Weekend reading: Joel Bourne’s The End of Plenty

While celebrating the Fourth of July, why not take time for some thoughtful reading.

Joel K. Bourne, Jr. The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World. WW Norton, 2015.

Here’s my blurb for this one:

The End of Plenty takes a thoroughly researched and exceptionally thoughtful and balanced look at the consequences of industrial farming. Joel Bourne’s courageous conclusion: to feed the world’s burgeoning population, agriculture must change and population increase must stop. His book should convince every reader of the compelling need to address world food problems through more skillful and sustainable agronomy, but also through education, especially of women, and universal family planning.

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://www.foodpolitics.com/2015/07/weekend-reading-joel-bournes-the-end-of-plenty/

Central Saint Martins’ bright young jewellers

Central Saint Martins' bright young jewellers

In the late June heat, scores of graduates gathered inside the imposing Granary Building behind London’s King’s Cross, home to the famed Central Saint Martins school of art and design. These bright, young jewellers, at the end of their degree courses, were present to showcase an intriguing array of jewellery designs, from those that […]

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://www.adorn-london.com/jewelry-inspiration/central-saint-martins-bright-young-jewellers/

A Week in Meals | July

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The produce: Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Berries, Cherries, Eggplant, Sweet Corn, Peaches

The Pantry items: A bit of everything- now is a good time to reassess and stock your pantry!

The star of the week: Sweet Corn and Tomatoes!

I think it’s safe to say that summer is in full swing. Temperatures in Sacramento have been hot (104˚ hot) and with the babe about to hit 2 months old, we’ve been planning to get out of the house more and take a few day trips around Northern California (recommendations are welcome- I’m thinking Petaluma, Santa Cruz, Napa, Yosemite, and Big Sur for starters).

Of course, travel is only a small part of why I love summer. Produce-wise, July is overflowing with goodness. Tomatoes and Sweet Corn are everywhere, berries can be picked by the bucket, and the farmers market is the place to be. Our fruit drawer is packed full of stone fruit for snacking and berries for breakfast toppings (our favorite) while nearly all our meals are cooked on the grill. It feels natural to eat well in July (even when we lived in Illinois!)

Beyond these meals, it’s also a great time to jump into canning! I’m hoping to make pickles, salsa, and some jam. If you’re not sure where to start, I have a basic guide to help you get inspired!

Summer Veggie Omelette | @naturallyella
Roasted Corn and Ricotta Enchiladas

Monday

B: Summer Veggie Omelette

L: Three Grain Grilled Vegetable Salad

D: Roasted Corn and Ricotta Enchiladas with Chipotle Tomato Sauce

corn cakes with zucchini salsa 2

Tuesday

B: Zucchini and Sweet Corn Hash Egg Skillet

L: Roasted Corn and Ricotta Enchiladas

D: Corn Cilantro Cakes with Roasted Zucchini Salsa

Three-Grain Grilled Vegetable and Feta Salad
Grilled Halloumi Skewers with Cilantro-Tahini Sauce

Wednesday

B: Summer Veggie Omelette

L: Three Grain Grilled Vegetable Salad

D: Grilled Halloumi Skewers with Cilantro Tahini Sauce

Buffalo Crumble Salad | @naturallyella

Thursday

B: Zucchini and Sweet Corn Hash Egg Skillet

L: Buffalo Crumble Salad

D: Grilled Eggplant Rolls with Cream Cheese and Herbed Millet

Zucchini Ribbon, Lentil, and Pesto Salad
Zucchini Bread Pancakes

Friday

B: Zucchini Bread Pancakes

L: Zucchini Ribbon Quinoa and Pesto Salad

D: Buckwheat and Tomato Stuffed Zucchini

Peach and Blue Cheese Rye Crepes

Saturday

B: Three Grain Breakfast Bake

L: Buffalo Crumble Salad

D: Savory Rye Crepes with Peaches and Blue Cheese

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Roasted Eggplant with Cumin Spelt and Fig Chutney

Sunday

B: Baked Raspberry French Toast

L: Roasted Tomato and Egg Grilled Cheese Sandwich

D: Roasted Eggplant with Cumin Spelt and Fig Chutney

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SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://naturallyella.com/2015/07/02/a-week-in-meals-july/

Healthy 4th of July Cookie Cake Recipe

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To my American readers: here is how to impress your 4th of July BBQ guests. Introducing this adorable and healthy 4th of July cookie cake recipe.

This patriotic recipe is my latest Almond Breeze partnership creation, and it’s a pretty cute one, if I do say so myself. (Looking for a gluten free and/or vegan option? Check out last year’s patriotic creation: No Bake Blueberry Custard Pie.)

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This cookie cake is easy to make, tasty, and won’t give you a massive sugar crash like most recipes like it, either. #winning

It’s packed with fiber from the whole wheat pastry flour (be sure to use pastry flour, not regular whole wheat flour) and oats and has a nice added vanilla punch without any extra sugar from Almond Breeze Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla. As for the icing? It’s actually just vanilla Greek yogurt, which makes this recipe super easy AND adds a nice protein punch to the mix.

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Not to mention all the nutrients the berries bring to the mix! No food dye needed here. :)

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I call this a cookie cake because that exactly what it is: a mix between a cookie and a cake! The texture and flavor is somewhere in between an oatmeal cookie and a vanilla cake; crispy around the edges, chewy but fluffy in the middle, and nice and vanilla-y.

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This would actually make a great breakfast or afternoon snack, too. :)

To make it, simply whisk together the dry and wet ingredients separately, then add the wet to dry, mixing gently until a dough forms.

4th of july cookie cake recipe healthy easy

Then pat the dough into a baking pan, bake 25 minutes, and it’s ready to be decorated!

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Be sure to use vanilla GREEK yogurt – not regular yogurt – as your icing; the regular kind won’t be thick enough to stay put. I recommend full fat if you can find it, too. If you’re vegan, I bet a thick vegan yogurt would do the trick instead.

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With your blank canvas ready, it’s time to make your flag – or whatever else you like! Feel free to get creative depending on the season/holiday.

4th of july cookie cake 4

The full recipe is below. Have fun and enjoy! This would be a great one to make with kids – I think they would have a lot of fun making the flag topping. :)

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Healthy 4th of July Cookie Cake

by fANNEtastic food

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Keywords: bake baked goods dessert whole wheat/grain vegetarian soy-free July 4th cake cookie

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Ingredients (~12 servings)

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons Almond Breeze Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla
  • 6 ounces vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Assorted berries, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Whisk together the flour, oats, cane sugar, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  • Add the vegetable oil and almondmilk and stir gently until a dough forms. Pat the dough into a greased, foil-lined 11×7 inch baking pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the center is set. Allow to cool, then remove from the pan and peel back the foil.
  • Spread the Greek yogurt evenly over the cake and top with berries.
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Have a wonderful holiday weekend, my friends! I’ll be taking tomorrow off, so I’ll see you back here on Monday!

What’s your favorite 4th of July BBQ treat? I share some more ideas in this post: Healthy 4th of July BBQ recipes. The patriotic strawberries at the end of that post are one of my all-time faves!

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Thank you to my friends at Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk for sponsoring this post. Previous Almond Breeze sponsored recipe creations:

Healthy 4th of July Cookie Cake Recipe originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on July 2, 2015.

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SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://www.fannetasticfood.com/2015/07/02/healthy-4th-of-july-cookie-cake-recipe/

Healthy 4th of July Cookie Cake Recipe

healthy easy 4th of july cookie cake recipe

To my American readers: here is how to impress your 4th of July BBQ guests. Introducing this adorable and healthy 4th of July cookie cake recipe.

This patriotic recipe is my latest Almond Breeze partnership creation, and it’s a pretty cute one, if I do say so myself. (Looking for a gluten free and/or vegan option? Check out last year’s patriotic creation: No Bake Blueberry Custard Pie.)

4th of july cookie cake 9

This cookie cake is easy to make, tasty, and won’t give you a massive sugar crash like most recipes like it, either. #winning

It’s packed with fiber from the whole wheat pastry flour (be sure to use pastry flour, not regular whole wheat flour) and oats and has a nice added vanilla punch without any extra sugar from Almond Breeze Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla. As for the icing? It’s actually just vanilla Greek yogurt, which makes this recipe super easy AND adds a nice protein punch to the mix.

4th of july cookie cake 8

Not to mention all the nutrients the berries bring to the mix! No food dye needed here. :)

4th of july cookie cake 6

4th of july cookie cake 7

I call this a cookie cake because that exactly what it is: a mix between a cookie and a cake! The texture and flavor is somewhere in between an oatmeal cookie and a vanilla cake; crispy around the edges, chewy but fluffy in the middle, and nice and vanilla-y.

4th of july cookie cake 11

This would actually make a great breakfast or afternoon snack, too. :)

To make it, simply whisk together the dry and wet ingredients separately, then add the wet to dry, mixing gently until a dough forms.

4th of july cookie cake recipe healthy easy

Then pat the dough into a baking pan, bake 25 minutes, and it’s ready to be decorated!

4th of july cookie cake 2

Be sure to use vanilla GREEK yogurt – not regular yogurt – as your icing; the regular kind won’t be thick enough to stay put. I recommend full fat if you can find it, too. If you’re vegan, I bet a thick vegan yogurt would do the trick instead.

4th of july cookie cake 3

With your blank canvas ready, it’s time to make your flag – or whatever else you like! Feel free to get creative depending on the season/holiday.

4th of july cookie cake 4

The full recipe is below. Have fun and enjoy! This would be a great one to make with kids – I think they would have a lot of fun making the flag topping. :)

4th of july cookie cake 10

Healthy 4th of July Cookie Cake

by fANNEtastic food

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Keywords: bake baked goods dessert whole wheat/grain vegetarian soy-free July 4th cake cookie

6073571

Ingredients (~12 servings)

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons Almond Breeze Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla
  • 6 ounces vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Assorted berries, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Whisk together the flour, oats, cane sugar, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  • Add the vegetable oil and almondmilk and stir gently until a dough forms. Pat the dough into a greased, foil-lined 11×7 inch baking pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the center is set. Allow to cool, then remove from the pan and peel back the foil.
  • Spread the Greek yogurt evenly over the cake and top with berries.
Powered by Recipage

Have a wonderful holiday weekend, my friends! I’ll be taking tomorrow off, so I’ll see you back here on Monday!

What’s your favorite 4th of July BBQ treat? I share some more ideas in this post: Healthy 4th of July BBQ recipes. The patriotic strawberries at the end of that post are one of my all-time faves!

almondbreezelogo

Thank you to my friends at Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk for sponsoring this post. Previous Almond Breeze sponsored recipe creations:

Healthy 4th of July Cookie Cake Recipe originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on July 2, 2015.

The post Healthy 4th of July Cookie Cake Recipe appeared first on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness.

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://www.fannetasticfood.com/2015/07/02/healthy-4th-of-july-cookie-cake-recipe/

Urban farms in Havana: a brief report on my brief visit

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Because transportation from rural areas is expensive and trucks are few and far between (one result of the U.S. embargo), the Cuban government is promoting urban agriculture. Our Food First tour group went to a small organic farm and store (Organopónico) in Havana:

The farm grows a wide variety of vegetable crops, some outdoors but some under mesh. The sun is hot.

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The farm sells produce to local residents. I watched a steady procession of people coming to shop, only to be disappointed at the scarcity of items available. It’s too hot to grow much this time of year.

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The board lists prices in pesos (indicated by $)—$4 to $10 a pound.

Another of the many Cuban contradictions: Cuba has two currencies, pesos and CUCs (Cuban Convertables). A CUC is roughly equivalent to one dollar, or 24 pesos. Salaries are paid in pesos. Markets sell in CUCs or, recently, both. This system, designed to take advantage of tourist dollars, is slated to end soon.

To put vegetable prices in context: the average Cuban salary is about 470 pesos a month, or $20 (but note that Cubans are given free food rations, education, and health care).

We also visited the much larger 25-acre farm in Havana’s Alamar neighborhood.

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You can see the surrounding apartments in this photo, but not the next one.

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With no money for gas or tractors, plowing gets done with oxen.

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This farm also has a store.

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I waited on a long line to buy a glass of freshly squeezed sugar cane juice.

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This was incredibly delicious and totally worth the wait.

How much sugar is in this? I searched for, but cannot find reliable Nutrition Facts for fresh cane juice. If you happen to know where to find this, please send.

On Monday, I’ll file the last of these Cuba posts, this one on food availability.

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://www.foodpolitics.com/2015/07/urban-farms-in-havana-a-brief-report-on-my-brief-visit/