Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

I had this title before, but i just really like it!
Scrambled eggs with, scallions, 2 shrimps, cubanelle pepper, cherry tomatoes, arugula and a pinch of feta. Of course some of my favorite fresh ground pepper to top it off.
Small side salad of avocado,cucumber, basil and a 1/2 teaspoon of vegenaise.
Have not tasted it yet, so don't know how good it is.
One kiwi and 3 strawberries.


Anna said...

Hi Marc,

Saw your comment to my comment about kids & breakfast food at MDA blog so I came over to check out your blog. Always interested in family feeding.

Love the title of this post. I need to keep that phrase in mind more often. I have been known to speak/type faster than I can mentally edit, and things come out more sharply thatn I intend sometimes. Then again, sometimes I mean to jab a bit ... ;-).

Also saw you mentioning free range chicken and the high cost. I've have a hard time with my chicken buying. I have been somewhat skeptical of what is labeled free-range in the local and chain "natural foods" markets, which was confirmed when I read Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dillema. I have a hard time buying organic chicken labeled "free range" because they typically still are produced in a very industrial way, cooped up in a huge building with an open door and tiny outside run" that they rarely venture through, if you know what I mean. In other words, they still dont' get to live like chickens, scratching and rolling in the dirt, chasing and eating grasshoppers, grubs, bugs, exposed to a good amount of sunshine, etc.

I've tried buying "backyard" homeprocessed chickens from a local "hobby" farm business, but these chickens are not only huge, but they are hard to cut up (strong joints!) and the meat doesn't cook up to be very tender. Not sure if it is the breed or the age of the chicken or something they are doing with the raising or processing, but no one in my family wants them anymore so I grind them up for the cats. I don't know any other local sources so I'm back to reluctantly buying organic or occasionally conventional chickens that are really industrially raised and processed despite the "free range" marketing label.

Any thoughts?

Marc said...

Hi Anna,

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog. Hope you enjoy some of the posts.
In regards to the chicken issue.
Al I can say is, I feel ya ;-)
But, I've decided it's the lesser of two evils kind of thing.
I can't eat meat all the time, and decent fish is harder and harder to find and expensive. At least the "free range/organic" options are not pumped full of antibiotics and other lovely supplements.
I've found the Coleman brand to be pretty upstanding and the chickens taste good. I enjoy simmering a chicken in my crockpot as it is so versatile to use during the week.
Also, without the am I going to make my chicken soup? ;-)
Like you point out, local is best!
I'm actually looking into local farms here. Will post on that if I find some worthwhile info.
Thanks again for your nice comments.