I would love one day to be almost entirely self sufficient on our farm at least food wise. There are certain things I can’t grow or make at this point, so I know that this won’t happen for awhile unless I completely change my diet. I’m not opposed to that, but while we have a lot of fruits and vegetables that we do grow, it is seasonable, and I’m still learning to be better at canning and preserving foods for later. So one month we’ll have a ton of pumpkins or a ton of dragon fruit, and one tends to get tired of eating the same thing over and over again. But today I started small, lunch was entirely farm produced minus the peanuts in the papaya salad.
Quickie papaya salad recipe:
Green papaya grated (there is a special grater for this, see picture below, it’s the light blue handled tool), one large size tomato, one lime, green beans (I substituted moringa beans), fish sauce, and a little chili pepper if you like.
We have a large mortar and pestle that is perfect for papaya salad. Par boil beans (about 4 or 5 large beans). Cut tomatoes in quarters and cut lime in quarters. Put green beans, tomatoes, lime, chili pepper in mortar and start grinding. Add a little fish sauce. Fish sauce is salty, start with a little and add to taste. Grind a little more, and then slowly start adding the green papaya. I usually use one large green papaya. This will serve about 4 people as a side salad or two people if this is your main meal. Keep pounding the pestle until everything is thoroughly mixed. I add about 2 tablespoons of fish sauce total, and usually squeeze a little more lime in at the end. Garnish with peanuts. I do this all to taste. My husband likes salty and spicy, so he usually adds a little more chili pepper and fish sauce then I do. Start at small, because if you add to much, the only way to save it is to grate more green papaya.
The drink above is turmeric, ginger limeade sweetened with honey. I squeezed about 6 limes for the pitcher. In addition I boiled two cups of water with two tablespoons of turmeric and two tablespoons of ginger. I let it cool, strained it and added this my lime juice. I added more water to fill the pitcher and honey to taste. A nice healthy refreshing drink for the summer.