The road to self sufficiency

Friends David and Aspen Edge at Semilla Besada above Lanjaron, have always argued that, one day, due to the high cost of fuel, tourists will stop coming here, food prices will rocket and there will be petrol shortages. A big argument to get started on the road to self sufficiency?

Well, it seems to have started! This week the spanish, along with the rest of Europe it seems, have been on strike over high fuel prices. Whilst I sympathise with the strikers, the petrol stations in the Alpujarras and Granada ran dry, panic food buying was seen in the supermarkets etc etc. In addition the once “cheap” Ryanair flights into Granada seem now, to be not so inexpensive.

So I had a long hard look at our own food larder on our terraces. Hmmm. Lots of onions and corgettes, but it is a little early for the tomatoes, sweetcorn, squash, pumpkins, peppers, leaks, brocoli and coliflower. Onions are always useful in the kitchen and we are drying them for storage, but we are getting 2 large corgettes a day from our 9 plants. Don’t know about you but corgettes are pretty tasteless things aren’t they? There’s only so much you can do with them? Corgette soup or corgette and onion pie every other day is hardly an exciting option is it?

Yes, it is a long hard road to self sufficiency.

Written by:
Richard Hartley

Richard is an avid blogger and the founder of Spanish Highs Sierra Nevada. He is author of the Cicerone Guidebook Walking and Trekking in the Sierra Nevada