Monday, August 29, 2011

Week 47 - The New Challenge

Fend for yourself day.

Rabbit Sausage Vegetable Brown Rice Soup with kale, carrots, corn, and onions from our garden. The stock was made from duck and rabbit carcasses.

Homemade spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce.

I had French toast and Tom and pickle and tomato sandwich since we were headed to our EBUAA meeting.

Frittata with peppers and onions.

Pizza with homemade crust, goat milk garlic cream sauce, peppers, zucchini and onions from our garden.

Homemade hummus (from garbanzo beans we grew last year, sundried tomatoes, basil and garlic from the garden) served with homemade tortillas, BBQ'd rabbit with a jerk seasoning, green beans, BBQ'd corn with flourless chocolate cake for dessert.

We've got some big news! We've decided on what our challenge will be next year.While we're going to continue living the no groceries lifestyle (and yes, I'm keeping the blog going) we're going to add a twist. I've always loved ethnic food but I've always been too intimidated to try cooking much of it. Well next year we're going to change all of that! Every month we're going to pick a new cuisine and for a month we're going to make one meal a week from that cuisine. The meal is going to be as traditional as possible. We'll be making the meals on Sunday so we have the weekend to source all of the ingredients we will need. We will be allowing ourselves, however, to go to ethnic markets to pick up ingredients. However, if our October is, say, Indian food, we can only hit up the Indian market in October. If there isn't an ethnic market for it, we have to make do with what we can do. So for now the cuisines we're going to do are Indian, Japanese, Thai, Cajun, Spanish, Mexican, Italian, Moroccan, Ethiopian, Greek, German, and Russian. Twelve cuisines for twelve months.


  1. That's a great idea. I've had fun learning to cook some Indian and Japanese and Thai the past few years. Will enjoy reading along with you.

  2. I am super excited to follow this adventure! I love ethnic foods and have started trying new recipes lately. Once a week is perfect! YUM!

  3. How a about Korean! Korean cooking is all about what is available. You can't even go to a restaurant here and expect to order the same thing you ordered the day before to be made with the same ingredients. They cook with lots of onions, garlic, cabbage, and lettuces with meat and a side of rice. It's YUM.

  4. I'm glad to hear you'll be continuing on! What an exciting challenge!!!

  5. This is a lovely idea and I love that you will be continuing your no groceries.

  6. Glad to see you going super-local... came here from SFGate.

    I had written a whole comment here with recipes for a very simple-but-delicious Assamese meal (Assam is in Northeast India and I'm living here for five months for fieldwork, but am from the SF Bay Area), but Blogspot ate it during the preview process, alas.

    Anyway, I encourage you to go regional during your month of Indian cooking - go North (Delhi, Punjab, etc), Northeast (Assam, Nagaland, etc), South (Tamil Nadu, Kerala), and a weekend of chaat (Kolkata vs. Mumbai) to really sample the wildly diverse flavors and styles of Indian cuisine.

  7. grrlchik, thanks for the idea! We could totally do different regions each week.