Did you ever have one of those days where focus just evades you? It seems lately that my attention is being pulled in so many directions: I feel like a cartoon character (you know when they ‘wind’ up their feet to start running, but they are just spinning their wheels in one place?!).
It’s one of those moments in life; I can see a vague, foggy outline of where I’m headed but for now it’s just trusting that the next step will lead me to where I want to go!
I told you in my last post that Jason and I had both gone off farm to work to pay the bills. I am working as chef to a preschool/private Kindergarten. I love to cook, but I must admit to being a little ambivalent about this job. It’s a big job—me alone in the kitchen feeding 150 people (kids and teachers) 2 snacks and a full lunch, along with all the associated clean up and ordering of food and supplies. And for July, August and September I’ve been cooking a menu that someone else decided on—not easy to do—and it seriously disturbs me to feed these kids processed chicken nuggets and fish sticks and all the ‘typical’ school lunch junk.
As of the October menu, though, I have a big opportunity. They have handed the menu planning over to me. I now plan the menu for my school as well as our sister school with 150 more mouths to feed! I’m excited about the opportunity to influence the food choices and health of that many people, but it is a daunting task to find that ‘sweet spot’ or balance of (1) finding recipes that are quick and easy to prepare on a large scale, (2) making the meals balanced according to government standards as well as healthy to my standards, (3) finding recipes that they will actually eat, and (4) doing all of this on a reasonable budget (this is, after all, a business to our owners—it’s how they house, feed, and clothe their own family).
So, . . . I’m not sure how all of this will play out in the coming months, but I would love to try and record my reflections and experiences here on the blog. I’d love to hear comments and suggestions from all of you as well, if you’re so inclined! That ‘foggy’ vision of the future? Well, it appears to be taking the shape of food, economy, and back to the basics—just where we are headed with the farm; that’s why I’m including my ‘non-farm’ job here on the farm blog. Raven Mist or preschool; it’s all about basic, simple, economically sound, healthy food!
On to the farm goings on! I’ve been playing around for the last few weeks learning to make our own yogurt. Here are the step by step photos of the batch I made this week: