On Becoming a Foodie.....

I have the spark I needed. I am a bit of a foodie of late. It is a pleasure to cook, and eat simply.

To cook again.

So here is my most recent Journey.....in pics for fun!

With the awesome "Juicy Tour" I got in touch with my Quest for good flavors...
Juice, Fresh Fruits and Veggies...
Led me to an analyzing of my current eating habits.

I dropped meat out of my diet for more than 3 weeks now.

Which led to me coming home and cleaning out my cupboards after the trip and honing down my staples into what is good, what is crap and what is essential.

Got rid of stuff that has the EVIL "High Fructose Corn Syrup" in it. (That poison is in EVERYTHING. I mean EVERYTHING. Quick, go check YOUR ketchup.)
While these items may be tasty....
And contains an additive MADE TO MAKE YOU FAT.

Here are a few I won't be buying again anytime soon....


Here is my cleaned out, finished and Awe Inspiring Food Pantry!

It makes me want to COOK!
 I unbagged and jarred all my beans and grains.
 Yummydos....Pickles and Jams...
 Wiped clean and ready to roll....
 Handy at fingertip and eye level
Wanna see my fridge?
It's a thing of yummy beauty right now :)
I thought you might like to know what I'm eating.

Because we all know that if you are a vegetarian, that you are starving to death, right?

I am blessed. I am not starving.
It is said that each one of our body cells has a shelf life of 30 days before it sheds into a new cell. So in actuality we could all be a TOTALLY BRAND NEW PERSON in like 30-60days.


So put in good stuff!!
I bought some ready carrot/orange juice and some Green Goddess Juice until my new appliance comes...

We don't drink milk. The Almond Breeze plain is great for cereal though.

As you can see here....Monty hasn't gone total vegetarian and we don't expect him to. (Yah, the Alpo's not for me :)
Monty's more of an "Omnivore" anyways. Some of his all time favorite things from birth to now are snap peas and asparagus tips and green beans..

He's deprived as you can see from this picture :)

 I can't wait till my new and improved Cuisinart Juicer comes this week!
Until then, mmmmmm.....fresh fruit.

Here is my adaptation for NOT buying mass produced agri-business eggs and milk.
Tofutti Cream Cheese! Really good. + 0 Guilt.
 And here, we went shopping at our local farm store.
Wake Robin Farm started as an CSA of which we were members. Here at Wake Robin, Meg & Bruce keep a small herd of 10 cows for milk production of the sane and humane kind. They sell their yogurt and artisan cheeses. Really delicious!Their dream was to have a running, productive small dairy farm.

This is a pic from their parking lot when we were there today....
The high today was 9 degrees. It's colder now.

Harry and I are lactose intolerant. I was personally raised on goat's milk till I was 3.
We don't drink ANY milk. We can tolerate yogurt and cheese after all these years though.
And we LOVE cheese.
But sometimes....cheese does not love us :)
We believe in supporting the little local guy. The food is delicious and you know it helps you, the family, the community and the animals herded are treated with kindness and good stewardship.

I use the plain yogurt instead of sour cream and with fruit and for dressings...
The vanilla is awesome with granola and fruit.
 All in all a goodly haul...got some homemade musli and local honey too...
And eggs from my friend Betsy's personal flock of chickens.
I grew up on fresh eggs. It's nice to have them again.
Aren't they beautiful?
This is not a new obsession for me.
Just a renewed one of old.

Wanna see what I mean?
I've been down this road a lot before. 

Here are my two favorite cookbooks in the world. Can you tell I have loved and lived by them over the last 37 years?
Laurel's Kitchen I lived by when I was Vegetarian before. I love the stories in it as well as the good plain no nonsense organic cooking in it. 
Taped together,...broken spine....still good.
 This Fanny Farmer Cookbook is disintegrating.
My father got if for me as a paperback cookbook, purchased with cigar bands from a club he belonged to.
I was about 12. This book is 40 years old and my good old Pop has been gone for 18 years now.
 Busted in half....
 Taped and limping.
It's still good. :)
It all made me feel like cooking a big batch of Split Pea Soup on this cold and burry day.
 Measuring out the split peas in a coffee cup is what I usually do...and saute the onions, celery and carrots first...
 Add water, herbs.....
 And cook it down. It smells so good in here!
Very warm and cozy on a Cold and Wintry day!
Life is for Savoring.



Less is MORE.

1 comment:

justin lymner said...

Love wake robin :) did not know they were near you :)