Mother Nature has had a few violent mood swings lately. We go from so hot I am ready to visit anyone with air conditioning (which I hate), to needing an extra blanket on the bed if I want to sleep with fresh air coming in. Today, it’s downright chilly, but it’s a nice break.
Are you wondering what this has to do with today’s challenge at Reduce Footprints? There is a connection, trust me. In the winter months I used to save on my heating bill by preparing meals in the oven. Once done I would prop the oven door open enjoy the heat as it warmed the room. Summer……the last thing we need is extra heat. Small Footprints has challenged us to consider how we prepare our food this week:
This week, rather than use your stove/oven to prepare meals, use counter top appliances (crock pot, toaster over, electric skillet, etc) or eat raw foods. No cheating…..we’re not suggesting you buy prepared foods or head to the nearest restaurant. The challenge is to prepare meals at home using the least amount of energy. Can you do it for one day? How about seven?
One day, seven days? I cook like this every day of the year, and it’s not hard to do so. The local foods are finally coming into their season now. Wednesday in addition to Change the World Wednesday challenge is also the day our local farmers market is open. Here’s what I came home with today.
Three leeks, a bunch of carrots, 7 red potatoes, 2 ears of corn, 5 fresh peaches, a bowl of Bing cherries, and just picked blueberries. This will be added to what I can pick from the garden, greens, peas, beans, peppers, and more carrots to name just a few.
I prefer not to cook, when I can get away with it, unless I have company most of these foods will be eaten raw. I even enjoy my corn uncooked. A few years ago my son was complaining because his daughter wouldn’t eat corn, I pulled the husk off an ear and began to eat it, raw, she took it from me and began to take a few bites. She finished my ear of corn and today prefers to eat her corn the same way.
The things I do cook will be cooked in my rice cooker this week, potatoes are one food I don’t like raw.
As you can see Small Footprints gave me a break this week, had this been last week I would have taken the easiest way out and eaten all my meals raw, but with temps falling into the 40s a hot bowl of soup may be needed a time or two this week until Mother Nature calms down and remembers this is supposed to be summer.
Will you accept the challenge and use the stove/oven less? What is your favorite kitchen appliance when it’s hot outside?