The Home Grown September Challenge

The Home Grown September Challenge is going splendidly. Though when you get really down to it there is not enough food out there so I am not sure how Long the challenge will last.

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It is very dry now and  I am going to have to do some serious watering lest my greens give up on me. Not being able to reach for a bag of frozen peas as an easy  green addition to a meal makes life interesting.

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Though this is an excellent way to ensure that the list for next years gardens is thorough. I am already running out of potatoes and onions. So  MORE is a recurrent word in the list.

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I have plenty of tomatoes, aubergine, sweet capsicums, beets, celery, zuchinni and jalapenos. There are two  cabbages left and a stand of swiss chard that is taking a beating as I eat it every day.  But is there enough of all that to last over three weeks? We will see.  No eating out of cans. No eating packaged frozen vegetables. No eating the foods I am processing for the winter.

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The late summer vegetables will not be ready for a month or so and the beans are suddenly infected with a leaf eating bug. Hmm.

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One entire planting of tomatoes has gone brown and is dying but I still have plenty in another garden and scattered through the flower beds as snacks for when I am gardening.

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It is possible that I may lose weight after all! Oops.  However I do have a little beef and a reasonable amount of lamb in the freezer. No chicken or pork.

I chose September on purpose for the challenge because it is kind of a middle month, the first flush is over and the garden is puddling along now. I knew I would be short of some things. And hoping that the challenge would point out the weaknesses in the month.  The first weakness seems to be that my staggered plantings are not staggered close enough. The second weakness is that there is not ENOUGH of everything to put down for the winter Plus eat all summer.

The hens are still laying extravagantly (even though I just caught 6 fat hens yesterday to give to Red Hat Matt as a house warming present)  so I can always eat eggs. But using no store bought cheese at all is tedious.

I will make more fresh cheese next week.  Today I am going to focus on the gardens, weeding and watering my new crops. And getting more worm fertiliser into their roots.

Now I know this sounds a little grim however I am excited by all these revelations. Sometimes the only way to actually see something clearly is to DO it. It is all very well to say Oh I eat out of the gardens but when I made myself eat ONLY out of the gardens  for a good length of time I see immediately where I am topping up from outside the farm. Plus I am now counting my crops as I work considering how long each will feed us for. This is good, very good. Already I am out there more often with seeds for autumn food. I am taking more careful note of what I have ahead of me and what needs special care. I am eating less so that the food lasts longer.

In fact the ‘eating less to make the food last’ is probably a very old fashioned thing.  And a BIG lesson.  On a normal day we are able to go to the supermarket or farmers market and yank huge bundles of cheap food off the shelves or tables. We stuff our cars full to the brim and drive cheerfully home. There is no thought of conserving our resources, or buying or eating less so that there is enough to go around. We cannot raise our hands to shield our eyes and peer to the end of the row, we have no knowledge in fact of how much food there is out here or even where the farms actually are and if they also have crops failing.   So we  take and eat as much as we can afford. We gaily trust that in the cool mornings and hot afternoons out in some field somewhere a little man and his wife will pick more for us, another little man will drive more produce in a truck through the dawn to our purchasing point and some one will restock the shelves or lay out her produce so all we have to do is drive back and Buy More.  Do you think this is one of the reasons people are eating more, piling up their plates and having second helpings and getting fatter at each meal? Because they cannot see to the end of the row?

I remember saying to my kids: There is no point in me making a cake – all you do is eat it. Do you know how long it took to make that cake? I would say to them as they stuffed the last crumbs into their mouths ten minutes after I took it out of the oven.  Now that they are all grown and pretty good cooks themselves, they savor their food more and think about the tastes and discuss how to make it better.  I have never thought of it this way before. So the Challenge is teaching me to eat slower and less.

I have read that in any given city, there is a three day supply of food in the supermarkets. So if there is a major disaster and that truck cannot get through the food and drink will run out in three days.   I think I can last longer than that.

Today I am making an aubergine and tomato, cheese free, lasagne, with the home made pasta. Thank goodness you suggested I allow myself  flour and olive oil.

Have a lovely day.

I will be disappearing into the gardens again today.  (yes, some of the weeds are that tall!)

your friend on the farm, celi

94 Comments on “The Home Grown September Challenge

  1. I need to do some harvesting in the micro farm…the basil has gone bonkers again! Any suggestions for what I can do with/preserve all of these cayenne peppers I’ve got? Morning miss c…t

    • Dry them! I just pull the whole plant and hang it upside down pegged to a line by its clean roots, then when they are all dry, take off the peppers, and store in a jar or grind up and store in a jar. OR if you cannot dry them throw the lot in the freezer as is, you can pull them out and chop them as you need them. have a gorgeous day! c

    • It is another stunning day, and my favourite challenges are ones I choose for myself, so I have control over the lessons and the successes.. c

  2. Yes, yes, yes, I agree absolutely today with all that you say – we all know this stuff in our hearts and I must admit the thought of Marie Antoinette always springs to mind when I pick my few home grown bits and pieces from the garden and I know that I wouldn’t be able to feed myself and B on what we grow at all. But, the joy and the delight of putting the food you grow yourself into your mouth, or feeling its warm sunkissed skin in your hand, and knowing that you have chosen when to pick it so that it is perfectly ripe, hints at something deep in my soul, some atavistic longing, to get back to the garden. Oops, better go and play some Joni Mitchell right away. xx Jo

    • I love that word atavistic, and you are so right Jo, it is one of our oldest of memories I think, akin to childbirth – to grow, to eat, to feed our families.. dirt in our hands.. c

  3. A wonderful method of learning, c…small tests to get the scope of the Big Project.
    Totally true about the three-day supply, but for the meat, it’s only a day if the refrigeration goes. It’s also the reason New Englanders stock up on bread, milk and eggs before a snowstorm – in the Blizzard of ’78 (I’m told) the trucks couldn’t get through for a week. Nothing that bad has happened since then, so I guess everyone has lots of French Toast after…
    Have a good day! 😀

    • The meat in summer is always a worry. If the electricity goes out the freezers slowly lose their cold. Out here in the winter we can just heave boxes of meat onto the verandah, it will stay frozen outside!! The Old Codger told me they used to hang a whole steer in the barn in late autumn to keep it frozen for the winter. c

  4. Your lasagna sounds delicious! And the September challenge is very interesting. I bet you are learning a great deal. Enjoy the cool morning C!

  5. this gives me so much to think about. i bet if you make a really rich tomato sauce for the lasagna, you won’t miss the cheese too much. have you ever made parmesan cheese? if you could make that in the future maybe it would get you through your lean cheese times?

    • Yes you are right. this was definitely a failing, but the new cellar quite ruined my cheeses. They all grew a terrific mold and I lost heart there for a while. The parmesan is the easiest to make too, i just need to work on a better aging venue. c

  6. All so true, Celi. My husband and I have been “dieting” for several months now, and although we aren’t dependent on what we grow ourselves (which is nil, at this point), we have become much more conscious of *how much* food goes in our mouths (and how much more *fresh* food costs at the store than the canned or frozen or ready-to-eat stuff). I’d say we’ve cut our portions in half, which turns out to be a good thing. On a slightly different note: when I was visiting the new grandson, my son made a kind of succotash from yellow squash, zucchini (bought at their local organic market), fresh tomatoes out of their garden, onions, and fresh corn, all cooked up until tender and seasoned with a dash of white wine and a little chicken stock and salt and pepper. It was so simple and delicious (you probably make something like this already). He served it over rice, but it would be wonderful over fresh pasta and was certainly hearty enough for a meal. I’ll be making it myself soon.

  7. I have only visited the US of A for five days. We eat out every night and I was gobsmacked at the size of the food portions. They were enormous and nobody ever cleaned their plates, half the food was consigned to the rubbish bin! I asked for half portions, we do those over here, there is more than enough for an adult in them.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love my food and at times suffer hollow legs syndrome! Yes, I have days where I am hungry all day. I prefer my plate half filled with the option to come back for more than an over filled plate.

    • You are right there. Sometimes if we serve a smaller portion and then eat slowly, then Pause we find that our tummies have caught up with the food and already sent the message up that we are full. I am a horror for eating too fast and wanting more just because it tastes so good! c

      • I eat too fast when I am home alone, in company I am usually the last to finish, do you think I should not talk at the table? 😉

          • When I first moved to the USA, I too found the portions way to big. Plus it was hard that as kids we were told we had to clean our plates (“think of the starving children in India’,we were told, or “no dessert”). I had to ignore my upbringing as I started to put on so much weight. Also no one seemed to cook at home? I invited some work friends to dinner one night, cooked Chinese from scratch, and they wolfed it down and were ready to leave within an hour of getting to our house!!?? Unlike in England where a meal would last all night and was a big social occasion with friends.
            Now I am semi-retired I seldom eat out and much prefer my cozy meals at home anyway!

            • John does it too, I make a lovely meal, he sits he eats and he leaves, I am left with my plate half empty and all alone at the table. The first time it happened i just cried. It is better now, well a little better, my biggest change was making sure he was sat in a really comfy chair! After being married 6 years and we are eating in the covered verandah he has begun to sit and talk at the dinner table.. it is nice. Such a shame you don’t live closer.. oh lordy we would be sitting at the table all night.. c

  8. thanks for the overview, I misunderstood the plan. my version of the challenge, eating off the farm with whatever I raised grew or have in the garden, pantry or freezers, with added salt, flour and olive oil, is coming along swimmingly.. maybe I will try a week on your rules next week lol as for the meat, with no fridge, you kept it live on claw or hoof till needed, you can it or cure it..

    • Your version is just about the same! I am certainly eating meat out of the freezers. But no pantry. Though when I think about it if you only ate what was in the house and gardens it would be a great way to finish up all those strange jars of bits and bobs that tend to hang on in the pantry!! c

  9. Absolutely invaluable lessons being learnt this month Celi. Amazing how very different the theory and practical can be!
    Please don’t lose too much weight though – you are already so skinny.
    Have a beautiful happy farmy day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Skinny Shminny. When I lose a few pounds and i always do at this time of year, I can fit all my favourite clothes! .. Have a lovely day Mandy.. c

  10. Just remember this is a self-imposed challenge . . . don’t wither away to nothing to “prove a point.” We would miss you if you disappeared from view. 😛

    • Self imposed are the best kind.. it would take more than an empty garden to make me dissappear from view. morning nancy.. c

  11. Celi, this is your best post to date, an important one that needs to be read by others, so I am reblogging it. You have cut right to the heart of the matter in your usual fine way. I read it out loud to my husband and friends this morning and when I got to the part about the little man harvesting our food in the field, I choked up so that it was hard to finish. but finish I did and you have gained a couple of new fans. I am really looking forward to more of your observations. Here’s your book!

    • I had you in mind when I was writing some of this Maggie, you and your weekend warriors work until your backs ache and your hands bleed and i do know about the bleeding hands, gardeners are always scratched and beaten up in some way but when you are growing such large amounts for clients as you do then the toll is very physical. When we fill our bags at the farmers market we often forget that the people serving us have put on their best tidy gear to come into town to sell to us, and have been up since 3.30. loading trucks and picking the last of the leafy greens and sunflowers and then driving in to set up by 6. very hard work. Thank goodness it is only for the summer!! You are a star Maggie.. thank you for REBLOGGING.. c

      • I know Maggie personally and to watch a field go from waste to what it is now is amazing and yes she gets lots of help from her family to get it done. Glad you now know each other 🙂
        Eunice

  12. Wow, c, your grapes are way ahead of mine. Everything seems so slow to mature this summer. Rain enmass arriving tomorrow, which is good since we don’t really give the border much extra water beyond natural rainfall. The new plants get a bit but not the established ones. It’s toughen up or die around here. 🙂

    • They will be grateful for a good watering in then. I think plants are hardier when they are not regularly watered. c

  13. When I visit the supermarket next time your words will be ringing in my ears….however we do not over buy or over eat…not possible when you only have pension money coming in. Our first year in Bg in 2007 we did try to grow our own but everything was eaten by the mole..so we gave up and so did the mole. He went elsewhere!

    • Living on a pension is an exercise in frugal! I know, as I raised a whole bunch of kids on the smell of an oily rag, maybe that the mole has gone you can start a garden again, there are many plants that grow quite merrily in pots too, lettuce would be the one I am sowing into pots now.. c

  14. Celi, no doubt you have marinated and grilled eggplant, right? It is so very, very delicious. So good you could eat it for every meal….maybe just changing the herbal marinade….your herbs and olive oil. Also, okra is so delicious when grilled too! But I don’t think you can grow okra very well in your area. it’s definitely a southern crop. What a fabulous gift of the chickens for Red Hat Matt and his family! They are well on their way to being farmers too and taking control over what they eat, thanks to you!

    • I have grilled it but marinated it Di, how exciting, how long do you marinade for? We do eat the eggplant at every meal and I would love to know how you prepare it.. c

      • Well, what we do is to slice it, then salt it and leave it for awhile…maybe 15 to 30 minutes, which brings out flavors and softens it. Then rinse the salt away. Sprinkle olive oil and then garlic pepper seasoning or another dry rub seasoning, or a salad dressing you make with olive oil and a mixture of your garden herbs over it and let marinate for another 15 to 30 minutes…while enjoying a glass of wine on the porch, of course. Throw on the grill, cook and enjoy! Delicious! Oh, be sure to read yesterday’s blog, as I let you know what is happening here on the farm. xo

  15. You are so right! NOTHING goes to waste of what food I grow. Every inch of everything edible gets eaten, and every shred of what isn’t edible gets composted. I’m even yanking the dandelions out of my neighbors yards – the greens are delicious (and *really* nutritious) sauted while the roots are dried for tea. Every natural resource is protected and used. Right now that means spending an hour a day collecting and killing the August plague of earthworm eaters – non-native land planarians. They have no predators… except me. Vile creatures.

    This summer I’ve been thrilled to have frogs and toads move into my yard 🙂 If I leave a pail of water about for a day or two a frog makes a home of it. Hopefully, they will have lots of babies and help keep down the slug population next spring…

    • The first time I met a toad out here I almost died of shock, I had never seen such an ugly animal before.. for some reason there are less toads and frogs this year, last year we had heaps in the garden and it was a drought.. but don’t they sound lovely out there when they are calling.. I have never made dandelion tea, we eat our dandelions in salads but i must try it.. c

  16. What an eye-opening revelation! It makes me think of Matron of Husbandry and her large gardens and greenhouses. Not to mention her pastures full of beef, and her house cow, Jane. What a great deal of time, effort and excellent planning it takes to raise all their own food (except, as with your challenge, a few store-bought items like oil and coffee)! And “seeing to the end of the row” is the PERFECT phrase for the awareness you describe! I love it! On another note, I am so glad Red Hat Matt will have a few chickens on his new place! That will make it truly feel like a farmy!

    • She has a wonderful informative blog doesn’t she and as she is farming her grandfathers land, where she grew up, she has an affinity with the land and knowledge of her animals that is just wonderful.. c

  17. I am just loving your challenge, Celi, which means more than just standing on the sidelines enjoying your conservation, i’m sort of doing a version of the same–not identical, but with what we have on hand.I have recently become very sensitive to waste…there is just too much of it, and I’m as guilty as the next. So we have been eating from what we have with minimal additions, and it’s been a creative process with some unusual meals, but we’re having fun with the personal challenge. And we have discussed how much better we could do, which also translates into a big financial savings. I don’t know why, but just reading along with you encourages me. So thank you!

    • You too! Excellent, that is three of us doing our own versions – Just another day on the Farm is doing a personal September challenge as well. Creating the meals is the fun bit isn’t it! i had better get busy and start my pasta and the pastry.. i thought I might make an apple pie! c

  18. I have been weeding myself. Yesterday in-between hopper loads I cut and weeded down the tree-size rag weeds. July was terrible for me…Misty sick, the lovely rains …the weeds loved it. The heat was horrid with high, high humidity, but I made it. I only collapsed once. 🙂 It is such a joy to look out there and NOT see those hideous tall weeds.

    Farming is such a joy of labor and love, isn’t it?

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

    • I also finished an entire garden that i have been struggling with today and it IS a joy to see the edges again. No more collapsing! take care Linda.. c

  19. This is really nice to read — I can feel how real the limits and abundance of the garden are to you in this experiment. I am not sure I would last much more than a week off the garden in its current state, but of course that is the goal — to grow it all at home. What a great house warming present! Friends gave us our first chickens when we moved into the garden five years ago and it got us off to a great start.

    • Your garden is gorgeous and I bet like mine it is getting overgrown at this time of year.. But there is still food in there.. c

  20. Definitely food for thought. In 2008, Portland had a snowstorm which never happens here and trucks couldn’t get to the city for close to a week and stores were running out of food. It was eye opening.

    • It is an eye opener isn’t it. It is as though we have cheerfully handed the power over our food to an uninterested local government and greedy conglomerates (sadly often these are one in the same!).. before the war everyone had a garden, or an allotment or knew someone with a garden, or went home on the weekends and Mum had a garden, it is terrifying how far away from the Row of Beans we have come. c

        • a couple of raised beds can produce a lot of food, with staggered planting, my biggest problem is getting the weeds before they get me!

  21. I have to admit that I usually completely avoid celebrity cookbooks, but years ago I bought Trudy Styler’s The Lake House Cookbook, and one thing which has stayed with me for so long form that book, is how a person, with a private chef, with acres and acres of organic garden and hand raised meat plus her own trout pond, how that person is ever so conscious of the quality of food and food waste and seasonal optimum. It was really good to read, (even if I can be skeptical that it may not all be true; celebrities have ghost writers and spin drs…etc…after all), But it still left a good feeling of care and reverence for the land and respect and gratitude for the food. Not sure why I’m telling you all this, but I respect what you are trying to do so much.

    Side note: Just harvested a giant bowl of tomatoes form the Vancouver garden. Better get canning. 🙂

    • Doesn’t that sound like heaven, acres of organic vegetables and fruit and gardeners and even a chef! PICK ME!! Whe i was working in the film industry I met many very rich and famous people, some more rich than famous actually and it always surprised me how clever and onto it they were. They had the money to do it right and so they did. They did not care that I was just the PA, they just loved how we connected over good food. I must say I often enjoyed our wild conversations (and the champagne!) .. Vancouver must have had some sun this summer! excellent.. c

  22. Love today’s post, it really hit home! My midwestern parents always had a big vegetable garden and all summer long we ate homegrown vegetables with very little meat – enough, but not like people do now-a-days. Every year my mom would “put up” at least a hundred quart jars of tomatoes & tomato sauce and freeze loads of green beans and corn in our huge chest freezer. We’d go berry picking and she’d make jam and freeze whole berries. Come winter, we ate lots of homemade soup – again, with very little meat but lots of vegetables and beans (cranberry beans, split peas, lentils, white beans, kidney beans). All of our treats were homemade – no “store bought” cookies or cakes for us. At the time, I hated it, but now I understand. There were six kids to feed and she wanted us to have good healthy food. For my parents (who lived through the depression), wasting food was the worst sin imaginable. Before every meal, we were told to eat SLOW! As I’ve grown older, I’ve embraced all of those lessons. It wasn’t until my sister and I began to bake that we came to realize how time consuming some recipes can be. One cookie in particular – a favorite that I wolfed down as fast has humanly possible as a child – is so difficult, it forced me to pick up the phone and apologize to my mom for not savoring them. She just laughed. Anyhow, thanks for the reminder. Although I don’t have enough land to grow all of my own food, I try to grow as much as possible and even forage whenever possible. Today, I gathered windfall apples that fell from my neighbor’s tree and would otherwise go to waste (they sit and rot, aren’t even composted!) I managed to get enough to make a crumble for dessert tonight. Every little bit that isn’t “store bought” is a move in the right direction. Sorry for the long-winded comment, but you really sang to me today. Thank you again!

    • I loved your long winded comment! And you mentioned very little meat, this was absolutely true with us too, we had a slice of meat (often mutton) .. we certainly never ate meat at every meal. There were 6 of us kids too, gosh our mothers worked hard. That triangle of garden stove, sink. thank you for the great comment, we all enjoy reading things like this. c

  23. Actually growing enough to be completely self-sufficient is a huge ask – I don’t think we really comprehend how much we all need to eat to survive. I think it’s wonderful that after less than a week in, you’ve already figured out so much about your garden and what it produces! 🙂

    • I know – 365 Onions, 700 Potatoes, that is my first goal, I have NEVER made it, 30 cabbages (we do do that well enough) I use at least two jars of tomatoes (summer sauce) a week, the apples and pears are so far the most successful. I have not even begun to grow successful carrots or parsnips. But my silverbeet is marvellous! I am going to have to plant more intelligently celia, but what do you do about the weather!! and the time!! Each year I get closer though.. c

      • Celi, therein lies the clincher, doesn’t it…you can’t control the weather. Or the bugs. And some years, stuff just grows unpredictably – we have consistent success with silverbeet and broccoli, but kale and peas can be spectacular one year and not grow at all the next. I wonder if the secret is to massively overplant, and then to eat whatever comes up. Potatoes vary enormously in our garden, and carrots take SO long – I can’t understand how they can sell them for $1/kg when it takes me 8 months to get any in the ground!

        I saw a wonderful documentary a couple of years ago about organic garlic growers near Canberra. Prior to growing garlic, they’d spent twenty years trying all sorts of different crops on their land, most with limited success. When it was time to prepare a meal, they would wander over their (now) wild fields, and forage – they’d come in with a few strawberries, or a veg – all self-sown from their previous efforts. They basically just ate whatever they could find. 🙂

  24. You have planted so much more than I! I had a decent year with potatoes and onions, and though the tomatoes started out slow, they are in full production now. I’m envious of you!! My jalapenos are not doing a THING!! So disappointing too. I always have a bumper crop and this year I have maybe gotten 3 jalapenos.

    With Daisy deer checking out my cukes, yellow squash and zuchinni… we won’t be eating much of any of those!

    • I have jalapeno coming out my ears plants and plants of them but I wanted thai peppers for my sweet sauce and they never even grew. What does one do with so many jalapenos? c

      • I saw a comment somewhere about candied jalapenos. Michael likes them pickled but we really love jalapeno poppers! Freeze them and dry them for soups and stews and egg dishes!

  25. Re growing enough potatoes, do you think this could a collaborative effort like raising the chickens? There is a small village in the uk that tries to grow all of its fresh meat and veg (http://www.futurefarms.co.uk/) They grow their whole crop of potatoes in one go in a field using a tractor to plant and the whole community to pull out and sack up the potatoes for the whole year. If you or one of your neighbours has a plough attachment to their tractor and or a patch of land to plough this might work for you. And it sounds like the number of people around you who are becoming intereted in such projects is growing all the time due to your influence.

    Your chooks always look so healthy and lovely in the pictures I would love to hear about their care in more detail in a post one day.

  26. Grim? It sounds to me like your challenge has been quite successful so far. You’ve learnt plenty, making the odds for complete success with your next month challenge even better. Can’t wait to hear what you think about lasagna made with your own pasta. It really is a completely different dish altogether. Have a nice evening, Celi.

    • I am NEVER going back to bought lasagne, wow! It was soft and tasty and I did not boil it or anything before making the lasagne, I just let it cook in the juices. Wildly successful. If nothing else this challenge is improving my cooking! c

  27. Your challenge is quite a task! When you travel 50km to go shopping it tends to focus your mind and make you inventive if you forget something. I saw a recipe for Aubergine jam on David Lebovitz’s blog; looked good and immediately thought of you. Did you find your oak twin?

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  29. Miss C, of course this tree has changed its name in the US! its called Sawtooth Oak. When I entered your state the closest nursery was in Georgia……a bit too far south!

  30. This challenge is bringing up so much learning, so much to contemplate and see clearly. Good for you. To live sustainably is a wonderful goal for us all.

  31. You are getting creative! Love your pictures, I don’t know what to do with egg plant or Swiss chard, how do you fix it! We don’t have a garden, but our neighbors do! We are blest that they share, have so many tomatoes today, going to freeze some more for my daughters! Be nice for soup, stew, spaghetti sauce, chili, this winter, gotta go am making myself hungry!

  32. Living in a desert makes growing things hard. Love visiting your blog for flights of fantasy gardening.

  33. It sounds like this is going very well and I admire your creativity. I do think people have gotten used to such big portions of food that they just keep eating even when their bellies tell them – enough! When we were young, my mother always had a salad, meat, vegetables, potato & dessert every night yet no one was overweight. Sometimes I wonder if it’s the over processed food that people eat as much as the portion that’s the trouble. Most food manufacturers have labs that add flavor enhancers to packaged products that set off the ‘eat more’ signals to the brain.

  34. “Do you think this is one of the reasons people are eating more, piling up their plates and having second helpings and getting fatter at each meal? Because they cannot see to the end of the row?”

    Do you think that the average person out there is even thinking about this? I think not. It is the million dollar question, and my better sense thinks you are correct. I’m glad you are doing this Celi, and I look forward to your insights and results.

    • i totally agree lynda. i dont think most people are thinking about things like this. and i think that it is sad that people just take food for granted, they dont even know where it comes from, who much work there is in one bread/tomato/cucumber… keep sharing your thoughts on this with us celi, i find it very interesting

  35. I so admire what you are doing! I see you have aubergines…if you are not afraid of deep frying, here’s a great (economical) dish we eat a lot in Spain. Thinly slice an aubergine and cut the slices in half. Heat plenty of oil and make a batter of flour and water with a pinch of bicarb and salt. Coat the slices in the batter then deep fry them until golden then sprinkle with salt and drizzle with honey. We use molasses here but the combo of salty and sweet is amazing 🙂 They’re called Berenjenas Fritas and are usually served as a starter but I make a huge batch and call it supper 🙂

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