For many reasons, all added together, our meals have become much simpler. They are usually delicious and nutritious but overall I have completely let go of some past expectations. We have all been impacted by so many things in a short time.... not being able to shop, shortages, rations, price rises and more. On days when someone isn't well or in a storm I have always thought a toasted sandwich and soup are a fine achievement. Now I just think this more often!
One of my very favourite You Tube channels is Roots and Refuge Farm. Jess was talking about how if you have a homestead dream you should act like a homesteader right now. She says normal consumers dream up what they feel like eating and plan a menu and go out and buy the stuff to make it. Or they just buy it ready made. A homesteader, gardener, budgeter ... will see what they have and figure out what on earth they can do with it that will feed the family. Big difference. Many of us may have become better at this while the supermarkets haven't had usual choice or while we are staying home and eating what we have. And this is a good thing. This is a skill and a skill worth practicing. Like in some cooking shows they give them a mystery box and they have to use just what they have. Well our pantry, garden, fridge, freezer and what we might have found on a good deal are out mystery box.
When we were kids (and when my parents were kids) no one asked "what do you feel like for dinner?" It just wasn't a thing. Mum or Grandma put a meal on the table using what she had and usually it was something really good. They didn't cook 19 different meals either they made it up and my Nan would set it out on the table in a serve yourself fashion mostly. It was usually a meat dish with a lot of vegetable sides. But on our own (rather than with everyone there) it was very often soup and toast. I loved Nan's soup. And we were happy and grateful for Nan's cooking.
Vicky wrote me on this and here is part of her letter:
The little birds...
If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.
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