So years ago I read about these things called “haul videos”, where people (mostly teenage girls, I gather) show off the results of their clothes-shopping expeditions? It seemed kinda silly, but then last Friday I did something similar, only instead of clothes, I went shopping for food (and food-related items), and instead of making a video, I took pictures.
Readers, some of you may remember that once upon a time, back in Eugene, Peter and I were members of the Groundwork Organics Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and it was generally awesome. Super high-quality fresh produce, weekly Iron Chef cooking challenges… basically, nothing not to love, even on a grad student and hippie cook’s budget. When we moved to New York, I looked into local CSA programs (possibly using Just Food’s awesome CSA locator, if it existed back then) and found nothing but waiting lists, got disheartened, and quit looking — it would be ok, I rationalized, after all, there were so many awesome farmers’ markets, every day of the week! But last week or so, when Peter mentioned that one of his new co-workers was looking to sell his Windflower Farm CSA share, I may have done a little happy dance. Suffice it to say we bought the heck out of that membership, and yesterday Peter came home with our first share, plus a little extra because they had skipped a week for the 4th of July holiday. Here’s what we got: Continue reading
Holy cats, readers, I cannot believe I missed National Scone Day! That’s what I get for all my globe-trotting adventures, I guess. On the other hand, said globe-trotting adventures did teach me about the joy of tea with ginger nut biscuits, so they simply cannot be all bad, ESPECIALLY since I can get ginger nuts at my friendly local Fairway! Yay!
In related news, here is a picture of one of my few New Zealand souvenirs, posed in front of our shiny new tea kettle, which I just wanted to show off because it’s new and shiny:
One word to the wise, however: New Zealand Breakfast tea is flavored with bergamot. So if you don’t like Earl Grey (and I’m sorry that you lack its joy in your heart), stay away from this one as well.
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Once upon a time, more than five years ago now, I got in a long, weird conversation with someone about nuts. The person in question was pressing me to answer whether there was any benefit to toasting nuts, and I refused to answer. As far as I knew there was no difference, so my advice was limited: nuts are pretty good for you, so if you want to eat more nuts and toasting them makes you more likely to eat them, then toast away. If, on the other hand, you think you eat too many nuts, then don’t toast them, you won’t like them as much, and you’ll eat fewer. Boom, problem solved, right? Wrong answer. My interrogator really liked toasted nuts, and apparently needed to justify that like with nutritionism. Sigh. This is why I am not a nutritionist, let alone a dietician. (Along similar lines, I’ll also never be good at helping people pick the best low-fat cheese.)
I’m bringing this up now because there’s a column in the Science section of today’s New York Times about the nutritional difference (if any) between raw and toasted nuts. Answer: none that we know of (sorry, raw food freaks), and the article even comes to the same conclusion I did years ago: nuts are pretty good food, so if you want to eat more of them and toasting helps with that, boo-yah. So I’m feeling pretty righteous, and I hope this little note finds you doing well, readers.