Writings of J. Todd Ring: Leek and potato soup: simple, hearty and delicious

Articles on food and cooking are rare on this blog, but occasionally I like to share some musings on this realm. Food is such an important part of our lives; and simple, healthy food can elevate our mood, boost our energy, heal our bodies, calm our stress and sooth our minds – which in turn ...

350 or bust: A Radical Monday Morning

Today is the first cool and rainy day in quite a while, so I’ll be spending the morning the way other “radicals” the world over are, in the kitchen and the garden reclaiming democracy and occupying the food supply. I’ll be  cooking up strawberry & rhubarb jam with organic local fruit,  and possibly making jelly ...

350 or bust: Meatless Monday Musings

It’s Meatless Monday, and here in Northwestern Ontario we’ve just come through a January cold snap (which some people complained about, but which was reassuring for a climate activist!). It’s the time of the year that it’s great to curl up in front of our pellet stove with a good book (I’ve just started “The ...

350 or bust: Fresh Meat: A New Perspective On Meatless Monday

It’s Meatless Monday!  The Meatless Monday campaign encourages people to give up meat at least one day a week, for their health and the health of the planet.  This hilarious yet thought-provoking video demonstrates how far removed from the sources of our food many of us in the developed world have become. This is part ...

350 or bust: Witch’s Fingers And Night Of The Living Duck

Who says climate hawks don’t have any fun? For years I have made “Witch’s Fingers” with my daughters and their friends for Halloween. Now both are university students living away from home, but each of them recently sent home pictures of how their dastardly digits, made without mom, turned out. It’s wonderful to see a ...

350 or bust: A Bushel And A Peck of Tomatoes

We’re still enjoying the bounty of our summer garden in the form of plenty of fresh tomatoes. I’ve been looking for  creative ways to eat/cook with them – even tomato sandwiches, which I love, can become tiresome. I’m not a huge fan of tomato soup generally, but I found a recipe on the Food Network, ...

350 or bust: An Apple A Day

One of the responses that we can all take to the looming peak oil/climate change crisis is to work to make our communities more resilient (for more on this, check out the Transition Town movement).  And one of the ways to build resilience is to increase reliance on locally-sourced food and decrease reliance on food ...

350 or bust: Does Life Get Better Than Fresh Strawberry Pie?

It’s strawberry season in Canada, although here in our corner of the Canadian Shield there are no strawberry farms within 200 kilometres, and no organic ones within 500 kilometres. But, thanks to Mark’s lovely parents, who visited us from Manitoba, we had 16 pounds of fresh organic strawberries to enjoy this weekend. Many of the ...

350 or bust: The Joys of Mushroom Hunting

It is becoming increasingly clear how important the links between food security, decreasing our carbon footprint, and eating local are. Although for decades industrial agriculture has been touted as the way to feed an increasing, and increasingly hungry, world population, it hasn’t lived up to that goal. Now a new study has found that small ...

350 or bust: Eating Local Is Delicious With Rhubarb Kuchen

Here in northern Ontario where I live, rhubarb is the first harvest from the garden that we  look forward to.  In anticipation of a meal of homemade pasta and grilled eggplant that’s planned for tonight (thanks to Michael who is willing to share his expertise in Italian cooking gained in the kitchens of his mother ...