During the month of April, we’re spotlighting the daily diets of participants in Lowcountry Local First’s monthlong Eat Local Challenge, during which eaters are asked to shift $10 or more of their weekly food budget to items produced, caught or grown in the area. Challenge-taker Kathleen Oswalt lives in West Ashley.
I ate plain Greek yogurt with cut-up strawberries, and those were local, but before that, I drank protein powder at the gym. For a snack in the morning, I had a Clif Kid organic VBar: I had one in the morning and one in the afternoon. One was iced oatmeal and the other was chocolate chip.
At lunch, I had leftovers. I had made a frittata with some local eggs that we picked up at the Veggie Bin. I had some sauteed shallots in there; I used olive oil from Olinda. (Olinda owner Jeanne DeCamilla’s) olive farms are in California, but she has a little warehouse somewhere here where she does her blending, and then she sells it at the farmers market. Veggie Bin has a place where you can fill your bottle with the oil, and The Daily has a place where you can fill your bottle.
The spinach in the frittata wasn’t necessarily local, but we bought it at Veggie Bin. And I’d picked up some fresh thyme, and I’d cut up heirloom cherry tomatoes and laid those on the top of it. And then I had picked up, again at Veggie Bin, some little red potatoes; I smashed them with olive oil. So I had all that leftover. And I had an orange.
I ate a banana in the afternoon.
For dinner, we made fish tacos with wahoo we picked up from Abundant Seafood. It was like marinated fish, and then we had marinated onions in red wine vinegar, so they were like pickled, kind of. We had a little bit of sour cream, some salsa, sliced avocado and a corn and bean salad with bell pepper. It wasn’t necessarily local, but we bought it at the Veggie Bin. Again, I used the Olinda olive oil for the fish and bean salad.
I guess that was about it. Let me see: I have a picture. I’m trying to get better at taking pictures of dinner. It’s hard: There are always shadows. I’m trying to get better at it; I watched some videos on YouTube.
We never have dessert, but we had coconut macaroons with some vanilla ice cream and homemade whipped cream. We bought the macaroons at Whole Foods for the strawberries that my sister-in-law brought over, but we didn’t have any strawberries left because we ate them all over the weekend.
as told to Hanna Raskin