My kitchen here in France is the farthest thing from fancy. It’s an industrial, stainless steel setup complete with two hot plates, a sink, a refrigerator, and a mini oven that looks deceptively like a toaster oven but lacks the ability to toast.
And that’s about it. No microwave to be found.
Of course, I could have purchased one myself, but I spent the first 18 years of my life sans microwave, so the thought never seriously crossed my mind.
Whenever I tell friends I didn’t have a microwave growing up and that my first time using one was freshman year of college, I’m met with a whole slew of questions ranging from “are you Amish?” to “how in the world did you heat up leftovers?”
After explaining that I’m not, in fact, Amish and that it was simply necessary to wait around an hour for piping hot, day-old Chinese food, I’m met with blank stares conveying a mixture of confusion and disbelief. In our age of convenience and efficiency, who in their right mind would deny themselves the instant gratification that a microwave provides?
My parents eventually succumbed, albeit a bit late, to the microwave sensation after my brother firmly stood his ground and demanded he be able to make popcorn. However, so many years without one fostered an appreciation for taste over expediency.
Slow Food is an international grassroots organization founded in 1989 in response to the emergence and growing popularity of the “fast life.” By connecting the notion of slow food to a larger network of culture, politics, agriculture, and the environment, the global movement seeks to “combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.”
Personally, living without a microwave encourages me to slow down, cultivate an appetite, and appreciate my food with a heightened sense of awareness.
However, fear not: depriving yourself of modern technologies is in no way necessary in order to live a “slow life.” What this does mean is buying whole ingredients, avoiding processed foods in favor of the real stuff, growing food whenever possible, and choosing locally-sourced produce.
Truth be told, nothing fancy has been happening lately on Instagram — just whole, seasonal foods that have traveled a short distance to get to my makeshift, industrial, microwave-less kitchen. But I figured the slow food snapshots deserved a shoutout, don’t ya think?
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
- Could you live without your microwave?
- How do you live a “slow life?”