It has occured to me in writing about food, that it was my Mum who was so influential to me. My Mum when I was growing up was having 50 lb bags of whole wheat flour, oats, all of these wonderful things delivered to our home. And that was in the 60's!
At the time it was embarrassing to be eating whole grain breads, granola , everything homemade, though I thought at the time she was crazy. All my friends were eating white squishy bread, oreos, potatoe chips, soda, nope not us ! Along with the whole foods, we were gagging down cod liver oil and the plethera of vitamins doled out to us each morning, ugh.
In retrospect, I get it , and got it along time ago. She was an amazing woman, the Adele Davis of her time. One of the other many appreciations is how there was never any talk about calories, fat, weight, it was simply about eating extremely well . She took my Dad's turned up nose, at some of this lovely food in quiet stride especially when the meatless meatloaf arrived on the table, though he would quietly grumble, Dad adored Mum too much to do otherwise. Dad just was not as adventureous as Mum!
My Mum passed away January 2010, and Daddy passed away in July 2010, We miss them so much and forever beyond grateful for what they gave me and taught me, If not for Mum, I would not be doing a second career in food!!!!