Questions Answered – 38

Describe the worst flight you’ve ever taken.

That would probably be the one where we got stuck in Dulles after coming back from Mexico due to the plane being broken… the pilots not being there and 5 minutes before the pilots could no longer fly for the day (and 1:30 in the morning) we boarded the plane for a 1 hour flight back home.

We flew through a thunderstorm. The flight was so violent that the stewardess could not unbuckle herself for the entire flight. At the end the captain said we were out of the storm and he didn’t think that it was going to be that bad.

We landed around 3:30 AM.

We were supposed to land around 6 PM the previous day.

I had to be at work at 7 AM.

~Emme

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Questions Answered – Week 37

If you could have dinner anywhere in the world where would you go?

That one is a really hard one for me.

A lot of my favorite meals have been more about the company than the food.

If I could choose one location… it would be on the hill city over looking Florence, Italy… but the food would come from that little hole in the wall place in Florence that we had to wait over an hour to eat at… yeah… that food with that view.

~Emme

What’s local to me in September?

What is local by you right now?

I had no idea, so I asked the internet what is local to my state and what should be freshest this month.

  • Apples
  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupes
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Cherries
  • Chilies
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Escarole
  • Fennel
  • Grapes
  • Green Beans
  • Greens
  • Green Onions
  • Kale
  • Wild Mushrooms
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pumpkins
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Shelling Beans
  • Summer Squash
  • Winter Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Zucchini

We do have quite a bit that are year-round foods. My assumption is that this is due to storage of root vegetables/pods and greenhouses.

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Herbs
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach (We like to buy it frozen as we use it mostly in smoothies or soups)
  • Sweet Potatoes

I love fall produce! I am so excited to start adding more of these to the usual lunches.

What are your produce plans this month?

~Emme

100 Foods: Seaweed

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Seaweed

… Because it is good for you?

So yes I am telling you that I have not gone out to buy seaweed. Yes… I know it is really yummy around California Rolls… but we have not been going out to eat at many (well… at any) sushi restaurants and I do not plan on making any myself. And yes, I do know there are other ways of eating seaweed. I’d just rather an expert make it for me.

Seaweed is actually really good for you and it is plentiful as it is an algae.  Seaweed is consumed by most coastal people groups around the globe.  It is a source of complete protein which means that it contains all 9 essential amino acids that are necessary for the support of both humans and animals. It is also high in iodine, calcium and magnesium.

It’s not a scary thing to eat. So go ahead and get some. And if you happen to have a California Roll on you (a fresh one please)… you know who to visit.
~Emme