A Sweet New Year

Lets hope that 2018 is an improvement over 2017.  Not really sure it could get any worse. In spite of world events I hope all of you had a happy healthy holiday!

After a bit of a break my New Years resolution is to get back to blogging in a more consistent fashion, fingers crossed!

This Coconut Passionfruit Curd Cake is sure to put a smile on your face, the recipe is straightforward, easy to make and a great way to start a new year.   Continue reading

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Bulls%@t free eggs

Modern Farmer has an article in its most recent addition on the terminology used to sell us food; meaningless terms like: All Natural.  Included in the article is a video from  Vital Farms. They sell eggs and butter, I’ve seen their products at Whole Foods, but have never bought them, I buy my eggs from my friends at Saxelby cheese (a local cheese monger specializing in domestic cheese and dairy products), they get their eggs from Red Gate Farm, a dozen costs $5.

However, if I couldn’t get my eggs locally from Saxelby this Vital Farms eggs video makes a very good case for buying their product.  They point out in a humourous way the truth behind the marketing of eggs in particular the term cage free.  Sometimes I stand in the aisle of the grocery store not really knowing what to think.  Has reality been turned upside by make-believe and marketing?   It’s hard not to believe all the hype on our food products,  doesn’t “cage free” actually mean something? As this video so effectively shows: No it doesn’t mean anything.  Hens brought up in a large factory with no space to move can be called cage free because there is no actual cage just a crammed packed factory where the chickens have no room to move. Basically one large cage instead of a bunch of small ones.

Supporting real farmers from your region is the best way to actually know where your food comes from. Don’t believe the hype on factory food and mass-produced items in your grocery store, even Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s sells things that are deceptively labeled.  Food producers/manufacturers want to sell their products and they will say anything they can get away with to do so.

You’d think that their would be better regulations against this, but there aren’t.

Worth a watch.  Would love to hear your comments.

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Fake Food

Great podcast about the history of fake food from the folks over at Gastropod

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The Women of Achill Island

After a long hiatus I’m back newly dedicated to get back to a more regular blogging schedule.  Here is the latest film from The Perennial Plate:

On Achill Island, black faced sheep roam the seaside cliffs, foraging on seaweed and salt sprayed grass. The Calvey family (8 sisters, 2 brothers and the parents) tend to this wild flock, eventually selling this unique product as Achill Mountain Lamb. This short Perennial Plate film tells the story of the women of the island and their long standing history of perseverance on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Next up Salty Peanut layered Brownies!

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Supporting The Perennial Plate

As regular readers know I am a big supporter of the work Daniel and Mirra do at Perennial Plate.  I think I have posted almost every video they have ever made.

Given the times we live in they have felt the need to change direction for the summer, away from videos about food and sustainability to ones telling the stories of immigrants and refugees.

I always think it’s good to switch things up.

The idea of doing a targeted Facebook campaign is a unique (to me) idea and one way to try to get the “other side” to hear another view that may change their minds and, maybe, might even change how they vote (the cynic in my doubts this, but hey you don’t know unless you try!)  I for one am very excited about this new project and have donated.  I’d urge you to watch the Kickstarter video above and, if you feel as I did, help them to meet their goal.

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A Celebration of Ireland by the Perennial Plate

I’ve never really understood the fuss about St Patrick’s day. In New York City the St Patrick’s day parade is the largest parade of the year, the Gay pride parade is the second largest.  Since I can remember the organizers of the St Patrick’s day parade (the Ancient Order of Hibernians) has excluded LGBTQ people. This still to this day is causing them some trouble.  Besides not being a huge parade fan I find the idea of green beer kind of disgusting 😉 My point being that I think there should be some far better way of acknowledging and celebrating the contribution of the Irish to our City/Country than a big exclusionary blow out once a year.

Reading Colm Tóibín’s beautifully written tale of what one particular young Irish woman endured to emigrate to New York City in his book: Brooklyn makes the reader painfully aware of just how hard the journey was to get here from Ireland.  How hard it is to emigrate to another country that may, or may not, really want you. Or remember years later what you have endured to get here and how much you have contributed.

These latest videos from the Perennial Plate (who are spending some time in Ireland working for the tourism board) help remind us of the rich culture and beauty these immigrants left and what they brought to share with us in this new country they now call home.  And after watching these videos may reconsider their original choice and may decide to move back 😉

The first video is a love letter to the history, landscapes and food of Ireland.  The second one is a charming, sober interview with the last fisherman fishing in Howth, Dublin.

Watch them both you’ll be glad you did.

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Happy Pi Day: Chicken Pot Pie

Yesterday the city was on lock down due to the “big” snow storm.  The storm wasn’t any where near as monumental as the hype suggested it might be, but it did give me a great excuse to stay home and cook. Continue reading

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