Updated: Sep 2, 2019
“ Mcdonalds announced it is considering a more humane way of slaughtering its animals. You know they fatten them and then kill them. You know, the same thing they do to their customers’’- Jay Leno.
Post 2008 when we came out of a frenzy of food hunting and gathering to such ludicrous proportions saw me enter the USD economy with a little high blood pressure. The blood pressure brought on by the tenacious need to chase for and gather basically anything, the green back brought into the market an impression of peace and a mushrooming of sadza joints that maize meal transformed beloved into a fast food. For as little as a dollar (USD) you are assured your pound of flesh popularly coined as local foods. In the ever unrelenting search for the dollar and all things that make money, sadza is a fast money spinner. It was a perfect feeding ground for post-starved-of-goodies psyche. And as a foreigner you can be forgiven for wondering how Zimbabweans say who they are through food. My mum used to say that don’t throw away the things that you know for things you do not know. A lot of the varied much richer choices of food are in the homes or lying subliminally in our collective minds while we are seduced and convinced that processed, fast foods, anything but the old is the way to go.
“ We are living in a world where lemonade is made from artificial flavorings and furniture is made from lemons ‘’ - Alfred E Newman.
I get fast food, love it too and get that vegetables lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good meat, as I feel this is the fast food motto. It is good for the young ones to be reminded occasionally what good organic cooking and flavors will do. I mean I really get it that our life expectancy, if vegetables smelt like bacon, would soar. I stopped my fascination with fast food at the age of 18; I picked it up again after watching alluring food ads on DSTV. Having been half starved to death on landing in South Africa it became a ritual to gourd into mindless Kentucky or McDonalds, in fact, whatever.
It is a dying art form to eat good food or have a good palate. It is worth investigating the old and putting some of the recipes on the table, food can have so many comebacks and a sense of renewal…..like mood, or love emotion, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.