Eating it, making it, photographing it, writing about it and mostly, sharing it.
It thrills me to no end to hear how delicious a meal I made was, or how good a person felt after eating it. I aim to cook tasty, healthy food that is so good you go back for more, without guilt.
After learning a few things about my own body I realized that I needed to pay more attention to what I put into it. No Gluten, less meat, only local and/or grass fed organic, as few chemicals as is possible in the modern world and the addition of enzyme and nutrient rich cultured foods. It was a challenge at first, but one I'm embracing. I love a new hurdle.
Along with this, I also refuse to eat any commercially farmed meat products. I'm comfortable with grass fed, pasture raised, generally healthy, happy animals and with wild game sustainabley and legally hunted. I also generally buy fresh from the farm dairy products and eggs as well.
I must make all this jive with my foodie tendencies as I am always looking for something different, exciting and mindbogglingly delicious. This is where the cooking becomes more necessary than the frequent dining out that occurred previously. I have a reason to return to cooking and a way to explore more than simply the latest fad food trend. I can eat what I want, when I want and know every ingredient. I aim to know the source of those ingredients, that they are sustainable and local if at all possible.
Besides cooking more, and learning a new way to bake, I have started preserving foods in different ways. Canning, pickling, fermenting, cheese making, and the list keeps growing. Not only is it satisfying to eat foods that I prepared from scratch, but many times it is also cheaper! Who doesn't love that? With a little time and care, you can fill your fridge and pantry to the point that you barely need to go to the store.
In addition to food changes, I have learned to make other changes, both for health and cost reasons, for myself and my family. We use as many homemade products as possible, deodorant, laundry soap, hand lotion, and the list keeps growing. Some of these are available at my Etsy store.
I attempt to maintain functional and sustainable eating while still enjoying everything I put in my mouth. I want to share the recipes I use, lessons I learn and my life in general with you. Maybe you can benefit from me as I have other blogs.
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