To Cook A Wolf – Baking with M F K Fisher

I’m in a war-time, Victory Garden frame of mind. There is no actual food shortage and no prospect, it seems, of running out of food. But going to the shops has left us shaken: the crowds, the lack of awareness of what social distancing means (the guys standing close together in the produce department at Guido’s, chatting about how their kids’ schools have been closed - guess why, fellas?), and even the presence of sick people (the woman coughing in the checkout line at the Berkshire Coop - seriously?). Add [...]

March 22nd, 2020|Categories: Food|

Walking down Broadway at the Climate March

I'm not a fan of big crowds, and my activism generally starts with fingers on a keyboard, but there was no way I wasn't going to be in New York last Friday, the day of the Climate Strike and Climate March. I took as many photos and videos as I could while also holding a Train Campaign placard, and thanks to Michael Hanish, our wonderful video editor, you can get a glimpse (it's only a minute long) of what it was like on the street with those thousands of young [...]

October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Home Ecology|

Don’t Call Me A Green Consumer

It was the early 1990s and “green” was going corporate. A book called The Green Consumer Guide had become a bestseller in the UK. I lived in London and my first book had just been published; Americans would turn up now and then to nose around. Debra Lyn Dadd, who wrote about nontoxic living, came to see me. Jeffrey Hollander, who had just founded a company called Seventh Generation, and came to get advice, I guess, though I don’t remember giving him any. He was worried about whether the company [...]

October 13th, 2017|Categories: Home Ecology|Tags: |

Real Irish Soda Bread (no raisins, no sugar)

I read a novel set in Ireland this week and this is the happy result: traditional Irish Soda Bread for tea. The recipe comes from It is the simplest recipe I have ever used and it is absolutely delicious. I did not include the optional butter, thus justifying plenty of butter on the warm bread. 3 cups (12 oz) of wholewheat flour (I used Hodgson Mills graham flour, which has a nice, rough texture) 1 cup (4 oz) of unbleached white flour Approximately 14 ounces of buttermilk 1 teaspoon [...]

January 5th, 2017|Categories: Home Ecology|Tags: |

Flowers in the Depths of Winter

Orchids are tougher than I am! The snow is still deep and it is bitterly cold outside. It is cold in the house, too, dropping to 55 Fahrenheit at night, and perhaps even lower near the windows. But two of the orchid plants have new shoots with flower buds. Incredible!!! What are they thinking? This is the first time I

March 12th, 2014|Categories: Home Ecology|Tags: |