I started by making the toast. No, well, I guess I started by making the bread last week. And to do that, I started by grinding the wheat. I did buy the wheat, though. We did not grow it.
Then I got out the rest of the roast that was left over in the frig. This was a part of a quart bag of frozen roast I had cooked a few months ago.
Next, I got out some cheese - cheddar cheese that was made, waxed and set to age in July 2012.
This was made possible by breeding the nanny, that had the kids, that gave the milk, to make the cheese.
Doesn't this remind you of that old nursery rhyme about the house that Jack built?
The last ingredient in the meal was eggs. These we gather every day from our laying flock which was incubated and hatched in April 2012. The eggs that were incubated came from the flock that we hatched in the spring of 2011.
New chicks have to be around six months old before they start laying eggs. And, of course, they need a house with a roost and somewhere to lay the eggs.
There is an old saying Frank has: Postpone gratification for long term gains. It is very suitable in this instance. Even though, to me, this meal was homemade 'fast food', it has actually been years in the making.
Something to think about. In a world of instant gratification, be it food, the technology with which we blog, clothes, houses, cars, you name it - do we ever really slow down to see, really see, where it all comes from? We have all grown so accustomed to going to the 'store' where someone else provides everything for us. Are we even aware of the process it takes to produce a simple, easy, quick meal that is good, wholesome and nutritious? What would happen if the only 'store' you could ever go to again was your own? Writing this blog has given us much to think about. It has focused our thoughts more than ever before. We hope that it will give you pause, and 'food' for thought.
Until next time - Fern