March 26, 2023

There Is No Box

I do my best thinking outside, the real outside, where the limitations, borders, and walls of society don't exist.

I centre my thinking outside everything I have been told and believe I know.

A change of perspective can be life-altering. 

Once seen, it can never be unseen, and I often wonder, "Why can't they see it?"

Then I remember to be patient - they may still be trapped in the illusion of the box.

My job is to dissolve the box. For myself, and for others.

Box? What Box?

There is no box, except in our minds.

March 23, 2023

It's Hard To Make Everything From Scratch... But It's Fun Trying

Preparing to make vegetarian sushi.

"Cooking (from scratch) is the single most important thing we could do as a family to improve our health and general well-being."

- Michael Pollan

Linda and I have a long term goal in the kitchen - make everything we eat from scratch. 

What we have found that we can't make everything from scratch, but it is fun to see how much we can make ourselves.

Pizza - we make the dough, the sauce, and cut the toppings, but buy the mozzarella. We don't make cheese... yet.

We have learned that most foods are easy to make. Time and labour intensive, maybe, but not complicated.

Cooking this way is challenging, but also very satisfying. We like to be as self-sufficient as we can be in the kitchen, and everywhere else. 

Fresh garden veggies can be used in a variety of dishes.

We also like saving money, and with food prices inflating at levels not seen for decades, now is a good time to know how to do stuff for yourself instead of relying on corporations padding their bottom line.

For us cooking from scratch is ultimately an investment in good health.

Growing and processing food and preparing meals is often the most fulfilling part of our days.

Greek lunch - we make the hummus, pita bread, za' star spice, and tzatzki. We didn't grow the olives.

Food can be poison, or it can be medicine. 

That is why are taking control of what we eat.

For us, doing as much as we can ourselves is the best way to do that.

Our latest made from scratch foods? Vegan mayonnaise and peanut butter. 

Next on our list? Mustard, and other nut butters (almond and cashew). After that we will take on pirogies, and we have always wanted to try making pasta.

We have been making our own skim milk yogurt for years.

Fun. Rewarding. And very, very yummy.

Best of all, it is one of the most powerful preventive health measures one can take at home on your own.

We figure we either have to make time to cook wholesome healthy foods, or make time for a doctor appointment. 

Eww. Does anyone like having to do that?