Number one: Unlike how we've been conditioned to think, high quality vegetables are NOT available 12 months of the year.
This is a picture of Aloe Plant and Ginger Plant. Both of these plants love Louisiana climate.
The first time I planted ginger, I was living in Michigan and the plant never really took off. I thought it was because I had it in the wrong sun, or not enough water, but I never thought that Michigan was not quite warm enough for ginger. My first harvest, I got a few ginger roots, but nothing to rave about. Then we moved to Louisiana and when it came time to plant my garden, I thought why not give ginger another chance. And so, I placed a single root in a five gallon bucket of fresh garden soil. I then placed the bucket in the sunniest spot in the yard.
When we think of great the great technological advancements of our time, we tend to think of those that grab our collective attention because they are "sexy" and look to have a direct impact on our lives—if not now, certainly in the near future. Perhaps no greater example is when Steve Jobs took to the stage to introduce the iPhone to an amazed world way, way back—in 2007! We just knew that was a moment....
As the world is trending towards healthy consumption and natural foods, organic coffee is a popular topic that most people are paying attention to.
I had the privilege of attending a talk by a group of Mexican avocado producers in 2015. They were in a fairtrade avocado co-operative and were doing pretty well, all things considered. But the woman who manages the cooperative talked about a missed opportunity around reducing the farm's waste.
I swear that the first greens of the spring come like a green sigh of relief. After damn near five months of winter, they release like the forest has been holding its breath all that time. Some folks aren’t a fan. They haven’t gone out to find them (and then failed).
Kale has grown to be one of my absolute favorite things to add to my daily routine. First, let me explain where kale comes from! Kale comes from the "Brassica Oleracea" family, otherwise known as the cabbage family. The leaves can be green or purple in color and have either a smooth or curly shape. The most common type of kale is called Curly kale or Scots kale, which has green and curly leaves and a hard, fibrous stem.
I never understood the point of organic food. You can walk into a grocery store and you think, alright, it is now 2018, and eating healthy is supposed to be on the rise. That sh*t is good for you, so make use of it! (Not that it hasn’t ever been good for you, but it is an important factor that helps the environment and all that stuff, you know.) My own father had a phase he was going through at one point where he insisted my mother only buy organic vegetables because he would refuse to eat anything else, especially when he was preparing for a marathon because: healthy. And just like a pair of new shoes, you’re going to want to pay a little bit more to get more life out of them.
Have you ever wondered why shredded cheese doesn’t stick to each other in the bag? Or thought about why beef jerky is dried meat, but has a smoky flavor? The food that we are serving and buying may look and taste good, but in reality may not be as healthy as we, the consumers may be thinking it to be. Buyers of many products do not even know what they are necessarily consuming. Perhaps some people are aware, whereas on the other hand some may not even care that much to either know or do anything about it.
That's a first. You don't see that kind of grub just anywhere in a drive-thru line with a window. But the shocking thing is that Amy's Kitchen, the brand known for its organic vegan TV dinners and canned goods, just went "drive-thru-optimized" a couple years ago.
Quietly tucked away in a corner of Europe are the Dutch.
They don't make much noise on the international scene. They have a reputation for being on the leading edge of liberal and I've heard their language is the easiest for English-only speakers to learn. And a great deal of World War II happened there. Oh, and The Hague and the UN.
Today I am making homemade tomato sauce. This is one of the condiments I like to prepare and have on hand regularly. I have always loved ketchup and was used to slathering it with almost every meal. I knew I needed to cut back as manufactured ketchup is full of preservatives. My brother drew attention to this addiction and would joke “Your main meal today is ketchup with fries on the side!”