What Seasonal Eating means to me:

December 12, 2017

Seasonal eating

Is a daily reminder

Of the passage of time.

-Lyd

Simply put, Seasonal Eating to me means eating what is in season here in the Pacific Northwest.

That means I look at what’s locally available during December and plan a meal around those items.

During December, seasonal eating includes a lot of root veggies such as carrots, parsnips, beets, potatoes; squash such as butternut, delicata, and acorn; hardy greens such as kale, chard, arugula; meats, apples, pears, cheeses, and baked goods. My meals center around these vegetables in either soup or stew form, different curries, or roasted meats with vegetables.

But seasonal eating is more than just eating.

It is a reminder that you are are a part of something bigger than yourself. It’s a reminder that you are a part of nature. It’s a reminder that things in nature happen in cycles. As someone who deeply appreciates the cycles of the PNW, seasonal eating reminds me of the passing of time. Each change of season and change of ingredients offering a chance to reflect.

Seasonal eating keeps me connected to nature’s rhythms.

When what’s available changes, I am reminded that time is passing. It may seem small or insignificant, but that daily reminder is important especially when so much of my life stay the same regardless of the time of year. In a very small way, changing what I cook week to week, or month to month, reminds me to take time to be conscious of time passing, to appreciate the small moments, and to reflect on life’s changes.

Cheers to seasonal eating, reminders to stay present in your life, and great food!

As always, this is my beginning journey into seasonal eating. I’m learning more about what’s available in my area. As such, this is what I understand as of when this blog post is written. As I learn more, I will share more. One goal of this blog is to share my journey into seasonal eating. What my thought process is, how I go about discovering new recipes and foods, and how I learn about what’s available in my area.

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