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Chive Blossom Vinegar
June 10, 2013, 10:37 am
Filed under: Food, Recipes

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You know those pretty blossoms atop the chives in your (or your neighbors) garden? They’re the ones that are typically admired for their pretty lilac color, but often left to wilt and die as if they’re purely ornamental. But wait, they’re not! They are yummy as they are pretty, and if you’re an acid freak like I am, you’ll love adding a delicate taste of chive and onion to use as a finishing vinegar for salads or soups. (The blossoms are also good sprinkled in salads.)

All you need:

Chive blossoms

Vinegar – champagne or white wine

Jars with lids – I used small canning jars

chivevinegar2Just snip the blossoms at the base of the bud and pile them into a container or two.

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Fill the containers with vinegar and seal with the lid.

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Let sit for four to five days then strain out the flowers and use the vinegar in place of your usual. Voila!



Swedish Hasbeens
June 6, 2013, 2:03 pm
Filed under: Fashion, Shoes

vintage clogsEver since I nabbed these  vintage Swedish clogs (for $45 bucks!) I have been the crazy clog chick, wearing them around the yard, for errands to the grocery store, and lunches with friends. But since I mostly wear them around the chickens, and the chances of chicken poop contact is pretty high, I decided I should look for a pair to wear exclusively for outings at my favorite restaurants.

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I stumbled upon Swedish Hasbeens, and while they’re nothing new they are popping up on a lot of stylish ladies. At first glance I thought they’d go the route of folksy but when you see the way SJP styles them you’d never make that association. There are lots of other images of her wearing them around town and they’re always the perfect pairing for city jaunts. They’re also great because the leather is tanned with vegetable oil and not the toxic chemical chromium, and they are made in small Swedish factories, by hand, using vintage techniques.

Buy stateside at Zappos.

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Underwater Photography Contest
June 5, 2013, 11:57 am
Filed under: Nature, Photography

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Kyle McBurnie, California
Harbor seal in a kelp forest at Cortes bank, near San Diego, CA.

These are the winners of the University of Miami’s annual Underwater Photography Contest. The overall winner was Kyle McBurnie’s seal image above. The rest are also great, with some animal camouflage mixed in too. Things like this just make me so happy.

View the full gallery here.

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Frederica Bambi, Italy
A porcelain crab on an anemone at Pescador Island, Cebu, Philippines.

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Laura Rock, Florida
Goliath grouper during the annual spawning event in Jupiter, FL.

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Douglas Good, Pennsylvania
An emperor shrimp on two nudibranches at Dinah’s Beach, Papua New Guinea.

[via Neatorama]



Biodynamic Darjeeling black tea
June 4, 2013, 10:46 am
Filed under: Drinks, Health

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I’ve found the most perfect Darjeeling black tea and there are so many exciting things that make this tea extra special. It comes from one of the last remaining family-owned tea estates in Darjeeling, India. That’s one. It’s grown using biodynamic, organic, permaculture agriculture. That’s two. It’s grown at high altitudes among fresh air and fresh mountain water. That’s three. It’s hand-picked, artisan processed, and fair trade. That’s four, five, and six. 

I’m once again directing you to my favorite tea source at Art of Tea for this award-winning, proprietary blend that has been called “the champagne of teas” (hell yeah it is). This blend of select high-altitude leaves steeps to become a lighter and more fragrant tea than the black blends that many are used to, and quite simply it’s the most beautiful and elegant cup of black I’ve ever had. It’s also rare to enjoy a 100% Darjeeling tea outside of India, so let’s call that lucky number seven.

Like other black teas it can be steeped as high as 206-degrees, but they recommend steeping at a cooler 180-degrees, more like the temp of a green tea. I much prefer it at this temp too.

I steep 2 teaspoons in 16 ounces of 180-degree water for 3 minutes. And one additional minute for each subsequent steep up to 5 minutes.

Biodynamic Darjeeling | Art of Tea | $11 for 2.5 oz (40 cups)

 



Overload
June 3, 2013, 4:33 pm
Filed under: Personal

only-way-ever-sell-confession-ecard-someecardsI needed a little break. So I took one.

It’s not that I’d been uninspired, because in many ways I was feeling more inspired than ever, but to be honest I was feeling heavy from the digital world that I had chosen to surround myself with. It wasn’t that clear to me in the beginning though; in fact, it took some really in-depth chatting/texting/bitching with friends to realize how unfulfilled I was with the world around me.

I’m craving for ingenuity, insight, creativity, and personality. I’m so tired of so much attention being given to co-opted, compromised, sold-out, unoriginal.

There’s the meteoric rise of mediocre food, glorified by “foodies” without the slightest knowledge of what real, good food really is. I’m tired of shitty food; decadence without substance, sloppily paired ingredients, wasteful and contrived styling. It is everything that is wrong with our food culture, and extends from blogs, to Pin boards, to television, to restaurants.

There’s the sea of sponsored posts and forced “partnerships” has taken away everything genuine about blogging, and the bloggers I used to enjoy reading about. You can delude yourself all you want, but you’re not as selective as you think and your opinion that is entirely your own is as transparent as your perfectly styled lucite table.

There’s the “insert holiday or theme here” party staged two weeks before said holiday so that you, too, can create a festive fete, complete with a custom cocktail, on-theme spread of food, for your perfectly dressed friends (all caught on camera by a reputable photographer, no less).

Then there’s the shelter blogs and magazines that feature the same home again, and again, and again. And I don’t mean the same exact home, I mean a new home tour of a white washed home with splashes of hot pink, an immense gallery wall, and a perfectly dressed-straight-from-Anthrologie chick that’s talking about how her home is just so original. Well, your home looks exactly like the one that was featured last week.

Let’s not even talk about weddings…you get the idea.

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Don’t get me wrong though. I love playing with food, and I enjoy creating vignettes around our home but I want for so much more from the “Influencers” I see online. Aren’t you tired of this too? Don’t you want for more from your media? It shouldn’t be this hard to find quality content (online or off) but in the midst of being inundated with staged perfection and cheesy sponsored content I think it’s time we demand more.

My friend Lexine said it so perfectly when she said “I’m a big fan of the Unfollow and the Unfriend. Surround yourself with only the things you want to see online.” Oh yeah, what a novel idea! So simple and yet it had completely missed me. I didn’t want to be seen as someone not in-the-know or , but I realized it doesn’t matter. I only share with you the things that I love and can only hope you like them as much as I do. If you ever feel less than excited to be here you have my permission to Unfollow. Seriously.

Soap box moment complete.




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