Friday, July 19, 2013
I really, really wanted something chocolate, but I didn't want the sugar that usually comes with it. And, while I'm a fan of deep, dark chocolate -- I'm talking 80 percent, dark as midnight, make your mouth pucker dark chocolate -- I wanted a dessert and not just a piece of chocolate.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
When the temperature in Seattle tops 80 degrees Fahrenheit, we grumble and whine. When it nears or exceeds 90 degrees our complaints approach 2-year-old tantrum levels. Luckily, that doesn't happen often. Unfortunately, it's happening right now. Since the vast majority of our homes don't have air conditioning we start to look for no-cook recipes in hot weather.
Monday, April 22, 2013
To celebrate Earth Day today, I started the balcony garden. The work in progress may be finished by winter, but then again, I'll probably winter over a few things as well. This project perfectly illustrates the Dull Knife Way: maximum self-sufficiency with minimum expenditure.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Shh. Don't tell anyone. When a foreign food becomes popular here in the U.S. the price goes up, and daikon radish is not expensive at all because it's not very well known. If you haven't had it, it's milder than red radishes, and great shredded with salads or sliced into stir-fries. But, my favorite way to eat it is as pickles.
Monday, April 1, 2013
When my son was five years old, deep in his dinosaur phase, we visited the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. As we rounded a corner, a very large dinosaur skeleton suddenly loomed over us. My son froze, threw his arms out and toppled over flat on his face, overwhelmed by joy. Apparently, that kind of ecstasy saves supple young bodies from bloody noses and broken bones.