Today I went to the Good Harvest Market. It is the nearest organic health food market. It is a little further than my regular shopping place but I knew I had to load up on goods. I spent the morning reading and planning on what to buy but when I got there I felt so disoriented. So many choices and I seriously had to investigate what certain things were. For example, I know what soy sauce is.. but shoyu?Duh. And what are daikons? Okay I may be a complete moron but I didn't quite know. And the sea stuff? I know what Nori is but that is about it. Luckily the sea stuff was all grouped together for next time. I felt a little overwhelmed here and there but oh well. Next time I am focussing in on specific recipes and the ingredients. And guess what? I know what Daikons are now and can't wait to use them!! Looking around at all the beautiful food I got inspired. I wanted to go with the Nabeyaki Udon noodle dish and miso soup. And that had a bunch of random ingredients I didn't have on my list. So I looked up the recipe from Alicia's book. I think that might be my new Bible. Any way. I made it out of there and only spent 20$ more than I regularly do. However, not sure how long the supplies will last and/or if anyone besides me will eat them. I am also happy to report for the first time since forever I actually remembered to bring my own bags and not use paper or plastic. That felt great...so great in fact I took numerous pictures of the bags and my groceries. I have to say a full bag devoted to greens... was beautiful.
And then... the cooking. Wow, I loved it. I didn't get everything perfect on the list but that was okay. I just plugged away and improvised. I did a great job and pulled off making miso soup for the first or maybe second time. Why am I such a dork and have not been making miso soup? So easy and good and my children actually ate some of it. They also ate some of the Udon noodles and few veggies. they didn't freak out too much or ask for a PB and J which happens often around our table. So I feel great about that. My husband of course scarfed it down but did pick out the mushrooms. And I have to say...Shitake mushrooms are not my favorite. I did loooooove however adding fresh ginger to the dipping sauce... although, I cut my finger on the grater somehow, it was totally worth it. And the best news...this meal was totally Vegan! I did it. I am a person who is all or nothing sometimes and easing into veganism is looking more like jumping in and more exciting than I expected. I am beginning to think that although I am "flirting" I just may be falling in love!!
I had the same experience over the weekend with the food lol! I bought the unpasteurized miso paste? but haven't tried it yet. I also have wondered if I just shouldn't have shopped per recipe than just buying a bunch of new food? I just threw some stuff together last night....collards with nori and daikon (grated in)...mixed in barley...with some black-eyed peas...and some umeboshi vinegar to season. It was pretty good but I kept wondering how many times i can eat this...better work a little harder on the recipe following stuff. Marlo