Note: there is a new surprise find I talk about at the end of this post…might be fun for you 🙂
In the movie/book Charlie and the Chocolate factory (or maybe you prefer the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory…), the chocolate factory is presented as the utopia that the little boy dreams of reaching. He is excited to step inside this place where everything is chocolate, that ever-elusive delicacy that is adored all over the world.
Really, chocolate….I mean even the word sounds decadent, rich, inviting. We know that there is a wealth of chocolate out there. There are the chocolate treats, bars, coated-candies, coated-nuts, chocolate chips, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, chocolate milk, chocolate cookies/bars/cakes…chocolate oats 🙂
So what is your chocolate-factory? What is the food, delicacy, dessert, food item, anything …that could potentially mirror that “utopia” quality that chocolate held for the little boy in the popular movie/book ? Maybe it is chocolate….maybe it is oats or a nut butter (according to all the popular blog-titles that include these 2 items :))….maybe it is a rich carrot cake desert made from scratch in a “special” way….maybe it is as simple as pancakes…or as complex as a rich stew.
Or, if you are like me, it changes from day to day.
Yes, at first when I thought about this concept I could not make up my mind of what my “chocolate” would be. I quickly concluded that this meant one thing: I am an indecisive girl who really does not know what her likes or dislikes are!! (If you have ever seen Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, you might remember that scene where Roberts is unsure if she really likes her eggs fried or poached…)
But then I decided that that is just me. Maybe my “chocolate” is variety…a bit of everything you know ? I am sure there is probably 1 or 3 items that stands out above the others, but for now I hold no prejudice. I kind of like that approach for right here for right now for me. Keep my mind open to possibilities. Be open to trying a new stew (Kath just featured a new lentil and sweet potato stew on her blog), or oats-in-a-jar, or try out one of the many holiday desserts that numerous blog and recipe collections are now featuring.
I have a lot of foods that make up the majority of my daily eats. But I think being open to new foods and ideas might be a good feature. At least be open to it, consider it.
An unfortunate occurrence in the food-focused-world (and in any selective world) is the practice of judging. I mean the judging of others for their choices. For some people, their “chocolate” may be a bowl of nut butter-banana-oats…
and this particular person might receive a few “what?” looks….for others, their “chocolate” might be a really good quality ice cream at a specific shop…and for another it might be butternut squash fries with coconut butter. Should we judge one another for our choices ? Should we judge the chosen items on their healthfulness, their quality, their positive or negative connotations? No, I don’t think so.
I don’t think the food-blog-world is meant to be a virtual tour where others analyze, critique, judge, or worse compare one another’s choices. I don’t even think that what a person photographs encompasses everything that they eat. Some may choose to display what they feel is “pretty”, or what might interest others, or what they have time for in their rush, or whatever their camera (and their patience) chose to take. We cannot accurately glean from a collage of photos whether a person follows any kind of regime. We can get an idea of their food approaches and likes/dislikes, but we don’t know the whole story.
I guess this would be a good point for me to now bring up that if I show any photos on this blog, they do not emcompass everything that I eat. If I display some veggie burgers, it does not mean I am a vegan. If I display almond milk, it does not mean I do not drink hemp milk, and others as well. If I display “healthy” foods or “not-so-healthy” foods (those popular, but disdainful, labels), it does not mean I do not like or eat the opposite. I guess that is my “disclaimer” of sorts.
With that last note, I will ask again what is your chocolate-factory?
And now for something fun:
A new nut butter alert:
And on another note, here is a new nut butter I found. Maybe I am not the “first” to find it, but I haven’t seen it. I haven’t opened it yet, because my fridge is on nut-butter-overload :)…soon…
The ingredients on this? cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, pecans, agave nectar, cacoa nibs….
hmmm….kind of represents that “chocolate-factory-utopia” of mine doesn’t it?? The best of all nut butters combined? Surely, this might be a winner 🙂