I think I just broke a personal record. In a single 24-hour period I managed to buy food from Earth Fare, our local Farmer’s Market, Trader Joe’s, Great Harvest Bread Company, Poplar Ridge Farm (where we pick up our CSA box), and Harris Teeter. This was unusual for me to go to so many places in such a short period of time, but it was definitely a reminder of how buying our food used to be so simple. In our old processed food life I used to plan out our dinners for the week, order the necessary groceries online from Harris Teeter, and pick them up every Monday morning. I didn’t even have to get out of the car. There is no question that was convenient.
A lot of people have asked me lately if I am running around to different places to buy food, if I am spending more money on it, and if I am cooking more in the kitchen…and the answer to all of that is yes, yes, and yes! Think about this though. If you are going to buy a new car, computer, or even a new couch, do you shop around and do some research? Or do you just buy the easiest, cheapest, and most convenient option without really knowing much about it? I am sure you know the answer to this question, and we have just personally decided to follow this same thought process when it comes to something as important as the food that we put into our bodies. They happen to be the only bodies we will ever be lucky enough to have.
So, lately I have felt a little scatterbrained about what groceries I need and what recipes I am making for the upcoming week, but I am hoping to get better at this new routine over time. The days of making one trip to pick up our weekly groceries are certainly over, but I do think that with lots of practice I can be more efficient at this new normal. We certainly think it will be worth it.
In each of these posts I like to also try to mention at least something about what we have been eating (not just how it got from the store to our house!). So I will say that yesterday we had a nice and easy lunch, which included a hard-boiled eggs (that I had boiled the day before), blackberries from the farmer’s market, watermelon and grapes from Earth Fare, and a leftover buttermilk cheese biscuits from dinner the other night. It took me a while to get to this point, but I have finally retrained my brain to not always think that lunch needs to include a sandwich and two side items. My daughters and I enjoyed this little fruit/bread/egg plate yesterday.
On the other hand, dinner last night was a bit of a disaster. We do cook a lot around here so I have to admit that disasters are far and few between, but it does happen. I bought some cod from Earth Fare on Tuesday, and expected it to still be fresh enough to eat on Wednesday. We normally love the seafood from Earth Fare but as soon as my husband opened the package, he said the fish did not smell very fresh. He still tried to batter and sautee it to make some “fish and chips” without the chips, but nobody ended up liking it! I was also determined to make some homemade mayo to dip the fish in (before I knew it wasn’t any good), but the finished product did not at all resemble the store-bought mayonnaise we know and love. I am still struggling to find a good mayo recipe that doesn’t use raw eggs. Maybe I need to first stop expecting it to come out all fluffy and white like the stuff from the store. Oh well, I have 86 more days to figure it out!