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  • Tropical Kitschen: Preserving Herbs

    One of the hardest things about tropical climates is getting your veggies to last. The heat and humidity causes them to wilt, sog, mold, and otherwise just crap out. Not to mention, many of them already have a short shelf life due to long shipping routes.

    So what am I supposed to do with all of this extra basil? I just decimated my garden in preparation for the summer crop and there's no way I can eat all of it. (I thought about drying it out, but I doubt 96% humidity allows leaves to die with such dignity.)

    Solution: freeze it! Olive oil doesn't break down, the herbs don't go to waste, and you have some ready-made cooking starters to pop in the pan. I've dedicated one ice cube tray to these little nuggets to avoid residual oil making its way into drinks.

    1. Wash the herbs.

    2. Chop the herbs.

    3. Mix them into olive oil.

    4. Pour into an ice cube tray.

    5. Set overnight.

    Voila! Delicious and tactile.

  • Self-Made

    I did stuff this weekend!

    On Friday night I finally got my favorite fish sandwich: Art Mel's Spicy Dicy with "the works" on raisin bread. Just living the dream.

    On Saturday I ate the other half. I spent the evening binge-listening to this year's Serial while crafting up some throw pillows out of these amazing thrifted cloth napkins.

    On Sunday I weeded out a garden bed and made a compost bin in the hellish rock jungle that's next to the apartment building.

    On Monday my body is not going to be happy. But I'm totally on that farmer's high where a solid day of physical labor, combined with the knowledge of future self-sustenance, is existentially rewarding.

    And on that note - want to hear something crazy? Rabbits produce a second type of fecal pellet called cecotropes. They are manufactured in the bunny's caecum, which contains highly nutritious bacteria that can ferment any undigestible fiber into a tasty little snack.

    So yeah. Rabbits eat self-made granola bars that happen to exit through their own anus. The ultimate sustainably local organism.