In My Kitchen This Month
|Celebrating Paris in July, I made one French dish: classic ratatouille from the cookbook by|
French chef Raymond Olivier. My usual recipe -- very similar -- is from Julia Child (blogged here).
|Many more Asian dishes included these stir-fried snow peas.|
|Summer barbecue time: grilled chicken thighs, pineapple and red bell pepper — really delicious!|
|And once we made hamburgers with all the usual fixings.|
Beautiful Serving Pieces (I wish they were mine)
|I don’t have any new kitchen tools or serving pieces this month, so I thought I would|
share some images from the 20th century collections of the Detroit Art Institute.
I love this silver tea service from 1938 by designer Harry Bertoia.
|Also from the DIA: this Still Life by Jean Metzinger from 1925.|
Coffee, liqueur, an apple, and (an item you’ll never get in my kitchen) cigars.
|Finally, from the DIA, this Viennese liqueur set from 1909-1916.|
Issues and Problems of our Threatened World
Food and Politics in the USA
Ultra-Processed Food and More Politics
“Healthy diets are essential for achieving food security goals and improving nutritional outcomes. A healthy diet…is based on a wide range of unprocessed or minimally processed foods, balanced across food groups, while it restricts the consumption of highly processed foods and drink products.” (source)
Drought and War: Bad News for Global Food Supplies
|A parched corn crop (source)|
Michigan, where I live, is not experiencing a severe heat wave this month, but other parts of the country and much of the world are suffering from terribly hot weather, bad enough to threaten crops and jeopardize the world’s food supply:
"Successive heatwaves threaten nature’s ability to provide us with food, say researchers, as they warn of an 'unseen, silent dying' in our oceans amid record temperatures scorching the Earth. … The climate crisis doesn’t just increase atmospheric heatwaves but oceanic ones too, harming coastal communities and threatening another key food source for humans. Heat stress causes dramatic die-offs, such as the 2021 'heat dome' along Canada’s Pacific coast, which killed an estimated 1 billion marine animals." (source)
Besides natural disasters, the war in Ukraine has taken an ugly turn, with Russia withdrawing its promise to allow essential grain shipments to continue to supply food to a large number of dependent countries. This too threatens the world food supply:
"Russia unleashed drone and missile attacks on Ukraine’s export infrastructure [on July 17], including silos containing hundreds of tons of grain and vital port structures. … The effect of these Russian attacks is to make it harder for Ukraine to resume shipments if and when current or future diplomatic efforts to revive the agreement from which Moscow withdrew succeed. World grain prices rose 17 percent in eight days after Russia pulled out." (source)