It’s week 34 of our CSA adventure, and week 34 of our pregnancy. In pregnancy land, this was the week of the ultrasound, and a lot of my writing juices were absorbed in that preoccupation (blogging pre-ultrasound, blogging post-ultrasound).
When I see a red delicious, the iconic apple of school lunches and cafeterias, I cringe a little thinking of how bland and mealy they taste. Sure, they are a deep, rich red. Sure, they have been buffed and waxed to shine in the fluorescent lights. But looks ain’t everything.
Raw milk creameries and the FDA don’t get along. It’s a pity. And it seems the creameries get the raw end of that deal. The Estrella Family Creamery is a local, Washington raw milk creamery. Check out this blog post I just found by Debs from seattlelocalfood.com about the FDA’s seizure of the Estrella Family [...]
I have been pondering the rise of such products as Bisquik. Just as the name implies, using Bisquik makes baking biscuits (and other varieties of bread products) fast and easy. The difference is in the ingredients that the cook must handle in order to turn out a quality bread. Note the contrast of ingredients between Bisquik and the Wheat Roll recipe:
After a long day, it’s easy to order takeout, nuke a freezer meal in the microwave or “cook” up a box of hamburger helper. The clean-up for these meals is also easier. Takeout meals have disposable utensils, napkins, containers and condiment packages. Very little cleanup is required for freezer meals or boxed meals as well. While this food is easy to make, however, it is food that has been changed-processed and complicated-in order to be able to freeze well, taste good or be cheap to mass produce. Complicated food is not intended to nourish, primarily, but to be sold. It is a commodity; and, for the most part, it is a food substitute.
In Oblivion, you find “Old World” food everywhere. These are the foods our ancestors would have eaten, and they include apples, mutton, leeks, cabbage, pumpkins, corn, wine, and you even find the occasional sweet roll or shepherd’s pie. Real Food advocates such as Michael Pollan and Nina Planck encourage us to get away from processed foods and fake foods and to return to Old World foods for many reasons. Old World foods have stood the test of time, whereas the fads of processed foods rarely last a decade. Old World foods are whole foods; when foods are processed many of their nutrients are lost. Old World foods make you feel better and healthier, whereas processed foods often leave you unsatisfied and lacking key nutrients while overweight and lethargic.
Yesterday, Mr. Wetzel and I went to the Curran Apple Orchard in University Place, WA for their annual cider squeeze. Earlier this year, we “adopted” a Gravenstein apple tree at the orchard, and have attended the “concert in the park” series all summer, but this event was even more packed than all the concerts put together by far. Hundreds of men, women and children were roaming the orchard, picking apples off the trees, grounds or wherever they could find them, and getting jiggy with the blue grass band that serenaded the whole event.
Real food is good for the body and makes us healthy. That is one reason why I become more dedicated to real food the more I learn about it and experience it.
People who always have something to complain about annoy the crap out of me. The reason they are continually annoyed at life is not because they have a particularly annoying life, but because they are encountering their lives through a faulty paradigm. Sometimes I wish I could transfer telepathic understanding to them: “The root of the problem is not all of your problems, but you.”
Hi, there! I’m Erin. I’m a crunchy Christian mom and artist. I love to eat local farm food and shop at thrift stores. I blog about our crazy life and baby girl (born April 2011). I love rainbows. My hair is messy. ^_^ I hope you enjoy my blog! (Read More about me here...)