The early spring foraging in our area is starting to round down now. The morels were overheated by the ridiculous heat wave last week, the fiddleheads have long passed and the leeks, while still around aren’t as good now. And these are just a few of my favorite things. While I’m sad to see it go, I’m also excited for all the wonderful veggies about to be available in the garden.
Knowing the difference between soup and stew isn’t something that is really going to make you a better chef. However, it is often a topic that comes up as many people get more and more into cooking. So it’s a topic that I’ve decided to tackle here in my cooking lessons series. Both soups and stews rely on the same base ingredients cooked in liquid, but the main difference here is that stews use less liquid. Now if it were really just that simple, that’s where this post would end, but there’s a bit more to it than that.
#Foodispolitics is the theme around here this week people.
We are taking a vote with every single bite of food we take, every dollar we spend on food. We are voting for our health, community, government policies, racism, equality and just everything. I always knew I had a strong connection to food, but I’m just now realizing how far it actually stretches, and not just for me but for all of us. [Read more…]
It’s a pretty awesome thing when morels just pop up in your back yard. It happened last year as well, but honestly, I didn’t expect that kind of luck twice. There were even more of them this year, which is super exciting. I’m not holding out hope for next year so as not to be disappointed. I know that I’m eventually going to have to learn how to actually find these guys out in the wild, but for now, this works. [Read more…]
I’ve been seeing living walls pop up all over the place and I was pretty intrigued from the first moment I saw them. They just look so cool and I totally wanted one, but all the premade versions seemed a little expensive for my tastes. I racked my brains trying to think of an inexpensive way to design a homemade/DIY version of it, but I was really failing in that department. Maybe it’s the engineer in me, but I really wanted something perfect.
It had to be:
- low profile: ie flat-ish against the wall
- self-contained: obviously I didn’t want water dripping down my walls in the house.
- self-watering: I wanted something I could add water to once and it would last a few days. If I have it hung on the wall, access to it for watering may not be the easiest.
- aesthetics: I wanted something that looked good, not like a recycled pile of junk. This is going on my wall after all.
As I began to design, this I quickly realised that it was not going to work. Making something that met all of this criteria without spending too much money simply wasn’t going to look very good. I did eventually land on the idea that I could use impermeable fabric and sew a kind of pocket out of it. At some point, while doing my research I stumbled onto Woolly Pocket. This was the exact thing that I had decided to design, and this company was supplying it at an actual reasonable cost. As an added bonus it was a family run business.
After finding this company I threw my plans of making my own version of a living wall right out the window and wrote these guys an email. A week later Chuck was hanging up my living wall planter collection. So far I love it, My plants have only been in place for a short time, so they haven’t filled out yet, but I’ll be sure to update this post with new pictures in a few weeks when all these herbs are going bonkers.
In the past, I have encouraged everyone to start a garden. I love the idea of using a wall mounted verticle garden to do this because it is compact, and takes no counter space, making it perfect for small spaces. The Wally 2 model that I chose has a water reserve which makes it very low maintenance. It’s also possible to order a drip kit that can be hooked to a water source, and then a timer, making it even more low maintenance. Seriously, this set up is AMAZING!
Even better is the awesome people at Woolly Pocket are offering an exclusive deal for SL&G followers. If you are interested in getting your own use the code SweetGinger15 for 15% off.