Archive for July, 2010

Voila


July 28th, 2010

kale chips
This week, I started passing out prototypes for my new line of kale chips! It’s going well so far. I’ve talked to a couple places locally that are interested in carrying them. The kale is grown right here in Minnesota.

To start, I think we are just going to offer them locally, but we might expand production to include internet sales in the future. I’m going to let things unfold organically. I’ll keep you posted on my progress…

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Rockin' the Crutches


July 27th, 2010

giant zucchini
Look at this giant zucchini we picked from our GARDEN the other day. It weighed three and a half pounds! Not being able to get down on the ground is lending itself to more weeds and bigger vegetables this year.

stiar steppingHere is an action shot of me taking the stairs. My boyfriend has been documenting this period very thoroughly. :) I’m actually getting around surprisingly well. Yesterday, I went to the grocery store by myself and pushed a cart around the whole store. I wouldn’t really recommend it, but I got ‘er done. I’ve been working on a very special project that I will tell you about tomorrow.
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backstage
In the meantime, I’ve been going to work with my boyfriend a lot. Hanging out backstage at shows…

sound girl
…Hogging chairs in the sound booth…

sitting
…And playing my first show sitting down.

Life is good.

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Feeling the Love


July 26th, 2010

sam cartoon
Look at this lovely cartoon that came on a package in my mail recently. It’s from non other than Sam, my half-Asian soul sister out West.

recovery
Being a BROKEN HIPSTER does have it’s perks. It affords a person time for philosophizing and getting lovely packages in the mail.

snacks
Look at these yummy snacks I got in the mail for DEBBIE DOES RAW!! The raw cheeze-its were featured in this VIDEO on RAW MODEL ANTHONY’S page.

I can tell you that mine didn’t last long either. You should try some…

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Kefir and Crutches


July 16th, 2010

bubbly
Good news! I’m back in the kitchen a little this week. Here I have my latest addiction…watermelon kefir! I can stand for short spurts now…perfect for kefir making.

mathces
My thing right now is drinking it over ice in a wine glass. Look how it matches my wall.

helen and i
Incidentally, I have some exciting news. It’s about the next episode of PRL TV with special guest, Helen Castillo of THE RAW PALATE. Helen and I discuss fermentation in the raw food kitchen. Specifically, we will talk about making cheese, yogurt, and kefir! But WAIT! There’s more!! Erin of WATER KEFIR GRAINS (where I purchase my kefir grains) has generously offered to donate a kefir making kit to one lucky viewer! Stay tuned for details…

crutchin
In other news, things are going well. I got upgraded to crutches! So, I’m getting around a little better. I still use the walker at home, but the crutches are great for getting about town. Here’s me with my guitar teacher. Guitar is an amazing and appropriately sedentary pasttime.

window
Check this out…It’s the VIEW FROM MY CHEF’S TABLE. I love it. The best part is sunset. You get a perfect view of the sun setting in the west. I’ll save that for next time…

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Downsizing the Dream


July 8th, 2010

parfait
Well, things have been a little tricky this week. Since I BROKE MY HIP (I guess I cracked a rib too!), I haven’t been able to do very many things for myself. I usually do most of the food prep with help sometimes from my boyfriend. But he has been really AMAZING lately. He made me this. It’s coconut yogurt (which he made from scratch) with strawberries and cacao nibs. He also made kefir! And he’s been making me green juices and smoothies every day. Way to make a person feel loved!

me with my walker
Here’s me enjoying my parfait with my walker. With this kind of VIP treatment, I should be better in no time!

new car
Going for a ride in the new (old) car. We bought it from my boyfriend’s cousin, Marilyn, who has my same birthday and middle name.

boxHere is my boyfriend boxing up my new DEHYDRATOR with the blinky lights. It’s a great looking dehydrator, but unfortunately it doesn’t dry things so well. Maybe it’s just too closed off with not enough air circulation. That’s my personal theory anyway. So yeah, I guess you can say that I’ve crossed into the next phase of empire building: MEETING OBSTACLES HEAD ON. I just need to remember that this is part of the process. I was actually starting to wonder. Things were happening too easily – a recipe for long term failure. Obstacles make a person stronger and have more empathy for others. Unfortunately, they’re generally expensive and make one have to strip down to a more elemental state. Time to cut the flack out of the system. No more blinky.

zuch
Good thing I won’t have to downsize EVERYTHING. Like this zucchini that’s growing like crazy in my garden. I CAN NOT WAIT until I can stand up and start making recipes again. I think I’m getting there. Maybe soon…

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Granny Gardening


July 2nd, 2010

granny
Look at me! I made it to the garden the other day with my walker. I can’t really water yet, but it’s nice to be around all the butterflies and greenery.

front
For those that haven’t gotten the memo, I had a little CAR CRASH the other day. It’s funny how euphorically happy I’ve been since. It’s like it triggered some biochemical happiness center.

poi dog pondering
The other car hit me ride at my driver door. I’m not sure how hard, but I remember seeing her bumper on the ground when they were carrying me away to the ambulence.

seat
My boyfriend took this picture of the seat I was sitting in when he went to pick up our things out of the car. So far, they’ve found three fractures in my hip. So I guess you could say I’m mobility challenged. But I feel really lucky. It could have been a LOT worse. I am so grateful to be here. I have a whole new perspective on things.

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Crop Mobs


July 1st, 2010

impalingOn Saturday, I went out to RIVERBEND FARM again as part of a ‘crop mob’. This is my third visit to the farm with Tracy Singleton, owner of the BIRCHWOOD CAFE (my FAVORITE restaurant). Tracy is an enthusiastic leader in the local foods movement here, and she organizes groups of people to visit the farm once a month. Here’s an action shot she took of me staking tomatoes (this was actually taken the day before my CAR WRECK). What a difference a day makes!

gregThis is Greg Reynolds, farmer extraordinaire. He is the owner of RIVERBEND FARM. Greg has been practicing organic farming on a thirty acre farm just outside Minneapolis. He produces food for the natural food coops in our area, restaurants, Farm to School programs, and CSA subsribers. Greg is very zen. Once thing that strikes me about him is his aura. Everyone in life has a river that runs through them of energy. City people (even the mellow ones) have a frenetic energy about them. Not Greg. He is amazingly placid. As if there is nothing that he does that doesn’t serve some purpose. It’s hard to fathom or describe. But it’s something I’ve noticed.

luciaThis is Lucia. She is also a leader in the local foods movement and the owner of LUCIA’S. Lucia has received the James Beard Nomination for Best Chef in the Midwest THREE times! She also brought our amazing lunch that day (after getting down and dirty in the fields). Our mission was to fix up the tomato fields. Here you can see her with our mulching agent, straw. I learned the difference between hay and straw on Saturday. Hay is for eating. Straw is for mulching.

We got a lot done! We layed down drip tape to water the tomatoes and then staked and mulched them. We fixed up over 2000 tomato plants! I’m so happy I made it out to the farm before I broke my hip!!

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