Wow, four whole weeks today. It went fast. I intended to celebrate the mini milestone with an all local food day, but real life got in the way and that didn’t happen. I had to meet my business partner for lunch, and he was on Far West, where there is nothing local that I’m aware of. He picked China Sea, and I had the lettuce wrap appetizer. I figured it I just ate less it would be better. I didn’t set out to only eat at restaurants that source local, but I’ve been trending that way. I just don’t want to impose my ideals on anyone else, because then I’d just be an unbearable bore.
So, Friday nights I usually have dinner with my parents who moved her 2 years ago. I decided on Fino, a restaurant that I love, and one that tries to source local as much as they can. Harley Clark, former Travis County Judge, grows many of their veggies for them. I had the flatiron steak, with spinach and potato puree and a local salad. The spinach was local as well.
One month observations – I don’t need to hoard food. I have plenty, and the supply isn’t running out. Most of what I have needs to be cooked, rather than warmed up or eaten as is. I need to get some Thunderheart bison jerky, for my fast food on the go, because there is nothing in my arsenal that works in a hurry.
I miss parmesan, popcorn, black beans, garlic, crackers and ready made tortillas. Again, with the fast food. I have a recipe for whole wheat tortillas and pasta, but have been too busy to break out the Cuisinart. And, I miss the grocery store, which was my playground. All of them, Whole Foods, Central Market, Fresh Plus and Costco. I don’t mind purchasing toothpaste and toilet paper at CVS, but it isn’t the same. I bought paper towels at Home Depot yesterday.
Going forward, I’m going to try to plan ahead better. I’m a pretty good food planner, but I’m easily moved off track. Wanna go out? Yep, sure! That throws off the whole balance. I want to learn about more vegetables, as well. I ordered some potato bags today, so that I don’t have to take up a chunck of my garden on potatoes. I’m trying to be as productive as possible, in my own garden.