I can’t believe that the Dark Days Challenge is already half over! I feel like aside from meat and greens, which I can buy at the Farmer’s Market, I am still pretty well-stocked for the rest of the challenge. However, if I were eating all local meals every day, I would be running out of most things.
For example, I have a limited number of jars of tomatoes this year. Most of them are sauce or salsa. This summer, when I was canning them, my kids said, “Holy cow, do you think you have enough tomatoes???” Every time they asked, I told them the same thing, “No.” Then I proceeded to do the math aloud until they quit asking. My goal in the coming year is to put up enough tomatoes that I don’t have to buy any next winter. That’s a big order. I eat a lot of salsa. Plus, I’ve been on a canned tomato kick. Every day for lunch, I’ve been eating canned tomatoes. At the moment, I don’t even have enough jars to can all the tomatoes I’d need to put up to get me through the year; I’m going to have to preserve a lot more this year if I want to eat locally more consistently next winter!
So, what did we have this week? Chicken noodle soup and of course, homemade bread. I started with some broth and picked chicken from the roast chicken we ate earlier in the week. I added some sprigs of thyme that I dug out of the snow, a chopped shallot and some minced garlic cloves from my CSA share and several quarts of homemade chicken stock from the freezer. After that I scrubbed a few redskin potatoes from my fifty pound bag and diced them into the boiling stock. Once the potatoes were tender, I added a pint of frozen corn kernels from the freezer, sliced two local carrots from Oryana and diced up the celeriac leaves from Providence Farm that I had in the fridge.
I’d like to say I made homemade noodles. I had every intention of making homemade noodles. I actually put this dinner off for two nights thinking that I would make homemade noodles. But, I didn’t.
I used to have a pasta roller. I’m afraid I may have taken it to Goodwill years ago because I can’t find it. I wasn’t ready to hand roll and cut my noodles, so I ended up buying locally made egg noodles. In a pan separate from the soup, I boiled salted water and cooked the noodles. I added some noodles to each bowl and ladled hot soup over them.