I was watching the box the other night and saw this commercial for microwave mash potatoes. Unlike the powdered variety, apparently these are at least real potatoes, already cut up in the bag so all you do is nuke them in the microwave and add butter. Seriously how busy/lazy are you if you haven’t time to cut up a few potatoes and throw them in a pot to boil?
When I see this in supermarkets I realise how lucky I was growing up in Ireland having my Mum cook for us everyday–food fresh from the garden or meat fresh from the butcher. I get it that people have to work more now but there has to be a way to show kids that food actually does come out of the ground or is bred for eating. This idea goes hand in hand with another one of my articles, Eat Up Kids. It’s crucial that kids see the co-relation between say a potato being picked in a field and ending up as fries or mash and not a powder mixed with water. For some, weening your family off boxed foods is a big step, so start with a weekend trip with the family to your local farmers market. The idea of incorporating field trips for kids to local farms and/or farmers’ markets is definitely a solution whereby they can see first hand what actual food looks like as well as speak to the farmers. Even as a chef I learn new things by talking to the farmers. There is so much to see and learn at these markets that it’s invaluable not only for kids but adults as well.