Friday, April 24, 2020

The camera turns


An accidental selfie. I hate selfies. And if you'd told me just a few weeks ago that I'd be making homespun videos in our kitchen this week I'd have laughed, and rolled my eyes.

But lockdown is waking up all kinds of slumbering beasts in all of us.

It began with an Instagram invitation to share a wild foods story and then I decided I didn't hate it as much as I expected to. So I may even graduate to teaching from home. I just need to practise some more and sort out some kinks.

What new things have you been trying?

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14 comments:

  1. Hi! Got your book a couple of weeks ago suggested by a vegan horse trainer I follow. Im anything but vegan but given the subtrobical lush vegetation where i live, it makes perfect sense to learn what is edible from all that spontaneous bounty! Lockdown ruined what little social life we had so free time to learn new skills! Unlucky me though, the very first recipe i tried from your book looks zero like described... can you help out? It was the wild garlic marmelade. I have a patch in my garden i use for seasoning and it was overgrown so i decided to start with that. However, dark leaves, red wine and redwine vinagre make for a purple black paste. What did i miss?

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    1. I don't think you did anything wrong. How did it taste?

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  2. Can you please show us your refrigerator spice rack?

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    1. Hi Jose - here is the original how-to. Since then we moved and I just transferred the spices to our fridge! http://66squarefeet.blogspot.com/2015/12/how-to-make-magnetic-spice-rack-and-why.html

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  3. Learning to sew (I'm all thumbs) and expressing frustration with beasts on my one rose by composing peeved gardening haiku.

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  4. Lovely glad to see you! Just discovered your book! I planted peas and kale varieties in my northern NJ garden. Added sweet peas (the scented variety) as well. It's cold and wet so seedlings should come up. I'm house cleaning constantly and got so tired of it I trained other members of the family (grown kids in their 20's ha!). Husband is excellent at the vacuum. We order groceries from a Bronx food supplier (formerly to restaurants) so are cooking 95% vegetables and loving it. Making Arthur Avenue focaccia from Anne Volkwein's book and it's excellent. From NY Times cooking we are making Sullivan Street no knead bread - easy to do and also delicious. I think people will appreciate the art, beauty and tremendous work home keeping and cooking truly is. And its value to the soul and one's wellness.

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    1. Arthur Avenue focaccia sounds intriguing! I must look for the book...

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  5. I am practicing my cinnamon rolls! It's such hard duty LOL
    I'm on my third batch in three weeks and think I've hit the magic tender roll stage. My first batch were good but tough, so I've improved. My husband is a willing test subject.

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    1. What did you do differently to reach that sweet tender stage?

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  6. We are also working a puzzle (the beautiful moon puzzle from Four Point Puzzles, if you’ll forgive a specific product share) on our small dining table, and because we don’t have any real kitchen counter space or outdoor space in our tiny apartment, it means we are doing something I never thought I would do: eating at our coffee table. I’m making the best of it, and will spread out a bamboo beach mat and some pillows, and always set the table with flowers and candles. Honestly, because everything is so strange and new right now, we are able to have fun with it, and pretend like we are traveling, or at a restaurant. My husband will turn on some kind of background scenery on the TV – a fireplace or rolling ocean waves – so we can “theme” the evening to enhance the feeling of it. It’s a tremendous privilege to be able to treat any aspect of this with such positivity, and we know that, and we are very, very grateful. How is your puzzle coming along?

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    1. I love the idea of coffee table suppers - like a picnic. I have completely stalled on this puzzle. For some reason I have this kind of dyslexia with feathers. Plants and botanical illustrations were no problem.

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  7. My routine has been minimally impacted so far (knock on wood). About a week ago, however, Instagram stopped making posts accessible except to those with an Instagram account. I am loath to sign up for accounts on new platforms and leaving additional digital breadcrumbs for God knows what end. But I don't know how much longer I can last without my daily 66 Square Feet fix! So signing up may be the new thing I will be doing.

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    1. Oh, thank you for letting me know. I didn't know about Instagram access. I am sorry. At least you can create an account that can remain private, if you wish.

      It's been hard (for me) to resist Zoom, speaking of digital breadcrumbs...

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