Monday, February 22, 2010

Getting on with it

It's February and I have until November to get everything finished. Some days it seems like 30,000 words isn't enough, other days it seems daunting and I feel pressure to get writing.

1,000 down, 29,000 to go! I'm not in an intensive writing phase just yet. I'm still trying to get my ideas in order.

Here's the general outline of my research:

Literature review:

  1. Traditional nutrition: General overview of nourishing traditions and the research of Dr. Weston A. Price

  2. The Weston A. Price Foundation: What has been written about WAPF – academically? Non-academic? Written by them? (I'm struggling with this at the moment. Very little has been written about WAPF academically)

  3. Key ideas of the WAPF – case study: fat (I've done some research on this before)

  4. Other similar movements, compare key ideas: Bio-dynamic, organic, slow food, etc.

  5. Movement in a global context - new social movements

  6. Blogs – what they are etc.

Empirical research:

  1. Methodology

  2. Blog research (I will expand on this later)

Now for some food...

Sourdough french toast with maple syrup and yogurt

This recipe is very simple, almost so simple that I don't need to explain it at all.

Two eggs
1/4 cup cream
Six small pieces of sourdough bread
Butter, salt and cinnamon to taste
Maple syrup and yogurt

Mix the eggs with the cream, add a pinch of salt and sprinkle of cinnamon. Soak bread in the egg mixture and then fry in butter until golden. Serve with maple syrup and yogurt. Eat immediately!

Monday, February 15, 2010

My Research Project, Blogging, and Research Ethics

I am currently enrolled at the University of Waikato in New Zealand to do a master’s thesis in Sociology. The research project I am undertaking for my thesis relates to a new social movement based on traditional “nourishing food” and includes a consideration of how recipes in blogs incorporate the principles and practices of that tradition. I am interested in the way in which blogs contribute to new social food movements by putting people into contact with one another and sharing ideas and information.  I have decided to start a blog myself to help me understand more about blogs and blogging, to present some aspects of my research journey with anyone who might be interested, to share my own thoughts about some of the food issues I have been concerned about for some years, and to post some interesting recipes. I welcome any comments that anyone might want to make on any of these matters. The main aim of the blog is not to gain such comments to include in my thesis. However, some comments may turn out to be useful to use directly in my thesis. If this happens, I will contact the person who made the comment to check that it is ok to use it in this way and whether they wish to be acknowledged. This approach to the use of comments has been approved by my Research Ethics Committee.
If you would like further information please contact me or my supervisor John Paterson