Another weekly meal wrap up from the urban homestead. But first, some weather updates. It’s still overcast and rainy at times. Snow has been reported in some areas of the Southland.

In between the raindrops the farmers here at the urban homestead were out sprinkling EM Bokashi over the entire garden – giving the plants and soil a microbial boost. The plants are especially susceptible to diseases ( blight, mildew) during the extreme weather flux. So hopefully these preventive measures will ward off any such problems.

Moving on towards food. This month the food coop pick up lots of folks didn’t receive their full orders due to the food shortage and scare. Seems there’s been a run (hoarding) on bulk grains and even chicken feed so many of the members here at the Pasadena pick up didn’t receive any of the feed or grains they purchased. Thankfully we purchased our bag of bulk rice and flour last month so we still have sufficient supply. Of course this situation leaves one to start wondering when one day such items are hard to get either because supplies are out or because of an insane price increase – what are we urbanites to do? That question brought up a good debate on our local food co-op member message board.

Around the dinner table this week we, too, discussed what would happen if, because of the run on supplies, we could no longer get organic chicken feed (it’s hard enough to find in LA as it is) or wheat for that matter. It’s time to start thinking about and preparing for hard times ahead.


Breakfast – homemade waffles (homeraised eggs) with fresh, homegrown strawberries
Lunch – out (Urban Bike Expo)
Dinner – potluck


Breakfast – homemade granola
Lunch – leftovers from Saturday potluck
Dinner – homeraised egg salad sandwich (leftover bread from the potluck) with homegrown nasturtium flowers


Breakfast – homemade granola
Lunch – homegrown snow peas and rice with homegrown salad
Dinner – homegrown strawberries with second hand bread french toast (made with homeraised eggs)


Breakfast – homemade granola
Lunch – homegrown peas and organic Ca rice with homegrown salad
Dinner – homegrown broccoli with cheese pasta with homegrown salad


Breakfast – homemade granola
Lunch – homegrown peas and broccoli with homegrown salad
Dinner – homegrown peas, greens and organic Ca rice with homegrown tromboncino squash


Breakfast – homemade granola
Lunch – homegrown snow peas, homegrown baked tromboncino squash with homegrown salad
Dinner – homeraised egg salad (homegrown chives and celery) sandwich


Breakfast – homemade granola
Lunch – homegrown broccoli casserole (homeraised duck eggs, raw cheese) with homegrown salad
Dinner – organic whole wheat pasta with homegrown broccoli and kale, homegrown baby field greens, homemade no knead bread and homegrown/homemade wine

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  1. Judy says:

    I love reading your posts about the weekly meals — thanks so much for sharing these. I love to see how you creatively use the veggies that are in season and available in the garden. And all of your meals look so appetizing!!

  2. Carolyn says:

    I would love to see your recipe for homemade Granola.


  3. Brianna says:

    I was wondering how you all fared during the storms! The EM Bokashi treatment is just the advice I was looking for – it snowed here (Valley of Enchantment, CA, elev. 4800ft.) on Friday, after a few hours of hail that tore my mint and grapes to sad little pieces. The unexpected wet & cold seems to have eliminated my zucchini, cucumbers, and all my hot peppers (pretty much all the starts I purchased, plus the peppers I tended indoors for a few months) but the stuff I started from seed or planted bareroot (strawberries & tomatoes) are doing just fine. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the seeds I sowed straight into the bed last week will see the rain and snow as the summer blessing that it is and hopefully pop up to take the place of the plants we lost – but we’ll see. Either way, I was so excited that we had precipitation so late in the year that I’ll take the loss of my tiny veggie plot in exchange for what promises to be a lovely summer on the mountain.

  4. anajz says:

    Anais, would you be able to share a bit of your family discussion in regards to supply, scarcity, and the upcoming hard times?
    Thanks so much


  5. Anne says:

    Anais, I would also really appreciate if you would share some of your family’s thoughts and ideas regarding if/when(?) we are no longer able to buy grains. Members of our coop also didn’t receive many of the grains they ordered this month. I ordered two different kinds of wheat in the hope that we would receive at least one of them, which thankfully we did, but what about next month? (I feel like I’m playing roulette, trying to guess which of the different choices of wheat and corn our warehouse might still have by the time our next order is placed!) Thank-you!

  6. Anita says:

    Like Anajz and Anne, I would like to hear more of your opinions/discussions about scarcity…

  7. Jenny Matthews says:

    no knead bread? Would LOVE the recipe!

  8. Judith says:

    Thank you so much for your sharing of your family ideas and thoughts. It is great inspiration for us all.
    I would like to encourage you to write a cookbook. I think the profits would help your cause and we would all love to use your lovely recipes.
    I would also recommend you research out sourdough baking. I find this product easy to use and it eliminates the need to buy yeast. My breads have a longer shelf life.

  9. Dace says:

    As others have mentioned, we have concerns about food (and oil) shortages and would love to know your thoughts.

  10. Anais says:

    Folks – Yes, as requested I will go into more about food shortage and security issues. So much to blog about, so little time. Thank you for your patience and stay tune for these issues and more.

    Judith – thanks for your encouragement and suggesting a cookbook. It’s been on our to do list for sometime. Something to get around to hopefully in the near future.

    As for recipes, we have posted a number of recipes on the website over the years. You can search for the recipes on http://urbanhomestead.org/journal/ by using the search feature on the upper right-hand corner. Or check the category “In the Kitchen” and sub-category “Recipe Box.”

    Because of the need to offset the increased costs of hosting the site and provide a return for all the time the family invests in creating useful, inspirational content, we have plans to compile their recipes in a book to sell as a way to raise funds for the website and other outreach projects. Thus, new recipes (such as strawberry bars) are not being given out until the book can be written and published some time in the future. Thank you for your understanding.

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