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Get over it

Some of you may have seen on a recent Instagram post, about my joy of finally getting a copy of Sarah Wilson's Simpilicious from the local library. It has been on my hold list for over five months. A popular book in the north western suburbs of Melbourne for sure.

I flicked through the pages, making notes of stuff to try and reading Sarah's tidbits of wisdom. One in particular stood out to me, that I had to share, because it's good.
Get over it

In a nutshell, the quote is about eating locally and seasonally.

85% of the cookbooks I own, feature mostly recipes that call for foods from all the seasons. When I first started buying and eating with the seasons, I was frustrated because my old favourite recipes asked for vegetables or fruit available in season at various times of the year. It was hard to buy local, if I wanted to stick to the recipes 100%.

I learnt early on, that if I want to cook a recipe and don't have a vegetable because my farmers can't grow, say a tomato in winter, I will have to get over it and get creative. Use my noggin. And it's easy to do. So many vegetables and fruit can be switched out for local and in season produce.

Some culinary adventures have been a great success and others have not. It's all part of the fun, getting over things.

This mindset has filtered down into other areas of my life too.

I don't normally do random posts like this, but I just had to share Sarah's gem of wisdom. I think "getting over it" is a thing most people who go plastic free or zero waste or are making the switch to a more sustainable lifestyle face along the way. At least I did...and Sarah.


10 comments

  1. Funny that you are writing about this. For the last few days I have been thinking about the same. I was trying to explain to a friend that it is just normal not to eat strawberries in winter in Ireland. We can have strawberries when the season comes. Yes, get over it! Generations grew up/survived without every product being available for them all year around.
    Thank you for the book recommendation, I will check my own local library too

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    1. Yes!! I agree. It really is not needed to eat strawberries in the winter, there are so many other lovely fruits suited to the season. Plus it makes that first strawberry in summer more memorable.

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  2. Spot on. We've all become so used to being able to buy and eat anything, any time of the year. Have you read Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle"? It's a great read, and she talks a lot about the cultural transition that her family undergoes in order to eat local for a year. I reckon it's pretty exciting stuff - kind of like a treasure hunt for food around your immediate geographic area!

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    1. No I have not read that. I tried to read Poisonwood Bible some years ago but Animal, Vegetable, Miracle sounds more up my alley. I'll check my local library for it. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  3. There is also a joy in eating seasonally. That first mango of the season. At the moment my daughter is waiting with baited breath for a favourite farmers market stall to have mandarines back in.

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    1. Me too!! I am hanging for my local mandarines. That will be a nice winter morning :)

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  4. That graphic is so gorgeous! We are headed into summer here in the US and I can't wait for all my favorite fruits to come back around.

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    1. Thanks Litterless blog :) We are enjoying the winter fruits here.

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  5. Some people say that eating the same things all year around is bad for us too. That eating seasonally means our system has a break from certain foods and reduces food allergies. Strawberries are a good example. Some children can't tolerate them but maybe it's because they are being consumed too often. Probably too many chemicals too but that's another storey ;)

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    1. I have not heard that, and would not be surprised if it were true. It's nice to have a break between foods too. If anything it's taught me to appreciate food more, and look forward to certain ones when they are in season.

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