Often we feel we are "kedging." This sailing terms describes a maneuvered used when the boat is "becalmed" or in still waters with no wind, the sailors would put the anchor in a row boat, row as far as they could, drop the anchor then pull the ship along the rope to the new position. Repeating this tedious task the sailors would slowly move until the wind blew again. During the Revolutionary War, the US Constitution found itself becalmed and surrounded by British warships who were also stuck in the calm sea. Keeping an American spirit of optimism the sailors "kedged." After three exhausting days they had put enough distance between themselves and the enemy that when the winds picked up, they had a head start and could out run the British.
We did not plan every meal for three months, we did not shop to cover all the bases. I wanted to run out of eggs; I wanted to have no milk for three months, I wanted to not have fresh produce for a few weeks. I wanted the experience to be challenging for our family but not impossible. I wanted for us to be forced to put on our creative hats and invent meals. Our intestinal fortitude is being tested. In these calm waters as we try new strategies, we are growing more self reliant. When the real challenge comes we will be out ahead of the game and be in better shape financially, emotionally and hopefully have increased unity in our family.
Sometimes we feel like we are pulling a war ship from a little row boat. The kitchen looks like a laboratory with the sprouts, wheat grinder, yogurt, and pressure cooker all in action. We have every plate in the cupboard on the table and we have used every burner on the stove to make dinner. The dishes never end. Not all the family is behind the effort every day exclaiming "Can't we buy milk? There is nothing for lunches! I am Calcium deprived" It takes hours to plan, prepare and cook. Yet with every effort we have grown in experience and fortitude. My daughter said yesterday she wished to continue taking lunch. It is healthier, it is more convenient to eat when she is hungry, it is cheaper. I recognized a breakthrough.
Breakfast: Christmas Pudding pilaf - I tried to substitute rice in the carrot pudding. If you like the carrot pudding flavors, this is a good recipe to try.
Lunch: Tamale Pie out of the freezer
Dinner: Leftovers with a fruit salad made of whipped cream, pineapple, coconut, ricotta cheese from dried milk, and jello for flavoring