It is the cool of Summer night in the blue of Montreal @ Tea at Tympani Lane
Records. It is the beginning of the infringement Festival Montreal, 2012 and I
hope to be giving Reviews over the next days. I am reading from The Grif and
Other Conversations (Part I and II) at the Concordia Coop Bookstore, June 19th,
8:00 p.m. It is Pay-What-You-Can. The computer was down for a few days but has
Songwriting is starting again with 4 or 5 song lyrics waiting for music. I have the guitar out and am planning to restring it, give it a polish and perhaps get into the studio again before Christmas. If anyone knows of someone in Montreal who can replace the pick guard for a reasonable sum, please send an email.
" Food is our common ground, a universal experience. "
- James Beard (Chef, Food Writer)
" I love food and I love everything involved with food. I love the fun of it. I love restaurants, I love cooking . . . I love kitchens. "
- Alma Guillermoprieto (Journalist)
I have decided to give up my old decrepit refrigerator . . . it is a small very old bar fridge, enduces bacteria and guzzles freons. I have secretly been calling it “the monster.” Nothing was safe in this fridge, food would sit in the back and rot, simply because you could not see it without squatting and sorting through everything in the front of the fridge. (I have an idea for a new design, with a thinner box fridge at eye level or a “blanket box fridge” that opens like a small freezer chest, when you look inside you can see everything at a glance hopefully using up food before it spoils just because you know it is there).
What did I really need this fridge for? I dislike leftovers and when I bottle them they usually sit there for a week and then get thrown out. The solution is to make smaller batches of food, eating fresh regularly by shopping every couple of days but just buying what I need. This could potentially be more expensive, as food sales are not always timed with what you have a craving to eat. It helps to shop the food flyers of 3 or more markets.
Condiments can be left on the shelf, smaller quantities could mean less spoilage. Juice and Soya Milk can be purchased in smaller quantities and when opened used up over a couple of days. Fruits and vegetables can be bought and used in a couple of days. Eggs can be bought in packs of 6 and used up over a week. Cheese and yogurt are a bit of a bug bear but bought in small lots and used up soon after opening would help.
I am buying and cooking food just for me, I suspect this could become a little more expensive than what I am used to but could be more effective for decreasing food waste, with fresher whole food meals. I may use the dark space under the counter as a cold storage space. It may help to give away any leftovers or foodstuffs that are about to spoil to the neighbours (if they can use them) before they need to be thrown out, increasing social graces and being a good neighbour by giving the beautiful gift of food.
The Way of Peace,