For the second time since moving to Columbus, I have been accused of being a “foodie.” Not by people trying to be mean. If anything, by people who are amused at my obsession with what some food stuff is and how it’s made, where its from, and “Is that cheese spelled mobier or moRbier, and how do you pronounce that anyway?”*
We had dinner with a colleague of mine and her husband last weekend and when it came out that we were homebrewers who also liked cider (we made a very drinkable dry cider this past fall), the husband insisted we take home a bottle of their homemade apple cider. I love that sort of thing.
It occurs to me that we are really only a couple of generations removed from a time when most people were capable of producing at least some of their own food, and that these past 50 years or so of the pattern of food distribution may seem like blip on the radar in the future. (Also, the metaphor will be anachronistic as technology will have moved beyond radar.)
I’m traveling today and there’s nothing like walking through an airport and passing dozens of fast food restaurants to remind me of the importance of making and consuming my own food. Heidi Swanson — who runs a food porn, I mean cooking, website — from San Francisco often posts about the food she makes and packs for trips. In the past, I’ve looked at her 101 Cookbooks site and rolled my eyes a little thinking about making a cake for a roadtrip. Now, I’m feeling more ambitious, or at least wishing I’d packed some dried fruit for this trip.
Weigh-in wise, I’ve been hovering around 179-182 for the past couple of weeks. Since I’m about to attend a 3-day conference and may not get my long run in this weekend, I’m guessing that number’s not going to improve this week, but maybe with some care I can mitigate the damage. I did pack two changes of running gear. So, goals for the rest of this week at the conference:
1. Drink at least 8 glasses of water/day.
2. No more than 2 alcoholic beverages at a time.
3. Go for at least 2 runs, even if they’re not my long run.
* Cheese.com (really, it’s a website) tells me:
Morbier is a semi-soft cow’s milk cheese named after the small village of Morbier in Franche-Comté. The cheese has an ivory color, and it is a bit soft and fairly elastic. It gets immediately identified because of its black layer of tasteless ash, which separates horizontally in the middle. Earlier, Morbier was made by a layer of the morning and the evening milk, but it is made by a single milking nowadays, while ash is added to it to follow the tradition. The cheese takes about 45 days to 3 months for full maturation with yellowish, moist and leathery rind.
I’m disappointed the ash layer is for show and doesn’t delineate separate milkings.