There was also much more creativity flowing in the kitchen once I stopped allowing myself to buy breads. Of course making bread takes time, but it does save a lot of money and the flavor and nutrition is truly superior compared to store-bought. Besides, baking true sourdough breads neutralizes the gluten, making for happy tummies.
A real food kitchen keeps me on my toes and my mind active. The other afternoon I was making a double batch of sourdough English muffins and the hungry kids (who were also ready for a break from studies) made sure to remind me it was lunch time. English muffins alone weren't going to be the heartiest of meals. I had some leftover hot dogs (made from organic, grass-fed cows, of course) from a BBQ. So? I wrapped some English muffin dough around each one, grilled it on the skillet, and the children were absolutely tickled by their sourdough pigs in a blankets (that took me three minutes to make).
Eating in-season also stretches the imagination and keeps creative juices flowing. I might have an over-abundance of zucchinis now, but in the coming winter months when I'm hankering for a warm bowl of Potage Bonne Femme (a favorite creamy veggie soup of ours from Nourishing Traditions), How will I get the zucchini? By making zucchini chips.
Just slice the zucchini in about 1/2 inch pieces and dehydrate at 104º (to keep the enzymes alive) until they're crisp.
They also make tasty chips for dipping in things like hummus or baba ghanoush.
Crafting foods in a traditional kitchen honestly felt overwhelming at first. So many seasonal rhythms and helpful tricks have been forgotten over the years as most families went for take-out or packaged meals for a good 50 years now and stopped passing down such timeless homemaking wisdom. It has become a pleasure to dig deep and unearth such wisdom and to even add a few techniques to the trade. It has become a passion to pass down what I learn to my kids, knowing their learning curb will be so much smaller. I can't wait to see what they come up with as they create in their own kitchens, building from the foundation laid for them.