Fresh & Local Food
Last night I had an awesome little feast with my adopted family. It was the first time I had ever had Mackerel and it was delicious, albeit a bit fishy. Freshly caught that day, we grilled it over an open flame on the beach, sprinkled some dill on top, and moved to the table. We added some stir fried broccoli picked that day from the garden and topped it all off with a salad and garlic dressing. The lettuce came from the same garden as the broccoli with the garlic from a neighbor down the street. I have learned that eating salad at the end of a meal is the local tradition, and I must say I have really taken to it. Salads tend to be very simple, made with beautiful lettuce, fresh garlic that has been ground in with olive oil, salt and a bit of cracked pepper, then all tossed together. Every now and again, some fresh avocado gets tossed into the mix, just to change things up.
It was a very simple meal, but indicative of how folks up here live and eat. Nothing can top the taste of simply prepared food that is caught, raised, or organically grown by yourself and neighbors; eaten at a wooden table in a refurbished boat house surrounded by good friends, good food and great laughter and love.
These are the things that make life worth living. These are some of the ideas, thoughts and inspirations that the One Ocean Project hopes to expose others to. Living this life, simply done, does not have to mean living out in the country. It is something that everyone can practice, no matter where you live. It is time that we all take control of our lives, of the food we eat, and the way we approach our day to day happiness. Go out and support your local food sources; laugh like it was no tomorrow; and give some random person a great big hug.
Simplify, simplify, simplify, surely it is time for a change. Life Down East sure is sweet.