• Lauren Nixon's Pantry •
Lauren Nixon is a food educator and sustainability strategist who knows her farming, gardening, and wild foraging. She describes her food style as ex-farmer meets urban homesteader, and her most trusted kitchen tools are her hands. She's a minimalist at heart, who believes in a slow, hands-on, no-frills approach to food. The cherry on top? She's also a maxxinista ;)
Let’s peek into this locally foraged pantry:
- "My cooking style is ex-farmer meets urban homesteader. Lots of big, hot bowls of local vegetables, local protein, and high quality fat with an emphasis on what’s in season and what will keep me from passing out on my bike three hours later. My kitchen style is pretty minimal as I just moved into a new space and don’t care for clutter.
- I find inspiration by eating what’s in season. Period! There are little out of season, non-local luxuries that I enjoy from time to time, but I eat according to what’s growing and think about how I can be a thoughtful, earth driven cook.
markets & shopping
- I typically enjoy doing one large shop at the farmers market each week, plus stops for little nibbles at different markets throughout the week. I typically shop by filling up my bike basket or carrying groceries on the metro, so I only shop for as much as I can physically carry. My favorite farmers markets are FRESHFARM's Silver Spring, Dupont Circle markets, Takoma Park, Riverdale, and Hollywood College Park. I also love shopping at MOMS Organic Market, The Takoma Park Co-Op, Glen’s Garden Market when I’m in DC, and TJ Maxx for random bulk goods.
Local pastured eggs from Jehovah Jireh Farm--I return the cartons to the farmers market
Local grass fed beef from Grayson Naturals Farm
Cabbage--cheap, bulky, fill-me-up food
Onions and garlic--the base for any proper meal
Nettle tea infusions--steeped for 8 hours overnight and enjoyed chilled the next morning
Beef Tallow from Ayrshire Farm
Wild sardines--the best source of quick protein
Bulk spices and herbs--I fill up on them at different stores and use reusable containers as much as possible
Avocado oil potato chips--a relationship that I refuse to end
Full fat coconut milk
Bulk pink salt
My compost bin in my backyard that I got for free by calling my city
Random glass jars from the thrift store that I’m slowly collecting over time
Bamboo spoons and cutting boards from TJ Maxx
- I don’t use cookbooks! I think they’re lovely, but I try to keep my possessions fairly minimal to prepare for my future tiny house that I’m manifesting! My cooking style emerged from a whole lot of farming, gardening, trial, and error.
To Sum it Up:
pantry item she can't live without: Sardines!
one or two items that are always in her fridge: Local saturated fat and local, seasonal vegetables
her go to inspiration cookbook: Nada! Intuitive cooking!
her most trusted kitchen tool: My hands and my salt dish
her all time favorite market: MOMS Organic Market
women she pines for: My food friends: Tara Whitsitt of Fermentation on Wheels, Miki Palchick of Clay Kitchen Studio, Daniele Della Valle of the Happy Body Podcast, and Tish Wonders. The food writing of Tamar Adler and many of the countless women featured on Civil Eats.
women-made food products she pines for: When I’m in Philly, I pick up Soom Foods tahini
her favorite music to jam out to in the kitchen: Folk, soul, and banjo. And kundalini mantra music. Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Bill Withers, Otis Redding, Kaia Kater, I’m With Her, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Joni Mitchell, Judee Sill, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tracy Chapman, Krishna Kaur, Nirinjan Kaur. And every Fiona Apple album ever made.