Eat Locally Part 7 - Day 2
What did I eat on day 2?
Breakfast: coffee and milk, rice and a strip of bacon
Morning snack: strawberries
Lunch: left over baked chicken leg and sweet potatoes
Snack: hard boiled egg
Dinner: red Russian kale, Mizuno greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, and fried brown rice with scallion, egg, bacon, and butter.
Snack: frozen blueberries 1/2 cup $1 from Franklin, TN distance from Nashville 20 miles
Total to date: $96.05
On the menu for tomorrow's dinner: Pork Chops with roasted Asparagus and an Arugula salad with Goat Cheese.
What did I learn today? My coffee with real milk is exactly like the coffee I drank in Paris. The first time I really drank coffee was from a Parisian coffee shop for breakfast. I was hooked from then on. There was a quality of the coffee that was so rich, nutty, smooth, and addicting. When I left Paris, I looked for coffee that matched that flavor. I drank and drank and drank. I ground and ground and ground. I spent and spent and spent. Not one coffee bean came close to the Parisian coffee shop coffee. For 25 years, I have been thinking it was the coffee bean, the French press, the toasting or grinding of the bean, the freshness of the toasted bean, or something about the bean. Low and behold, it is the darn MILK. I admit, I get really great coffee beans from a fair trade local roaster Bongo Java, but it is this great local cow milk that makes my cup of coffee like those I had in Paris.
diced 2 slices of bacon
over med. heat put bacon and country ham in the dutch oven
wash and slice greens to about 1/2 inch strips add to pot
add 1 cup stock
bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer
stir and cover until done, that could be 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours.
This recipe is completely southern. It is not what I grew up with because I am from Los Angeles and then Boston, and we didn't eat too many mustard greens, so when I am cooking them, it is a a little bit of guess work. I am really happy to be able to honor the tradition of cooking local bitter greens with locally made ham and bacon. This is what the south lived on for a long time, and it is a cultural dish of the south.
Excuse me while I go pour some frozen blueberries in a dish for my evening snack. Yum!
Tomorrow I hope to eat only locally again.
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