|My Gingerbread Homestead - complete with rich soil, a compost bin, a pond, winter hardy crops, a greenhouse, solar panels and pigs + chickens | Christmas 2012|
2012 was a great year of food transformation.
I let go of a LOT of old ideas + habits in order to welcome the new, better information + practices. I had many goals for the year and as I look back, I can say that I had a very productive, valuable, meaningful, successful hell of a 2012!
[ Empty yourself and let the universe fill you ]
|Begin Vegan | Raw Stuffed Mushrooms|
w/ Pesto + Sunflower Seed Cheese
Boise Urban Market
|Begin Vegan | Raw Beet Cheesecake|
First Thursday @ The Press
10. Cooking alternative foods + my love for snapping pics of my food led me to create Begin Vegan. "Food Porn" quickly became an opportunity to sell my food at the Boise Urban Market, write an article on Gluten Free cooking for a local magazine + opened the doors to many new friends that have alternative diets, dietary views + food challenges.
|My article on Gluten Free Cooking in a local magazine! Food + words by me, photography by Johnny Winn!|
|Fall Cleanse Packet + Journal|
|Green Drinks (juiced leafy greens + veggies) made many lunches in 2012.|
8. Juicing was a huge part not only of my cleanses but also of my 2012. I spent most of my summer juicing veggies. When you have all of the vegetables from the farm weekly, you must act quick + this was a perfect way for me to get all of my greens (maybe 2 or 3 days worth!) in one quick juice. Juicing has also become one of a few go-to treatments for when I feel that I am getting sick. I load up on nature's immunity! Veggie + fruit juice is absorbed by your body almost immediately so the benefits are almost instant. You are able to hypernourish your body with so many wonderful nutrients within minutes + the pulp can be saved and reused in other recipes or recycled into your compost. Win-Win if you ask me!
7. I let go of my dietary labels this year. I started out as a strict "VEGAN," added "GLUTEN FREE" to the mix + then tried to tack on "RAW." It was a great learning experience for me to try all of these things. A year and a half of eating completely vegan proved that I do not need as much animal products as I had in the past + is not a big priority in my diet. You can get your protein from plants. Quinoa, buckwheat + millet are amazing gluten free grains packed with so much more than the simple carbohydrate. I learned the power of raw food. I am a big believer in sprouting + living food + drink. As I leave behind the restrictive titles I carry with me all the benefits I have discovered.
|Very excited to be reunited with cheese again! From my year and a half vegan cheese abstinence, I learned to eat local, better choices + to enjoy them in smaller portions. Cheese is now a pleasurable treat for me!|
|One of my signs that I made for the Right To Know Rally. We gathered to express our desire to have GMOs labeled after Mike Crapo voted against the our right to know what's in our food + in favor of Big Biotech companies + their pocketbooks.|
|At the Mountain Home Farmers Market, showing support for one of the few GMO Free farm stands!|
|Locavore Tour favorite, James Reed of Onsen Farm + I with Leslie of GMO Free Idaho.|
|A fig grown in a greenhouse |
at Onsen Farm right here in Idaho!
The whole experience was great. To meet + connect with people who not only paved the way for connecting consumers to farmers but also have revolutionary ideas of the food + farming future. There are real people behind real food grown in your area. Getting to know these people solidifies the bond between your food + yourself. Many farms aren't USDA Organic certified because of the ridiculously expensive cost + tests and other nonsense BUT many of them use "better than organic" practices! Connect with food, connect with farmers!
|A gift basket I won from Inspire A Better Earth! These are all homemade, natural soaps, detergents, scrubs + bug spray. I talked with the woman behind Inspire A Better Earth before buying raffle tickets and she is doing such a wonderful thing!|
4. This was the year that I went completely natural! I've completely replaced western medicine with herbs, essential oils, acupuncture + of course organic food! Let Food Be Thy Medicine! Along with health, all of my household + beauty products have been switched to all natural, organic, foraged, local goodness. I have taken the toxicity out of my laundry soap, dish soap, hand soap, beauty products + toiletries, cleaning products + so much more. Many of these transitions were made when I moved into my new North End Bungalow in which I intend to keep this place as green as possible!
|2012 was only the beginning of my canning experience! This is a new practice I will use for the rest of my life to preserve the food I've grown.|
|Chopped up cilantro frozen into cubes.|
|Oven-roasted spaghetti squash with mushrooms + cilantro.|
2. I have discovered + truly understand what REAL FOOD is. Local. Organic. GMO-Free. Seasonal Food. If it lives + grows naturally in nature - it is real food. Vegetables, fruits, raw milk, non gmo fed, free range, local, organic meat + eggs, wild caught fish, organic spices, natural ois + fats foraged herbs, fermented living drinks, clean water ...these are all REAL FOODS! I learned more than I could possibly begin to write from many of my now favorite farmers, authors + food activists! Healthy soil is the beginning to healthy food which is needed for a healthy body + mind! I've met many new friends and acquaintances through real food values in 2012. It was so nice to meet other people who believe in the same food values giving strength to our food movement. When it comes to food, GET REAL!
|Real Food grown by my crew + your's truly at Earthly Delights Farm.|
|Earthly Delights 2012 | Season 8 Crew | Much Love Forever|
|Saving Seed off of my Drunken|
Woman Frizzy Headed Lettuce.
Saving seed has never been so
SAVE PLANT DIVERSITY!
Food is my life + I choose to have a good one!
Cheers to 2012, you were a rad ride!
BESOS! ADRIANA xoxo
BESOS! ADRIANA xoxo