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I was having a conversation with a wise woman once. We were talking about nutrition, good food, bad food, etc. She became frustrated by all my mention of macro/micronutrients, minerals, antioxidants, polyunsaturated fats, and amino acids. She then shared her perspectve: “If I wanna figure out wether something’s good for me or not, I just imagine smooshing it into my face. If I think that would feel nice then it’s probably good for me.” – J. Balfe

So we experimented…

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Hello everyone!

Today we made the most delicious foods! We had beans and sofrito, rice, bok-choy and tostones (flattened and fried plantains). I made a lot of the tostones and they’re soooooo delicious. It was a cuban style lunch and now I wish I could have it every lunch.

But before lunch we had a discussion lead by Avital and ended up playing this game where everyone got an envelope with money, a grocery list and a family member who needed a certain food (whether it be because of dietary restrictions or personal taste). We had to go around to all the adults different stores and buy the food or get a ‘job’ if we needed more money to pay for our food.  At one of the stores you’d have to pay bus money to get there too, which made everything harder. Overall, I think it was my favorite exercise we did. It was the most entertaining and easiest to learn from because it was more hands on.

I also learned that growers of bananas are grossly underpaid. Not cool.

Then after lunch we talked about using food as medicine and looked at, and tried, a bunch of tinctures. I had to run before we got to finish that lesson which I’m sad about because I wanted to learn more about herbalism.

Can’t wait for tomorrow!


Hola chicos!

As you already head, we killed two chickens yesterday. It was surprisingly less traumatizing than I thought it was going to be, although I watched the chickens from a good ways away as they were being killed. But afterwards I helped ‘process’ the chickens. I cut off one of their heads, which I’m probably not going to do again any time soon, but it wasn’t as terrible as you’d think it could be.

I think the reason it wasn’t hard for me to cut up the chicken afterwards was because I wasn’t there when they died. I kind of regret leaving them and not being there as they died but I was definitely not in the mood to see it at the time. This morning we had a nice long/ interesting discussion about the chickens and death in general. Twas nice.

And today we had yet another slightly out of my comfort zone  time! YAY! We ate some canned crickets.

Here’s a picture I pulled from the internet. These buggies look close to the one’s eaten today! I only had one, but it was pretty gross. Maybe I’ll dip them in chocolate next time. That sounds a lot more appetizing.

It was really cool to think about how a lot of people from different places eat these bugs the way we eat chips. Sometimes I forget that thing are different around the world and then I eat bugs and I remember they are.

Also, we made quinoa today and yesterday which was AMAZING. I could live of quinoa and grapes if I had to. I also leaned how to make ‘Sofrito’. Yummy, yummy, yummy!

I don’t usually like to cook, but at Food Camp it’s so fun. I might actually be able to live on my own and cook for myself some day. Huh.

No crickets were harmed in the making of this post.*

*Kidding, we ate them.

~Abuelita 🙂

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