A healthy snack

February 7, 2011 in Food Porn, recipe


On Monday, January 31, 2011, the feds made these recommendations PDF (per New York Times which paraphrases as follows):

As the nation’s obesity crisis continues unabated, federal regulators on Monday issued their bluntest nutrition advice to date: drink water instead of sugary drinks like soda, fill your plate with fruits and vegetables and cut down on processed foods filled with sodium, fat or sugar.

More important, perhaps, the government told Americans, “Enjoy your food, but eat less.”

One day later, the enormous snack food industry announces that it has benighted February as “Snack Food Month”.

(rolling eyes)

As if they dont already spend vast quantities of money to sell enormous tonnage of snack foods into our children every day of the year.

As an antidote to this and a way to raise awareness of how toxic this non-food is, Roger Dorion and Kitchen Garden International has started a campaign called #20ate.

Here are some details from their site 20ate.org:

#20ate is a crowdsourced, open-source campaign to encourage people 1) to opt out of unhealthy, processed snack and junk foods for the #20ate days of February 2) opt in for real ones instead (which often cost less when made at home) and 3) to donate the money saved from #1 to a healthy food cause. Please see the oh-so-satisfying, meal-sized version (well-balanced, of course) for some ideas on how you can join the campaign and help our country’s good food movement to grow. Please use the #20ate hashtag and avatar/badge to show your support.

Here are 4 things you can do to help reclaim February for the good food cause:

1) Opt-out of Snack Food Month by not buying processed snack foods or junk foods for the month of February and opt-in for real foods which taste better, make you feel better and often cost less when you make them yourself. White bean hummus with home-made pita bread chips anyone? You say hummus, I say yummus!

Here are some links to some healthy snack resources that might inspire you:

9 healthy predinner snacks (Real Simple magazine)
Quick and healthy snack recipes (Eating Light magazine)
Healthy snacks 4 kids (Phy. Committee for Responsible Medicine)

2) Sing your participation in the 20ate campaign from the rooftops on twitter and facebook using the #20ate hashtag.

Here are some sample tweets or facebook statuses that might inspire some of your own:

  • Did you know that the big food companies are calling Feb “National Snack Food Month?” #20ate Bite back here: http://20ate.org
  • I’m opting out of National Snack Food Month and opting in for real food instead. How about you? #20ate http://20ate.org
  • February=National Snack Food Month? Not in my house! #20ate http://20ate.org
  • If February is National Snack Food Month, then March should be National (in the blank) Month! #20ate http://20ate.org
  • National Snack Food Month? What’s up with that? Help me reclaim February for the good food cause. #20ate http://20ate.org
  • I’m opting out of National Snack Food Month this February because I like my butt just the way it is. #20ate http://20ate.org

Be aware that your participation in the campaign may lead to snack food withdrawal symptoms such as the jerky jerk, twinkie twitch or oreoitis, but don’t fear: there’s a large twitter community on call to help.

Want to show the world you’re a #20ater (or is it #20eater?) in a more visual way? Grab the the #20ate badge/avatar here for use on your blog, twitter or facebook profile.

3) “Like” KGI’sFacebook fanpage to help us build our online presence. My pride is riding on this one: the freaking “cheese puff” fanpage has more fans than we do. That’s so wrong and in so many ways.

4) Donate some of your savings from #1 to a healthy & sustainable food cause you’ve always wanted to support. If you don’t have one, KGI would love to be your cause. We’re currently raising funds for coordination of “World Kitchen Garden Day” (August 28th), food gardeners’ answer to Snack Food Month.

Spouted Whole Wheat Crackers

My contribution to this will be today’s recipe for a very healthy snack indeed!

Spouted Whole Wheat Crackers

Sprouted Whole Wheat Crackers

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sprouted whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup dry corn masa
  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • salt
  • rosemary
  • montreal steak salt

Directions:

Preheat to 375 F.

Mix the dry ingredients, add the softened butter and incorporate until butter is fully mixed into flour. Add the milk and mix dough until stiff and not sticky.

Take a portion of the dough and roll out to about 1/8th thickness. Cut into squares and poke with a fork. Add salt and herbs if desired.

Put on a baking sheet and bake some 15-20 minutes until the desired color.

Spouted Whole Wheat Crackers

Enjoy!

Spouted Whole Wheat Crackers

A snowy February and Valentine’s snacks!

February 1, 2011 in Food Porn, recipe


I think mother nature has decided that a new ice age is a good idea and that its all gonna start this last January. we have a good 3 to 3.5 feet of snow on the ground here. Today we have yet another storm that will yield 2 more feet of snow. Then this Saturday we get another Nor’easter. This pattern of multi-foot storms several times a WEEK is meant to last for weeks to come.

We are very weary of the snow and the loads of money flying out of our checking account to the plow guy.

Valentine's Day 2011

As you might imagine, holidays would be just grand during this time of misery but they all seem to have been used up last fall!

At this point the “Feast of the Echidna” sounds festive – too bad we dont observe it.

Valentine's Day 2011

I am not usually the romantic type, by a long shot, but I am feeling a powerful hankering for SOME holiday to break up the endless snow days.

For this reason, I am considering more of a production for this year’s Valentine’s Day. Around here it will be a celebration of the love between family and will be kid oriented.

I am still working on what sorts of foods might be cheerful for a Valentine’s Day afternoon meal. I know I want to do it before the sun goes down and be more like a picnic inside sort of concept.

I think it will involve chocolate, red, maybe some cinnamon, maybe strawberries.

Stay tuned to see what we come up with and please leave a comment telling us what you do for Valentine’s Day!!

Valentine's Day 2011

Happy New Years Eve

December 31, 2010 in Food Porn, Gardening


Gabriel (above), I and my family wish you a bright and shiny New Year where you find your dreams blossom and the goodness in others as well as ourselves.

I dont do New Years resolutions but I can tell you a few things that I plan on doing this year.

I know that our garden and homestead will be growing in several ways (Humble Garden). We bred 10 lamancha goat girls and I think at least 9 of them caught so in early cold spring we will be midwifing more kidding and then we will be enjoying a LOT of fresh goat milk and cheese!

Our new chicklings!

We will also be getting a mess of new Rhode Island chicks to build up our aging laying flock of chickens.

Growing Mushrooms: in a tutu

Humble Garden 2010: Homegrown shiitake!

I am going to be expanding the permacultural plantings, expanding the forest gardening efforts, expanding mushroom cultivation (feral and closer to home) and growing more storage crops this year.

Let me know what new food adventures you will be doing this next year!

Chocolate – you know you need it

November 25, 2010 in Food Porn, giveaway


This is just a quickie reminder and a bit of torture to visit my Ghirardelli Chocolate giveaway at this link to see loads of chocolate food porn and to enter to win a much needed $100!