sound right to me, but I’m going to watch it again later and see what he said exactly. Either way, frozen anything can help with speeding up the cooking process, and with keeping things longer. Personally, however, I prefer to by my produce fresh and unfrozen and using them within a reasonable time of their purchase. I think something is lost in the freezing and defrosting process.)
One of the things that I’m noticing about the show as a whole is that Jamie does repeat his mission which is to teach people to cook fresh food at home from scratch and decrease the amount of fast processed foods that are basically killing people. But he doesn’t seem to be saying or repeating the fact that the food we are eating is killing us and when we feed it to our kids we are basically killing them. And I wonder if this harsh wording repeated over and over again would get through to people like Rod and Alice the kitchen worker. Because really, all Alice seems to care about are her gloves and that cooking actual food will make her work more. Seriously, if she were my employee I would fire her on the spot.
But more then anything this has really made me look harder at my own challenges with healthy eating. And how of course I have also chosen convenience over proper nourishment and good food. And although as I get older and become more health conscious, my food choices are a million times better then they were in my early twenties, I still can’t quite get why on occasion, I’ll still reach for a soda or french fries at a drive through, with an “eh… just a little bit.” as if I’m a kid getting away with something… when in fact all I’m getting away with is harming my body and my being. I suppose this is where the idea of practice comes in…