The Butterfly Effect


This incredibly boring discovery that you can’t see Lucullian as you should when using Explorer has put me off my stride. I use Mozilla because I don’t like Explorer and I just forget that it could be useful to check now and then what the page looks like! So now I just have to ask you again, has it been like this since I changed the layout? I did check what it looked like with Explorer then or at least I think I did and it looked ok so if it is like that it must be an open tag somewhere and what job that will be. But slowly slowly!
But now over to something completely different!
I have been tagged by Tana over at I Heart Farms, the meme is called The Butterfly Effect and initiated by Dan over at SaltShaker. The meme consists of 5 categories and is formulated thus:

“My thought in this meme is food items or events that changed your foodie life. Not some “oh, it’s the first time I didn’t put jelly on a peanut butter sandwich and used bananas instead” sort of change, unless you truly feel that affected you profoundly. That’s the key – it affected you profoundly, in some manner. A moment you can look back at and say “that was a defining moment”. The questions are simple, the answers might be harder – an item, person, event, or place that had that effect on you, and why. They don’t have to be big splashy things – sometimes it’s something very small and simple that changes the way we view the world – the famed “butterfly effect” (and I’m not talking about the Aston Kutcher movie). So, to those who want to participate, copy this and pass it on (and, if you’re so inclined, do a trackback to the originating post). Here are your categories:

1. An ingredient
2. A dish, a recipe
3. A meal (in a restaurant, a home, or elsewhere)
4. A cookbook or other written work
5. A food “personality” (chef, writer, etc.)
6. Another person in your life”

Just like Tana I think that they require a lot of thought especially if you want to really do it according to the Butterfly effect: “The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly’s wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that ultimately cause a tornado to appear (or, for that matter, prevent a tornado from appearing). The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale phenomena. Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different.” (I have lifted this from Tana who found it in Wikipedia, thanks Tana for doing the hard work!) So each of my answers on the 5 categories has to deal with things, persons or events that have changed or moved my life in a profound sense. I need to think because I have a tendency to remove the past for the present which means that I have to slowly dive into my memory and try to understand what meant what, when and where.
So I will (again in imitation of Tana, this is getting embarrassing) write about one category at a time, starting from the beginning.

1. Ingredient:

I did actually understand what I was going to write about quite quickly, I suddenly realized that there is one ingredient that has followed me through my life since I was a little girl: flour. My first memory of it is from my aunt’s baking house (or at least that is what it is called in Swedish); my mother grew up on a farm in the north of Sweden and I always loved to hear her stories from when she was a girl. She is the youngest of thirteen children (only nine survived to become adults) and some of her sisters and brothers remained where they grew up. I really liked going there as a child and most of all I liked to go and stay with my favourite aunt, Kajsa. She was a really sweet and nice person, unfortunately she died when I was 11 but I have many memories from her farm and the life there because I went to stay there every year. She had a baking house where she make bread and then especially a kind of bread called Tunnbröd that is typical of that region, it is a flat, thin bread that can be either soft (and then you can make great wraps with is) or dry. In this house there were several large tables with mountains of flour on them, at least that is how it felt like to me then, and I was allowed to play with it as if I was playing with sand on a beach! I made castles, roads, caves whatever came into my mind while the women baked and talked. It felt very safe. So obviously flour was the first thing I used when I made my first food experiment at the age of seven, I made a kind of very dense white sauce with majory in it and I thought it was delicious! I can still remember the taste actually. And I continued with flour as the years went on, sponge cakes, buns and then maybe the biggest food love in my life: bread. I love making bread, I have done it more or less constantly since I was 16 and I still make it every other day despite all the wonderful bread you can buy here. To stick my fingers into flour and feel how soft and silky it feels or how soft and grainy whole wheat flour is really gives me a feeling of deep satisfaction! Or to work it into bread and cookies, use it in sauces and creams, there are just so many things to use it in and I feel really privileged and happy that I don’t have any gluten problems! But I think that this feeling I have for flour might be the reason to why I am so interested in gluten-free baking.
I would like to pass this meme on to some other food bloggers because I’m curious to read about their food related butterfly effects events in their lives so Shuna of Eggbeater, Kishori of Kishko, Sean of Hedonia , Alanna of Veggie Venture and Mae Gabriel of Rice and Noodles, if you feel like doing this meme I will be happy to read what you write!