I finished my last week of classes for this semester. It was actually a really easy week for me as I didn’t have any finals. The only thing due was the final draft of my term paper for psychology class. For my last day my body decided to let all of the stress I’d built up exit my body in the form of a cold. It’s not the way I’d choose to let all of that out, but my body is saying that it’s time for me to slow down and care for myself. So, I’m listening. I picked up a little bottle of elderberry syrup as well as some herbal teas when I went out today. I also made sure I served up a nutrition packed dinner. I tried to take a photograph, but I think mercury retrograde leftovers attacked and so I have no picture.
I can tell you that it was my first time eating large, fresh sardines and I found that I liked them a lot. I served them simply broiled with a sprinkle of salt and thyme as well as a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice. Alongside the small fish were brown rice and lacinato kale I picked at the community garden only two days ago. I also browned some onions and garlic with the kale. This was a super dinner for me tonight. Everything was easy to make, but nothing was junk food. My body rejoiced in it. I’ll be buying sardines again. They’re very sustainable, low in mercury and super inexpensive. I paid sixty-seven cents for a half pound of gutted and cleaned sardines. Talk about a great way to get fish into our diets every week without breaking the bank.
Now, you might think that just because we live on an island that fish would be abundant and available every day for a great price. Sorry, that’s just not true. Much of the fish is bought up before it even hits the stores for the average consumer. Much of the fish we buy at the grocery store comes from out of the islands, is often farmed, and is quite expensive. If this seems wrong to you, I also believe it is wrong. The Hawaiians were very healthy people, yet today diet based diseases are running rampant among this indigenous group. This is because many Hawaiians are unable to afford, or access, their traditional foods. The standard American diet (SAD) has been implemented quickly and painfully, leaving disease and death in its wake. This is true for many indigenous groups around the world. Sometimes I’m not sure which is worse for indigenous groups: the SAD or the Mielie-meal that is given as food aid.
On a different note, here are some pictures of what has been going on around here lately. The photos from my birthday dinner will be in a separate post.
I was also going to post a picture of my cookie flop from the ratio rally, but I am going to do that in another post because I think the topic is super important. You can read more about that from Jenn as well over at Jenn Cuisine. You really should read it, even if you just go read it for the lasagna roll up recipe.