Yesterday we went out even though it probably wasn't a good idea since I was still feeling rotten. However I think I am getting better. Now I just have an itchy dry throat (that is pretty annoying) but I don't feel like I have to lay down and sleep. I'm merely thankful I haven't gotten worse. (Never ever ever again am I letting someone talk me into pills. Unsurprisingly my grandmother is still playing pill police. Can't do anything about her wanting to take them but I will not be doing it.)
Anyway we went to Earth Fare on the last leg of the trip. When I first started going to this store, it was more so for organic beauty products than for food. But yesterday I got $14 worth of groceries because I am anxious to start being paleo again and I need whatever I can get. Still it never pays to shop without a list of things in mind before hand.
Picked up some of Bubbie's Pickles, a few lemons, a blood orange (because I just wanted to try one) a bell pepper, a can of tomato paste and...some bones. Yes. Bones.
It's the first time I've ever ordered any bones from the meat counter at a store. I don't know if they're grass fed but I believe the bones were the cheapest thing you could get at that part of the store. I wanted to get a bone-in cut of meat but it was all too expensive. The total came to $2.42 for a pound of them (one of them was a femur I think.) So! I will be excited to try making my first bone broth soon. (Spring Break is approaching so I want to try some new things.) And hopefully once I make a broth of it I can have more than just 4 serv to spare.
The pepper and tomato paste I got was for a chili I decided to make with some veal I had since I had no beef. I was really tired from the trip as well as just being plain ill, but I made myself make the chili because I had already thawed the meat (but I could have eaten some of my mom's stew.)
I'm proud of myself for going a head with it but more so because I have this hang up about cooking with meat on the stove; afraid I'll burn things or myself. My mom cooks on very high heat and uses some not so healthy oil for deep frying and so I'm always hearing her yelling in pain when oil pops out of the pan! As a result I normally only cook on medium or medium high at most. My main concern was knowing when the meat was fully cooked, but I simply waited until it browned. I've become more confident with stir frying vegetables in the pan and I was able to make this chili from start to finish without asking for assistance or observation, even though it was available. Big thanks to YouTube. I regularly look at cooking videos now.
I have two questions though, if anyone reads this.
1. I found that a lot of the foods at Earth Fare are expensive. Should I have just bought the vegetables from a conventional store? I think organic chains are ideal when you're looking for a food that just can't be found elsewhere, but lemons and bell peppers are pretty common everywhere.
2. Do I have to use all of my bones when making bone broth or will perhaps one large bone be good enough? I can't remember how many the man gave me. And if I do use them all, will they be useless after that one cooking session or are they reusable?