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Gramma Jackie wrote:
I tend to agree more with Michael Pollan who said: "The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world."Great quote Gramma Jackie. My library had the illustrated version of Origin of Species so I reserved it via computer to pick up when it gets to my library. Thanks for the recommendation.
Good morning friends. So, yesterday I made blueberry banana bread and potato cabbage soup. I thought I’d share recipes and snaps.
Monday’s Potato & Cabbage Soup
2 small onions, chopped
6 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 small head of cabbage, chopped
1 tablespoon salt
Pinch of basil, oregano, & dill
Throw the veggies and seasonings in the pot. Add enough water to mostly cover the veggies. They’ll cook down below the water level. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until veggies are done to your liking.
Blueberry Banana Bread
3 large over-ripe bananas, mashed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup apple juice
4oz container of applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup frozen blueberries
¼ cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix together bananas, lemon juice, apple juice, apples sauce, & vanilla. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar & salt. Combine wet & dry ingredients. Stir in blueberries & walnuts. Bake in a loaf pan for one hour. Cool before slicing. Wrap cooled bread in plastic or foil. Even better the next day.
Source: This was inspired by a recipe on the http://www.fatfreevegan.com site. I modified the recipe to use ingredients I had on hand. From Chapter 3 ‘The Decent of Man’ by Charles Darwin
“It has often been said that no animal uses any tool; but the chimpanzee in a state of nature cracks a native fruit, somewhat like a walnut, with a stone.* Rengger*(2) easily taught an American monkey thus to break open hard palm-nuts; and afterwards of its own accord, it used stones to open other kinds of nuts, as well as boxes. It thus also removed the soft rind of fruit that had a disagreeable flavour. Another monkey was taught to open the lid of a large box with a stick, and afterwards it used the stick as a lever to move heavy bodies; and I have myself seen a young orang put a stick into a crevice, slip his hand to the other end, and use it in the proper manner as a lever. The tamed elephants in India are well known to break off branches of trees and use them to drive away the flies; and this same act has been observed in an elephant in a state of nature.*(3) I have seen a young orang, when she thought she was going to be whipped, cover and protect herself with a blanket or straw. In these several cases stones and sticks were employed as implements; but they are likewise used as weapons. Brehm*(4) states, on the authority of the well-known traveller Schimper, that in Abyssinia when the baboons belonging to one species (C. gelada) descend in troops from the mountains to plunder the fields, they sometimes encounter troops of another species (C. hamadryas), and then a fight ensues. The Geladas roll down great stones, which the Hamadryas try to avoid, and then both species, making a great uproar, rush furiously against each other. Brehm, when accompanying the Duke of Coburg-Gotha, aided in an attack with fire-arms on a troop of baboons in the pass of Mensa in Abyssinia. The baboons in return rolled so many stones down the mountain, some as large as a man's head, that the attackers had to beat a hasty retreat; and the pass was actually closed for a time against the caravan. It deserves notice that these baboons thus acted in concert. Mr. Wallace*(5) on three occasions saw female orangs, accompanied by their young, "breaking off branches and the great spiny fruit of the Durian tree, with every appearance of rage; causing such a shower of missiles as effectually kept us from approaching too near the tree." As I have repeatedly seen, a chimpanzee will throw any object at hand at a person who offends him; and the before-mentioned baboon at the Cape of Good Hope prepared mud for the purpose.”
It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.