I was raised a foodie. Really. It is in my blood. With that said, I have to explain that I can’t help but purchase a food item that I have never seen before that meets the vegan seal of approval. They tend to jump off the shelf and into my hands. How could I possibly say no?
Last year we bought a house with eight raised garden beds and over the summer hubby and our daughter Anzia grew their first real garden, from measuring the PH balance in the dirt to raising their veggies from seeds. Between the digging in the dirt and eating a salad from their first head of lettuce it had created quite a feeling of homesteading. Now we are reading on making our own bread and canning/freezing our veggies in order to buy as little as possible.
Unfortunately, as we looked for space to store food we realized we had a problem. Okay…I have a problem. I buy food with no plan for using it. I learned it from my parents. Their house is like a small neighborhood grocery store that could feed a small town for months. I can hear my mom arguing through the interwebs.
My mom asked me today what my theme was for vegan Mofo and I told her it was the, “Intervention of a Food Hoarder.” She immediately asked who I found to write about. When I explained that I was making fun of myself she was not amused and explained that I should have three months of food to feed my family in case of an emergency. Fair enough, though my goal is to have three months of food that I have created myself rather than things I have purchased that seemed interesting.
For the next month I plan on sharing what I can create from the items I have hoarded, buying a minimal amount of food. It is also a good time to see how important those expiration dates are because I can only imagine some of the food is past the “best by” date.
I apologize for today was Labor Day and we were hosting a dinner at our house so I have run out of time to share anything other than my plan. Come back tomorrow for the first recipe.
I am also excited to announce that Anzia will be doing Vegan MOFO on the blog she has started for a school project at Peacelovebevegan.com. Her theme is “How This Kid Gets Protein.” Check out her first post here.