Category: Food & Drink

In Defense of Kale

By , September 8, 2019

The Kale Backlash has begun.

I don’t follow trends, generally speaking, so please forgive the distinct lack of back story here. All I know is that some time ago, somehow, kale got to be a big nutritional deal in the U.S.A.

Americans do this, making a particular aspect of food a fad; consider chlorophyll in the ’50s, more recently oat bran, red wine and the like. Each “big deal” becomes a marketing trend, finding its way into the least likely products. Right now, kale almost rivals “gluten free” as the hip nutritional byword/phrase.

And, of course, with the enthusiasm, comes the backlash, mostly from people who don’t like the “hot” item. Such as kale. A lot of people don’t like it, or assume they won’t should they ever try it.

So, who better to defend kale than I, an admitted kale skeptic?


Some of Michelle’s kale (dinosaur? I think?) (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger.)

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Mark Broke the Best Dish!

By , July 15, 2019

The day started off well enough.

After a lazy, contemplative morning, I realized that the high tide approached, so I decided to go out on the rocks to fish.

Almost right away, I got a strike. I caught a small Dolly Varden char, and decided to keep it and cook it up for the cat. Shortly after, I hooked a large pink salmon, although it shook off the lure. A second one did the same a bit later; eventually, I caught a larger Dolly Varden, enough to make part of a dinner for the family.

However, we already had a family dinner plan for that night. ‘Why not bake it for lunch?’ I thought.

That’s where the trouble began.

baking fish in a solar oven

The baking dish in happier days, doing its thing in the sun oven (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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