Monday, September 24, 2007

Foodie interlude, part I

I'm taking part of the Comments section from the Oduyoye post below to this post, since it went off, thanks to my fellow foodie Paul, in a foodie direction. (In fairness to Paul, a.k.a. the Byzigenous Buddhapalian, I should also say that he took Mercy Amba Ewudzina Oduyoye's quote into a post of his own on incarnation and related theological and existential topics.) Not that incarnation and food are unrelated! So here's a bit of the thread:
[I've added a few links in there.]

Paul said... Foodie alert! La Waters featured at the NYT and further comments from the Group News Blog:
September 23, 2007 11:23 PM

Jane R said... I confess I found the blog piece better than the NYT article around which it was wrapped. So thanks for forwarding. I'd actually gotten the NYT piece in a mailing from my local Slow Food organization (are we hopeless foodies or what?) courtesy of
Charlie Headington (the local permaculture guru, religion-and-ecology teacher, and old friend of Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, if you know them from their on and off Berkeley sojourns), who wrote of the Times article (and he's not usually snooty at all) "The writer is pretty clueless about food, but says some nice things about Alice. The same issue of the NYTimes has an article on backyard bees and a main editorial on the superfluity of ethanol from corn." So there you have it. I have to go correct 18 take-home exams on the 4th century and run to the office. But first, organic pecan granola. Hugs via the blogosphere.
September 24, 2007 9:02 AM

johnieb said... Thanks to Jane R. for the postings update and you both for the NYT link. Your slow food place does other than e-mail postings? Tomato-glutted (almost) in CT.
September 24, 2007 11:47 AM

Johnieb, that would be Slow Food Piedmont, the website. The Piedmont is the central region of NC in which I live -- the vertical strip between the flat coastal part of NC and the Western, mountain part of the state (where lj lives). Doxy lives in the Piedmont too, but the Northern part of it; I'm in the central part.

I just discovered a slow-food-blogger who appears to be local. She's here and the chard picture above is from her.

Reminder: my colleague Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, who is a priest in central New York State, has a wonderful foodie blog (listed to the right on the blogroll for the last several months and months), Cookin' in the 'Cuse, with luscious pictures, too. Hurrah for the cookin' rector, and for her love of sustainable and affordable food.

And this post is called Foodie Interlude part I because I have been wanting to post something foodie for two days now and have a nice little recipe waiting at home to share with you all. That will be Foodie Interlude part II. Later, tonight.


johnieb said...

Thanks; I think I have the general layout; in Connecticut we are all on top of one another, of course. Beans also aboundeth: cranberry, haricot vert, romano, etc.

We shall see where that leads.

Paul said...

Ah, Jane, thank you. It is difficult to find foodies in New Mexico. There is lovely local cuisine but the routine veneration of food and all it means... Let's just say that is one thing I miss about life in and near Berkeley. You are a link to that part of my past.

Though I have neglected my garden in the past week (and worked through this weekend), I did harvest about a dozen cherry tomatoes and some peppers after watering tonight. I look forward to when my fruit trees produce in future years. The two surprise peaches I got in this first year were delicious.

Algernon said...

I read these two foodie blogs on the day of my delivery from Organic Express - locally grown organic fruits and veggies in a happy-looking box!

Jane R said...

Yum. In California I belonged to a CSA. Here there are CSA farms (CSA= Community Supported Agriculture for you readers who don't know the acronym) but we don't have a year-round growing season so I have found a winter solution. Some of the students have an organic veggie-buying cooperative which several of us on the faculty have joined. The produce comes from Eastern Carolina Organics, which has a longer growing season than we do in the Piedmont -- a few hours toward the ocean makes a difference, I guess -- and I also shop at the local farmers' market, though not in the last few weeks because it's early Saturday mornings and that is sleep time.

Have fun with your fruits and veggies, Algernon -- and JohnieB and Paul. Johnie, are you growing all those beans or is this farmers' market bounty?

johnieb said...

It's Urban Oaks, a local Organic grower in a working class ethnic neighborhood owned and run by a Gay couple. They supply upscale markets and restaurants, a little Whole Foods, and have a Friday PM retail that has been my place for at least six years. They work with other local growers and producers, including some bakers and meat (gasp) producers, and have done a CSA the last few years, but I don't readily fit the pattern for that, and it's seasonal.

Local cheeses are best found elsewhere, and I go elsewhere for eggs, chicken, and lamb in season.
There are other local places for oil, coffee, Baklava and Turkish coffee and so forth.