Went shopping yesterday. Hmmm, I gotta stop doing that! I was wanting to do a basic stockup but the shelves were empty of most of what I wanted. I will try again next month and in the meantime use what we have.
Bought a 5kg bag of carrots and husband bought a kilo of tomatoes. Tomatoes are not a Winter fruit so I was a bit miffed about that but I don't eat them. And he does....so, we bought tomotoes. And the carrots? Well, to be honest, I don't know what season they are suposed to be but I can't grow enough and I couldn't pass up a 5kg bag for $1.99. That was it for fruit and veg buying though.
Here at home we are growing and eating enough other stuff but I'm pretty sure there is going to be a dry patch coming soon. I didn't plant enough so Spring and Summer eating might be a bit sparse.
June and July eating from here was/will be Chokos, Capsicum, leaves from Cabbage and Brocolli, Pumpkin, Chilli, I'm sure there must be other stuff as that list doesn't look too bragable at all. There was a few Eggplant in there but we are not big fans of that which is a pity as they are easy to grow and I do like the look of the plant. There was also bought Potatoes, Carrots, Onions. I'm no longer too worried about buying those things but would prefer growing them if I could. When husband is home we go through a lot and I am not a good enough gardener to keep up with demand. So be it, I have better things to worry about.
Fruit though, we had/have plenty of that. Apples, Oranges, Mandarins, Bananas, the odd Passionfruit, had a few Indian Guavas but once again, not a great fan but the chooks like them. We were given a lot of apples, a type we don't grow but will now as they were so nice. I need to find out what they were first then start looking for a tree. So no fruit buying. I think I've only bought a few bananas through the year so happy with that. I've been drying sliced apple in the oven of the woodstove, Nice!
Our meat of choice over the last couple of months has been rooster, fish, pork but there has been quite a bit of free close to use by dated meat from the son and daughter has supplied tea a few times as well.
We will not be going hungry even if there are no fancy meals. I am not a fancy meal cooker so it's just as well we both like simple meals.
With the cold weather here and the woodfire going I'm a big fan of throwing whatever stuff I have together and eating the result. No recipe just fresh food cooked on the stove. Rooster and veg soup with a chunk of Damper. Or Pumpkin and Choko and whatever else is here Soup with damper or flatbread. Chicken and veg onepot meals. Egg and veg frittata. Fish and veg. There is a lot of chopping and slicing but the end result usually tastes pretty good.
Today I need to make up another pot of soup, big enough to last the weekend, so off to see what will be going into it.
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