Fruits

How to Protect Your Fruit From Birds

How to Protect Your Fruit From Birds

We have a mango tree in our front yard that is small enough that we can pick the fruit fairly easily. The problem is that the birds always get to them before we do. That wouldn’t be so bad (I don’t mind sharing,) except that they eat the fruit a day or two before...

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A Different Take on Kinako Mochi

We just celebrated in another new year, and in typical Japanese tradition, I made some mochi. No, not in the traditional way, pounding with heavy mallets in a large wooden tree trunk bowl. But the modern, high-tech, low sweat way: an electric mochi machine. Pretty ingenious. You add the soaked mochi rice, turn it...

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A Town Where You Can Pick What You Want, For Free?!

Imagine living in a town where vegetables grew at the railroad station, potatoes in front of the police station, herbs on the sidewalks, and all could be yours for the taking, for free. Sound too good to be true? It’s not for the people in Todmorden in the U.K. They have decided that their...

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Vegan Energy Bars

I make a batch of these whenever I travel, then take some with me. They are compact and chock full of goodness, perfect for on the plane or on the go. You can play around with the fruits, nuts and grains, but this has a bit of just about everything. They seem to taste...

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Vegan Ice Cream Recipe: Strawberry Ice Cream

Vegan Ice Cream Recipe:  Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry Vegan Ice Cream A lot of vegans complain that one of the things they miss eating is ice cream. Sure there are some commercial brands out there, but maybe they aren’t in your favorite flavor. Or they are hard to get and quite expensive. And frankly, some of them taste downright disgusting. If...

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Vegan Apple Crisp

Vegan Apple Crisp

Vegan Apple Crisp Apples are in season, and this week, with all the Thanksgiving-themed shows on, I was starting to get hungry for fall food, stuff like pumpkin, stew with lots of root vegetables, and apple pie. I’m not much of a pie eater, but I do love me a good Dutch apple pie....

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Appreciation for the complexity of Nature

strawberry in hand

As I ponder the first strawberry from the garden that has not been eaten by something (I suspect roaches) before it has ripened, I marvel at the miracles of Nature. One friend has died, gone from dancing and alive, to dead, within a month’s time. Liver cancer killed him quickly. Another has diabetes. She...

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Vegan No-Cook Spiced Apples

Looking for a quick, easy, healthier potluck or holiday dish? Try these spiced apples. There is no cooking involved, apples are in season, and you probably have everything you need already. You can throw it together in about 15 minutes. I made these at the spur of the moment, when I had planned to...

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Samosas and Banana Lassi

Samosas and Banana Lassi

I couldn’t resist the temptation to have some Indian food. There are two restaurants in my neighborhood here, and one was closed, so I tried the other one. This one is New Delhi Restaurant on Ratchawithi Road, near the intersection with Ratchaphakhinai Road. Like most places, it looks unpretentious enough: a few tables roadside...

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The Travelers’ Curse: The BRAT Diet

The Travelers’ Curse: The BRAT Diet

Surely you’ve heard of the BRAT diet to cure diarrhea? Bananas, Rice, And Toast (white, plain). I offer you my Thai version: Bananas, Rice, And Tea. The bananas were apple bananas, the smaller version popular in Asia, with a more tangy taste and firmer texture (to hold up to those delicious desserts, like bananas...

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