Saturday, January 11, 2014

Week Ten Meals

Our final week on the Alaska Food Experiment! Here's what we ate:

Sunday, January 5:
Breakfast - unless otherwise noted, breakfast is eggs fried in butter
Lunch - unless otherwise noted, lunch is leftovers
Supper - "zoodles" in beefy tomato sauce with kohlrabi

Monday, January 6:
Supper - sausage/burger patties, edible pod peas, fried potatoes

Tuesday, January 7:
Supper - beefy tomato sauce, kohlrabi, broccoli, potato chips

Wednesday, January 8:
Supper - leftover beefy tomato sauce, edible pod peas

Thursday, January 9:
Supper - chuck roast, roasted carrots and onion, baked potatoes

Here's where it came from:
Beef - Homer
Butter - homemade
Carrots - Palmer
Dairy / Cheese - homegrown, homemade
Eggs - home grown
Kohlrabi - Soldotna
Onion - Soldotna
Pork - Funny River
Potatoes - Sutton
Tomatoes - Soldotna
Zucchini - Soldotna

On Tuesday, two of our goats, special pets, were picked up by their new owners and moved to the village of Sleetmute. I missed them a lot, and rifled the cabinets for something to stress eat. Yes, I know that stress eating does not help. But I did it anyway. I wanted to feel better. I found some chocolate chips left over from Christmas baking and ate some. Yes, I made myself sick. I got the jitters, and if I thought I was crabby beforehand, well, that was nothing compared to afterward. Note to self - you can't handle chocolate like you used to.

Friday, I had a doctor appointment at 9:15 a.m.. Understand that I'm a night owl. I could happily stay up until 2:00 a.m. but that means I sleep until 10:00, so I was going to get up three hours early for this appointment. Jim spent Thursday night working 'round the clock (again) and he literally got into bed as I was getting out of it. In the interest of being quiet and not waking him, I skipped breakfast and left the house. Once I got to the doctor, I found out my appointment had accidentally been deleted from their schedule! Fortunately, the nurse remembered talking to me and trying to make the appointment, so they still got me in to see the doctor. Ten minutes and $150 later, I found out I could treat my owie with home remedies. Having spent so little time at the doctor, I found myself with 45 minutes to spare before my next appointment to meet one of the people I sew for and pick up some work. I drove around a bit, walked through a couple of stores, and eventually decided I was hungry enough, and would still need to be away from home long enough, that I could justify a trip through the drive-through for just enough breakfast to tide me over until the afternoon. I pulled in to McD's and ordered an Egg McMuffin. It wasn't until I had driven down the road a ways and got out my sandwich that I looked inside it to discover a slice of cheese, a slice of Canadian bacon, and a sausage patty. No egg.

After the stress of the week, the early morning, the sleepless schedule Jim's been on, the sticker shock of ten minutes of my doctor's time... an eggless EGG McMuffin was the most ridiculous thing in my world. I just sat there and laughed.

And decided that this unplanned meal cheat would signal the end of the Alaska Food Experiment.

We're getting so low on veggies that yes, I could still squeeze out a couple more days, but then again, ending on January 9 means a nice round 70 days of being a full-time locavore. That's a good place to end it, I think.

I still plan to post some recipes and how-tos for a few of the things I did while on The Experiment, as well as a summary post, but those will be for later. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Week Nine Meals

This week sees us reach our original goal of two months on our Alaska Food Experiment! Here's what we ate:

Sunday, December 29:
Breakfast - unless otherwise noted, breakfast is eggs fried in butter
Lunch - unless otherwise noted, lunch is leftovers
Supper - Dinner out for James' birthday

Monday, December 30:
Supper - chicken-fried moose steak, edible pod peas, hash browns

Tuesday, December 31:
Supper - steak, cheesy bacon baked potatoes, beet greens

And although New Year's Eve was the last "official" day of the Experiment, we've decided to go on until we run out of local veggies.

Wednesday, January 1:
Breakfast - bacon and eggs
Lunch - chicken broth soup with napa cabbage, carrot, and egg, with bacon
Supper - steak "stir fry" with potatoes, carrots, garlic slices and beet greens

Thursday, January 2:
Supper - steak, cabbage, edible pod peas

Friday, January 3:
Supper - pork chops, edible pod peas

Saturday, January 4:
Supper - bbq beef ribs, homemade potato chips, edible pod peas

Snacks: honey candy, dehydrated zucchini slices, cheese, potato chips

Here's where it came from:
Beef - Homer
Cabbage - Soldotna
Carrots - Palmer
Cheese - homemade
Chicken - Funny River
Edible pod peas - Soldotna
Eggs - home grown
Garlic - Nikiski
Moose - outside Fairbanks
Pork - Funny River
Potatoes - Sutton
Tomatoes - Soldotna

James' birthday was on Sunday, and we took him out for upscale pizza and to the movies. It was very good food and a fun time. Sometimes it's nice to take a vacation from strict eating, but it's also good to go back to it when the party is over. Between Christmas treats and dinner out, I put back on some of the weight I'd lost. Now that I know how to get it back off, though, I'll lose it again and hopefully lose more besides.

On New Year's Day, I decided I wanted some candy, so James and I made Honey & Cream Taffy (recipe here). Well, it would have been taffy if I hadn't taken my eyes off of it for a second and let the temperature go past soft crack stage to hard crack stage, and then forgot to add the baking soda. It did make a nice (albeit ever-so-slightly-scorched) hard candy. James and I each pulled some of the hot candy, but his got cold before mine did, so I managed a lighter color. Next time I make this, and I definitely will, I won't be so easily distracted and will make a nice, soft candy!

Honey & Cream Candy

A few minutes ago, I counted up the frozen Alaska veggies that we have on hand, and there are six baggies left. That doesn't count the potatoes and carrots, or the dehydrated veggies, so I'm thinking we can do another week pretty easily. As you might have guessed from the menu of this past week, we had a lot of edible pod peas left! We only have one or two bags of them now, though. The next few days' meals will be interesting to eat as we clean out the odds and ends from the freezers! Wish me luck!