Over the past year or so (well ever since I was pregnant with J) I started feeling really convicted about what we were eating. There weren’t enough vegetables and everything was super processed. I wasn’t gaining any extra weight (aside from the baby growing inside of me) but I felt that we needed a change. That was when I really started reading about nutrition and different diet/ways of eating. The amount of information out there was HUGE! I was so incredibly confused. I had learned some stuff about soaking nuts to increase their digestibility from a vegan friend of mine. I just kept reading anything I could get my hands on. Finally I cam across a number of different blogs that talk about this amazing cookbook. So I asked for it for Christmas. My brother in law purchase this cook book for me and said “here is the hippy-dippy crazy cookbook you requested.” I was thrilled when I opened the present and saw Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.
I have found that I can relate more to the tradition method of preparing food. I am reminded of many stories that my grandmother told us of growing up in the depression and how they used many of these methods for preparing foods. It wasn’t until after the war, when she had children did she start using more processed foods (canned peas any one).
I still have a lot of learn and we still do eat some processed foods (we ordered a pizza last night, yum). But thanks to the vastness of the internet and large number of food bloggers out there I am learning day by day. I haven’t finished my copy of NT yet but I have tried a number of different recipes and they have all turned out fabulously. This isn’t the only book I have read/am reading on the subject I have a whole list of books that I want to read.
It was as I started learning about traditional cooking that I, by God’s grace, received a grain mill (read about it here). I was so excited to start grinding my own wheat. I got that in January and I am still grinding my own flour to make sourdough fails (otherwise known as bread), pizza dough, sandwich bread and muffins. I love watching the grain turns into flour and then into banana muffins or some other yummy delicacy.
For the most part my family has been very understanding! I mean my brother in law bought me NT and my mother in law gave me her grain mill and saves all of her jam jars for me. However I just don’t think they know the extent of how our food has changes, I mean I have ordered bacteria through the mail (more on this later this week) and I now always have jars of food sitting out on my counter, not in the fridge and my 3 year old talks about Kombucha (which they seem to think is a made up word). But they love me still the same! Even my husband who gags at the sight of strange food or mould tolerates the fact that I have things growing on my counter. It is so wonderful!
I am still on this journey and I hope to learn more and transition more of our food to real and traditional foods. I am always looking for books to read or good blogs so please feel free to make some suggestions. I am just about to head to the library to pick up a copy of Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz I have been on a waiting list for WEEKS! I am pretty excited.