Food has been a passion of mine for many years now, on many different levels. I am passionate about how food is raised, cooking it, enjoying it, and being part of it. Toward the end our journey along the Appalachian Trail (to read more about that journey visit my other blog here ) I was excited to get back to expressing myself through my passion of food, and I decided I wanted to start a new blog devoted specifically to it. I am excited to start this new journey, because there are so many aspects of food that I want to write about and share with others. At this point I am not sure which direction this blog will go as it matures, but a few ideas I hope to see come to life on here is: sharing recipes (my own, and other peoples recipes I fall in love with), growing food, harvesting food, buying locally, interviews with farmers and people that create yummy things, product reviews, giveaways, and much more!
I have a deep passion for how food is raised. I really believe that how we treat the world around us is a refelction of how we treat ourselves. When we respect something like our food we are respecting ourselves by putting good fuel into our bodies. And when you love the food that you are eating, you get a whole different kind of energy out of it. Food that is raised, harvested and prepared with love has a quality to it that is beyond words! I want to share with others why I feel that supporting small farmers as much as possible instead of Industrial food will help to bring our country to a more healthy place. I myself am far from eating a local or organic diet, but I would like to shift more in that direction over all.
I hope you all enjoy my perspective on food, and what it means in our lives.
I wanted to start my first post with a meal that I cooked as our first breakfast back home from our hiking adventure. For anyone that might not know me, here is a little bit of a back story to illustrate where I am coming from, I will share more of my lifestyle as the blog blossoms. We stay with my parents sometimes in between adventures, and so it was back to the farm (10 acres in Northwest Washington) that we returned after this trail. And to describe the farm briefly, it is a hoby farm on which my mom and I have raised many animals for many years. The types and numbers have varied greatly over the years, but at this moment we have somewhere around 200 chickens (mostly banties), 5 miniature cows, 30 chinchillas, 20 homing pigeons, 2 horses, a bee hive (one of the very new additions), 3 dogs, 3 cats, and a few misc things. I suppose that illustrates my love for animals, and my perspective on respecting animals that are raised for meat.
I was blessed with a full garden when I returned home a couple of days ago. My mom has been working hard, planting a wide variety of yummy fruits and veggies! Between our gardens, orchard, chickens, and cows we have a wide variety of foods to enjoy just off of our property. I love walking out in the garden and picking a meal….. Its such an amazing feeling!
So this was the basis that I started my first home cooked breakfast back from the trail. I looked around, what did we have? Fresh eggs brought in that morning, a beautiful golden summer squash from the garden, plump juicy strawberries from our raised beds, a crisp tart transparent apple from one of our many apple trees, potatoes and onions that our neighbor gifted us from his garden. That sounds like a beautiful breakfast to me!
Homegrown Food Glows!
I looked at all the beautiful items on my cutting board and developed a plan for it all.
I started by dicing the onion and cutting the potatoes into small pieces. I tossed them both into a pan with olive oil, and let them saute on medium low heat. I find it best to have a pan large enough to spread the potatoes out in a single layer, so each piece has equal chance to cook well.
While that was cooking I took half of the summer squash and cut it into small cubes. When the potatoes were very close to being done, I tossed in the squash and sprinkled on a spice blend to add a little more flavor.
While my country potatoes were finishing up I thinly sliced the slender onion (I really am not sure what type either onion was, because it came from another garden). I cracked the eggs into a pan over medium heat, sprinkled the same spice blend over them and tossed on half of the onion. After a quick mix around with the spatula the eggs were ready to flip and finish their breif cooking time.
I sliced up the apple and strawberries, for a very simple fruit salad.
My stomach grumbled as I plated it all up. What a beautiful breakfast from the bounty around us. Bernie and I enjoyed our meal, and have MANY more to enjoy in the near future!
A Tasty Homegrown Meal
As this blog blossoms with age, I hope to improve my photography of the food, making it look as exquisit as it tastes, and to convey my deep feelings through writing. I look forward to the journey!