Round two

I can’t believe it’s been so many months since I wrote here! Well, people in the community have seen me at farmers markets, in the Master Gardener program, and at the bee club. Aside from those activities, my job became so insanely busy I stopped cooking altogether. What that meant is that Alex took up the apron and has been following the journey that I took – and he uses this blog to do it! The closing of Mor Mor was a real blow. I remember coming off a 30 day trip around the country and falling into the doors of that restaurant as a welcome homecoming. Of course we wish John and Laura all success – can’t wait to see the new diner! It did cause me to consider whether I was going to continue working on this blog. Alex tells me that there are people reading it, in … Continue reading

Learning from Paula Deen (and Michael Twitty)

As a white woman who grew up in Texas on southern food, I’ve been waiting to read a nuanced analysis of Paula Deen’s public implosion. Michael Twitty offered a very important perspective as a black culinary historian: “We are surrounded by culinary injustice where some Southerners take credit for things that enslaved Africans and their descendants played key roles in innovating.” I’m reading through is blogs and looking forward to learning more about the African origins of the foods I grew up with. Here’s his Open Letter to Paula Deen. … Continue reading

End of year wishes

Every child in Kitsap to be warm, housed and fed. Every person living in the county woods by my house to have a better place to go. Every farmer who wants to farm to have land and capital for equipment. All my food to come from my local foodshed. Whatever your holiday, I hope you spend it with good food and good friends! … Continue reading

Vancouver Winter Farmers Market

Alex and I are Vancouver BC for the weekend. Of course the first place we headed this morning was the Winter Farmer’s Market. It’s held Saturdays 10-2 from Nov. 3 to April 27, closed Dec. 29. The location is a great big parking lot, the Nat Bailey Stadium east parking lot. They promised more than 60 vendors and delivered at least a hundred. The market requires at least 60% original food producers, farmers first, and encourage craft food vendors to use products from the farmers. There were lots and lots and lots of farmers. Also bakers, artisan food makers, a few non-food artisans, and a wide variety of interesting food trucks. (I got beignets!) This is recognizably our food ecosystem. The farmers stocked foods that we can get in Kitsap farmers markets. At this time of year: greens; root vegetables, including onions, beets, carrots, potatoes, rutabagas; brassicas, cabbage and broccoli … Continue reading