Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The bacon bra? I agree w/Shut Up Foodies.

Although the crispy pancetta that ended up on my Travinia chopped salad the other day (despite my request to the contrary) was not unwelcome. Sorry, pescetarian boyfriend, no bites of bacony salad for you!

Still, bacon fetishism among foodies* is even more annoying than roasted red peppers and sun-dried tomatoes put together. On focaccia.

But who am I to keep you from the ever tasteful magic of the internet? It's a bra made of bacon, after all.

Click and enjoy!

xo, tb

p.s. Vandana Shiva, the VP of Slow Food USA, is speaking at USC (the University of South Carolina) this Friday.

The topic? How supporting sustainable, bio-diverse farms can solve the environmental and economic problems associated with industrial agriculture. In Columbia, SC, at USC's Moore School of Business, Belk Auditorium, Friday April 2, 3:30pm.

I shall attend with my food nerd ears on. Shall you?

*From the food nerd who once gave someone a year-long bacon-of-the-month subscription.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Roasted spring root veggies -- for breakfast!

Breakfast: a whole pan of roasted veggies w/parsley and Meyer lemon! Here's the recipe.

Roasted organic root veggies w/parsley and Meyer lemon:

Slice (4mm to 1/4 inch thick) these organic veggies:
1 parsnip
1 golden beet
1/4 onion
2-4 smashed garlic cloves
2 fancy little carrots
1-2 sticks of burdock root
1/4 head cabbage (preferably from Julie Hall's garden -- thanks, Julie!!)

Toss in 2 TBSP safflower or any other organic, high-temperature oil and 1 TBSP olive oil, salt + pepper, a sprinkle of freshly ground coriander, too.

Spread onto a large roasting pan, but don't crowd em or they'll steam instead of roasting! Ideally you want one layer of veggies with little spaces between each, though a little overlap is fine.

Bake at 400-450 degrees for 15-20 min, then broil at 500 for 5-10 min. Veggies should be nice and tender after baking at 400-450, but also brown and crispy on the edges from finishing them under the broiler. Watch out! I've burned many a broiled dish by forgetting to set my oven timer.

Drizzle with 1-2 TBSP Meyer lemon juice and 2 TBSP chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley, and serve. This will serve 2-3 people as a side dish or one hungry breakfast, lunch, or dinner-eater with a bowl, a fork, and an appetite.


If your beets come with the beet greens, chop those up (stems and all) and throw them in for the last 5-10 min. Man, those things are GOOD! We love to eat them greens.

And the cabbage? It caramelizes and gets sweet and lovely. OMG I want to eat this for dinner, too.

Note: any kind of beets will do, but note that stirring around a mess of bright red beets will turn your whole operation fuschia unless you roast em separately and tuck them into your presentation at the end. In the case of a roasted beet risotto, however, this bright coloring can be quite a fun thing!

I get pretty inspired by my friend Anne's veggie breakfasts, as well as those of my fancy Asheville nutritionist, Roxanne. Thanks, ladies!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Full episodes of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution! Yay!

So excited for Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution!

After transforming school lunch programs in England, the British celeb chef gives it a go in Huntington, West Virginia: statistically, America's unhealthiest town.

Here's the whole first episode on Hulu; I'm so stoked! (Thanks Tonya G for your FB post!)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Progressive SC rally spanks haters from Westboro!

Today, Columbia SC's young folks did progressives proud!

The hate rally scheduled by the notoriously litigation-happy, extremist national hate group, Westboro Church -- whose website is so tastefully named godhatesfags.com, brought out more sheriffs than Westboro protesters -- a whopping 5 or 6 Westboro reps total, if that.

On the other hand, a crowd of about 200 anti-Westboro protestors gathered at the South Carolina State House this morning to wave hyperbolic, humorous signs.


 Hate can be so arbitrary.

The big, youthful crowd on the capitol building lawn tended to focus on the positive, and a great time was had by all. Especially the robots.

(Apparently God hates robots. Poor robots.)

I loved the "God Hates Shrimp" sign and "At Least We Know Our Governor Gets Some", as well as positive signs like "God Loves Me Cause I Love Everyone" (in silver glitter, held up by a little boy sitting on his chaperone's shoulders).

Invoking the spirit of George Burns? Sweet genius.

"God Loves Gays" -- fabricated late last night by yours truly and my excellent sign lettering layer-outer, Jay, was a hit!

Now all we have to do is get that embarrassing rebel flag* off the State House grounds.

S.C. loses dozens of millions of dollars a year in convention and sporting event revenue because our state is being boycotted due to the location of the Confederate flag.

Read more on that here: http://www.free-times.com/index.php?cat=1992912064035856&ShowArticle_ID=11012603083629022

Chef Alex from Baan Sawan helped me hold up my sign, then aided in the hand-off when this awesome USC employee asked if she could have the sign for her office after the rally. Word up!

It's a great day to be a Southerner in the Springtime, let me tell ya.

*Big anti-flag rally this Saturday, March 27, 2-4pm at the State House toward that very end! Flag march info here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=372324071865

Live sets by bands like Chris Bickel's infamous Confederate Fagg (a band I have still never seen!), and sponsored by hip, lefty local political candidates Aaron and Grant. I'm going!

**Also, tomorrow pm is the annual ContempOraries Oyster Roast at the Columbia Museum of Art's outdoor plaza! Stoked. Last year was a delight. See you there, Wed March 24, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Boyd Plaza, Columbia, SC. Long live the new South!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring garden 2010? Done and done.

The Spring garden is in!

Thanks, John Dawkins, for teaching me about double digging way back in 1996 when you were running that organic community garden!

Aerating the soil, especially, the heavy, dense clay of the Gill Creek area, is crucial, right?

A bunch of organic garden soil (5 giant bags) was mixed in. That stuff doesn't go very far, yo.

Mixed up a batch of local Kricket Krap organic fertilizer tea last night (thank you, Janice!), going to drizzle it onto the garden later on.

What's in the garden? Voila, our Spring garden map 2010!

Most excited about having bunches of cilantro, and hoping that it won't get too hot for dinosaur (lacinato) kale to do well.

Jay says cauliflower isn't known for doing well here, but I planted a few seeds near the frisee/curly endive just as an experiment.

Also doing serrano chiles, scallions, Early Girl tomatoes, Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes, Bright Lights chard, and red Russian kale; planning on buying more tomato plants from Rodgers Heirlooms at the annual Midlands Plant and Flower Festival, April 15-18 at the S.C. State Farmers Market.

I'm not a big seed-starting gardener. In fact, I'm about as amateur as they come.

But I bit the bullet and started some Brandywine tomato seeds.

(Can't I just cast seeds in the yard and then have big, awesome vegetables the next day? Jeez.)

That would be delightful, but I'm excited about watching the garden grow over the next 55-120 days. Yay!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My honey's work is in a John Deere ad!

Want to see inside one of America's coolest secret fancypants eco-gardens? The one where my sweetie, Jefferson Jay Hubbell, has been doing artisan brick + stonework projects over the last couple of years?

Check out this beautifully shot ad by skate/film celebrity Stacy Peralta, part of a new series of John Deere commercials. Starring The Shop Tart's new monthly garden columnist (and horticulture celeb/leading crinum lily nursery owner), Jenks Farmer*.

View it here:

See that curving antique brick path at the end of the video? (pictured here) Jay made that!

Make sure you scroll down on the JohnDeere page to watch the ad featuring Bishopville, SC topiary artist Pearl Fryar, the subject of the doc film A Man Named Pearl. I am dying to watch it and can't wait to visit his property sometime soon!

*Jenks is speaking at the SC Master Gardeners conference on March 18; they've extended registration through the end of this week if you are in the Midlands and want to attend.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Envirosax pretty shopping bags only $5 each til 3/7!

As many of you know, I am addicted to Envirosax reusable shopping bags.

They're chic, sturdy, spacious and super lightweight, and the designs are luscious. I have 4 or 5 floating around in my car at any given time, and they're perfect for organizing clothes when packing for trips. Did I mention they make superior mini-gifts?

And they're on sale! They're usually $7-9 each, but I got a sale email today from Bright and Bold. $5.60 each is the best price I've found. Yay!

[I don't work for Envirosax or the retailer, and I don't make any money by posting this...just passing on a great deal.

A set of 5 may seem like a lot until you fall in love with 2 or 3 of them, and then you only have a couple left on hand for last-minute hostess gifts. Trust me.]

There are 9 styles on sale: Botanica, Oxford, Pepsi, Monochroma, Planet Green, Candy, Mikado, Animal Planet, and Midnight Safari.

Price is $28 per set of 5 + free shipping using coupon code ENV28 at Bright and Bold! (Normally $37.95.) Expires 3/7/10.

Click here to get to Bright and Bold's website

Lots of love,

Monday, March 1, 2010