The Smart Seed
About This Show
Let's be honest. The SMART Seed is one person's feeble attempt to make food interesting. Unfortunately, for this person she's not doling out yummy recipes or taking well curated photographs of what she ate today--at least not many. No. She wants to talk about food in relation to history, economics, trade, and society. You know the stories that really grip you at your soul. So, if you want to learn something, maybe, perhaps, be a little self-reflective then you're at the right place and we should be friends. On the other hand, if you want to know the top five reasons you should eat avocados. My greatest apologies to you, for disappointment awaits.
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Seaweed: A Complicated Relationship You Didn’t Know You Had
I had once gone to a wedding in upstate New York. After the ceremony, a dance, and the presentation of food, it was time for the speeches. The best man stood up and went to the microphone to say a little something about the groom,his brother. What he said, which I thought was poignant at the time, was that his brother above all else was nice. Nice is such a simple, overly spent word and, yet, I thought it was the best word to describe my friend. It is a quality that does not come and go, depending on who you are interacting with or what is happening around you, it is a part of you. As the speeches continued, I briefly zoned out and thought to myself, “Hmm…nope, I’m definitely not nice.”
One of the great things about getting older is that, if you are wise enough, you can start to see patterns within your own life. One pattern that has dogged me since I was very young is a type of divisiveness that I create. As my husband once said, “Leanne, people either love you or hate you.” This fact, that every few years the later, gets smacked in my face is hard to swallow and as I get older I do try my best to avoid it. A quality that is as true to me as my friend’s niceness and the main cause of the divisiveness is a type of blatant honesty that I share. In recent years I’ve mitigated the fallout by choosing not to say anything at all. Unfortunately, my face betrays me more often than not, and folks can tell what I’m thinking regardless. People either hate my honesty or they love it. It is the same quality, but often comes with different reactions.
It might seem like an odd, ill-thought segue to start talking about seaweed right now, for what does seaweed have to do with my divisiveness issues? What is divisive about seaweed? Heck, what do we even know about seaweed? Unless, you live in Asia or are of Asian ancestry, your connection to seaweed is probably pretty limited. A little Nori in your California sushi roll and that is probably it. At least that is what you think. Seaweed is actually pretty pervasive even in a North American diet. However, it is the fact that we aren’t fully aware of its presence or the names that it is hidden under that allows us to create a division that we aren’t really aware that we are creating. You might not know this but seaweed is in your c