Thursday, July 30, 2015

Will cultured meat solve the environmental problem of meat?

According to a recent article in the Telegraph Journal, people in industrialized countries eat about 210 pounds of meat per person, per year. That works out to nine ounces a day, every day. And worldwide meat consumption is increasing as people in developing countries eat more meat, more often. 

The environmental impact of producing all of that meat is huge.

It’s estimated that 15 to 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock production, nearly half of which comes from growing and shipping the corn and soy used as feed. Another 45 percent are digestive gasses from cows.

There is a social impact to meat consumption too since about a third of the world’s grain production goes to feeding all that livestock instead of people.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Environmental Issues With Almonds

Are Almonds Becoming an Environmental Nightmare?

Could the popularity of  almond butter, almond milk and almond flour soon spell the end of fresh produce during winter in our northern climate?

I’m sure there are some who wouldn’t mind if broccoli was only available during our local growing season but the almond boom represents a real threat to our access to fresh fruit and vegetables outside of our own growing season.

The problem lies in the fact that we’re so dependent on imported fruits and vegetables, many of which come from California.
According to CBC news, 84 per cent of broccoli and cauliflower, 76 per cent of fresh strawberries, 68 per cent of lettuce, 69 per cent of carrots, turnips and other root vegetables eaten by Canadians come from California.

Meanwhile California continues to endure a severe drought.
With surface water drying up the agricultural industry has been depleting ground water sources to keep their crops growing and, with no signs of the drought ending, there is talk of California actually drying up completely.

In spite of this, almond groves continue to expand.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mom's Non-Dairy Pound Cake

Mom's Non-Dairy Pound Cake
Non-dairy pound cake has an irresistible texture - not too dense but not crumbly either.

Pound cake is the ultimate cake for summer. It’s versatile and stays fresh much longer than most baked goods, especially in warm weather. It slices easily, doesn’t go crumbly and doesn’t need frosting -- a simple dusting of icing sugar is fine.
My dad’s favourite way to eat pound cake was as mocha cakes – leftover pound cake cut into two-inch cubes, frosted with a basic icing and rolled in chopped peanuts.

Mom's Non-Dairy Pound Cake
Mom has three good recipes for pound cake but she considers this one the best. The recipe came out of a Food & Wine magazine back in the 1980s.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fresh Tomato & Basil Tart on Goat Cheese Pastry

Fresh Tomato & Basil Tart on Goat Cheese Pastry
I have no recollection of Canada Day celebrations when I was growing up and I think it’s because our summers were like one extended family picnic. Week days were spent at the beach and weekends and holidays were for family day trips to St. Andrews, New River Beach, or Deer Island.

These trips always involved great picnics, especially the New River Beach days.  We were often with our cousins and there were mounds of food. We’d have sandwiches and hard boiled eggs for lunch but then our moms would cook great feasts around fire pits for supper.  One year when I was too young to remember mom said the older kids caught crabs at low tide and they cooked them over the fire. Sometimes we boiled periwinkles.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Ginger Crinkle Cookie S'Mores Recipe

Ginger Crinkle Cookie S'Mores
Chewy Ginger Crinkle Cookies are ideal for s'mores.

School lunch fatigue usually hits during the school-year home stretch so early June is just the time to put extra special treats in kids’ lunchboxes.

When I was little we walked home at noon so didn’t pack a lunch but we always brought some sort of snack for recess. Around this time of year when my brother and I were in grade three we brought lobster legs for recess one Friday. Lobster legs were a special treat but Timothy must have been too busy to eat them at recess because come Monday morning they were still in his desk...

How to Find Safe and Effective Sunscreen

Few things feel better after a long snowy winter than the feel of the warm sun on your skin. The great weather on Victoria Day was like a surprise gift and I admit that grabbing the sunscreen as we headed off to our cottage was an afterthought and even then it didn’t get used.

A wake-up call arrived in my email the following day when Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its annual guide to sun safety and sunscreen.

Each year the organization tests hundreds of sunscreens, lip balms and moisturizers for effectiveness – do they provide the coverage they claim, including both UVB and UVA protection. They also analyze products for toxicity especially the hormone disruptor oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.

While covering up with a shirt, wearing sunglasses, a hat, and staying out of the sun (in the shade) through the middle part of the day are the golden rules of sun safety, the reality is that most people who want to avoid sun damage rely on sunscreen.

To ensure the sunscreen you choose is both safe and effective here are some things to consider:

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette for Greens and Grains

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette for Greens and Grains
Honey Dijon Vinaigrette is delicious on tender greens and hearty grains
I was always an early riser and when I was living at home after university I was usually the first one to the kitchen. One early morning I was startled by a spider in the honey pot.

It was a plastic spider but had the same effect as a real spider at 6:00 in the morning. It was a dad joke and I knew it right off the bat so tucked the spider into the tea tin. 
Then the spider appeared in the yogurt so I put it in the peanut butter. For months the spider traveled around the house and then there were more spiders so you couldn’t go a day without finding one, someplace -- in a shoe, under a pillow, in the pocket of a suit jacket. Even mom’s bridge ladies were finding them.
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