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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 http://www.sodabread.info/. 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: |