Sometimes Nothing Will Do But Food. And Information. And Pictures.

Here’s the compilation of food posts this week from the facebook page linked to this blog ~

More on bottle houses

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
vegetable gardener.’

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

Definitely.

How Do You Cook In An A House Built Entirely of Newspapers?

Don’t let Jimi near the kitchen¬† . . . whatever you do.

More on the Paper House

There are no views shown of the kitchen though it is noted there is electricity in the house and running water. No bathroom in the house, but an outhouse in the back. I’m very curious about the kitchen, and am trying to telephone for more information. No answer on the line yet, but I’ll keep trying!

All You Really Need In Life Is a Can Stuck on Your Head

baby fin

 

baby back fin

 

There is a charm in improvised eating which a regular meal lacks, and there was a glamour never to be recaptured in secret picnics on long sunny mornings on the roof of the Hall . . . I would sit up there with my cousin Tooter, consuming sweets bought with our weekly pocket money and discussing possible futures . . . The sweets I remember best were white and tubular, much thinner than any cigarette, fulled with a dark chocolate filling. If I found one now I am sure that it would have the taste of hope. Graham Greene

Happy Halloween, all! May you find as choice a costume as the one worn above!