Thoughtful Consumption – Salad Dressings
By Mariyah Gonzales
Picutre from Vogue UK
There must be a face behind the food we eat, someone responsible for its production or preparation. If there isn’t one, that’s another concern entirely but let’s say there is a man or a woman engaged with the making of our food. Now, it’s not so far-fetched to believe it could be our own. Not right away and not behind everything we eat but food shouldn’t feel impersonal.
One of this Blog’s main purposes is to convince that cooking is simple but like any other relationship, ours with food will take time to develop. Trusting ourselves and understanding flavour and nutrients are all a part of a slow process we can take pleasure in. It’s one that allows us to make conscious and thoughtful decisions about what we’re eating, enabling us more control over our well-being and ultimately the larger food system.
So, consider your diet, habits and maybe start with the foods you can make at home instead of buying pre-made or plastic. There’s some exciting salad talk going on this week and though you may not have the resources to be the only face behind your meal, you can still start claiming control over your health by fusing your own salad dressings.
Dressings are either built from some kind of cream, maybe a mayonnaise or yogurt, or some sort of an oil and vinegar blend. I prefer to start with the vinaigrette and find the combinations with different herbs or vegetables endless. Below are a few simple mixes. The most wonderful bit is almost all of the components have found themselves well established in your pantries. Nothing extraordinary about them but once combined and most importantly, combined by you, magic! So, feel out the measurements of each ingredient and trust your taste. When you feel confident, fuse together your own concoctions. Remember these also make for great meat and vegetable marinades.
Instead of being consumers, be thoughtful and creative participants. Start with a salad.
Olive Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Grainy Dijon, Finely Minced Garlic, Salt and Pepper
Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar, Finely Minced Garlic and Onion, Parsley, Oregano, Salt and Pepper
Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce, Lemon Juice and Honey/Sugar