Thursday, October 22, 2009

FOOD day of No Impact Week.

(this is for the 21st ... same wifi story)

Well, today was food day.
I did pretty well. Ate homecooked or at least home prepared food even though I was at an all day out of town meeting. No one flinched when I got peanut butter (not local but fresh ground from actual peanuts) and jelly (homemade from plums I picked myself) sandwiches on sourdough bread (homemade) out of my fancy briefcase.

For beverages I had planned on getting up early and making a thermos of tea or at least a thermos of hot water so I could have tea. BUT that didn't work out. I got up late so I just filled a steel bottle with water. Oh well.

For dessert, a regionally produced organic apple.

Snacks were almonds and craisins. Not local, but organic.

Supper was ever more beans and rice. But instead of rice I used quinoa. Pretty good. I added a bunch of kale because I have bunches of kale. I'm tired of kale. Oh well. I can suck it up for a few more days then it's back to twinkies and pop.
OK, not really.

I am getting more aware of how much of my food is not local or even regional. Especially the spices. Must get an herb garden going so I'll have more spices fresh and at the ready. I have oregano that is supposed to be sprouting in the window, but so far no go.

I'm also thinking of trying to sprout the quinoa I got from the bulk bins at the co-op. I think it could grow in this climate so if it sprouts, I will try it next summer in the garden. It's good protein and tasty.

Anyway, this week's blog must be DULL DULL DULL for my reader. Sorry. Soon we'll be back to whore houses and river trips. Or at least a bit more variety.


Anonymous said...

Jill, I don't think your blog is boring at all. However, I do have spasms of guilt every time I read it.

As for my food being local or regional, I did notice that the vending machine at work was manufactured in Illinois. Does that count?

I'm teasing, but really, I admire what you are trying to do and the focus and energy it is taking to live a lifestyle that so much of the world is designed to challenge. Good luck! Angela G.

Jill said...

I'm pretty sure that if the vending machine is locally produced, then by association all food in said vending machine is henceforth and forthwith, local. Probably organic too. Eat well and prosper.

Fly Right said...

My jack-o-lantern pumpkins were relatively local (Peoria?) and the seeds were delicious. Trick or treat candy was organic or local. There is no both option. Ferrara Pan Candy Company is 2 miles away, so Red Hots and Lemon Heads for all!!! Yes, I, too, admire you for undertaking this challenge. You are a good woman, Jill Wagner.