Friday, February 19, 2010

Independence Days #38

Whew. It's been a rough week. Despite an invigorating start following the OEFFA conference, I soon wore myself out and wasn't up for much of anything. So here's this week's feeble attempt at an Independence Days challenge update:

1. Plant something: Nothing.

2. Harvest something: Nothing.

3. Preserve something: Nothing.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Saved flour from market baking to use in home baking; used up some plain yogurt in place of sour cream; used stale bread in making bread pudding for myself and for another friend.

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Restocked baking ingredients; used up more of my dried fruits and vegetables; pondered next seed order.

6. Build local food systems: Attended OEFFA conference; worked on Local Roots newsletter; baked for market; helped with gardening workshop registrations; baked for a couple of friends; shipped an order of baklava to a former professor; interviewed a local researcher about spelt and took her some spelt crackers in thanks; shared bread at a Local Roots potluck; posted articles at The Ethicurean.

7. Eat the food: Roasted sweet potatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, and cabbage; buckwheat cookies; pea shoots and goat cheese on homemade bread; a variety of homemade soups; blini with local vegetables or jam; hash browns with egg.

I'm at least getting better at using food from storage -- my grocery bill this month (not including bakery ingredients) currently stands at less than $65, and most of that has been dairy products and fresh produce.

I'm starting to feel the urge to get seeds started for spring, so perhaps next week I can make a little progress on the "planting" part of this challenge. Not easy, though, when the garden still rests under a foot of snow!

In the meantime, a little more rest is in order!

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