Violets and Amaranth

Eating weeds and gaining grains: an adventure in eating


A season for observation

Hello all who may still check this site…

it’s been a while.  A long while.  We’re still here.  Still trucking along gluten-free and edible landscaping.  It’s just been incredibly busy.  You’ll note the drop off in posts coincides with the arrival of our newest sous-chef, almost 2 years ago now.  Its amazing how much time growing kids takes, and I don’t mind.  The garden and yard will always be there, as will cooking adventures, but these babies are only babies once.

I don’t have any new recipes, although I’m sure if I thought hard enough about it, I could come up with some fun ones to share.  I mostly wanted to say hello to anyone who’s still checking in here, and also to put out into the ether my hopes and future directions.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the logistics of eating well.  It’s all fine and good to tell people to eat more fruits and veggies, and whole grains, avoid sugars and the like, but in the real world that is really hard.  I’ve been helping to run a CSA stop for 3 years now, and one thing I notice are the people who subscribe have either money or time or both if they are lucky.  Those with money can afford to waste what they can’t process before it goes bad, those with time have the capacity to cook meals from fresh foods.  Those without time or money have a hard time eating fresh, minimally processed foods.  It takes time to clean and chop food, to cook the food, and to clean up the food.  A friend recently told me, “I’ve stopped eating fresh foods.  I can’t clean it up fast enough and I don’t want bugs in the house.”

These observations deflate me.  Many of us in the allergy community, or maybe just those of us in my house, have little choice but to cook fresh foods.  Even if I wanted pre-processed foods, there are few out there that are safe for my family.  What do those with allergies like ours do if they are time poor?  Our solution was for me to deliberately work less outside the home, and I have no regrets.  To have allergies and health mostly under control is completely worth it.  But I realize we are blessed to be able to pull this off.

When I get back to writing, I want to explore this more.  I want to start cataloguing the recipes and techniques that are fast and easy, even for the time poor.  I’m sure others have already done this to some extent, so I’m just looking to add my voice here.  If you’re still reading this and know of good resources, add them to the comments, maybe they’ll help someone.

In the mean time, here’s to the bounty of August.  I don’t even have pictures this time around, but despite the polar vortex, tomatoes and corn and beans are in full swing right now.  It has been a great summer for eating, even if the Ohio peaches were destroyed this winter.  (And they are sorely missed right now).  I”m still trying to make homemade ice cream when I can.  My latest was the sweet corn and blackberry ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream at Home.  It was amazing.  I highly recommend that book.

Eat something fresh and local today, and if you can, help someone else to do the same.  Imagine if we all ate fresh food, how healthy we could all be.