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    Slow Food: Rediscovering the pace of the past.

    What’s behind the Slow Food trend and how you can also make mealtimes into a ritual at home.

A trend to counter frozen food.

Slow Food – our need to slow our lives down is now also evident in the kitchen: the celebration and conscious savouring of natural ingredients is no longer the preserve of top chefs. More and more restaurants and amateur cooks are extolling the virtues of slowing down as an alternative to the use of frozen and tinned foods.

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Woman smells basil.

Beginnings of the slow-down.

The Slow Food movement started in Italy back in 1986. Journalist and sociologist Carlo Petrini founded the group with the aim of helping to preserve food culture. The group was soon attracting increasing numbers of supporters, including many from outside Italy. Slow Food has now become a global association of aware gourmets and consumers who are committed to defending food and drink culture.

Food for the good of all.

This includes promoting responsible farming and traditional methods of food production such as artisanal bakeries and preserving the diverse range of local produce. The non-profit organisation has set itself the target of ensuring that all people are provided with food that is good for them and also for the producers and the environment.

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Slowly does it – even when shopping.

In keeping with the Slow Food philosophy, “conscious cuisine” only uses produce which is fresh, as environmentally friendly as possible, and fair. In real terms this means shopping as close to the producer as you can – for example at your local weekly market.

The pleasure of Slow Food starts right away at the market stall, as you’re choosing fresh ingredients whose colours and smells stimulate the senses even as you shop. And the big bonus for the environment is that shopping at the market means you are reducing waste by buying produce without packaging.

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Happiness from simple recipes.

Before you set off for the nearest market or organic food store there's the question of choosing the right recipe. The Slow Food movement is not about conjuring up elaborate, complicated dishes; the idea is simply to prepare nutritious meals for the body and mind using high quality ingredients. So you should preferably look for recipes using seasonal and local fruit and vegetables.

Personal contact with producers.

Another advantage of shopping at the market or farm shop is the personal contact you can have with the producer of your food. Isn’t it nice to know where the contents of your fridge really come from? Don’t hesitate, just ask! You’re also sure to get a couple of handy recipe tips along the way or some useful ideas for preparing the produce.

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The mindful kitchen ritual.

Once you have picked out a recipe or chosen an entire menu to cook and you’ve got all your ingredients ready on the kitchen table it’s time to start preparing your food. Take your time and enjoy being aware of the fresh ingredients, their smells, textures and flavours. Get the family into the kitchen too, if you like, and let them take part in the cooking ritual.

Eating with your eyes.

Lay the table before the food is ready, using nice china, a tablecloth and candles to create a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere. When the carefully prepared food is served, take in all the colours and fragrances before reaching for your cutlery. Then all that remains is to enjoy your meal!

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The Slow Food philosophy in restaurants.

If you’re not in the mood to cook there are plenty of restaurants and cafés in Germany and around the world which subscribe to the Slow Food philosophy. These can be found on the organisation’s website.