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Memories of Bambi

Did you ever see classic Disney animated movies like Fantasia or Bambi?

They were my favourites growing up, but my childhood memories of them are dreamlike — fragments of scenes and songs. They inject themselves into my every-day life in a subliminal fashion.

To this day, a song about April showers jingles in my head if I walk on a wet day. And I have always loved mushrooms. The taste of mushrooms is like nothing else.

Video link of Fantasia mushrooms: https://youtu.be/ZJYN1d3f2dc

Spring is full of new beginnings, new adventures. This can mean all kinds of experiences, and  tasting new things is one kind I love to include.

As a child, I imagined mushrooms were the secret ingredient to a fairy tale life. They are the quintessential poster child for the taste sensation of “umami”, that mysterious savoury flavour found in some foods.

Their texture is velvety, and they absorb sauce flavours extremely well. They even look cool, with their feathery gills and umbrella caps. Fairies love them too, so that sealed the deal for me as a kid.

As a grown up I have sampled many foods, but my experiences with eating continue to be adventure. This year, my new food experience is my tower garden, which allows me to grow veggies year round. I have 28 hydroponic pods in my tower with LED lighting.

It took only four weeks of operation to get results. Tonight, we ate a salad with lettuce from our garden, and I can’t put into words how good that made me feel, and how delicious those leaves were.

My exotic new adventure this spring is not about exploring food from far away, as those Fantasia mushrooms appeared to be. Rather it is about enjoying food that is grown close to home — or at home, even.

It’s also about food that is not wasted.

I cut off just the greens that I needed for our salad; there was nothing left to rot in the fridge crisper.

Food waste occurs at every level of the food industry, from farms all the way to our table. Statistics show that up to 40 per cent of food grown in North America is wasted. If we are to change that, we need to change our conversation around food. We need to think differently. 

Just because cucumbers are on special - buy three for almost the same price as one - doesn’t mean it’s a good deal for us. Can we use three cucumbers before they spoil?

What if we checked on what we already had in the fridge and planned a meal around that instead of shopping first and forgetting what was in the back of the crisper?

Not everyone is going to forage in the fields to reconnect with their food. Perhaps if we did think of the connections we have to everything in the field when we walk with the dog or play with the kids, we will be more conscious of how wasting food affects us all.

We need to respect the cucumbers and the mushrooms the same way we need to respect the trees and the animals.

Maybe it’s worth taking a walk in the rain to remind ourselves of the whole world and how it all fits together.

Video link of April showers: https://youtu.be/xksfShPraTQ



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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."

 

E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com

 



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