Here’s the compilation of food posts this week from the facebook page linked to this blog ~
How to make a bottle wall (It starts with just one sip . . .)
Here’s a video of a rather pretty bottle house. It is prettier with the sound turned down, or at least I think so – the mermaid-like girl does not have a mermaid-like voice, sadly
In order to inspire the hopeful bottle-house-builder on their way, there is Robert Louis Stevenson’s notes on what is inside the bottle
Wine is bottled poetry. – Robert Louis Stevenson
And I found a way to use some wine, in order to empty those needed bottles.
The man is directing me to the parsley which is needed for the recipe
Lemon zest will also be used
along with the wine used to deglaze the pan for osso bucci with always-delightful gremolata and risotto.
Moving on to backyard urban chickens, there is a fact divulged by the author of Charlotte’s Web
‘I don’t know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens.’ (in a Letter to James Thurber from E.B. White)
E.B. White wrote more on chickens . . . real chickens . . . here is a link to ‘One Man’s Meat’ at Culinate, if you’d like to read more.
For my own chicken, I made a yogurt-based marinade
The weather did not allow outdoor grilling, but the oven broiler was kind and did the job well
The kebob ended its short life on top of a butter-griddled sesame-seed tossed pita with green sauce and cucumbers. It was happy, so was I! ~
Now the melons. Ben Franklin of all people had something to say about melons
‘Men and melons are hard to know.’ – Benjamin Franklin
In order to learn the melon, we can go to historic sources
Hot or cold, dangerous or helpful – foods used to be specifically noted as such.
‘Indus or Palestinian Melons (Melones Indi Idest Palestini)
Nature: Cold and humid in the second degree. Optimum: Those that are
sweet and watery. Usefulness: Good in illnesses. Dangers: Bad for the
digestion. Neutralization of the Dangers: …With barley-sugar.’ The Tacuinum of Rouen
If you want to learn more than melons, here is the text of the Tacuinum Sanitatis online. Rather glorious!
Then, of course, there are potatoes and allotments!
‘The Dig for Victory! campaign was
instigated in Britain as soon as World War II started. The government
realised that the population would go hungry if the war was to last
longer than a few months. The result was that formal gardens, lawns and
even sports pitches were transformed into allotments, large and
…small, and everybody on the home front was encouraged to become a
This was the past of allotments – the full story can be read here at BBC –
Dig For Victory and for current information and news and everything you could want to know on allotments, here is the Allotment Growing site.
Eva suggested the idea of pogacsa as a use for potatoes – and what a beautiful one!
At the end of it all, we are left with the worthy thought
Pray for peace and grace and spiritual food, For wisdom and guidance, for all these are good, But don’t forget the potatoes. – John Tyler Petee, Prayer and Potatoes