Friday Garden Lust

May 28, 2010 § 3 Comments

If I had a fabulous garden to entertain in all the time, I would have these lights from Moonlight illuminating my garden for my guests.

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I have also really been wanting to add some height to my rooftop garden I am thinking maybe some climbing clematis (although not in pink)

Clematis on Garden Gate

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Or maybe some climbing roses , what do you think?

 Iceberg’s flowers are not useful for picking.

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I also find these cute porcelain treats from Rae Dunn. They are a little pricey for me so they will have to stay in the lustful part of my brain.

porcelain BOTANY VASE.

porcelain BOTANY VASE.

SPRING SECONDS SALE knock on wood plate.

wood grain platter (create).

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VT Vegetable Share-Screamin’ Ridge Farm

May 27, 2010 Comments Off on VT Vegetable Share-Screamin’ Ridge Farm

I got to go with my Vermont friends  to Screamin’ Ridge  Farm to pick up their first share  from their CSA share, they are super lucky because the drive to the farm 10 minutes away to get their share!   My friends on blogging on their first year  getting a CSA ,to see exactly what  they got   go to their  blog Cookin’ Our Way Through a CSA

Cost Comparison: Strawberries

May 27, 2010 Comments Off on Cost Comparison: Strawberries

Strawberries are the first fruit to come in season and I have to admit that after months of only eating green things I was overjoyed to put something red into my mouth. I wish I could say that I harvested fresh and delicious strawberries from my own rooftop but between the birds and my newness to the crop it just didn’t ( or hasn’t yet) panned out  in fact this is pretty much as close to a growing a strawberry as I have gotten this season…

So I have been buying them from the farmers market, they aren’t always organic but they are very very fresh. So how much will some strawberries straight from the farm set you back?

1 quart basket from the farmers market: $4 to$6

Driscolls 16 oz  fresh strawberries: $3.99

Wyman’s fresh frozen  strawberries 15 oz: $3.99

Cascadian Farms organic frozen strawberries 10 oz: $ 5.69

Food for Thought:
Left amongst themselves after they return from the grocery store strawberries ripen really fast. I notice the ones I get from my local farmer are much  fresher and last just a little bit longer.

Strawberries are also amongst the most sprayed so if you buy organic you are saving yourself from possibly ingesting harmful chemicals.

As always buy strawberries when they are season for a better price!

Go Learn: Local Food Seminar in Charlottesville

May 24, 2010 Comments Off on Go Learn: Local Food Seminar in Charlottesville

I went to a local food seminar in  March which was right around when I started to eat local. It was a great experience  I got to  meet other people that were interested in the same things that I was. More importantly I got to ask question, of both the speakers and other participants, because hey eating local doesn’t come easy. Lucky for you if you live in the Charlottesville area there is one coming up on Wednesday, and the guys from Zinc(who blog) will  be there too. I would totally be there, but I will be quelling my anxiety and mood and be on a plane to Vermont. Have fun Foodies

Seasonal Meal Planning  and Preparation Seminar

May 26, 2010

Clay Fitness in Belmont (below Bel Rio)

233 Douglas Avenue

6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Making eating decisions based on what is grown locally has many proven benefits such as investing in your local economy and reducing your carbon footprint.  When it comes to personal health, consuming local food guarantees that your food is more nutritious, safer, and better tasting.  Learn to plan, purchase, and prepare your local food in this informative seminar and take home some delicious recipes.  Nosh on locally prepared food from Zinc Restaurant after demonstration by Chef Justin Hershey.  Call 245.2288 to register; fee is $25.00.  Call Laura Glassow at 434.262.6235 for more information.

Friday Garden Lust

May 21, 2010 Comments Off on Friday Garden Lust

I was totally going to write this great and illustrious garden lust post, but I got a really bad migraine and was too busy resisting the urge to gauge my eyes out.

So instead lets just look at pretty pictures of peonies from the interwebs, since I am lusting after the ones in the park. Plus they are pretty, and that is always a fair excuse.

peony-arrangement5

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Sundae Frock by milomingo - slowly returning online.

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a single peony 7" across by skblanks.

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Cut Out the Middle Man: Make Your Own Granola

May 20, 2010 § 2 Comments

I had already started  trying to eat local  when I  watched  No Impact Man, and I have to admit I didn’t really like it. Though admirable  no impact man came  across as a little bit over bearing and  too high and mighty for my taste. It did however put a little guilt seed in my brain about all the packaging we get on our food. So months later  after I had eaten by last dissatisfied bowl of Kashi go lean,  I decided what the hell I don’t need some big cereal hocking over sweetened crap to me, I can make my own. ok so it also happened to be the day that I found a super easy recipe from The Localist. I now get to avoid  lots of packaging and avoid unnecessary ingredients. Health, Local , Yummy.

I took the recipe off of the localist and changed just a little bit .

INGREDIENTS

  • six cups  rolled grains
  • 1/2 c.  crushed Walnuts
  • 1/2 c. crushed unsalted sunflowers
  • 1 cup Flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup canola
  • 3/4 cup honey

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oven to 300 F.
  • Sit out two cookie sheets, you may want to coat them if they are non stick..
  • In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients.
  • Add the oil and the sweetener and mix thoroughly until all the dry ingredients are coated.
  • Spread out on the jelly roll pans and bake for around 20-30 minutes.  You want the granola to be lightly toasted but not burned.
  • Remove from oven, you can get them off the sheet now or later, but now is usually easier..
  • Allow to cool.

Hints:

-Use  good tasting honey , because the flavor really comes out in the finished product.

– Experiment with different levels of ingredients, BUT not the oil, that only ends badly.

-Add/substitute any of the nuts and be sure to try your mix with raisins or other dried fruit.

Eating Local Means You Have to Be An Adult…OK Not Really

May 19, 2010 Comments Off on Eating Local Means You Have to Be An Adult…OK Not Really

I finally managed to start buying all my produce from the farmer’s market. This is great. I get to support local farmers, I get  a reason to drag my disagreeing ass out of bed on a Saturday, and I get to feel so close to my community members as they try to mow me down with their strollers. All and all I love the market and the produce is always fresh, and despite people playing stroller derby, I have already had some really great conversations with some vendors.

The only problem is that I suffer from poor planning or impulsiveness ,I can’t really decide, but I am pretty sure they are pretty much the same thing. Any how, no fail I have been running out of cohesive meal food, you know what I mean like actual planned meals that you dream up in your head ahead of time or you have a recipe for as opposed to some weird  bastardized pasta dish (although the one we made last weeks was delicious-Hint add butter.) But I have started to come up with some methods to prevent you  and myself from reaching in the fridge and eating the first two things  next to each other. I have seen people do that and result was broccoli and Hershey’s syrup and it gave me the vomititis, so don’t do it

How to make your local food bounty last the week.

1. Plan Things

Get a journal or just get all those recipes that you have been tearing out of magazines all crazy like and sit down and figure out everything you need to cook a week’s worth of meals. Don’t forget even though weekends are foot loose and fancy free time, they often still require food  too work. I’ve already discussed why  I am not  good at this before, but lets refresh: I buy  pretty vegetables at the market and I procrastinate on planning meals.

2. Cryogenically Freeze Stuff

Ok maybe not cryogenically, just in a ziploc bag. Buy more produce than you can eat and freeze it, I’ve explained how to do kale and other leafy greens here, that way if you run out ideas you can always throw a quick vegetable on and make a simple meat side,Also don’t let leftovers sit in the fridge and rot, put them in the freezer too, so when you are whiney and depressed or just being lazy you just have to pull stuff out of freezer and place it in the microwave.

3. Poor People Eat Soup

Why do poor people eat soup? Well because it is cheap, easy, and last forever. Make soup, freeze, be lazy , be merry.

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