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Last night I prepared a super delicious supper! I started with a salad of tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers, all purchased from the local Farmers’ Market. I added a few carrots and then made a dressing my grandmother used to make, a little mayo, sugar, and vinegar. I used to love that dressing when I was a little girl and haven’t made it since last summer. So this salad took me back to my younger days when I would stay a few days with her and Granddaddy every summer in Asheville, North Carolina. We’d go to her garden and pick the vegetables, wash and slice, and serve up on the little table in the kitchen. Ahhh………memories!

Something else I prepared which made me think of her was okra. I purchased okra at a new grocery store here in town, grown on a local farm, picking out the smaller, more tender pieces as I chose just the right pods to bring home. As usual, I cut off the little “head” (or whatever that part is called!), washed them, and tossed them in a really hot pan with a little vegetable oil. I like them whole, and it doesn’t take but a very few minutes to get them just right! Added a little sea salt, and my oh my were they fantabulous! Yes, my grandmother also introduced me to the wonders of okra. Thank you, Grandmama!

I also took from the freezer a piece of beef I cooked several months ago (froze three left-over servings). I weighed it – a little less than 4 oz. Perfect! I let it defrost, and after that it just needed to heat up a little. I sautéed onion slices in a hot pan, and when they were still crunchy-tender, I set the slice of meat on top of them, covered the pan, and let it heat throughout for about two minutes. It was very tasty, and cooked perfectly, but I still couldn’t eat it all. Weird. I still crave meat, but I can’t really eat it. Maybe there is a term for this condition? Nuts? Whishy washy? Yeah, I’m probably both those things.

So you are thinking I did very well. A little protein and all those vegetables. Well, not so fast! I also gave in to another food group I should avoid. Processed white flour. Seriously. I bought frozen rolls at the earlier mentioned grocery store. I let them rise, then baked them, then slathered with butter, and then devoured those two soft, warm rolls. I think somewhere in the middle of one bite I did my little happy dance. For real. !! It was just……..oh my were they good!!

Some people think that I am a far-lefty-liberal when it comes to the environment. Well, maybe in today’s political climate that could be true. However, when I was a young child it was considered conservative to conserve the earth and our resources. And honestly? Yes, I do want to conserve our resources for the people and other living creatures around me, for those that are yet to be born, and for the good of all mankind. And for some reason when we attempt to make decisions for the good of all it is considered liberal. However, I am also looking out for me me me!! Because I want to continue eating meals just like I had last night! Keep it up Kansas, Virginia, North Carolina, and all the other states (and other countries) that provide my tummy with tempting morsels. Take care of your land, your soil, your air, your water so I can continue to eat what I like. Oh! And you know what? While you are doing that for you and me, you will also be helping all living cells, from humans to kitties to doggies to squirrels to fish to bugs and even trees. Word.

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Following is the blog I wrote a few days ago but could not get to a stable Internet hookup until today:

Sitting at the airport in Kansas City, waiting for my connecting flight to Raleigh, NC, where I will visit with a friend (while I wait for my main squeeze to pick me up). Then it will be several days in Virginia visiting family and friends before returning to K-State on Sunday. Delays in flights this morning due to early morning fog. Right now it doesn’t look too bad, I guess maybe we are waiting for the other flights that have been delayed and now we wait in line? I’m never sure exactly how that works!

Sigh. . . I’m having troubles with the pesco-vegetarian thing. I think I need to purchase more fish when I go to the grocery store? I’m not sure it’s meat or protein I’m missing, but I sure am craving more of that than usual. Maybe it’s the fat? I have daily 2 or 3 Tbls. of peanuts, but I’m craving them in the Payday candy bar. Not good, coz I’m giving in to the cravings. I’m including olive oil in my veges and dried beans, but in the end I’m not really getting but a smidgen of fat in each serving. I’m hoping to visit a nutritionist in the next few months. While in Chapel Hill I met with several that were very familiar with vegetarianism. Now, I’m sure that the ones recommended through “my” diabetes clinic in Topeka will be familiar as well. After all, they have to be certified! But in the Chapel Hill area being a vegetarian or vegan is much more common. Support is everywhere, and it’s easy to go to just about any restaurant and eat a full and varied vegan meal. Not to criticize Kansas at all! Since restaurants must offer what their customers want the most, and Kansas being such a “meat” state, a larger percentage of the people here want meat. I can eat a vegetarian meal at many of the restaurants, it’s just the selection is usually smaller. And I run out of ideas for home. Green beans and squash and pintos have been great this week, but I’m not sure that is enough variety. I just need to think a little harder about good fats, like olive oil. And avocados. I’m already eating about 2 Tbls. of natural organic peanut butter daily – love it on celery. One of my vegetarian friends and co-workers has given me two small cookbooks for tofu. I am trying to eat more of that as well, I just need more marinades in which to saturate the little cubes! Any suggestions, folks? For tofu or any other way to get oil and/or healthy fats in my diet?

Ooh! Let me tell you about my meal last night. Wanted to clean out some in the refrigerator, so I finished up okra, fresh fruit, and green beans. I froze the rest of the pintos so they will be good when I return home. Anyway, cooked some shrimp and made this delicious shrimp salad made with celery, salt, black pepper, a little mayonnaise, and a secret ingredient. (My brother and his ex-wife use to make one very similar when they owned a restaurant years ago.) Oh my oh my it was good. And seemed to satisfy me. But I can’t be eating shrimp all the time! And my line-caught, wild, frozen salmon I purchased this past January directly from a small family fishing company in Alaska is all gone. bummer.

As you can guess, it is not easy purchasing fish here in Kansas. At the grocery stores it’s either farm raised (and my shrimp is farm-raised in Honduras) or processed in China. I have no problem with the citizens of China processing my fish, it is the polluted waters that deter me. And if I can get fish flown over from China cheaper than I can get it from the Gulf of Mexico, or the coast of California, or the coast of North Carolina, then some fisherman is not getting paid enough! With being overweight and etc. etc., I have been reading the labels of food for many years, so a lot of the nutrition info I have stored in my head forever! Now I spend way to much extra time at the grocery deciding, as best I can, which products have not be presented to me on the “backs” of workers who are being exploited to make obscene amounts of money for the corporation’s bottom line and stockholders. And sometimes I give in, like the shrimp. However, as a person of faith and someone who believes strongly in not taking advantage of others, how can I not spend the time to ensure, as best I can, that the food that is being prepared for me to sustain my life is not being prepared at the mistreatment of God’s children? Or using poor eco principles to the detriment of future generations?

Well, time to toss the coffee (and the paper cup, sigh….no room for my reusable cup when traveling by air) and make my way through security to the gate and wait a little bit longer for the flight to Raleigh. Carolina here I come!

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