Posted 08 October 2003 - 09:19 PM
I love the way you write about food but I fear the introduction here and the echo of the Slow Food movement, of which I'm a proud member, may lead some to believe that it takes a long time to cook in the Southern European style. In fact, ie. in practice, it's lazy cooking, rather than time-consuming. Here in Portugal, for instance, the best cooks use pressure cookers to save time and concentrate flavours in a variety of dishes, including all soups. Mediterranean cooking is all about shopping - buying only the freshest and cheapest ingredients (they always coincide, as we buy seasonally) and, most importantly, shopping every single day, early in the morning. I'm Portuguese and our shopping baskets, when we go to the market, are probably the tiniest in Europe. We buy only what's just arrived - spending hours interrogating the stall-holders - and in the strictest, smallest quantities - only what's necessary to make lunch. Great discussion, btw!