Christmas Eve


Currently fighting off the plague that seems to have descended on my workplace.  I certainly didn’t ask Santa for a cold, but I got it anyways.  It seems only appropriate that I settle into a long Christmas Eve of gift wrapping while doing a marathon of The Walking Dead.  There is a lovely dinner awaiting me tomorrow, I’m not really cooking, I’m more of a sous chef/Typhoid Mary.

The first course:


Cannot wait to try this soup!  Roasted cauliflower, yum! Hopefully the spice will do my cold some good too.

And the must have dish of 2014 seems to be balsamic roasted brussel sprouts.  I have seen variations of this dish a million times. I think this is the recipe that we are going with, although maybe we’ll choose our own adventure.

Brussels be a roast'n

Brussels be a roast’n

Kosher on a Budget?  I may have to revisit this blog later and learn some tips.  I don’t know much about kosher food other than some horrific hard boiled coffee/onion eggs served up by my sister.  It’s a classic story in my family, universally known as the worst dish ever served at a holiday dinner.  Here’s hoping tomorrow things turn out better.

Merry Christmas!


Self Sustainability


After a couple hours spent in the my garden I was relaxing on the patio reading green-themed blogs. I found myself down a rabbit hole reading about stockpiling food. The blogger was living off the grid and had purchased this product :Emergency Survival Food Supply 275 Meal Pack

275 servings of dehydrated food. The user reviews on this product are very entertaining.  It sounds like there are a lot of people who are stockpiling food and they are very worried about the future.


It got me thinking about what I would do if I had to feed myself for a long stretch of time.  In my mind I’m in an episode of The Walking Dead.  I’ve fought my way into an abandoned grocery store and I head straight for the produce section and all the produce has long since rotted away.  I go to the canned foods section, but I don’t like canned veggies and the Alphagetti isn’t gluten-free.  Would I have to give up my vegetarian/vegan ways to survive?


Aside from dehydrating and freezing fruit, I’m a total failure in the food stockpiling department.  I cannot cook beans from dried to save my life.  I am a vegan failure! Looking around my garden I’ve got strawberries, raspberries, peas, zucchini, swiss chard, kale and lettuce growing in small quantities.  I could do a bit of scavenging, but I’d be a goner by the end of the week!


Am I alone in this?  Unless you live on property, we are so dependent on the food producers.  Although in theory it’s a green idea to be self sustaining, is it practical? Is it eco-friendly to hoard 20 years worth of food just in case?