Saturday, July 6, 2013

Some Food Projects

I've been going through a pretty hardcore (bad) food binge for the past month.  Yes, month.  I took the fourth of July weekend as an opportunity to get things more straightened out, including purging trigger foods from my kitchen and coming up with plans for what to eat at work (I've been eating from the cafeteria using a paycheck deduction... although it's cheap, it's also Sodexo. Yuck.).

One thing I did was I made a massive pot of magick allium soup:
This is a soup I made from homemade bone-marrow-garlic broth and every allium I found at the supermarket that day (red onions, vidalia onions, white onions, shallots, scallions, garlic, and elephant garlic).  I was upset that my yard isn't growing chives yet, if it will at all.

It was easy.  Just make the broth (which is also easy, just cook beef femur bones, onions, and lots of garlic until it's tasty and strain it), chop up lots of alliums, add them, cook them until they're tasty.  I added some more beef femur bones.  Bone marrow is excellent for you.

I was a little hesitant because preparing onions certain ways makes my face itch like crazy.  But boiled instead of fried there seems to be no issue.  I will be freezing portions of this to go to work with me, adding whatever meat I feel like adding that day, if at all.  The nice thing about this soup is that it's wonderful at reducing cravings and it tastes good.

I also went perusing my no-effort-orchard.  I call it that because we planted fruit trees as a gift to my mom when she still lived here (in addition to already present fruit trees) and since I'm the only one here now we just kind of... let them.  I get the feeling I'm going to need to prune back my mulberry tree, though, it's getting ridiculous.  I do occasionally pick the fruit, although without maintenance usually they're more enjoyed by the birds and the bees than by people.

Apples, mulberries, crabapples, cherries, and a pear.
I've been trying to wildcraft more, but with a regular 9-to-5 mildly stressful job it's difficult for me to find the effort.  Part of it is the binge eating... the more I do that the less likely I am to exercise, which brings my overall mood down.  I have been working on eating better and exercising whenever I can bring myself to do so, which is getting better and better each day.