The gusty, high winds and spring rain have cut into the first and second month’s cooking time. All the plans of fancy dishes and breads was blown away with sand and dust and wind or driving rain. Cooking whole foods takes time outdoors. This past month I mostly ate out of cans.
Roma tomatoes lasted over a week, and improved in flavor over time. They worked well with a can of tuna. Garlic raw is not that appealing, but a head of garlic keeps at least a month. Grapes last 4-5 days if kept shaded. Same with mango. Oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes all last for 10 days. Cucumbers don’t last more than 2 days. Bell peppers don’t last more than 2 days. Eggs last 10 days. Salted butter is still good after 1 month. A bit cheesy, but still good.
It is important to pick blemish free and unripe fruits and veggies. The fruits go into a wicker basket covered with a cloth. The veggies go onto paper towel covered with a dish cloth. All fresh food is gently turned every day and stored in the shade. There are no cabbages or lettuces small enough for a single meal. I haven’t figured out a way to keep cut veggies. Yet.
I can eat a can of cold Progresso soup. Speaking of cans … most supermarket sizing is for 2 or more people. Since there is no refrigeration I eat portions for two once a day. A can of tuna is for two. But I eat the whole can for “linner” (the lunch/dinner combo), then have a late night granola bar.
Eating inside has some problems. There is no way to wash dishes, cutting board or utensils. I eat out of the cans. Then lean out the back door and spray the knife or fork or spoon with vinegar water. Then dry it off with a dish towel. That seems to be holding the bad germs at bay.
I will be returning to a grocery store today, not having been in one for 2 weeks. The list is assembling.
- Canned Starbuck’s espresso … this avoids the terrible headaches of no caffeine when I can’t heat up water outside.
- Raisins …. great addition to oatmeal, tuna fish and potted meat.
- Powdered Gatorade … great water boost in the desert.
- Granola bars
- Grapefruit, mango, oranges, limes, grapes
- Roma tomatoes and avocados
- Canned protein (canned crab is awful; potted meat is marginally better; caned chicken ok, canned sardines are too powerful, canned tuna the best.)