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{a local adventure} our guidelines

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A Local Adventure Summer 2012

Hello friend,

So many things have been happening over the last week and a bit (most of them just in my head!) and I have a lot to share with you over the coming days…

But for now, I wanted to quickly write and let you know that we OFFICIALLY started our local eating experiment yesterday.  So far, so good.  We have spent much of the last week debating the intricacies of the rules/guidelines and I wanted to show you what we have decided…

There are those who have approached local eating with military-like precision (I’m thinking Alisa and James of the 100 Mile Diet), however, with three little girls running around, I don’t want to make it this exercise so difficult that it puts us off for good.

To begin with, the whole idea of our Local Adventure, was just a crazy and fun experiment to bring some life into our daily meals… however as the idea has evolved in my head, I keep thinking about how important it is to radically change the way not just Barry and I eat, but how we feed our girls.  So, I’ve been really thinking about how we can embrace this Local Adventure, and make the guidelines achievable so that it is an adventure that we want to continue far beyond May 2012.

In his book, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,Michael Pollan’s rule #2 is Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food.  I think that is at the heart of our whole experiment, to teach our girls what real food is, where it comes from, and how to make it.  We’ll be finishing off our pantry items such as dried herbs and spices, although once we run out, we won’t be buying any new ones.  And I also intend of keeping a supply of baking soda/powder and yeast for baking.  Other than that, it’s pretty simple really, the closer to home the better… the fresher the better, and the more we eat together as a family, the better!

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6 Responses to “{a local adventure} our guidelines”

  1. November 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm, Bri said:

    Hey
    Yay! Glad to hear eating locally is underway and you are enjoying, the food looks awesome!
    Bri x

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    • November 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm, Hana said:

      Ha! Thanks hun. We’ll have to have you over for dinner for some local goodness!
      H xo

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  2. November 17, 2011 at 9:47 am, Erin said:

    Sounds like a great project. We try to do that as much as possible, too. What about olive oil?

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    • November 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm, Hana said:

      Hi Erin, I’m hoping this project will be the kickstart we need to become more intentional local eaters for life! We are very lucky in that we grow some of the best olive oil in the world (my opinion of course!) in New Zealand. We have a great range to choose from!!
      H xo

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      • November 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm, Erin said:

        You are so lucky for that! They are trying in Oregon, but it’s not quite happening. I did hear the other day about local seasalt, cultivated at the Oregon Coast!

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        • November 19, 2011 at 8:21 pm, Hana said:

          Yes! We are very lucky – you must be able to get some from the California region though?
          H xo

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