Archive for the ‘Food’ Category


Dinner Tonight

September 4, 2013
  • Kale, from my garden:  Check!
  • Tomatoes, from my garden:  Check!
  • Butternut squash, from my garden:  Check!
  • Beet, from my garden:  Check!
  • Basil, from my garden:  Check!
  • Fish, from my gar… er, the store:  Check!
  • Salt, Pepper:  Check!

Delicious?  CHECK!



April 13, 2013

My artichoke plant has exploded and is producing artichokes out the wazooooo.  Delicious and huge artichokes.  I’ve been steaming and delighting in them.  Gotta catch up though – they’re better when not too huge, and some on the plant right now are big enough to use as a mace!


More Eating Reading

March 11, 2013

This time, it’s about memories of the tobacco industry:


A must read if you eat

March 3, 2013

A great article from the NY Times Magazine on the North American food system:

Very well worth (and important!) reading.  A nice piece of journalism.



November 18, 2012

Made something new last night — a cassoulet/ratatouille sorta thing with ground lamb.  Our verdict:  pretty darn good!


Dear prop 37 authors

November 7, 2012

Today, after being narrowly defeated, please recognize that this defeat was not a NO to the idea of labeling nor the desire to label GMOs.   The proposition as written had some flaws that gave people pause.  Please, bring it to some policy wonks, or to the legislature, have it go through the process, tighten and strengthen the policy, ensure that it achieves its aim (label GMOs) without unintentional consequences or holes, and pass it as law or re-introduce it in a future election real soon now.

Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt-based rhetoric and these misgivings are what had this round come up short.  Clean up the statute such that it shines and achieves its aim as true to the bullseye as possible and we will get the GMO labeling we want.


Keeping with the food theme

October 21, 2012

Watching a quick youtube short on freegans I was reminded of just how much food is wasted really wasted on a daily basis, on the pre-vendor, pre-consumer and post-consumer levels.  It’s rather staggering when you think about it.  Which is why he claim “we need GMO’s to be able to feed the world,” seems like a feel-good excuse rather than anything based in fact.  Most of the farming techniques and seed product supported by big petrochem/agrobiz companies actually produce less food per acre and per unit of water use than indigenous techniques (as a even a few TED videos have professed).  Given the silly waste in the system we certainly don’t need GMOs to feed people over here.

And I do think it’s silly.  The amount of food that tossed has economic value, never mind the very basic value of feeding people.  And the value to reduce the amount of land, pesticides, water wastage and more to simply create more food that, itself, will be highly wasted.  And that what food is tossed out because it isn’t edible ends up not returning back to the soil is actually a recent oddity.  Compost, cradle to cradle, waste equals food, natural cycle… I say YES.

Speaking of farming, hands dirty, compost, sun, and delight, I harvested another round of tomatoes from my garden and oh my.  They are this amazing combination of deep red and dark dark green, with an intense and rich taste to match.  I am savouring them sloowwwwwwlllly…