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August 2016 A Note from Marcy

Mellow August and the sweet, tangy taste of mellow homemade Pure Apricot Jam. To my mind, all homemade jams are great but apricot is in a class by itself. Enjoy Free Mixed Berry Cobbler Bars along with other treats for the last month of summertime baking.



Welcome to the August 2016 Issue of I’ve been baking and cooking up a storm in a month where most of us say it’s too hot to cook. But somehow I’ve found a way. The trick is to do a variety of things but not in huge volume. In addition to my site and cookbook work, I am now creating recipes for ‘healing’ and working with a medical company, providing culinary formulations to help with appetite, or inflammation or digestion. Since it’s both about food and healing, it is for me, a plum assignment. It combines what I know about food, health and healing into service of recipes that do just that.

Speaking of which, did you know once medicine and all things culinary were one science? The medicine man or shaman of the tribe did the honours on both fronts, or at least, anyone who was a shaman, was also a healer and knew about food (herbs, botanicals and all else) as a tonic for what ailed you. As our ancestors went from nomads to settling in, discovering fire, growing crops and mixing with other cultures and their food ways, the repertoire of food and its preparation evolved. Along with the cave man diet of iron-rich, protein packed meat, came plant source foods, grains, fruit and herbs.

And then came those chefs, those show-offs! With them, there was the arrival of the gourmets and gourmands (usually royalty or the wealthy). Soon there was a division of those who ate for pleasure and those that created food as art (and for pleasure) and those that focused on food as basic sustenance, health and a regime of better living. In that splintering of these ‘special interest groups’ there emerged medical doctors, dieticians, nutritionists, and herbalists. The food fight was on and instead of one science, the culinary world became one of many rival factions, pitting culinary pleasures against medicine and nutrition, pitting art against science. If you think back to food’s lineage, it began as a fusion of all good things. There was no bad food or ‘clean’ food. Food was, from its beginnings, nurturing, nourishing and nutritious and likely, even in ancient times, somewhat tasty.

Which brings me to the now – I love desserts but balance this with exercise, pure  ingredients and meals that are all about densely nutritious, wonderful foods. That’s why most days you’ll find me eating some sort of ‘bowl food’ because it’s vegetable and pulse (lentils, chick peas) rich, flavorful and satisfying. I also go through a few kilos of lettuces a week. But my dessert recipes? Are they not ‘clean’? Posh. Desserts aren’t for 24/7 consumption but they are a perk of life that makes things a little rosier. And don’t forget, sometimes a great dessert can be organic, oven-roasted rhubarb served atop Greek yogurt. To me there is no such thing as clean food anymore than there is dirty food. But there is naturally good, natural food and from this one can create great things.

So here’s to great food – in all its guise: inspired choices, better ingredients, and zero tolerance for bad ones as well as keeping aware of what you’re eating, where it came from and how it was grown or tended to.

Enjoy August and bon appetite – in all ways,

Marcy Goldman






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