As I’ve mentioned, my family has some very good sources of sustainable food where we live: a milk machine on the nearby farm, Slovenian regions for olive oil and potatoes where we can stock up on a year’s worth of basics, and a food garden tended by my husband’s parents — apples and grapes are among the produce.
Going through my photo archive, I was amazed to find even more things connected to sustainable eating that we’ve done for many years. I’m so used to it that I don’t even remember them when the subject comes up.
For many years, we’ve spent a lot of our free days at our weekend house in neighboring Croatia, where every year during the end of April and the first part of May, it is traditional to pick up asparagus and eat it while it is still fresh.
Usually we prepare it with eggs…
In the garden near our weekend house we have a fig tree and in late summer we pick figs. Some of them we eat fresh, and some of them are cooked and prepared as marmalade.
In Slovenia, a lot of people also pick mushrooms, and so do we. Different sorts of them: porcini mushrooms are the most usual ones, and chanterelles are very often on our menu, but for me, the tastiest ones are morels.
Every year in autumn, we harvest chestnuts and roast them in an open fire. It’s a kind of social event in our family — we all gather together, peel chestnuts and talk and laugh a lot. On short, late-autumn days, it’s good evening entertainment.
In my younger years, I didn’t know how to cook or bake, because I had a granny at home who took care of the food, but when I got married, and especially when I had sons, I was forced to learn cooking and baking. So now I bake different kind of sweets at home instead of buying them; for example cakes, croissants, muffins, etc.
When we were still children, it was not always possible to eat meat, because those were different times. And when we grew up, times changed and the problem with the lack of meat disappeared. So, in those days, some decades ago, we ate too much meat, without the awareness what it means for our health as well as for the environment, because of livestock farming.
Nowadays, our awareness rises every day, and so the eating habits change on daily basis. In last few years, we reduced the quantity of meat that we eat weekly and we increased seafood and vegetables, which are both usually on our table. Before the birth of my first son, I was vegetarian for some years and I must admit I didn’t miss meat at all. But when I got pregnant, some people said that not eating meat could harm the baby. So I started eat meat again, but every year less of it.
The trend in the last few decades is to reduce eating meat to a minimum, and I think that I myself could become vegetarian again without any problems. It’s just about changing the way of thinking and choosing food, and most of all, usually it’s just about the habit.
For any changes in our life we just have to decide in our mind to do it, and then it’s not difficult. Everything begins in the state of mind, and after that — everything is possible.