Wow, it’s already been over a week since that first dory ride to MMRF! Since then, I’ve learned a ton – how to make coconut milk, how to cook with a wood stove, how to plan meals ahead of time to take advantage of the fire (baking, especially, takes a loooooooong time… ), how to use the composting toilet, etc., etc….
It’s been fun, exciting, and also quite tiring, especially with this heat. After a few sleepless nights, 50+ bug bites, surprise encounters with large insects in my room, and a constant layer of sweat and dirt on my skin, I was ready to go into town, which we did on Thursday to help out with the Red Cross Elderly Feeding Program in Punta Gorda. We brought some cabbage, pumpkin, and bananas with us, and while this time they didn’t need any help cooking, it was nice to meet people and enjoy delicious, sugary and refreshingly cold treats. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much sugar in one day! I definitely took in enough sugar to last me through the week 🙂
Some things I’ve cooked here during the week:
Cocoyam gnocchi with pesto and coconut sauce
Lots of eggs… every morning, or I’m afraid they’ll go bad! The chickens are laying a lot right now.
Beans, bean soup
Rachael, the Farm Coordinator, made an excellent cheese-less quiche yesterday, which I’ll have to try making soon. And Chris really likes to make nachos, which I guess is his specialty dish.
A typical day for me here on the farm goes something like this:
Wake up around 6:30ish, depending on wildlife noises. Do a bit of yoga on the drying floor where there is a yoga mat and a wonderful view. Within probably 5 minutes, I am already sweating. Start cooking around 7:30. Chris usually already has the fire going and his cup of coffee ready by the time I get to the kitchen, so I just prepare some eggs and whatever else we’re having that day. I’m still getting used to having to think ahead – trying to make sure to boil the beans if we have any so that they don’t go bad, or baking bread or roasting veggies in the oven while we have the fire going.
After we all have breakfast together, it’s down time. We usually take a moment to use the internet then, and I go harvest whatever I think I’ll use that day when the sun’s not fully up yet. After lunch, we’re all ready to jump in the river, and the dogs like to join us. I usually try to take a shower after cooking dinner or at least after I’ve already gotten the dinner fire going to limit my sweatiness when I go to bed. Sometimes we play a game after dinner or watch a movie. Chris has quite an extensive movie collection here, which we watch on a laptop. I read for a bit, and depending on the heat at night sleep really well or… not so much. Sometimes a bat gets in my room and makes noises, or something falls/walks on the roof, or birds start making odd noises, etc… which wake me up. I think I’ll eventually get used to all of that.
I sewed most of the bigger holes in my mosquito net yesterday, which makes me feel a little more comfortable given the large wolf spiders living in my room (I think I’m actually probably living in THEIR room). But I have high hopes for our relatively harmonious coexistence as long as they keep the cockroach population down, which they seem to be doing well so far. I just don’t want them on my bed. Sorry, but that’s off limits.