We are eating the third garden salad of the year tonight made of greens from our house! The first was made by Katia and it was amazeballs.
Tonight’s will feature radish sprouts and turnip tops. :D
Took this shot in Berkeley the other day, I loved it so much it inspired me to do a post.
7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food:
1. Supplements household food supply, helps save money on food.
2. There is nothing more local than food grown in your own…
This is stuff to tell my mother-in-law. She thinks we are nuts for bothering. Why produce your own food when it comes pre cooked from Burger King? Ahhhhhh!!
Meet the companies behind Big Organic at Boston Review.
Which is why we all need to grow our own, buy locally, and learn how to FUCKING COOK! This stuff the big companies are selling may be “organic”, but it’s still overly processed. Did you know you can make garden burgers yourself and freeze them for later? Novel idea.
Failed backyard farms lead to growing number of homeless animals
As more urbanites abandon their attempts at homesteading, farm animal sanctuaries are feeling the crunch and animals are suffering.
This article is a little silly. “…pigs that are going to be killed if we don’t take them.” Have they never heard of bacon? One commenter suggests slaughtering the animals that can’t find homes and donating the meat to foodbanks. There is a similar program here called Hunters Against Hunger that does the same with poached wildlife. The article states that “no one wants roosters” but I bet a family in need knows what to do with 2 legs and a breast.
With my new iPhone I have been playing with all the nifty apps and bells and whistles. I have been geeking out on podcasts a lot. One of my favorites is Grow Your Grub. I am really interested in his recent broadcasts because he is talking about things like low-producing wells, raised bed vs. in ground, gmo’s, rain barrels and all this other crap I an Michael have been obsessing on lately. If you are into food and dirt, go listen. I don’t know his name, but he is a good hearted guy who is really easy to follow.
so how can I make brussels sprouts and beets taste great?
GIRL, both these things can be so tasty lemme at you
Don’t overcook—put em in cold water & then take it off the heat when it STARTS to boil (I’ve been told this is called blanching and it’s how I cook all my veggies except the hardest ones). Toss w/ seasalt/pepper/lemon/olive oil. Also good if you stirfry them briefly in these things to brown them up a little! easier if they’re cut in half rather than whole.
BEETS OMG BEETS:
Make sure you buy little ones and not huge fuckin giant beets, they don’t taste as good. Boil until they’re like, half-cooked and then stick em in the oven (at like 400 maybe? similar to cooking squash) with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and baste with a mixture of soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar (or agave or maple syrup). Beets take a pretty long time to cook, which is why I suggest boiling them partway before roasting (which will be tastiest), and also cut them down into small chunks before roasting. Cuts the time waaaay down.
I also like to roast beets alongside winter squash cubes because they’re tasty together. Kale tossed in a skillet for like 30 seconds (just enough to wilt it a little bit, but still have a crunch) with olive oil, lemon, and soy sauce is a good side/addition to this!
Raw beets are also really good diced and put in salads :) they’re sweet if you have good ones!
Really sounds like you know your beets. Like, yum.
And in your chicken, it seems…
Its all about connections. Connections between arsenic used in chicken feed for pest control and to make the meat pink. Arsenic used as pesticide on cotton crops. Arsenic in chicken poop being spread on fields. Connections to a breed of rice developed specifically to be resistant to arsenic.
And plants being what plants are, the rice takes up the arsenic as if it were another micronutrient and concentrate it in the seed we eat.
The origins of this Mother Jones story is Consumer Reports. CR is recommending adults eat no more than 2, one quarter cup servings of rice per week, and children should eat no more than about 1/3 cup per week.
When in the world are we going to learn that you can’t dump poison into the environment without harming ourselves?
WHAT? I eat WAY more rice than that. So, I’m going to die soon? Is that what you’re trying to tell me? Of rice poisoning? Well, that figures.