How to Feed the World and End Poverty at the Same Time

This video makes it very clear we already grow enough food to feed the world, we’re just really bad distribution, access and paying farmers properly for their products.  It certainly shows how self serving and disingenuous the lies spread by big Agricultural are that with out more GMO seeds and chemicals we can’t feed the world.

Great animation.  Watch it and let me know what you think.

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Nalli Nihari Lamb Curry for Ramadan

IMG_7606Lamb shanks were on sale last week at Whole Foods and I impulsively bought 2 thinking I would braise them with the usual white wine, garlic and rosemary and serve them over mashed potatoes.  When I got home I realized there wouldn’t be time so made something else, something quicker: lamb burgers (they also had ground lamb on sale).

The next day as I pondered what to do with these lamb shanks I started looking through Sanjeev Kapoor’s excellent cookbook: How to Cook Indian. Continue reading

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A Really Upsetting Video You Have To Watch (and yes it may change the way you eat)

Some of this is old news: factory farming is horrible, antibiotic resistance in humans is in large part due to the amount of antibiotics we give our animals because they are mostly brought up in such horrendous conditions and are in constant need of medication.  Oh and this is usually done without veterinarian supervision and these drugs are all easily accessible online. Enter LA-MRSA which has crossed over to humans from pigs.

The Guardian has done a great job at investigating how LA-MRSA is infecting humans in Britain and Denmark, how it’s being transmitted and how it’s not responding to antibiotics.

As a cook the most upsetting thing to me is that it can be gotten simply from cutting up raw pork before you cook it.

I don’t ever cook pork because I live with a nice jewish Doctor and we keep kosher, but I’m happy to eat Peameal Bacon when I visit Canada or load up on bacon from the hotel breakfast buffet when on vacation.  Sure I know it’s not well sourced meat, but I figure: Oh well it’s so rare I do this.  

I think I have to reconsider my laissez-faire attitude in light of this information.

At home I’m very concerned about the sourcing of my meat, if it isn’t from a farm I’m not buying it.  When you travel or you are out sometimes this is just not possible.  Usually I close my eyes and don’t think about it.  I think this video has made me turn a corner and realize that any support of factory farmed meat is something I don’t want to be a part of.

Of course then there are issues like what do you do if you are in Thailand or some other country where you really have no idea how the meat is raised?  Become a pescaterian when on holiday?

Curious to hear your thoughts on this. I know it’s 16 minutes and there are lots of predictable shots of pigs in squalor in factory farms suffering mightily, that most of us have seen many times before. The added, urgent new information about how this continued abuse of  animals in the name of cheap meat is now starting to pose a very real risk to human health makes it a must watch, in my opinion.

Happy Friday! ;-)


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A (mostly) Nostalgic (mostly) Food Tour of Toronto

IMG_7528I was just visiting Toronto for my mother’s 81st birthday.  I’ve written extensively about food in Toronto, here, here and here.

My mother lives in Hamilton which is an hour drive away from Toronto and is where I grew up.   The Pagoda restaurant has been there forever Continue reading

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Corned Beef from Scratch

IMG_7502One of our guilty pleasures is on occasion treat ourselves to a great corned beef sandwich from the last great kosher deli in NYC: Second Avenue Deli.   Their sandwiches are piled high with thinly sliced deli meats of your choosing, served with pickles and cabbage salad.  A hot corned beef sandwich will set you back $17.50.

Even though I’d been eating corned beef since I was young I had no idea what it actually was. What I knew was:the meat at the deli wasn’t grass-fed or local and that the corned beef of my childhood came in a can and was basically beef Spam.k2-_f00b0177-389c-4dd9-a3b5-b744cdbdedd8.v1

About a month ago, rather randomly, I got it into my head to make my own corned beef Continue reading

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Foraging for Elderflower and Making Cordial

Lovely video from the folks at Unfarmed Project.

Get the recipe here.

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Strange and Unusual Food Products: Part 3

IMG_7407 A visit to Kalustyans is always an adventure.  I’m making homemade Corned Beef and one of the ingredient is Salt Peter, which is sodium nitrate to keep the meat pink, Kakustyans is the only place I could find that sold it so off I went.

Who knew? Drumsticks to me are always chicken related, not a vegetable. IMG_7398 This just struck me as funny, Purple Condiment? Continue reading

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