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Coburg action for 350.org




melbourne, australia

Originally uploaded by 350.org

350 made of veggies at Coburg Civic Centre, in the township of Moreland (the near north suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.) The white leaves are cabbage. It is a shame there were no rooftops to climb on to get a good angle on it and alas, Melbourne is flat and this district is pretty urban, so no green hillsides either. I gave a little schpiel on plarn at this do. (Search blog for plarn if you don’t know what that is.) Beyond Zero Emissions gave a very nice schpiel. Australia is a huge exporter of coal so there are a large number of anti-greens because they think of all the $$$ they will lose in the short run. But think about it! Australia uses only a tiny percentage of its own coal. It’s not about them, it’s about their CUSTOMERS! Many of their biggest coal customers are making great strides to reduce THEIR carbon, ergo use other fuels and reduce their coal. Australia would do better to anticipate this and come up with some alternate plan.

Vegetable Orchestra Video

Heheh. This combines my love of music with my love of vegetables. What a hoot. Literally.

WCI Bleu Valentine's Dinner

For Valentine’s day, I dined with Tom (the love of my life) and our dear friend Louis at Restaurant Bleu, which is the Restaurant arm of the Western Culinary Institute in Portland OR. For about $25 you can get a five course meal, with several choices for each course. That is a lot of bang for your buck when you consider what that would be a la carte.

My choices were:

  • Soup:   Sunchoke and Garlic
  • Appetizer:  Salmon Cake with Asian slaw
  • Salad:  Green Salad
  • Main:  Seared Salmon
  • Dessert:   Cinnamon Creme Brule

Louis and Tom chose a meat platter as an appetizer.   Louis preferred french onion soup.  Tom had the clams entree and Louis had the pork.  Louis chose chocolate mousse for dessert.   At the end of the meal they brought us truffles.  All food was elegantly presented, and nicely spiced.  I am going to try to duplicate the sunchoke soup next autumn when there abundant local sunchokes.

Since it is Valentine’s Day, after all, I cheesed things up with a very romantic slideshow.  Enjoy!

Holy Moses Molly O’Neill found me

This post is for everybody, but especially my Foodbuzz friends. Please read it to the end.

Today I am totally blown away! Here I am this little unknown food blogger ranting on to mostly myself and a few local friends so I can glom the recipes into a nice PDF to give to friends for Christmas and suddenly this person called Adina Genn leaves a comment on my pozole recipe and says she wants to phone interview me about it and and its attendant mole recipe on behalf of the legendery Molly O’Neill.
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Help underappreciated blogs get more readers.

Folks, I have a confession to make.  I’m good at many things, but I absolutely and totally *SUCK*, (imagine 72 point type for emphasis) at promotion and marketing, particularly when it’s my own personal brand I’m trying to promote.    I’m dyed-in-the-wool old school.  I believe that the cream will naturally and organically rise to the top …. eventually….. and I still believe that.     But I’m competing with so many sell-in-your face splogs and shameless SEO gamers at the present, plus,  to be honest, a lot of other genuine good and popular content in the food niche.    Google, for all it’s greatness, still can’t always tell genuine excellence from a tricked-out and gamed-up splog-o-rama.   And only digital friends who actually buzz about you can help you out online.  Just being on the friends list doesn’t really do much.   I have plenty of RL friends, but, due to my own personal demographics,  most of my real life friends are not what you’d call “digital natives.” They are just catching on to email now, if you know what I mean.   I have plenty of social network “friends” as well, but I guess many of them just friend me to pump up their own numbers.  They only actually buzz about their digital friends who are already RL friends as well.

Just because I am a failure at promoting myself and making money for myself DOES NOT mean I am a failure at blogging.  (In fact I believe almost the opposite.  Each human is allotted finite time.  Time spent in self promotion is time taken away from producing good stuff if you think about it.)   So that’s already a win for you, dear reader.  An added bonus is that I don’t overadvertise. Have you noticed that there are very few ads on this blog?  Do you appreciate that?  People always bitch and moan about ads,  but what do they do to encourage people who keep  them under control?  How about putting your money where your mouth is and stumbling your favorite Dork Chow post and/or subscribing and or just tweeting something you like to your personal network.    Take the plunge, make a new RL friend!   Thank you.  Yes you, you think somebody else is gonna do that for me?

Finally, Chuck Westbrook has launched  a grass roots effort to give more exposure to under-exposed blogs.   If you are a blogger you can enter your own underexposed blog.   If not, check it out and discover some exciting new blogs.  You can say I knew them when.  Don’t be just another follower, be a trend setter!

Nov. 1 Mushroom Foraging

I must have found over a dozen different mushrooms last Saturday.  I found   wolf farts but they were all passe.   The edible ones I found last week were pure white on the inside. Today’s catch were full of olive colored spores. (Yuck.) I found  darker brown ones that were still marshmallowy on the inside, but most of them had started to go kind of chartreuse.  Looked, but didn’t find anymore shaggymanes.  I got yellow fleshed boletes, which can be quite edible (gotta be super careful with those though!) but my specimens were too old to eat, and riddled with funny little bugs.  In the poisonous variety, we tentatively identified the clustered woodlover, naematoloma fasciculare, which can be mistaken for the smoky woodlover (n. capreoles). Also got a bunch of russula, but all were too old to eat, and were mostly the emetica variety,  which would make you throw up if you ate them. I think the ugly foul-smelling little fellows were deadly poison turnip bulb inocybes (inocybe napipes) and those guys shouldn’t even touch mushrooms that you’re going to eat. Also among the other junk I got was a slimy milky cap (dactarius mucidius) and not edible, as well as some agaricus augustus, which would have been edible had they been a bit younger and not contaminated. Oh well, as Thomas Edison once said, you learn as much from failure as you do from success.

Ten Rivers Food Web Local Cookoff

My mystery raw foods friend X and I (see Raw Foods Extravaganza) entered the Ten Rivers Food Web Local Cookoff on 5 October, 2008. We used a slightly modified version of the previously published fennel beet carrot slaw recipe.

  • The carrots and beets came from my back yard.
  • The fennel came from the Spring Hill farms booth at the Oct 4 Corvallis Farmer’s Market.
  • The honey (substituted for the agave) was also local.
  • We used lime instead of lemon, and that was probably not so good in this case.
  • Ginger: Well, if you place a ginger root in a pot of sand and keep it watered it will grow new shoots. Is that local?
  • We used shoyu for the soy sauce, which probably didn’t make any difference.
  • We used combo sunflower oil.

Post mortem:  We made this salad right before the event so the produce would be at its freshest, and also we wanted it freshly made so the carrots and fennel wouldn’t be stained totally red.  However, this salad really tastes better if you let the veggies marinate a bit.  Sooooo….. the next time, we will keep the fennel, carrots and beets separate, but marinate them each for an hour, THEN mix them all together at the end.  This will be the best of both worlds.
Here is the slideshow of the event:

And just for fun, here is the slide.com version of this event.

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