While we spend a lot of time on day trips to get an understanding of the vast culture on our doorstep, when we’re talking about food, it’s got to be an investment into our lives and souls. So many fantastic food documentaries on streaming sites show there’s a lot to be said for the sense of culture that comes with food. Walk down any quiet alleyway in the middle of Milan and you end up getting a waft of beautiful Italian food. We’ve all got to think about using food as a better investment in our lives. What are some of the ways we can do this?
Venturing Beyond Your Comfort Zone
We can all struggle right now in terms of our finances, but it’s important to go beyond everything that we know. As expensive as it can be to venture to another country, if we really want to keep up our food education, we’ve got to get into a more financial savvy position. This could mean learning how to invest.
The fact is that investing can be a natural part of our love of food. You can invest in restaurants or you could invest in a particular brand that you feel an affinity for, but you have to learn the ropes first. You could get to grips with something like indices trading, a collection of stocks and instruments used to track the growth of an industry or sector, but you also need to bear in mind that you can invest in small ways rather than venturing across an ocean.
Of course, if you really want to get the sights, sounds, and smells of another culture, you’ve got to go there, but here are a few other ways to do it in a more affordable way.
Eat at Home Together
The most important thing to remember is that we should all eat at the table. For those that have families that have one meal together, it’s that ideal opportunity to have quality time before the chaos ensues.
Start a Food Tradition
For those who are spending very little time with their family, the perfect opportunity to do something out of your normal routine should involve food. Some amazing weekend traditions can be having a big breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday morning, or for those who are incredibly close but don’t see each other all week, that Sunday afternoon roast is incredibly important, not just for amazing home-cooked food, but it’s that ideal opportunity to cast aside your worries about the week and just settle into something that is hearty and healthy.
We have to remember that amazing pork or turkey with lashings of cranberry sauce is just going to feel like we are rejuvenating our souls.
Additionally, you can start some more hands-on food traditions, like planting a herb garden or picking fruits and vegetables in the summer.
The more we experience food up close and personal the more likely we’re going to build a positive food culture at home. Food is a cultural investment, as much as a nutritional one.