Rich Local Lifestyle | A month challenge with Local Food

I think by now we know all to well that most new endeavors taken are challenging at first. This is like no other. I am no stranger for living and cherishing a rich local life. From showers with local soaps, oiling my moist skin with locally made bath and body products, to local coffee and cocoa tea. To locally made hard wooden house wares, local and seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables. Staycations, wandering locally, local music and arts. I am no stranger. Gifting local jewelry. Shopping local designers for my favourite effortless maxi dresses and accessories.

On my way to my dreams living a rich local life is something I completely enjoy and something that is a critical part of the bigger picture. In tending towards a rich local life, sustainability of this life and essentialism are of utmost importance and drive most of my purchasing decisions.

Now that I am adding to my showers which I enjoy with my favourite Rod Co soaps a weekend morning coffee ritual which I can now enjoy with a fresh local roasted coffee, Roastel.

My breakfast, is sometimes wholly  but, not always local. Sometimes it with Grande Riviere Dolce Valley yogurt and fresh fruit which I alternate with oats and this is the case for almost every breakfast. Mundane much? I prefer rather wholesome. Like I am not kidding. Sometimes, mostly weekends pancakes would star with some huge, packed and juicy omelettes. Save for the days I indulge in eating out, standing by the doubles vendor with saheena in hand or a delicious finger licking sada roti with salted fish and sweet fried plantains.

I am on a month long challenge of eating local. I have piggy backed on one of our local markets who is hosting this challenge, I find is simply brilliant and love the community around the initiative, although I am not directly involved it aligns well with my own efforts.

I am a week into the month long challenge that a small group of locals are engaged in. An eat local challenge. For me local means something more that local to our country, Trinidad and Tobago. It means local to your town, to your home. So this means in addition to consuming locally made food, I am interested in what food produce and animals my neighbors, those in close proximity to me, plant, grown and rear. 

So this week I have stopped by Peter just after the mosque, the two young guys that sell just outside the church who have the best pah choi one can ask for and farmer in the back who helps me out with the freshest loveliest seasonings. 

From my own yard I have enjoyed spinach, sauteed, stuck with goad cheese into hasselback chicken and in some yummy juices. I have snacked on oranges, portugals and soursoup. Melongene and ochros are on their way. 

The most challenging this thus far is in the actually eating local. I am finding myself spending more or less time snacking local but I am finding myself none-the-less.

 

Finding myself in lots of thought with lots of lists, recipe ideas, planning and of course photography. Here are five common thoughts thus far. A thought for each day of the month so far...

  1. Eating local is a challenge and requires planning, preplanning and quick thinking while shopping expecially in times where you find yourself having to substitute produce based on availability etc. I am hoping for the day that this becomes less of a movement and more of a way of life
  2. Creativity has no limits. It is exciting to have only particular ingredients and concoct a meal or two from scratch. Sauces, Gravies, Sautes, Baking. The sky is the limit.
  3. Eating local may seem to some like a diet of sorts. I like to call it a lifestyle change something where wholesome trumps anything else, where lightly processed can be ample and sufficient for the creation of some hearty cooking. Something natural. I have sometime at the end of February taken a liking to a coffee ritual, a pour over brew. Where the coffee made is somewhat more fragrant, more flavourful and lighter. I need no creamer (If you know me well you would know how huge a victory this is. I am addicted to hazelnut everything and chemcical creamers fall into that list. The thing is, consuming my favourite creamer is not one of the smartest of safest decisions I make daily. With fresh brews I am able to enjoy and savour good coffee wo the need or zeal to drown its' flavour with another, not ever with milk. ) I trying locally roasted coffee. I picked Roastel at the last UpMarket while the bean are not all 100% local there are 100% local roast. And to me this suffices. My coffee ritual with Roastel, fresh coffee beans locally roasted, ground, poured over and brewed right here in Freeport
  4. I am glad to have the land around me serve as supplement, and the possibility of providing supplemental produce each day. While gardening is hard and I do look forward to the day that I can do this together with a family of my own, keeping a small back or side yard kitchen garden is priceless. A simple kitchen garden with tomatoes, pimentos and chives, melongenes and okra can serve well in your eatin glocal efforts and provide you with some great life lessons. Patientce is on top of that list. 
  5. It seems that bartering food, his honey for my oranges, fish for eggs; might be the little magic behind this being a simpler and more sustainable way of life
  6. There is a definition for local, something wordly. It can seem confusing realm something as similar as the ever popularized word organic, one word with seemingly an endless variety of meanings and wordly definitions. Finding your own, specific and unique definition of local in the madness is key
  7. I am finding with this at the forefront of my daily efforts that life slows down even further. Mastery seems inevitable with practice and preparing food from wholesome local inputs becomes something of a way of life, with each passing day something more manageable and more tolerant. 

7 days seem like forever. I enter the 8th and determined to have some local icecream today in some way or the other.

With love from Freeport;

Chan