I sound like a broken record (and am just realizing not all of you have listened to a record so I hope that made sense), but seriously food is the hardest part of this week for me. As Claire can attest, eating local can mean a serious adjustment to your diet. Even though I planned last week for local food, my meals this week look worrisome. Here is what I have that is local: eggs, cheese, milk, bread, spinach, swiss chard and mushrooms. Sounds good, you say?!? Well maybe for 2 or 3 meals…but how do you do this for 15 meals???? Yesterday’s breakfast:bread and cheese and local tea (that might be expired?). Then I decided to be creative and instead of my usual NI meal of egg and cheese on bread (especially given my breakfast), I thought I would make egg salad. Kudos to me for being creative!!! However, I am not a boiled egg connoisseur and was not expecting that peeling 3 eggs would take almost 20 minutes! After that, I chopped the egg in a bowl and realized I was going to have to use mayonnaise that isn’t local. So much for my genius idea. Lunch: egg salad sandwich with water. Then I had to plan for dinner. I really wanted to make a strata, but it needs to sit overnight. So I made one and stuck it in the fridge for the following night. Even though this strata was made from about 90% local ingredients (I used an onion I had left over in the fridge), I had, at this point, spent 2.5 hours in the kitchen!!! So much for ho-hum time. And I still didn’t have dinner!
To be continued….