Monday, December 22, 2008


...a perfect evening in my world.

exhibit A: homemade organic medium hot salsa
exhibit B: chips with no hydro-poly-saturat-nitra-extricali-garbi-trol
exhibit C: Flight of the Conchords
last but not least: my bf's company on the first day of his two week vacation

I am a simple girl, this pretty much does it for me.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Obama's Secretary of Food

Nicholas D. Kristoff at the NYTimes discusses plans to have a secretary of food in the new Obama administration. He discusses many of the issues I first became aware of while reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, namely the effect that the federal subsidization of cash crops like corn and soy has had on small scale food producers. Essentially, most farms in the US produce the main ingredients in junk food, soy oil and high fructose corn syrup. The article is showing as the most emailed article at the NYTimes this morning. I am impressed that this subject seems to really be entering the North American consciousness.
I've been thinking a lot about my own awareness of farming issues -- after hearing a really interesting talk by Roger Epp. Epp is the author of Writing Off the Rural West: Globalization, Governments and the Transformation of Rural Communities. In a room in the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Calgary, Epp took the city slickers in the room to task for not paying attention to what is going on in our rural communities. The more I think and learn about food security, the more I realize that it is my responsibility to educate myself about rural realities. Epp pointed out how little value we place on the livelihoods of the people who produce our food, and that by time food security is a real issue for us, most of the urban land in Alberta will be sold to large scale operators or oil, gas and mining interests.
Articles like the one above, however, give me hope that governments and citizens will clue in before it's too late. In Calgary, the newly formed Calgary Food Policy Council has created a wiki to generate some group knowledge around the issue.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Best cookbook evar..

I am continually amazed by this simple little cookbook, Quick-Fix Vegetarian by Robin Robertson. I have made some of my best meals (or so I'm told, he he) from Robertson's larger Vegan Planet, but Quick-Fix also has some great recipes that come together really quickly. Tonight I made Cream of Pumpkin soup, which uses canned pumpkin puree, coconut milk and curry powder. I started with the recipe, and added an extra teaspoon of red curry powder. It tastes rather spectacular for being thrown together from cans in the cupboard.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Not much time for posting these days... and not much to report on the preserving front, except that I am starting to empty some of the delish jars I put up this summer. Curry pickles, om nom nom.

I also read this very inspiring excerpt from James Glave's book, Almost Green: How I Saved 1/6th of a Billionth of the Planet. It's called How I Seduced My Neighbors Into Going Green, although that title doesn't do it justice. It is much more complex and delightful than that.