banana bread
April 21, 2011, 1:18 pm
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I don’t make banana bread that often, but there were four bananas sitting there getting closer and closer to the point of no return. So I made a variation on this recipe (I used more bananas and didn’t glaze it). I generally like banana bread with walnuts but this was a nice change of pace. Tasty! Will be amazing with the glaze. If I get to that before it gets eaten entirely that is…

Banana Bread with Coconut
(one loaf)

2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
4 ripe bananas
1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
3 tablespoons dark rum
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut

1 tablespoon flaked sweetened coconut
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350. Grease loaf pan with butter. Mix butter and sugar til creamy. Add in yogurt, rum, eggs, vanilla, and bananas. Mix well. Add in coconut and mix gently. Add flour baking soda and salt mix around dry ingredients in top, then mix with beaters. (I don’t like to mix the dry ingredients separately so i do it this way and it seems to work ok).

Turn mix out into pan. Sprinkle coconut on top. Bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out cleanish.

I haven’t put the glaze on it yet. But it sounds good! This baked up fantastic!


asparagus time!!!!!!!!
April 20, 2011, 6:50 pm
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What a banner day. After getting treed in, we decided to have asparagus for lunch. It’s been a long haul waiting for these bad boys to mature. I planted 25 crowns in spring 2009. And then I waited. And waited. And waited. And to add insult to injury I read in an extension document that you don’t REALLY have to wait three years. They said go ahead and start eating after two. Bummer. Anyhow we did the full wait. And today we picked them!

with great ceremony the first cut

delicate operation (note nice new gloves!)

ceremonial red asparagus collecting basket

waiting for the boil--lunch!

I simmered them in a bit of water in a fry pan. Then served em up with a drizzle of olive oil a shred of parmesan and some salt and pepper.
Verdict?: Holy cow!! Totally worth it! Amazing. (Perfectly cooked I might add). Delicious!

asparagus row in the potager

As you can see from this bed shot, Mom and Dad there just may be a spear or two for you when you get here!

We should get another dinner or two from the patch but I think we’ll need to grow some more. 25 plants–is it enough for us? Maybe not.

how to be late for work
April 20, 2011, 12:31 pm
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Last night the wind woke us up. It’s pretty scary in a wind here as we have a lot of big trees in various states of decay. The news reported that there was a reported gust of 56 miles an hour at 434 am. Yep that’s about when we woke up. I heard the thump. But had to wait until much later to see what happened.

Whoops. Here’s how to be late for work…

need to cut it out to get out

animals can be friends- videos
April 11, 2011, 10:49 am
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The goats and chickens tolerate one another, but they have an uneasy relationship. The chickens scare the goats and vice versa. Here’s a┬ácouple of stories I’ve seen lately about strange animal friends. Pretty cute! Take note you little Turdettes!!

vegetarian options update NO version
April 10, 2011, 10:36 am
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Well we’re visiting the land of the pig. New Orleans. So far we’re managing to find good stuff to eat that is not bacon. Now that we’ve started the poll we’re collecting data on our travels. Overheard at our breakfast spot yesterday–Server, yeah we’re out of the fruit side dish. Girl, ok i’ll take the bacon.” Sheesh!!

At a breakfast meeting this morning–doode notes that everyone finished their fruit and there were three heaping plates of bacon left over. How much bacon can a person eat? Folks are TRYING to eat healthy!!

Poll: vegetarians at the business lunch
April 6, 2011, 6:37 pm
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We’re starting a poll here at Turdacres. Have you ever noticed this:

no more veggie all the rest are meat

We go to a lot of business meetings when we’re not home at the Acres, and it is so interesting to see how people choose to set up a lunch. So many times we see platters upon platters of meat options and only the slightest nod to the veggie-preferring folks. Have times changed? Are people choosing the veggie options when presented because they’re trying to be healthy? Are they trying to not eat meat at every meal? Or what?

I would love it if we could recast the conversation for those old fogies who make the lunch orders. Instead of thinking that only vegetarians like to not eat the meat sandwich. A meatarian can eat veggies from time to time! And shocker–they may actually WANT to. Who wants to eat some gross cold cut as their meat option for the day, methinks, if you were going to eat the stuff, wouldn’t you want to eat it when you know it’s worth it, and GOOD??

Instead of framing the conversation as “let’s provide something for the vegetarians weirdos to eat” could we help our meeting organizers think–let’s provide some healthy options, as we’re all trying to cut down on our meat consumption.

If we really stretched ourselves we might even take this to an “it’s greener” level. All of this meat wasted is much worse for the environment than a bunch of veggie sandwiches. Sigh. I’m just tired of feeling like a complete whiner for requesting a non-meat lunch–when it’s CLEAR that a LOT of people prefer it!!

What do you think about this issue. Please take this poll. I’d also love to hear your comments! Thanks!

I’ve been looking around the web for any kinds of references to these issues. I’d love it if you could share some with me. I did find this one..how to host a sustainable meeting in Brussels. You go, Brussels! This is so needed. Common sense recommendations like have carafes of water instead of bottles, reduce amount of meat–as it has a large carbon footprint. Source local food, and try and avoid waste. There’s no great solution for paper and plastic dishes and utensils. That’s a big one we see a lot in our meeting settings.

bees know when they’ve got toxins in the hive
April 6, 2011, 12:18 pm
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Here’s an interesting article that suggests that bees try to protect their hive from toxic pollen. They cap the pollen to try and keep it isolated from the hive. Alas, they are ultimately not too successful and researchers have been finding these odd capped cells in hives that died. The bees that work inside the hive notice the presence of pesticide once the pollen is in the hive, and they try to cordon off the area. Poor bees. The presence of these cells is a great indicator that your hive will die. Sheesh. I hope our hives are doing ok. It’s too cold to get out there and do our spring check in.

The odd grey cells are the ones to look for.

Image: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology