|A can of cherry tomatoes.|
|Last year, a TikTok fad was baking feta cheese with spices and cherry tomatoes.|
It was good (despite the faddishness). Here it is again. In the same oven, I made a tray of roasted eggplant.
|I combined the eggplant with the tomato-feta sauce. The leftovers were reheated with pasta.|
I cooked many other dishes in January, including both old favorites and new experiments. Most of these dishes, along with my new cookbooks and food reading, have already appeared in my earlier blog posts this month. As we decided in mid-2020, we continue to eat much less meat than we did before the pandemic, and to try new plant-based recipes.
|Old favorites: sardine salad, tuna salad, lettuce & tomato salad.|
New in my Kitchen: A Replacement Griddle
|I haven't used my new griddle yet. This is the advertising photo of it.|
My old griddle gave up the ghost after many years of pancake making.
I wish I could claim to consider the impact my choices have on the environment when I shop for new kitchen items, but this is almost impossible. Environmentally responsible products are a dream that's hard to fulfill. The difficult facts:
"There are very few things you can purchase that are actively beneficial for the climate. Unless you’re buying a tree that will suck carbon from the air, most products require land, water and fossil fuels to produce and use. New stuff — clothes, appliances, bath products, toys, etc. — inherently comes at some environmental cost. ... In many situations, the 'greenest' product you can buy is … nothing" (The Washington Post, 2020)
Obviously, the best choice is to keep using what I already have — if it keeps working!
|The old griddle in use. It blew a fuse and no longer heated up.|
Otherwise I would have used it forever.
Our Wine Cellar
The Rest of the World
Nestle writes: "She could have written this yesterday." (source: Weekend reading: Diet for a Small Planet at 50; Nestle's blog, Food Politics, also directed me to the UNICEF article.)
But I have learned that hunger can exist anywhere, within any society that has not accepted the fundamental responsibility of providing for the basic needs of its most vulnerable members—those unable to meet their own needs. And ours, sadly, is such a society. I found myself feeling ashamed when I learned that other societies with which we might compare ourselves—France, Sweden, West Germany—demonstrate by their welfare programs that they do accept this social responsibility. In a recent study of social benefits to needy families with children in eight major industrial countries, the United States ranked among the lowest. (p. 101).