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Cheese and Crackers

December 19th, 2007

cheese cracker

(that’s my little dog, Harley, in the background)

So…a couple weeks ago I did my first experiment with FERMENTING CHEESES. It went pretty well, and it was a lot less complicated that I expected. Still, it does require a lot of prep. So, it’s not something I’m going to be doing everyday. But it definitely helps to have something around when you’re having a craving for something in that vein.

walnut flax mix

At about that time, my boyfriend started experimenting with making FLAX CRACKERS. Here are some pictures of his walnut flax dough.

walnut flax dough

I had experimented with making flax crackers a few times before and been largely unhappy with the results. There’s something about just flax crackers that’s kinda…I dunno…too rubbery for me. I had mostly been toying with some of the more simple recipes from ALISSA COHEN’S book. These are really great recipes for starting out and for everyday, gitter dun type use. BUT I wasn’t really connecting with it (despite our matching appellations). Like it or not, we’ve both developed somewhat spoiled palattes (I’ve been working in the restaurant business for much of my adult life, and he is a perpetual, world traveled bachelor who has up until a few weeks ago been MORALLY OPPOSED to eating at home). Anyway, so he went right away for the more gourmet flax recipes in RAW FOOD REAL WORLD. They do this really lovely thing where they start mixing in walnut with their flax dough, and it’s AMAZING. You have to find just the right balance though. For too much walnut gives you a really delicate, brittle, kind of cracker. But just enough walnut really takes the edge off of the rubbery flax thing.

It’s really great when two independent pathways can merge into one beautiful snack. We found a lovely recipe in LIVING CUISINE to make some fancy french cheese (provencal fromage) from my fermentation experiment, and the two were a match made in heaven!

Do you think that’s a sign? 🙂


Breville Juice Fountain

November 24th, 2007


We got our new juicer this week. Just in time for Thanksgiving. It’s a Breville Compact Juice Fountain. Retails at Amazon for $79 new. It’s similar to the regular juice fountain. I think the main difference in the design is that the pulp collection is in the main unit – instead of shooting out the back. My boyfriend seems to think this is a great feature. He said the Juiceman that he used to have had a pulp ejector, but the pulp would inevitably shoot everywhere and make a mess. This is much cleaner. The one drawback might be that if one were juicing huge volumes at once, you would need to stop and disassemble the juicer periodically to empty the pulp. In other words, there’s a finite capacity for the pulp. But it takes less counter space, and is very quiet. We are really happy with it.


So for our first juice, we decided to make a pomegranate blend after reading THIS lovely post on RAW FOOD RIGHT NOW explaining how to harvest the seeds. Then, we threw in some apples and asian pears for good measure.


Do you like my FANCY RAY shirt? He sent me this shirt for Christmas a couple years ago 🙂

first juice

All that’s left to do is stir the collected juice and voila!

This was arguably the most delicious glass of juice I’ve ever had (until today). The pears softened the tartness of the apples and pomegranates oh so delightfully. I highly recommend it!


(Harley LOVES apples).


Critical Mass turns ugly in Minneapolis

September 1st, 2007

This hit pretty close to home. I’ve posted pictures from Critical Mass on this blog a couple times before. It’s a mass bike ride that happens once a month. My BFF called me last night because a scuffle broke out yesterday. Right in front of my apartment (I am visiting my fam in Tulsa). Apparently, officers were macing people in the face.harley

Harley looking out at an earlier Critical Mass ride…



from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Police arrested 19 bicyclists, including three juveniles, after a protest ride took an ugly turn in downtown Minneapolis Friday night.

About 200 bicyclists were riding on La Salle Avenue, with two officers monitoring the protest that called for reduced reliance on automobile transportation. The ride was also linked with weekend protests of next year’s Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities.

When officers tried to arrest a rider they felt had been trying to provoke them, a scuffle broke out, said Minneapolis Police Lt. Marie Przynski.

“When the officer went to arrest him, his buddy came up, and they started to struggle with the officer,” Przynski said.

A group surrounded the officers, and begin to chant “Let them go!”Then several people tried to prevent the officers from arresting these individuals,” she said, and a skirmish ensued.

Soon, the two officers were surrounded by about 30 people, and they issued the call “officer needs help.”

That brought 48 officers from six different law enforcement agencies racing to the scene, where the situation escalated and the officers used chemical Mace in an attempt to control the crowd, Przynski said.

Police then called in medics to examine people who were sprayed. Some officers had minor injuries, such as scrapes, but nobody was seriously injured, said Przynski, the night watch commander.

It was unclear, Przynski said, if the first people arrested were affiliated with the convention protest group. The lieutenant also said that a State Patrol helicopter had videotaped part of the event, and that documentation would be included in what police are now reviewing.

Police said they have had little trouble with recent rallies staged by Critical Mass, a loosely organized group that opposes society’s heavy use of motor vehicles.

“We’ve never had a problem with Critical Mass, the rally,” she said. “We agree with them that we need to lessen our dependence on the automobile. Apparently, they had some infiltrators or outsiders who joined the rally tonight. And these outsiders were trying to provoke the officers.”

The adults were arrested on suspicion of rioting, a gross misdemeanor.


Bike Culture

August 13th, 2007

It’s funny how things have a tendency to come full circle. I am fortunate to live in a city that is really progressive about bike transit. I admit that initially I bought my bike for economic reasons and because I’m a REALLY bad driver.


But the longer I have it, the more I come to appreciate how wonderful bikes are. Not just for health reasons…or for environmental reasons…or for economic reasons…but just for quality of life reasons.


This is Harley. He is my beloved 17 year old dog. He has a little arthritis. But he also has his very own bike buggy!


Critical Mass

May 31st, 2007

Here is a picture of my dog, Harley, looking out at all the bikers from his buggy when we rode with Critical Mass in Minneapolis.