I am challenging myself to eat only food prepared from scratch ingredients for the month of April 2010. But of course I chose a month in which I will not only be staying at a friends' house for several days, but also will have house guests myself for 2 weeks. Luckily for me, the friends with whom I will be staying are on the really same page as me when it comes to food, and I can basically move in there with whatever food I want to bring along. Also luckily, my house guests will be my 19-year-old brother who will be subject to whatever I make him do and my mother, who is also on the same page as me when it comes to my "real food".
Things I Can Buy
flour (whole wheat and bread)
rice (brown and basmati)
beans (kidney, cannellini, black)
sugar (brown and white)
pasta (because I'm too chicken to attempt this yet. Plus, we eat very little pasta.)
milk and cream (organic)
eggs (from our CSA, laid by free-range, organic hens)
fruits and vegetables (organic, from our CSA and local farmers markets)
meat and chicken (from a local farm or Whole Foods)
chocolate (highest quality, fewest ingredients)
dried spices and herbs
Plus (kind of cheats):
*jarred curry paste (cause I don't want to make it and I don't use it that often -- probably once per month)
*vegetable stock (only if I'm unable to make enough myself)
*canned tomatoes (I plan to can my own when tomato season hits in a few months)
*salsa (only because some of the ingredients are not yet in season. I will be buying salsa only that contains ingredients I'd use in making my own at home)
*Haagen Daaz ice cream (flavors that only contain milk, cream sugar, vanilla, egg yolk, fruit or chocolate)
*a cupcake from our favorite cupcakery in Long Beach when we drive down to the airport
Another event happening in April that I just remembered is my brother-in-law's wedding 3 days into the month. Dinner is being held at a Greek restaurant after the ceremony. I will stick as closely as I can to eating the freshest, whole foods offered. And I'll report back on how it goes. :)
In the past week or so I've nearly been sticking to only making everything from scratch as it is. Some of the things I've made are yogurt, butter, whole wheat bread, biscuits (using buttermilk from making butter), as well as the majority of our meals. It's definitely been more work and time consuming. I feel lucky that I have the time available to dedicate to my venture. Some of my other hobbies are going to have to be put aside for the month, but I'm super excited to be able to solely concentrate on health, fitness and making real, whole foods for my family.
Wish me luck!!
EDIT: Oopsie, I forgot that I'm going to a friend's wedding in April, too! Yikes! But I'll make it work. :)