Food for Thought

Pop Quiz ~
It's breakfast time and all you have to offer is: eggs, leftover ham, bread, butter, cheese, and some mushrooms & bell peppers that need to be used before they go bad. What do you make? Oh, did I mention that you don't feel like cooking breakfast? So you want something fast & simple.

Today, I settled for omelets, pan toast & fried ham. I try to vary the menu when I can, but sometimes it's a real stretch of the imagination to keep the change coming. At times when I'm tired I ask myself why I don't buy heat & eat food. It would be so simple to just open a package & stuff the contents in the microwave for mere minutes. No fuss ~ no mess.

A few days ago, I received the documentary King Corn through netflix. King Corn is based on the curiosity of two young men, (city boys), who planted an acre of corn & followed that corn through the current commercial food system from seed to table. Let me tell you, I learned more about the commercial food system that I thought possible. I would recommend this video to everyone ~ whether you're a full-scale commercial farmer or just mildly interested in where your food comes from. This video wasn't intended to slant public opinion toward organic farming. It simply stated facts and left the viewer to draw their own conclusions.

Watching King Corn solidified my resolve in growing as much of our food as possible, using heirloom/open pollinated seeds, and preparing our food from scratch. Much of the ready-to-eat food sold in grocery stores is pure poison. It's no wonder why our health industry is growing by leaps & bounds.

About a year ago, I stumbled onto a recipe for bread. Since then, I make almost all the bread we use. That includes hamburger & hot dog buns. The recipe is extremely simple and consists solely of flour, honey, oil, & yeast. I got to looking around at the different food labels. I found that the "healthy" wheat bread we used to eat is loaded in corn syrup & preservatives.

Granted, cooking from scratch requires a bit more time & effort. But the food is healthier, tastes better, and is cheaper to prepare. I've been gathering 'scratch' recipes to put in a book to pass along to the kids. As the economy gets more uncertain, the need for cost effective foods is going to become essential. Any hints, tips, and favorite recipes would be more than welcome.

It's time to get busy again. Have a great day & may the Lord bless you.

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