Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Magic Bulbs: Onions

Know your onions! I do, having been exposed to its pungency in various guises, some of which appear in this piece. Onion tart, anyone? It is hard to say when the onion came into being. They were grown in Ancient … Continue reading

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The Stuff of Life

Water. Without it there is no life. To put it simply the amount of water in the world is finite as the number of earthlings is growing rapidly and our water use is growing even much faster. The alarming extent … Continue reading

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All About The Sweet Potato

What’s not to like in a sweet potato? Besides being a must-have side dish on Thanksgiving, nutritionally, sweet potatoes pack a wallop: ample vitamin A, potassium and vitamin C, B6, riboflavin, copper, pantothetic acid and folic acid. Sweet potato is … Continue reading

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Getting Off the Grid, Slowly…

It has been our dream to get off the grid, and build a safe environment for our daughters. There are basically four things to do: install a panoply of solar panels and/or purchase a small wind turbine (easier said than … Continue reading

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Mean Pizza Toppings and a Brick Oven

In my last post I dealt with the history of the pizza, the OO flour, the dough, the sauce and alluded to the various toppings one can come up with. The only thing that can limit you to what you … Continue reading

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How to Make a Proper Pizza, Part 1

Ok, here’s something you may already know: pizza is the new number 1 popular food in the world (having just replaced rice though nobody really knows because everyone has their own opinion about food in this world, some, for instance, … Continue reading

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Hearty Soups Recipes for Incoming Winter

Long considered to have restorative powers, soups have been prescribed since ancient times for restoring health and energy. One of the oldest recipes I know of is chicken & ginger soup, from ancient China, dating back over 5,000 years (though … Continue reading

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Olive Oil: the Recipes

In part one I covered the history of the olive oil and how it’s made and now comes the promised recipes. But first, here’s a secret: it is incredibly easy to make your own herb or spice flavored olive oil. … Continue reading

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Water for Sale: You Will Have to Pay Dearly

A couple of years ago, I did a good news piece: Being a Futurama fan, I’ve always wanted to say this but could not find the propitious moment. Writing about water scarcity & food shortages is taxing and angers me … Continue reading

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The Empress of Oil, Olive

Homer called it “liquid gold.” Olive oil has been more than mere food to us Mediterraneans: it’s our way of life. The olive tree, symbol of abundance, glory and peace, gave its leafy branches to crown the victorious in both … Continue reading

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