February "feast" (or fast? or famine?)
I saw a reference yesterday to what someone called a "February Feast," which is nothing more than yet another of those initiatives to inflict some kind of ... diet? discipline? dearth? deprivation? penance? ... on ourselves. There's "Dryuary," there's all the New Year's Resolutions, there's the "Financial Fast," and then the original (not so ancient as we think, though), Lent and other religious fasts.
Anyway, the idea is to clean out your freezer, fridge, and pantry. This idea appeals to me more than most, although I wouldn't commit, as some do, to using nothing more than what's in storage. The idea seems to mimic what my ancestresses went through (except no suffering is involved). This is the time of year, at least in the northern hemisphere, when stores ran low, when the weather impeded outside movement, when the village hoped its supplies would outlast the winter.
I'll settle for emptying the larders! I've emptied 3 containers from my freezer, along with some long-frozen meat. I'm going to at least make this a cooking focus for the month. I guess February Fast is as accurate a label as any!