Forgotten Traditions

I am now the proud owner of one of the most valuable cookbooks known to the foodie crowd. Nourishing Traditions is a book that defies convention and steps way outside the box when it comes to the vast majority of our cooking habits. And while I may not agree with Sally Fallon 100% I do think that she has written a beautiful and valuable cook book that I am ever so happy to have in my small kitchen collection.

The book is filled with recipes on how to make fermented foods, from scratch, no cheating, no grocery store tricks just good old fashioned food preparation. It’s a slew of work I’m not going to lie but having mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup in my refrigerator that I made myself feels pretty darn good. My kids are happy too because they like ketchup and mustard and mayonnaise prior to now we just went without.

That’s kind of how I roll. If I can’t grow it, make it, or get it local we do without. I wish it was contagious.

Summer Reading

When the warm weather rolls around I tend to leave behind my heavy winter reading and take up some ‘lighter’ material. I toss a book in with the picnic basket and catch a couple chapters here and there while the kids play on the beach or at the park. It’s too hard to read non-fiction in fits and spurts like these and so here is the start of my summer reading material…

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Freeing Fiction

Since moving into my lovely new house I have polished off several of the books that I was reading over the summer.

A Recipe for Bees was an interesting novel that turned out to be set in Chase/Kamloops and Victoria. Coupled with a bunch of homesteading and beekeeping lore it goes without saying that beyond the story this was a beautiful and relative read.

Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne is another one I’ve just finished. It was a Christmas gift from my sister and not really a book I would have ever picked up or read. It was all about how David takes his folding bike everywhere in the world he goes, bike culture in different cities and other random lore regarding his travels. It was a nice, light and amusing summer read.

mmmm Cheese.

I love cheese. There is nothing as good in the world as potatoes covered in parsley, butter and cheese. And as of last week I can make all of the above happen in the space of my backyard. Life does not get much better than that. Had I known how easy it was to make cream cheese from raw milk it is likely that I never would have bothered to do anything else with it so perhaps it is for the best that this discovery took until now to make. Continue reading mmmm Cheese.

Thought for Food

This is an excerpt from a very good book that anyone who cares about their food ought to give a read:

“Can you think of any sector of our culture that promotes its wares with a slogan like ‘we pile it high and sell it cheap’? Any other sector of our economy would commit suicide with such a slogan…except for food. Why is that? I submit that we as a culture completely disrespect the 3 trillion critter in our digestive tract that cry out for quality of life while we cram quantity of junk down their collective gullet.
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