Inspired to create menus and cook with close-to-home food by the 100 Mile Diet has led me to at least think of where our food comes from.
100 miles being approximately 160 kilometres, I realised straight away that being in South Perth, Western Australia that I would need to broaden the scope of local eating to start off with. Just about everything is flown or trucked in from hundreds if not thousands of kilometres away.
I don’t have a nifty map like the 100 Mile Diet members, so I thought I would start with food that is grown or raised in Western Australia and work from there. I’ve already have a small feeling of loss of not buying the pineapples trucked in from Queensland that are available in abundance here.
The next, or should I say the first challenge is being able to identify where our food comes from. Thinking about tonights meal, I only know that the Barramundi came from Cairns, Queensland. But I don’t know where the butter, pine nuts, tomatoes, cucumber or apple came from. I only know about the fish because H asked the fish shop owner.
The butter no longer has its wrapper, the pine nuts state ‘useful’ nutritional information and that they are “Packed fresh on the premises!”, and none of the salad vegetables or fruit came with any indicators of their origin.
I don’t like shopping, but perhaps seeking where our food comes from may make it more interesting in addition to it becoming a more protracted affair. Growing our own food is looking more and more attractive.