Sunday, January 04, 2009

Even in the Gourmet Traveller!!

I currently subscribe to the Gourmet Traveller. It is a luscious mag, filled with recipes that you can occasionally cook for special guests, and dreams of far off places that usually you would need a very good bank balance to contemplate going to.

But this month something really caught my eye. There was an article called the End of the World.. and it is about Iceland.

According to the writer, AA Gill, Iceland is having a particuarly bad time economically. However here in the glossy mag came the following statement:
"We are left with our lives" someone said to me. "All the other stuff, the poisonous foreign stuff, the stuff that makes us jealous, and empty, is being taken away and, like children when the toys have to go back in the box, we're feeling sorry for ourselves a little. But now we'll fish and cure mutton and make skyr (cheese)."

We have much to learn from this statement.. its about getting back to the basics, getting back to community, getting back to connection with our neighbours and finding what is real again in our lives without all the glitter and "imported poisons".

It is interesting when such statements are published in luxury magazines - mainstream is being to understand the importance of slow and close to home.

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