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  • Writer's pictureJacky Ziki

感恩季節 A Season of Thanksgiving (中英文)

秋天是收穫和感恩的季節。你有否為自己擁有的衣食感恩呢?或許你說:這是本人辛苦勞作而獲得的。那麽,你有這種獲得衣食的智慧體力是誰賜給你的呢?你賴以生存的陽光空氣和取得收穫的‘土地’,又是從哪裏來的呢?

今天想談談對追求美食的態度。追求美食讓生活更愉悅豐富,簡單的食物也可以是祝福自己和周圍的人的,這是一種生活態度。有時候,熱愛與罪惡只是一線之差,比如對待食物的態度。我認爲追求美食時極盡奢華、當中帶有浪費和殘忍的時候,對美食的追求便成了一種罪惡。

對於華人,美食是高質生活的必需,民以食為天。美食是生活中不可缺少的話題,一天當中最美的時刻可能就是在餐桌相聚的時候了。

但是時代已經改變,烹調技巧和製作方法都隨之改變。現代科學讓我們知道了許多有關食物營養和害處的知識, 如今更多的人更趨向追求簡單營養的食物,同時符合環保保護地球的概念。

以下的幾點是我個人對美食的看法和原則,這樣行,不會減少樂趣同時也環保。

選取季節性的新鮮食材,盡量不要用太多‘處理製作’過的食品。我記得小時候,祖母每天都去市場買菜的(其中原因是那時候還沒有冰箱)。英國人與法國人意大利人無法相比,他們很多人都是在超市購買‘成品’或‘半成品’食物, 不能怪他們,因爲他們的血液中沒有美食的基因。

選用簡單的烹調方法保留食物營養,這是最高難度和具挑戰性的,所以選用新鮮食材就顯得格外重要。 我常常很佩服那些可以把簡單食材變成美食的人。

尊重生産的土地、工人、廚師和服務員,以更人道的方式對待動物和避免殘酷的烹調和食用方法,這方面,似乎華人特別是中國大陸更需要改進。

最後,感謝大自然的恩賜,當享用美食的時候持一顆感恩的心,同時記念其它地方受飢餓的人。

縂的來説, 無論何時,對你所擁有的吃感恩的態度,這樣你會覺得比很多人更有福、更知足。


There is only a very thin line between passion and sin, for instance, the attitude towards food. I reckon the pursuit of extravagance is a sin when wasting and cruelty are involved.


Are you grateful for your daily provision? You might say that you have worked hard to gain. But who has granted you the ability and wisdom? Or the air you breathe, the sunshine you have, and the land you cultivate, where do they come from?


I want to talk about the attitude towards good food today. The pursuit of good food would make our lives more pleasant, and bless ourselves and others. It is an attitude.


Enjoying food is one’s basic pleasure in life. Good food is fundamental to quality living, and the joys of the table are still everything to the Chinese. Food is a constant topic of conversation and people always find the highlight of a day is when their feet are under the table.


But time has changed, and so have cooking skills and preparation, since modern science has more discovery in nutrition and hazardousness. People are more prone to choose simple yet tonic food when trying to be greener on the earth.


I would say the following are some basic principles for good food. They do not kill joy but are more sensible and environmentally friendly.


Choose available fresh seasonal ingredients, rather than stocking up on processed food. I remember when I was little, my grandmother would go to the food market daily for fresh produce. (One of the reasons is that there was no refrigerator.) The British have no comparison to the French and Italian. Many of them buy ready meals or half-ready meals from supermarkets. We can’t blame them because the good-food genes are not planted in their blood.


Use simple techniques in cooking to retain nutrition. This is the most difficult and challenging. Hence using fresh ingredients and making the most of them are crucial. I admire those who can turn simple ingredients into a delicacy.


Respect the land, the workers, the chefs, and the people who serve food. Treat the animal more humanely and avoid cruelty. The Chinese (especially those in the Mainland) have much to improve in this area.


And finally, give thanks to Mother Nature, for all the products granted, namely, give thanks with a grateful heart, and remember those who are starving elsewhere.


In general, be grateful for whatever you have had, then you will find that you are luckier than many people and you will be more contented.


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