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mystery meat no more…
February 28, 2013, 7:25 am
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Ok and then there’s this, just in from south africa. More diverse animals used in burgers. Donkeys, water buffalo and goat? Ugh, I need to stop reading the news for awhile i think.



musquee de provence pumpkin, you kind of suck!

Sigh. You can’t win them all I guess. Every year, a different way to be disappointed in your garden. While you may have noticed that it was a banner year for pumpkin in our garden, we definitely noticed a big taste difference among our varieties.

Too bad, it was the musquee de provence that was at the bottom of our list. We’d grown this a couple of years ago and liked it just fine. It’s a big girl, 20+ pounds, and the flesh is kind of short stringy. The taste was mild the first time, but this year–BLECH! Don’t know why but it has been super-strong pumpkiny. The kind that dominates a dish, and makes it the last vegetable eaten from the stew, or enchilada or whatever. I’m even to the point of reducing the amounts I include, or adding more spice to cover it up.

On the other hand, we also grew the super cute little Melonette de jaspee vendee pumpkin this year. This is a revelation. Cute, just the right size for a stuffed squash, or a pie. Very mild tasting flesh. Some say eat it raw. And you can. Didn’t do much for me, raw, but you could do it.

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sept 21, musquee de provence still far from ripening, but huge!

sept 21, musquee de provence still far from ripening, but huge!

Winter luxury pie pumpkin was the third variety, and it was good. Straight up nice pumpkin flavor good in pumpkins and savory dishes.

sept 21, winter luxury pumpkins doing great but not ripe yet!

sept 21, winter luxury pumpkins doing great but not ripe yet!

All of these were grow in the same area–with lots of compost and mushroom manure.

scale of the assorted pumpkins. you can see some were picked unripe.

scale of the assorted pumpkins. you can see some were picked unripe.

They did really well, and perhaps that was why the taste suffered? The Musquee pumpkins were about 45 pounds! And the Winter Luxury were 8 pounds–both bigger than they should have been. But they just weren’t ripe before that poundage, so what do you do? Can you pick a pumpkin at a size and ripen it off the vine??



mislabeled fish
February 22, 2013, 1:11 pm
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I’ve been interested in the plight of fish for awhile now, and I recently came across these amazing statistics from an article in the New York Times.

In a recent study, fish that was not really tuna was being passed off as tuna in 94 percent of the samples taken. And also disappointing, but something, (ever suspicious consumer that I am) I’d always suspected, almost two-thirds of the “wild” salmon samples were found actually to be farmed Atlantic salmon, which is considered less healthy and environmentally sustainable.

With this plus that terrible horsemeat story, it’s seems that many more will start to seriously mistrust the corporate food machine. Well, while we’re on the topic of the horsemeat, as a vegetarian, I guess I’m not completely outraged. One animal vs. another–it’s all the same, really. But it’s all pretty scary the mislabeling-at this point, just how far are we really from the Chinese melamine stuff? Yeesh, I hope there is still some shred of hope for us here!