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  • cqwww 11:52 pm on April 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 100 mile, @marycarmack, @toots11, farm, food, , fruits, island, Janice Mansfield, , Maryanne Carmack, produce, , seasonal, ,   

    What produce is in season? 

    Thanks to a conversation with Janice M and Maryanne C, a couple of Victoria’s food experts and friends, I was pointed to a list of all of the fresh produce that is available in the 250 area code. See the Island Farm Fresh website for the list.

    • cqwww 10:28 pm on February 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
      Tags: , food, , , , , , ,   

      Can you afford to give up a few vegetables? 

      Thanks to Victoria city councilor Lisa Helps, I was made aware of a Victoria citizen who has made a request for vegetables. I can't imagine making such a request is easy for the ego, and who knows when each of us may need to make a similar request. As such, I've decided to relay it here in hopes I have a friend that can help Chris out: 

      So here's my deal: I'm on welfare, but my expenses don't leave me any money for food. I've been trying to solicit odd jobs, but it's been slow. What I am most seriously lacking in my life is veggies. I have stopped eating meat and so soup kitchens are out. I am wondering if anyone is into bartering. I'm an excellent writer, can install Linux on your computer, help you set up a website, help you convert your diesel vehicle to straight vegetable oil or build a biodiesel processor, can do basic carpentry and repairs…whatever, ask me, maybe I have the skills required. I'm also offering my services for cash of course, but it seems hard to come by for a lot of folks. I have plans I'm working on to bring money in, but I desperately need food like tomorrow. I've got a decent amount of rice, noodles, potatoes, quinoa, etc, enough for a week or so but no veggies. Would really like to have some broccoli, kale, spinach, brussel spouts and other healthy green stuff every day.

      ‚ÄčIf you can help him out, email [email protected] or message him through his Facebook page. If you'd rather so anonymously, feel free to contact me.

      • cqwww 12:14 pm on January 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
        Tags: food, genetically modified, GMO, Monsanto, PLU, price lookup   

        Do you care if your food is organic or genetically modified? 

        I'll start by saying that genetic modified food isn't necessarily a bad thing, although it can be. I'll leave that for another post. This post is about price lookup codes, or PLUs found on products in grocery stores. While most of them are 4 digits in the 3000-4999 range, if it's prefixed with a fifth number, a '9', it's organic. If it's prefixed with an '8', it's genetically modified.

        UPDATE 12:22pm PST: This article by food-ethics.com suggests that using the '8' code is voluntary, kinda like registering a .xxx domain name, so in practice no one uses it.



        • cqwww 2:54 pm on November 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
          Tags: , cost effective, food, , meal,   

          What’s the cheapest North American meal? 

          After reading that the toast sandwich is officially the UK’s cheapest meal, it made me wonder, what is the cheapest meal available in North America? Although to qualify, unlike the UK winner, please make sure your suggestion has both protein and nutrients, as well as the cost of the meal in your area. I look forward to reading your comments!

          • Chris R 4:19 pm on November 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Two slices of wonderbread, with a slice of toasted wonderbread and some butter would have some protein and nutrients in (6g protein, 150 calories from the bread and some more from the butter). Bit of a joke “meal” though.

            Ramen would be much worse.

            Here’s an idea though :

            1 cup of dried red lentils (40c)
            1 small onion (25c)
            1 teaspoon of curry powder (30c)
            1 teaspoon of oil (5c)

            Fry onion. Add lentils, water, curry powder. Cook.
            $1.00 (estimated prices from Thirfty’s, and using part of a bulk buy of the curry powder, lentils, oil and onion).

            You could do cheaper with out the curry powder (my estimate my be off there). But there’s a starter for people to shoot under.

            • Chris R 4:26 pm on November 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              Actually, I have a follow up :

              20 grams of Raisins (11c)
              100 grams of Rolled Oats (53c)
              50ml of Chocolate milk (20c)

              Make chocolate porridge – 84c.

          • michael stephen 8:06 pm on November 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Maybe once a year, rushing somewhere with hunger pangs, I go into a nearby MacDonalds and order a hamburger. “With Fries”? No! “Double with cheese.” No! “Just a hamburger?” “Exactly”. Think they’re not used to that. About a dollar, although I always feel queasy after. Probably the cheapest 250 calories avilable in town.

          • Matt 10:47 pm on November 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            I think that oatmeal is the cheapest meal. Especially if you buy it bulk. Just add a little water(or milk). Not that tasty but really good for you.

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