A Passion for Food

    Alexandria Fox · March 21, 2016 · The Naked Gourmet · 0 comments

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    Food for some is simply sustenance—a boring chore that they must comply with several times a day to attend to the metabolic needs of the human body. For others it’s a passion–be that in the consumption of it or pleasure in its creation for the self or others. I truly feel sorry for anyone who doesn’t feel the joy of good food to the very core of their soul. Food is beyond existence or sustenance, it is the primary way we show love, gratitude, concern and how we share with one another all across the globe. Food connects us and lends credence to our humanity (Check out “Cooked” on Netflix. It’s a most impressive documentary unlike any ever seen on food).

    I was taught from a very early age how to cook by one of the women that raised me, my maternal grandmother. My 157dff15c73c94205e4ad702e1b02190maternal grandparents grew roughly 90% of the vegetables and fruit we ate year after year while my paternal grandparents had cattle, pigs, goats and fowl. The pairs of them would barter their production from each season and I was always there–ever present and soaking up all the sights, sounds and smells involved in how what I consumed moved from seed to table or from birth to slaughter to table. I was spared not one small detail as to how what I ate came to be on my plate and looking back I see how this experience forever shaped my current relationship with food.

    Food is love. Food is passion. Food is a tool of communication that is far more convincing as to my feelings for you than any words I can speak, sing or write. It is a pre-meditated edible love letter.

    Our food began with the sowing of seeds at various times during late winter/early spring and into early summer months. My grandfather taught me how to enrich the earth naturally and holistically using insects and fertilizer that Nature provided. As the son of a sharecropper slave, he tilled the land as shown by his father, showed his own nine children and showed me as well. My grandmother educated me in how to choose the ripe from the not ready, how to shuck peas and pluck feathers, proper canning techniques, how to bake and how to make beautiful and wonderful culinary creations from the bounty of our backyard and side lot. I learned how to milk cows, find the secret hiding places of hen’s eggs and to ride horses from my paternal grandfather also. There was a great deal of time spent hunting in the canyon surrounding our house. Sandhill cranes, pheasant, quail, rabbits, fish, deer, elk and even things people today would turn their nose at—such as frog’s legs or soft shell turtle meat all graced my plate as a child and were often beautifully prepared. Although I am very much so a city girl with a taste for the exotic flavors of the culinary world, my roots are that of a pioneer survivalist and black-woman-cookingwhen I cook I seek to create dishes that are colorful, aromatic and boldly flavorful as well as lean and highly nutritious.

    My relationship with food is one that was grafted onto the very cells of my tiny being beginning in 1984 and have remained ever since. I love food and have learned how to utilize it to create mental, physical and spiritual beauty in my everyday life as an adult. Food is love. Food is passion. Food is a tool of communication that is far more convincing as to my feelings for you than any words I can speak, sing or write. It is a pre-meditated edible love letter. Once crafted using forethought, preparation, careful selection and chemistry. It is the chemical intersection of spontaneity, imagination and sensuality as one takes up the tools and raw materials of the kitchen with their audience in mind and makes manifest what seemed at once impossible possible.

    I love to entertain guest. (click here for my Spring 2016 menu for dates) Whether it is an intimate dinner with family or large gatherings of friends I am always the cook—I wouldn’t have it any other way actually! My heart would break when I would hear of anyone in town on business who was left to navigate the restaurants alone as my first instinct is to figure out how to feed them and be of good company and cheer. Food alone can be good, but food crafted by beautiful woman in an intimate private setting is a priceless experience. You, Sir, have been searching for a woman who offers a complete experience during your business travels away and have found her. There is nothing more delightful to me than opening my kitchen and private location to you for an adventure sure to please the palate, satisfy your mind, and cure your cravings. Why don’t you join me for lesson in Gastronomy? You bring the libations and leave the special details to me.

    Bon appetit,

    Alexandria Fox

    Alexandria Fox

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