Simplify your life: don’t waste
I spent the evening tonight at a party to celebrate the anniversary of a local restaurant. Not only were the owners and staff there, but the farmers that provide the food as well. It was not a fancy restaurant that serves miniature zucchini and beef from cattle named after the owners, and massaged daily with almond oil while gentle flute music plays. The ingredients were pretty simple, simply prepared, and mostly vegetarian.
With the respect for the food and those that grow it that the owners showed in their menu, I was surprised to see them in a video presentation, smashing squashes and pumpkins on the farm with their kids. I guess they were not good enough to serve in the restaurant? Maybe those squashes were going straight to a pig’s feeding trough? Maybe they were collecting the seeds for next year’s crop?
That video, along with the expensive groceries I bought for yesterday’s post made me think about something I was taught as a child.
I have always thought that this rule brings unnecessary guilt about eating. I know the feeling of opening the fridge when it is time to pack my lunch, and stealthily taking the strawberry yogurt from yesterday’s trip to the store when there is still a honey/vanilla one from last week. Maybe it will turn into a flavor I like better if I ignore it long enough.
So, if I spend more money on food that is fresher, less processed and grown on this continent, I will think more carefully about wasting less. Buy only what I need and using it, even if I have to make biscuits out of that yogurt.
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Any advice on how to waste less food?