One of the many reasons that Spring is such a great time of the year is that it is asparagus time. Asparagus is one of those vegetables that Recycla only eats in season – a period of time that is far too short in her humble opinion. For the past month, she has been serving her family those distinctive green spears often, much to her husband’s delight and her children’s disgust.
Strawberries might just be one of Nature’s most perfect foods. They’re at their best when they are eaten right after they’ve been picked. Strawberries grown in California (or further afield) and then shipped to your grocery store in January just can’t compare.
Eating seasonally is something Americans are largely unaware of. We go to the grocery store and find rows and rows of fresh produce from all over the world. Strawberries, asparagus, and tomatoes are available year ’round, instead of only in the spring. While this seems normal, in the larger history of humans and food, this is actually abnormal. For centuries, people ate locally-grown foods in season and preserved as much as they could for the cold months.
Enviro-Girl loves her some beer–specifically a nice stout or a rich ale. The darker, the better. As an eco-warrior, she’s asked herself what beer choices the best choices for the planet? While lads and lassies sipped their Guinness and green Bud Light over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, she mused about Beer Miles and wondered how far her drink traveled to reach her lips. She’s quick to rant about eating locally grown food, but do her drinking habits make her a bit of a hypocrite? Continue reading
If you’re planning to plant peas this spring, go buy your seeds now. Depending on the type, peas take around 60 days to go from seed to your dinner table. This is a cool weather plant that does not like the warm days of June, so plant now to get a May crop.
On Monday, Enviro Girl posted some terrific tips on eating healthy meals on a budget. Recycla’s family shops, cooks, and eats the same way and they eat very well without a lot of hassle.
One little thing that Recycla does is make breadcrumbs instead of buying them. Buying breadcrumbs at the store appears to be mostly an American thing, as Recycla’s friends in Europe have told her that they don’t have breadcrumbs in stores there.
It’s no surprise to learn that food prices are on the rise. Severe weather prevented many farmers from planting and harvesting as usual, most of the U.S. has experienced drought conditions affecting crop and cattle production, and rising fuel costs and demand all combine to make it more expensive than ever to feed our families. Continue reading
As winter has approached, Recycla’s family has been enjoying numerous cups of hot chocolate. Rather than buy the instant stuff in individual packets, Recycla prefers to go the more eco friendly route. There are two ways to do this:
Earlier this week, Recycla had the shocking realization that Thanksgiving is in only two weeks. (And she’s not even going to tell you the week count until Christmas.) That means it’s time for everyone to do some meal planning.