Eureka it’s EUGENE!!

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Wet and wonderful start to the month of May, we arrived in Eugene and parked deep in the woods on a friend’s land. WE set up camp and have become hardcore converts to the comforts of the traditional Native Teepee. It has been shockingly comfortable weathering the storms in front of a huge wood stove, piled on a couch, chatting as the boys make moccasins and knives and the girls knit socks and scarves. Add some electric power and you get a comfy evening of hippie cake and The Desolation of Smaug (damn Peter Jackson and his wait-til – next -year trilogies!!)

Our first day in town I went to the local library and spent the next few days dreaming of my return. It is four floors of spiraling book filled wonder, a cheap and delicious coffee shop at the entrance, lots of cozy nooks, and ebook collection and the most impressively eclectic collection of magazines I’ve ever seen, shop or otherwise. I’m officially addicted. The next day we attended the local Saturday Market, and gathered up local honey, a pile of herbs and vegetables, a pound of fresh hazelnuts for $5, and marionberry jam that will convince you that one can in fact live on bread and jam alone, or that it would be valiant to try at least. We also found huckleberry and lindonberry jam, which I’ve never seen before, and had to resist the urge to leave the market TAKE ALL THE JAM!! RUN!! MWAHAHAHAH!! Ok, I have a problem, but hooray for jam! Fresh ground beef, pastries hot from the oven, and a marketplace full of artisan crafts to name just to few things we saw while wandering. I am already planning my shopping list for next week! (there will be jam)

It’s been a massive learning experience for me recently as far as food is going. I grew up an only child and never had to make large meals, but now I’m feeding four to six people EVERY MEAL!! On top of that I’m delving deep into nutrition studies and the more I learn about the food industry the harder it is at the grocery store. How to I feed this many people healthy, wholesome, preferably local and organic food while on a seriously strict budget? I’ve been developing some interesting coping recipes and found out a couple tips

– seasonings and condiments work wonders for adding flavor to simple dishes, spend the money, it will make the same basic foodstuffs new and interesting every meal

-local can be accomplished through a farmer’s market and often organic as well. Be selective about buying organic, just based on flavor, fresh fruit seems to be most important, but in general the thicker the skin, the less it’s vital. And avoid GMO’s with a vengence, they are starting to create grains that INCLUDE ROUNDUP(the pesticide) WITHIN the cellular structure- that means, you can’t even wash it off, it’s INSIDE the grain, actually being PRODUCED by the grain. Creepy, and unhealthy on astronomical levels.

Here are a few recipes I’ve developed for serious bang for your buck:

Super Grain Pancake Recipe

Serves 6-8, or 4 really hungry people ๐Ÿ˜€

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup meal mix (can include anything like ground flaxseed, hemp seeds, oat bran, etc)

pinch of baking soda

1 egg

1/4 cup oil or softened butter

water or milk to desired consistency, I tend to go for thick pancake level

Mix in bowl, pour in hot greased pan and cook about 3- 5 minutes on each side. These pancake are perfect with cream cheese and eggs, nut butters, maple syrup of any other kind of topping imaginable.

 

Hippie Cake

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup raw sugar

pinch of baking soda

2 tbs softened butter

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1 large carrot, grated

1 med beet, grated(stick with me, I promise it’s good)

1/2 sweet potato, grated

add dried fruit, nuts, nut butter, or grain additive such as flax or hemp to personal taste

stir all ingredients together in bowl, it will have a thick rough texture from all the veggies. Pour batter into cast iron skillet or baking pan, and bake on low heat (about 300) for twenty minutes. Flip, cook other side equal time.

for Frosting: mix softened cream cheese with powdered sugar, spread on warm cake, top with sprinkle of chocolate chips if desired.

variation- when I’m feeling particularly impressive, I layer the cake and fill the middle with cream cheese and chocolate

Volia’, dinner and dessert in one dish ๐Ÿ˜€

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