Not to mention grains. I love quinoa, millet, brown rice, Scottish oats, buckwheat and more. Being gluten intolerant with no local source of gluten free stuff is hard. I mostly eat small amounts of wheat, since it looks so tasty, but I long for a day my tummy doesn't hurt and I can return to eating grains that are better for me.
I had my breaking point this evening. I got all the ingredients chopped for an early St. Patrick's Day feast (I had a roast that needed to be used up) and when I went to the pantry for my last jar of tomatoes, it was gone. I used it and forgot. I caved. I fully admit, Jeff made a run to the grocery store for canned tomatoes so I could salvage my stew. I knew that wine and water alone wasn't going to give it the body and depth the stew needed, nor was I willing to sacrifice 3 lbs of meat and hours of prep work on principle.
I have no idea how we're going to manage 32 more days without any tomatoes. This may be another area I fudge. Not fudge exactly, since our boundaries were pretty porous to begin with. We had no idea how much food it would take to sustain us 100 days, nor how much of our preparation work was sufficient (or insufficient as it turns out). Lessons learned.
All whining aside, I made a killer stew and cool accouterments that I'll blog about for St. Patrick's Day. For the last of my frozen tomatoes, look what Jeff made me for International Women's Day!:
|Lamb Curry with Whole Wheat Naan|
He used every pot in the house and nearly set off the fire alarm, but when he wants to cook, he COOKS! I believed he followed the directions for the Lamb Curry as directed, ditto the Naan. It was so delicious. Like transport-you-to-another-world kind of delicious.
So, there are lots of delicious things you can make with local food, I just need to remind myself of that and soldier through the remaining days of the challenge.