People in the local community are so incredibly generous! We’ve been getting free foods all summer from those interested, intrigued and inspired by our Locavore choices. Today, the house manager at one of our group homes brought me a whole bag of cherry tomatoes and cucumbers that he picked from his father’s garden in Northern Maine. Yesterday, a Korean woman that we work with gave Ryan a bag of sesame leaves that her friend grew here in Maine. She showed Ryan how she eats them — as a utensil! She grabs boiled & cooled chunks of squash with her hands using the sesame leaves almost as one would a tissue. I am in love with the flavour of these greens. It’s a refreshing combination reminiscent of orange & mint. Something I’ve never tasted before and would really love to further explore!
On another note, we are setting our sights on North Carolina for a late Winter/early Spring vacation. One of my close friends from home will be getting married and moving down South shortly, and I regrettably missed out on her going away party. So Ryan and I discussed when next we would see her. We thought it would have to be for a period longer than just one day, and that we’d have to make the trip to see her since she invited us once and we didn’t go. ‘Twill be an adventure! I’ve been to No’ C’lina once before when I was younger and my brother was living there. But it’s been a long time and my memories are vague, so a trip it will be! Before we’ve even completed our London trip we have another one in mind. Oh, youth, I love you
Granola with dehydrated strawberries in milk was glorious. A true breakfast of champions! I had missed cereal. It’s one of those things that we all rely so much upon without even realizing it (at least, I did), so I was glad to discover a local alternative to this cardboard box staple. The strawberries were easy to dehydrate, too! I suppose the difficult part about that is buying a dehydrator, we were lucky enough to be gifted one. I think with some research and an oven with a low enough temperature setting, one may actually be able to dehydrate some things without one…not entirely sure though. But, if you are serious about eating locally year-round, a dehydrator will definitely be on your must-have list.
For lunch Ryan brought me a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich and two slices of watermelon! How juicy & fantastic that dessert was! And around dinner time, I prepared corn, yellow beans, and cukes!