Welcome to my blog.
I’ve often reflected upon the rationale behind curating a blog. Aside from the burden of photo-journalistic pageantry, I realise nothing is quite as rewarding as creating shared experiences. Tannicteeth in some regards has been a catalogue of the experiences and changes of life as it unfolds. Since 2007 it has had incarnations at length and derivations from the original purpose – a blog about wine. Having studied BSc Viticulture and Oenology and coupled this with post graduate communications, I discovered through the performance of wine writing, a broader palate of critical analysis and curation. The trinity of ‘eat, drink and think’ emerged from an intuitive appreciation and ongoing assault to address curiosity of all things – and now – the appended ‘travel’ category is a way to index experiences abroad and at home. One could say the ruptured purpose has changed to infectiously inspire a practice of considered consumption. The purpose of the blog’s content is to compartmentalise all experiences and mechnically document them, illiciting some kind of rationale for why they’re significant – at least to me.
I believe for us fortunate by birth – living in a geopolicitally stable, developed-world country – we have a responsibility to recognise its full worth. Our journey commences at identifying our needs contained within Maslow’s pyramid. We (hopefully) get food, shelter, a loving family and productive working arrangements. From here our needs expand, grow ever more complex and squirm about as we try to pin them down in later life. Blogging these forays I believe the greatest bounty can be found in “powering up” or aligning a particular level’s needs with a higher one. Almost like ‘value adding’ on an existing need, stacking them together like Lego blocks. For example, we may eat quite a punitive meal hurriedly facing the telly (Mrs B says I’m public enemy number one with that – I know, but I will continue to try to be better). In that regard I only address the most basic of a need (1) – to eat.
Perhaps reframing eating could be – the satisfaction of dining (1) with friends/family (3) in challenging discussion (5) with aesthetically pleasing tableware and music (6). The overall packaged experience could be value added to a (7). By reframing, reappreciating and being grateful for our needs being met, we could perhaps enhance upon higher needs and delivering upon our society’s holy grail – happiness. I don’t have many answers, but I’m willing to give it a spirited shot.
Hopefully, if any reader is motived to act upon inspiration by reading this blog, I would feel as though I would have achieved (8). Leave a comment on any post, I’d love to know your thoughts.
Thanks for visiting.
The love of food and its preparation and serving artistry – rustic or refined – is indelible as long as humans require sound nutrition. We need to absorb the old ways food was prepared, quite often involving fermentation to some degree to prevent spoilage – we coevolved consuming a continuous microbial load which modulated our immune system. I believe the practice of slowness in cooking is important to steal ourselves away from an ever accelerating life. There are times for speed but more importantly we need agility. Like the tempo of nature, cooking slow has a terminal velocity and it’s this frustrating speed that forces and reframes our perspective. Food is the thread that binds all humanity together – when we celebrate food, we celebrate life.
Wine was my classical training, therefore I carry a heavy bias to this product. Like many other finely provenanced drinks, the concept of terroir – a certain taste and aroma “fingerprint” that gives a sense of place – stands firm on the table of analysis. Single origin coffee or estate teas, vintage beers – these all share the same thread. These are the same as regions and varieties, and vintages. A table adorned by an appropriately paired wine, beer, coffee or tea further enhances any dining experience. Get the combination wrong and we wonder why our meal tastes awry. Intoxication aside, the sheer complexity of the brewed beverage and the fantastic solvent that alcohol is, delivers hundreds – if not thousands – of organic compounds that combine to drive taste. Of course enjoy them all in moderation.
Media is a model to control greater public opinion. What we are fed via media colours our lives. To that end, media should serve to enhance society and never be used to de-edify, spook, or fragment society. Education is expensive, but ignorance more so. I am averse to relentless, economic growth. Endless consumption and growth is hinged upon how much we take from the environment. A nation’s GDP should involve environmental capital. I believe the concept of economy is derived from that of efficiency, and that in itself is derived from our main source of efficient-power: fossil fuels. We will need to redefine economy when we redefine our cheap energy. Yes this is idealistic, but so is endless growth on a finite planet. My goal is to live a scientifically considered life. I want to consume from the basis of science fact: that which is sustainable, ethical and (eco)nomical.
To travel is to move yourself intentionally from one region to another. Historically human migration has involved incremental steps across generations, and it was rare — but not exceptional — for humans to move vast distances for pleasure. The novelty of travel is still the domain for those privileged to get away from their existing lives, unless you are itinerant. Mrs B has been the inspiration for my travel. While travel can mean “going places” it can also mean reviewing and “traveling mentally” to a different perspective. After all, the purpose of travel is to re-experience though novel surrounds. Travel can and does occur locally, and this is what I intend to also capture.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
God we're a needy bunch.