I’m so excited to have something to share with you that isn’t fraught with dust and disappointment! The Perennial Plate, that is, Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine, have a PBS show coming soon to your tv! This talented pair is creating a reboot of the old PBS series The Victory Garden, called “The Victory Garden’s Edible Feast”, with a new focus on local, sustainable eating, and foodcraft, with recipes and cooking tips, and I am having trouble typing fast enough to contain my enthusiasm about this. Go to this link right HERE, and watch the trailer, and then keep your eyes on your PBS schedule so you don’t miss them. Way to go, Daniel and Mirra!
The heat has finally moved out of New England; in fact, it’s going to be unseasonably cool overnight the next few nights. It’s great sleeping weather, as they say, and it’s also great cooking weather.
It’s been an emotionally draining couple of weeks here, with the tragedy in Boston, and The Husband’s work and travel schedule, so I have been struggling with what to write here. So, here’s a suggestion: go catch up on The Perennial Plate’s new videos! They have a few new ones up, and some exciting news-Daniel and Mirra are getting married! That Daniel’s a smart guy; I’m pretty sure there aren’t too many girls like Mirra around.
So while I get my act together, head over to The Perennial Plate (there’s a link to click in my list of blogs) and enjoy! I’ll see you soon.
The Perennial Plate | Adventures in Sustainable Eating has a new video up titled “Two Options”. It’s about farmers in India, their age-old practice of saving seeds, and two women reviving the practice, in response to the desperate choices farmers must make when they begin doing business with Monsanto. I’ll let the video speak for itself, but the Indian farmers, and farmers all over the world (including North America) who are being driven out of farming by Monsanto’s predatory business practices and high-stakes legal bullying need someone to speak for them. Contact your Congressmen and let them know what you think about Monsanto.
If you don’t know what you think of Monsanto, google Monsanto and seed-saving, and see what you think then. Google Monsanto and GMO. Google Monsanto and rGBH. But don’t just sit there and take for granted that Monsanto is some benevolent food giant that wants to feed the world, because that is not what they really want.
Eat Local, Eat GMO-free, and I’ll see you down the Road.
Quick! The Perennial Plate has a new video up, this time from China! Your mouth will be watering by the end of it. Go take a peek: The Traveler’s Republic of Tofu
Enjoy, and I’ll see you soon on the Road.
Wow, that week went by quickly! There was a lot of cooking, but no photos to show for it. However, I do have some photos of what I have been gathering from local farmers and vendors this week.
The Share, L to R: Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Red Peppers, Eggplant, Pumpkin, Jalapenos, Salad Mix. I love the colors here!
In honor of Perennial Plate’s around-the-world tour, about local foods people eat in countries other than the US, and just because it sounded intriguing and the corn is so good right now, I present to you Daniel Klein’s recipe for Miso Corn Chowder. His photo is better than mine, so here’s the link to the recipe and photo at Perennial Plate. Follow Daniel and Mirra on Twitter (@perennialplate, @kaleandcola), and you’ll be treated to photos of their trip, plus links they like, blog posts, and other fun stuff. They are in Japan right now, eating and photographing the most amazing sushi and noodle dishes and other foods, and sharing it with their followers day by day.
So, I read a report this week about America’s food waste issue, and we do have an issue. Our food waste, from farm to fork, has gone up 50% since the 1970’s. More than 20 pounds of food per person, per month, goes uneaten for some reason. Some of that waste happens directly on the farm, where the ugly, but edible, produce can’t be sold to supermarkets, and is discarded. Some of that happens at restaurants and supermarkets, who overbuy or overcook, and due to food safety laws and restrictions, cannot donate this extra food to shelters or soup kitchens. (Check out this video on Perennial Plate, when Daniel and Mirra go dumpster-diving behind a Trader Joe’s with one of their interviewees. Also read Mirra’s blog post about it here.) Supermarkets actually overbuy/overstock produce on purpose, so their produce department looks temptingly abundant to you and me (they can hide the produce that’s going bad under the good stuff).
Some of that waste happens in our homes.
Have you been to the site The Perennial Plate yet? You may have noticed it’s one of the links I recommend over there on the right of this page. They are just wrapping up their second year of blogging (and video blogging, although really, the micro-documentaries Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine make are sooooo much more than mere point-the-camera-at-something-and-put-it-online-blogging), and it was even better than the first year. In the first year, their focus was on local, seasonal eating in Minnesota (yes, even in the winter). The second year, they took a road trip around the country, to see what local food traditions they could discover. Their blog is great too (Mirra has her own unique take on this journey, and her relationship with Daniel, and she is damn funny), so I would strongly suggest you hole up this weekend with your computer, and do a marathon of The Perennial Plate.