Archives for March, 2008
I was out on my bike, not being mindful at all, when I smelled something. I stopped right there on the sidewalk (yes, I ride on the sidewalk!) and looked up to see cherry blossoms (or are they apple blossoms?) above my head and all around me. Springtime! Yum. And you know what this means… [...]
It’s easy to neglect our garden in the cold rains of winter. But I managed to get myself there, and I’m glad I did. I found some lovely leeks and parsley growing. A bit of broccoli, too, but that’s another story. It’s the leeks and parsley that made my morning, with a luscious omelette.
If you’ve read The Ominvore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, you know that most of what we eat in this country comes from corn. But if you missed it, or you can’t get your parents/kids/spouse to read it, you’re in luck. A new movie is out, called King Corn. Here’s a trailer.
One of the things I loved about having industrial food in the house is how the kids could make it themselves, and not bug me all the time. But I love the family dinners we have now even more. Still, “after school snacks” and stuff… it’d be nice if they could pop in a frozen [...]
Mama taught me that when I want to thicken gravy I should reach for the cornstarch. So I was thinking. What did people use to thicken gravy, pudding, stir fry, or sauces before we had cornstarch factories? Is there a way to use whole foods and get the thickening I want?
Papa and I had a conversation this week about what to serve for a birthday party. Is white flour and sugar ok if it’s “organic”? Does it even matter whether it’s organic or not? Should we spring for a $20 store-bought white cake, or buy a cake mix for 99 cents? Is there any point [...]
Well, somebody is going to celebrate his fourth birthday tomorrow. I thought of buying a store cake, made of grossness, and then I thought it would be cheaper to make a cake mix, if I were going to serve non-food. But the problem with that is that the boxes of cake mix and cans of [...]
Our car died, and we decided to try living without one. It’s been interesting. Lots of things are harder, but not so hard we can’t manage, generally. Being sick is harder, for sure. But one thing I notice is that I get to experience the world more directly from a bike. In a car, you’re [...]
I don’t know much about alkalinizing, but I’m told lemon juice is great for adjusting your body’s pH. It’s also a great way to wean yourself off diet soda, and your kids off Dr. Pepper.
Ancient romans used lead acetate as a sweetener, and died of lead poisoning as a result. It’s a good thing we’re too smart to do something like that. Heh.
Ok, so the “whole wheat,” and even the “100% whole wheat” stuff at the grocery store is fake. But there is hope. Really.
I found some 100% whole wheat bread! There’s no question of it being a blend of whole wheat and white. This is touted as the healthy stuff. Here’s what the fine print said: WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CRACKED WHEAT, HONEY, WHEAT GLUTEN, SALT,
After a week in bed with the flu, I crawled on my bike and hauled myself to Safeway, thinking, as usual, that I might find food there. Hungry, tired, and wheezing, I pressed my way past a deli case full of white flour and sugar, and … Well, the grocery store can be really depressing, [...]