I know I’ve been talking a lot about Dancing Deer’s CEO Trish Karter’s ride from Atlanta to Boston over the past week and I will continue to do so for a while longer because I vowed to post about it once for every day she’s on the road.
That includes these little vignettes I call Where Life Meets Lunch.
Today I want to talk about waste because I think it fits into this topic and it’s something with which I am intimately familiar as a food blogger. I think food bloggers waste food all the time playing with new flavors and generally wasting food in plating and making things look presentable. Also, maybe I am just talking about me, but I know I cook recipes I don’t necessarily intend to eat just so I can snap a picture.
For instance, a recipe I wrote is going to appear in The Kansas City Star Magazine (maybe even today), and a professional photographer had to come by and snap a pic. However, I didn’t have the time to fix the recipe so I bought all the ingredients, assembled the dish and let the photographer take his shot. Then I threw the ingredients away. Yes it was wasteful, but I simply didn’t have the time for anything else.
In general, I should be more disposed against waste. Still, as I spend the next week or more writing recipes and sharing facts about children and families who are going without… well… maybe I should be a little more concerned about giving and a little less about consuming needlessly.
As I do this, I also want to just give more. This, in many ways, will be easier to do than stopping overconsumption. To give more, I want to remind everyone about kiva.org and the BlogWellDone lending page (I took this idea from 101Cookbooks.) Also, shortly Anna Bassaham and will be doing a service project involving food and fashion. And in general, I think I’ll just try to give a bit more food to others less fortunate than I.
Not much of a Where Life Meets Lunch, I realize, but I find when I promise things on the blog, they happen.