As I noted last week, I’m taking up Bob del Grosso’s challenge — the Fanatic’s Proposal this year. I’m going to see how little food I can buy, how much of that food I can buy locally, and how much I can live out of my own garden, pantry, and freezers. So here’s the roundup of what I bought and ate this first week of the project.
- 6 Tangerines
- 1 bunch scallions
- 1 gallon farm milk
- breakfast: toast with melted cheese, or breakfast of champions
- last week’s ham and bean, and escarole-potato soup (lunches)
- turnip greens from the freezer on pasta
- baked potato with marinated feta and olives
- pork chops with morel pan sauce (2 dinners)
- 2 loaves sourdough bread (cooked, didn’t eat both loaves yet!)
- leftover Xmas beef moussakka
- braised ham slab with herbs, wine, onion, carrot
This week is payday, so I’ve got a little list for the grocery store, and I think this weekend I need to re-organize my freezers — the upstairs freezer (the one on the fridge) is sort of just jammed full of random things. But it’s been fun this week looking at what I already have in the house. I have a lot of food in the house — as anyone who reads this blog knows, I like putting food by and there were a lot of leftovers from the Christmas extravaganza — so now, it’s winter, time to eat what I’ve squirrelled away. It’s always easy to get in a rut, especially with mid-week dinners — part of what I like about this challenge is that it gives one a reason to rethink something as mundane as dinner, and a reason to think more creatively about it than one might otherwise.