one of my biggest struggles in the kitchen is overcoming my laziness.
i was talking to a friend the other day about how much i love the concept of slow food – of actually preparing a meal with friends or family – a meal made from local, sustainable resources rather than cracking open a box of something quick, cheap and easy (that, let’s face it, probably came from halfway around the world, thus making it’s carbon footprint astronomical).
i’m working on eating in season. in the past, i would always get this fruit or that fruit no matter the season because i liked it, darn it, and it didn’t matter if it had to be brought halfway around the world so my taste buds could enjoy it – if i wanted it, i’d buy it. now, i’m becoming more conscious about eating things that are in season, things that i can buy locally from coops or local famers’ markets. (i can usually buy apples just about any time of the year, and potatoes – lots and lots of “apples of the earth” as the french like to call them). i’ve to admit, however, i am curious about what sorts of local foods i will be able to purchase in the winter months. i think a trip to the farmers’ market in november and december is certainly in order.
another struggle of mine is snacking well. i don’t know about you, but if there’s chocolate anywhere in the house, chances are, it will end up in my mouth quicker than you can say “willy wonka!”. i love chocolate. i was talking to another friend about this – about how we both agree that family sized bags of M&M’s are actually single servings for us. i know it’s bad for me, but gosh darn it, as soon as i have just one or two, i’m a goner.
i’m combating my sweet tooth by simply not bringing these kinds of items into my home. simple. if i don’t have it on hand, it won’t end up in my mouth.
sure, i still have a hankering for ice cream pretty much non-stop (and the closest ice cream shop is just a mile down the road), but i’m slowly learning that i can live without treats all of the time.
i still allow myself a sanity meal once a week (perhaps more on that in another post) and usually with that meal is something sweet for dessert, but other than that, i’m trying to be really good when it comes to not snacking (which i seem to do when i’m bored).
tonight, i had my sanity meal. we have family coming into town this weekend, so we’ve started the big project of getting the house ready for our guests. as such, neither of us wanted to cook, so we ordered pizza instead. :)
what sorts of fall season meals are you anxious to prepare? how can you eat well and eat local during the colder months? is it even possible?