if i'm completely honest, creating a tasty new dish can be more satisfying than finding an unfathomably distant galaxy.
my success rate for cooking yummy food drastically increases with the freshness of the ingredients used. i think its true that the only culinary knowledge one really needs when preparing fresh ingredients is... dont over cook them - they taste good on their own! overcooking tends to make vegetables bland, unappetizingly mushy, and less nutritious!
the last year i lived in austin, i had fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables delivered to my front door once a week (as i've mentioned before). i enjoyed cooking regularly for myself and friends in order to eat all the produce in prime condition. i often froze dishes for surprise meals during busy and/or financially challenging weeks down the road.
when i moved to nottingham, i immediately missed my greenling deliveries, but realized that finding farmers markets and seeking similar home-delivery-of-local-produce services were potentially just a few internet searches away!
searching for recipes online provides an easy way to get ideas for how to store, cook, and combine any surprise items i receive. i still have to go to the store once in a while for yogurt, garlic, ginger, (alcohol,) bananas and/or any special ingredients required for a particular dish, but the convenience, health benefits, and cheap price of home delivery are unbeatable.
these are my personal reasons and methods for gathering food the way i do, but i find that my practices are included within the so-called slow food movement. to learn more about the slow food movement, specifically within the austin, texas community, i recommend this 10 minute video...
essential viewing for austinites, useful for anyone who eats:
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." -- J. R. R. Tolkien