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The Perfect Almond Butter

Seriously, I’ve never had almond butter this good. And I’m not just saying that because I want you to think my blog’s awesome. I’m saying it because I made this yesterday and it was so amazing I felt obligated to share it with the world.

Start with raw, organic almonds if possible. They are the healthiest in my opinion. It’s especially important to get organic if they are coming from the US, because all almonds there have to be sterilized (even if they are labeled “raw”!) and the non-organic ones are often treated with PPO, a known carcinogen that is banned in many countries. “Raw” in the US means they have been treated with PPO, heat steamed, or irradiated. You can usually avoid this by buying directly from a trusted farmer, buying oversees (but, resources), or growing your own!

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Why Urban Farming?

During the first and second world wars, the Canadian government encouraged its citizens to produce small garden plots, known as victory gardens, in order to support the war and reduce the strain on public food supply.

Today, growing food in our living spaces is once again gaining popularity. But this time, the war seems to be with our own food distributors, making people question what we are really eating. As our insecurities about food rise with the occurrence of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and artificial pesticides, so does our awareness of which practices we are supporting. Unethical conditions for farmers, depleting resources to ship food overseas, and artificial preservation methods all add to these unsustainable practices and are causing people to turn to urban agriculture once again.

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Jess is an Awkward Farmer

[This was written on February 7, 2015 while in Argentina.]

I want to grow plants. I want to learn about organic gardening. I want to work on a farm. And hey guess what! I’m in South America, with farms aplenty. But I’ve been here for five months already and I haven’t yet. Why not? I don’t fucking know.

I decided it was about time to do something about it. We’re in Mendoza, the land of wine. And grapes and stuff. And other things.

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Make your own peanut butter! (minus bugs and corn)

Did you know that store-bought peanut butter is not allowed to have more than an average of 30 or more insect fragments per 100 grams?

It’s also usually full of corn syrup and/or questionable oils. I found a peanut butter once whose first ingredient was corn syrup. If the first ingredient isn’t peanuts, you’re doing it wrong.

I usually opt for the all natural organic stuff, but it’s super expensive and, let’s face it, you miss the sugar. Continue reading Make your own peanut butter! (minus bugs and corn)

Savory Oats

Oh hey it’s my first blog where I have the freedom to write whatever I want! I’m going to tell you about my breakfast I made today because it was awesome and I can still taste the garlic in my mouth.

Here is what I did, and you can too, if you want! Or you can live vicariously, whatever pickles your cucumber.

There aren’t really measurements. You’re a smart person, you can figure it out.

1) Boil water.

2) Throw in some garlic! And other spices too. I did oregano. Continue reading Savory Oats