Thursday, September 19, 2013

More Natural Intentions

It was a dark and stormy night....

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon a few weeks back and I was cleaning like a madwoman, having neglected my household chores for the past week.  From mail that needed sorting to dusting and clearing the living room and more, I had enough to keep me painfully inside for the day.  When I settled into the kitchen to prepare a few meals for the week I set up my laptop as usual.  I looked for something interesting to listen to on the internet while I chopped, simmered, and packaged, and that day it turned out to be a very interesting podcast.

The Splendid Table with Lynn Rosetto Kasper is an all-time favorite of mine.  I used to listen to her on the radio when I lived up north, the local station played it when I was driving to work (early afternoon, for second shift.)  I'm so glad that this internet thing has given her a broader audience so that now I can listen to any episode, whenever I want!  So on that Sunday, I hit a few clicks and listened.

A few minutes into this episode she interviewed Jo Robinson, author of the new book Eating on the Wild Side.  Ms Robinson has examined hundreds (or thousands?) of studies on the properties of foods, and presented the findings from the studies in this book.  She explains how to select... let's say, apples... based on which varieties contain the most nutrients.  As we moved away from being hunter-gatherers and turned to farming, we selected more palatable varieties and left the "natural" selections.  Of the most common apples now available, she writes that the Granny Smith is one of the most desirable based on nutrition.  And if choosing a red apple, pick the one with the most color.  It was on the outer or top branches of the tree and produced the most phytonutrients.

I couldn't possibly do justice trying to explain the detailed information she gives in this project, so please take a listen to any (or all) of the following interviews as she explains what you will find in her book.  From how to choose and store lettuce, how to get the most benefits from garlic, I have learned so much from her!  (I'm currently trying to find purple carrots!  Read why in her book...)

The Splendid table


HuffPost Live

And here is her website: EatWild

I've changed my choices when shopping, looking for the best I can possibly do for myself.  I've also changed my way of thinking.  Now that expression of how Nature always provided exactly what we need to feed our bodies makes more sense.  If I am not meant to be a hunter-gatherer, at least I can choose to make the best choices.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

THE dress!

My trip north coincided with one of the local fairs so this particular town was quite busy.  Traffic was heavier than usual but I knew which side street would circle 'round the congestion and take me exactly where I wanted to go, a secondhand shop.  As I walked in and checked the sign to see which color tickets were discounted, I was surprised to see that everything was half-price that day.  My first stop was the sewing patterns but I couldn't find a single one that I wanted.  So I wandered through the store until this lovely gown caught my eye!


A scattering of tiny beads!

It is very vintage...metal zipper, stiff horsehair-type crinoline, and all.  These photos do not show the true champagne gorgeous!  And it's in excellent condition.  I would never fit into this sweet dress but it will be listed in my etsy shop soon.  Here's hoping I take better photos so someone sees the real beauty that it is!

Treasures like this don't turn up very often, but they do make the search exciting :)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Many miles

There are two sport shops on opposite corners in this one particular location in northern VT.  When I lived there, I would support both of them.  Snowshoes at one, bike repairs at the other.  Each had merits and I was glad to do business with them.  So on my last trip north I stopped in each one, asking questions about bikes.  My Schwinn just wasn't living up to the expectations that I had for it and I needed something a bit more aggressive.  (There are days I dream about my old Italian racer.....sigh!)

The bike rack was already on my car so that I could bring home a new ride.  I talked with an associate at the first store and had one bike in mind before walking across the street to do comparison shopping at the second store, where I eventually made my purchase.  The bikes were similar in features and so on, but at the second store it was the manager who worked with me.  I have always felt that the service at this location was a few standards higher, and it hasn't changed in the years since I moved away!  Options were explored and I am pleased with my purchase.  Even more, they service the bike 30 days after purchase to check everything again (at no charge).  And I have a lifetime discount of anything in the store...except another bike, of course ;)

So in the past two weeks I've put on many, many miles.  There's a lovely loop down near the shore that enjoy and I'm heading there shortly.

Next chance I get here on Blogger, I will tell you about the bag of 1960s sewing patterns ;)


Back to square one

Posting today was a real "hit or miss".  I wasn't able to open a new post last night or earlier this morning.  The last few years I have encountered issues with Blogger; such as not being able to post photos or losing my reading pane of the blogs I follow, but these cleared up within a few days or with a quick fix.  This problem won’t be so easy.  Blogger no longer supports IE8 stating that it is too “buggy”, and they don’t recommend upgrading to IE9 since that’s “buggy”, too.  (quoted from the Blogger Help Forum)  Their suggestion is that I switch to Chrome or Firefox.  My hesitation to follow this advice is that some folks on the Help Forum have encountered the same problem AFTER switching to Chrome, which does not instill confidence in that solution.  I’m considering switching to WordPress.  I follow some bloggers who have done so over the past few years and I will explore this option over the next week or two.  In the meantime I’m going to type up posts in a Word document so I will be able to post it from another location.  One way or another, I'll have this sorted out soon :)

I've got to hem some new pants this morning, then I'm off riding.  The weather is a bit cooler now in new England and it will be a lovely day for a spin!

Wishing you a Wonderful Sunday!

quick update: I'm scheduling a few posts now while I've got a good Blogger connection!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I've been wanting to tell you......

....about my trip north a few weeks ago.

....about my new bike!!!

....about the book that has changed (altered?) my thoughts about food and what I'm eating.

....and so much more......

but Blogger blocked me from posting, seeing my old posts, stats, etc. For at least a week I've been on the help forum and tried the "fixes" they suggested.  I took a chance just now and the stars must have been aligned :)

It looks like it's working again so I'll post tonight.  Going for a ride down by the shore now.

Best wishes!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Burdock Root

I'm challenging myself to try new things (and some new old things.)  So while in northern VT last weekend, I was intrigued by a local, natural foods store that was selling burdock root.  I purchased two small roots to bring home (I always bring a small cooler and ice packs.)  Today was perfect for oven roasting them to go with my lunch.

They're covered with a "dirty" brownish skin.  When peeled, they are a pure white but very quickly they will start to discolor (like a potato.)  This photo shows them coated in olive oil.  Below are the peelings.
Out of the oven, slightly roasted.  They are very fibrous....much more than a parsnip.  I couldn't compare the taste to anything....they're very mildly earthy....not unpleasant.  They were a terrific companion for the beet greens and small piece of beef that was my lunch.

Would I have them again?  Yes.  I haven't seen them for sale around here, but I'm sure I can keep my eye out for some plants in my travels ;)

I hope you are enjoying a pleasant late summer Sunday.  Have fun, and maybe try something new!