My office had a “bad poetry contest” last week, and I thought I’d share the poem I wrote. An Ode to Fava Beans In my garden there are many plants, and on those plants there are many ants. By the hundreds they crawl, up and up – so tall. “What are they doing up there?”, … More An Ode to Fava Beans
There’s a relatively recent new trend of “greening” one’s front yard. This means removing a “traditional” grass lawn, and replacing it with something more environmentally appropriate based on the specific geographic region. For example in New Orleans, you would plant things that love a lot of water, and create a new landscape using good storm … More From boring lawn to inviting landscape
We’ve all heard about organic food, but what about organic clothes? I don’t eat cotton, so why should I care if the stuff that goes into my clothing is organic? What does organic clothing even mean? Well we can begin by looking at conventional (non-organic) and genetically modified cotton production, compared to organic cotton. Just … More What’s the deal with Organic Clothes?
While Earth Day was officially last month, Earth Day is every day for me. I’m always evaluating my life for ways to live more sustainably. Whether it be diet, mode of transportation, or other consumption habits, there’s always room for improvement somewhere. I took this Carbon Footprint Quiz to see how my lifestyle choices stack up compared … More What’s your footprint?
“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry In an age where we’re living more and more in isolation, it’s important to connect with and understand others better. Traveling allows … More My UK Adventure (minus Northern Ireland)
Between film festivals and office film screenings, I’ve seen my fair share of food films lately. In case you’re looking for a little inspiration, or simply to be more informed, I’ve written up my thoughts on two food centric films. Food Chains This is a 2014 film by Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, … More Food films for thought
No sugar, no flour, just healthy whole ingredients to make this fudgy sweet dessert. Packed full of vitamin A, omega 3’s, and fiber – these brownies are sure to please your palate. Ingredients: 1 medium sweet potato, chopped into large chunks (about 1.5-2 cups) 1/2 cup walnut butter* 2 large dates 1/2 cup carob powder … More Sweet Potato Carob Brownies
Probiotics Yogurt is full of probiotics, or beneficial microorganisms that are good for your gut. According to the National Institutes of Health, probiotics may help with the following: Digest food Fight off harmful microorganisms that cause disease Prevent and treat diarrhea caused by infections and antibiotics Improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome Probiotic food sources: Yogurt … More Cashew Yogurt Muesli
Women’s March Santa Cruz! What a beautiful day it was on Saturday, marching for so many things I believe in with so many fellow Santa Cruzans who believe the same. The signs were creative, the voices were loud, and the resistance begins. There were speeches, songs, and pledges made. Perhaps the most inspiring part of … More Cauliflower Sauce Gnocchi
Rain rain rain….that’s pretty much all it’s been doing the past few weeks in Santa Cruz. And I’m not complaining…per se. While we definitely need the rain, I was starting to get a bit stir crazy spending so much time inside. After all, I did move to California for the abundance of outdoor fun. When … More Kabocha & Red Kuri Miso Soup