A fine kettle of ish is simply a collection of thoughts on food: great (and not so great) recipes, food news and writing, eating well while living healthy, fun holiday food, restaurants, dining out at home (San Diego) and on travel, and the occasional post by some wonderful folks who regularly school me on food and drinks. You know…all the usual food blog ish.
At the ish, our philosophy is to take the bull by the horns and the cabbage by the greens. Cooking and eating are both things to be experienced and enjoyed, not feared – just get in there and do it! Sometimes things won’t quite work out, but that’s how you learn to be a great home cook and learn to appreciate the food and customs of folks outside your usual circles. So there will be a lot of barging about and eating, experiments in food and drinks, and plenty of cooking au pif, or by the nose, as the French do. There will be some spectacular failures, a good measure of profanity, and a lot of joy and good grub if you grab your sense of humor, hop in, and hang on for the ride.
In the interest of healthy living and eating well – and not being afraid of what you eat – I make a special effort to measure out the recipes I make and give them to you with serving suggestions, nutritional content, and any potential alterations I know of to help adjust a given recipe to certain dietary restrictions, as well as comparable food items for a frame of reference and the level of exertion required to burn off a serving (or two). As a growing society of people who appreciate good food, there is a core belief that we must eat well, but not carelessly – and that means giving due thought and consideration to the things we eat, whether it is evaluating the distance traveled, the conditions raised in, or the personal, cultural, and physiological impacts of that consumption. That doesn’t mean that we should fear having a cupcake, or eating a potato, or trying the mysterious meat pate at a Vietnamese restaurant, or trade going out for navel gazing, only that we should be aware and yet press on, thoughtfully yet fearlessly, into the eating breach!
And ain’t that a fine kettle of ish?