Friday, September 26, 2008

Bran Muffins


One of my favorite songs espouses the values of "a low flush toilet and a high fiber diet". I've got the fiber part covered with these delicious bran muffins. I found the recipe in my hippie cookbook "Uprisings", with recipes from co-op bakeries from around the country. The cookbook has proven to be a real thrift store gem! Here goes:

preheat oven to 400.

mix together til thoroughly blended:

2 eggs
1/2 c. light oil
3 T molasses
6 T honey
3 cups water

mix separately:

4 c. bran
2.5 c. whole wheat flour
3/4 c. milk powder
1.5 T baking powder
salt to taste
1 c. currants (or raisins)

The trick to muffins is to stir as little as possible, and then immediately put them in the muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes. They are so moist and tasty--I was really surprised!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fall Activities


There's a consistent chill in the air now, and summer is definitely coming to a close. The tomatoes are ripe (and I've discovered that I LIKE the things, not having eaten them since I was about 8). Our black beans have all been harvested, for a yield of several cups dry for the 6 plants we grew. And our Aztec Runner Beans, which we thought were sterile, are suddenly brimming with an abundance of 6" long pods! We've also begun to harvest calendula petals, and have two giant sunflower heads drying in the living room.

This past weekend was the grand opening of the Santa Fe Railyard, a newly developed walking area which includes a park, shops, housing, and a permanent home for the Farmer's Market. Naturally I have mixed feelings about the project, but the Farmer's Market is now only about 1/2 a mile from my house, and Tristan and I got up early to go to the market on opening day. It was huge, vibrant, and exciting. I was overwhelmed by the whole thing, and I still can't afford to buy produce for $8/lb, but it was fun to explore. One of the booths was offering chains of marigolds with little bells and beads on the end for $10 each. I was struck by them--they were beautiful and also ridiculously priced, and they looked so nice in their display, forming a sort of flower curtain. Well, I just happen to have the world's largest marigold plants in my garden, so I went home, harvested the flowers, and got to work. I made 6 or seven strands of flowers (14 flowers per strand) and tied the bottom with cardamom pods. They look beautiful, but we'll see how they look dried. I'm hoping they will take on another kind of beauty, rather than shrivelling and turning brown or moldy.

But the best find at the Farmer's Market was the garlic. Garlic is best planted in the fall, and we have been planning to plant a large crop. A friend gifted us a book entitled "A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm", which is both delightful to read and a good source of information about growing garlic in adobe soil at high altitude. The author of this book grows top-setting garlic--which produces small bulbils on the stalk in addition to the large subterranean bulb. This garlic is more able to reproduce itself than most garlics, which are completely dependent on humans to separate the cloves and plant them apart from each other. Top-setting garlic can be propagated by separating the large bulb or by planting the bulbils, which takes a season longer but will ultimately yield a good crop. I went searching the booths at the market for this garlic, and thought I recognized some by the book's description: smallish bulbs with a purple tinge. I asked the farmer, and sure enough, I had found it. I bought about 10 bulbs, which should each have somewhere in the neigborhood of 10 cloves--more than enough for planting, with plenty left for eating. We'll plant the garlic next month at our new place. Yes, we're moving again! But that's another post...

Monday, September 1, 2008

Amy Goodman Arrested at RNC

I know this isn't a news blog, but this is important.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
www.democracynow.org

September 1, 2008

Contact:
Dennis Moynihan
Mike Burke

ST. PAUL, MN—Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Police violently manhandled Goodman, yanking her arm, as they arrested her. Video of her arrest can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ

Goodman was arrested while attempting to free two Democracy Now! producers who were being unlawfuly detained. They are Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Kouddous and Salazar were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.

Ramsey County Sherrif Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were being arrested on suspicion of rioting. They are currently being held at the Ramsey County jail in St. Paul.

Democracy Now! is calling on all journalists and concerned citizens to call the office of Mayor Chris Coleman and the Ramsey County Jail and demand the immediate release of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar. These calls can be directed to: Chris Rider from Mayor Coleman’s office at 651-266-8535 and the Ramsey County Jail at 651-266-9350 (press extension 0).

Democracy Now! stands by Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and condemns this action by Twin Cities law enforcement as a clear violation of the freedom of the press and the First Amenmdent rights of these journalists.

During the demonstration in which they were arrested law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force. Several dozen others were also arrested during this action.

Amy Goodman is one of the most well-known and well-respected journalists in the United States. She has received journalism’s top honors for her reporting and has a distinguished reputation of bravery and courage. The arrest of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar is a transparent attempt to intimidate journalists from the nation’s leading independent news outlet.

Democracy Now! is a nationally-syndicated public TV and radio program that airs on over 700 radio and TV stations across the US and the globe.