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We consider ourselves co-producers, not consumers, because by being informed about how our food is produced and actively supporting those who produce it, we become a part of and a partner in the production process.
I used to be a serious foodie, but after years of meals that required days of preparation, dinners out made from difficult to pronounce ingredients, let alone state their country of origin, my tongue numbed. The finest meal ceased to please; I’d had too much of a good thing.
I cleansed my palate with simplicity. A tortilla with lime and salt. A potato baked with an egg in it, the creamy yolk stirred into its steaming flesh.
This is one of my favorite simple, fast food recipes, and I think, the best way to eat chicharron.
Salsa(I like salsa fresca)
Mush a slice of avocado in a warm tortilla, top with a few pieces of chicharron and salsa. This is the hard part–wait for about a minute, just enough for the chicharron to absorb the salsa a little, but not so long the tortilla gets cold. Munch, make another.
My chicharron came courtesy of my friend George Anna Clark’s farm, Rancho La Troje, a pastured pig ranch near Puente de Ixtla. Her practices exemplify the premises of the slow food philosophy. All of the animals are pastured the entirety of their lives, the butchering is done on site, sparing the pigs undue stress. The land is cultivated to meet the thier needs with various grains, legumes and native species, using healthful farming practices. She’s my hero.
Help support free range animal farming, visit and like George Anna’s face book page. If you are in the Cuernavaca area look for her bimonthly adds on CuernAds for the date and location of her Wednesday visits to sell pastured pork, organic oranges and limes.
Visit the slow food chapter in your area for help finding great resources like Rancho La Troje.
Eat slow! Probecho!
What’s your favorite fast/slow food?