Do we need to put diapers on aircraft?
ramps – aka wild leeks
I was meeting my friend for pizza at a place I enjoy in town. It is run by a chef who had to come up with an idea to live and make money as his usual fine dining would probably not make it in the town that is hard to get to or from – anywhere.
"do you know what ramps are?"
I looked a bit bewildered. "ramp, as in a device to allow one to load and unload something?"
"no, it is like a wild leek, it is native to the area, and I have been harvesting them and making eggs and pesto with them."
"I have no clue what they are?"
So my friend goes out and brings in a big plastic bag filled with what looks like small green onions. When he mentioned wild leeks, I was all excited at the prospect of roasting and grilling the big greens. It is one of my favorite vegetable dishes.
"these are leeks? they are so small."
My friend went to explain what and how they grew, the root casing and how the locals (native American Indians) would use them in spring to get vitamin c from a winter that usually was merely cold and snowy. So I took one and at it and had the most wonderful flavor that was not a leek, not a shallot, not an onion, but rather a blend of all three.
"Wow…so just Sautee them and add them to almost anything where you could use an onion?"
Yesterday I used them in making a mushroom sauce. This morning I cleaned more ramps, sauteed them and put them in my egg whites. What a fantastic treat for the taste buds.
The moral of this story is that I am trying to lose weight and be healthy. If you want to do that you simply cook your own food and don't go out to restaurants where cheap food is abundant and seemingly flavorless. For mother's day, we went to some halfway stop, and I was all excited to read of a blackened chicken pasta dish. When it arrived, it resembled and tasted nothing like what any self-respecting New Orleans or Cajun cook would serve. I simply felt once again cheated by the system of scale where great quality food (that you can grow year-round on site) was changed for a food distributor service trucking most products 1,000 miles in cold storage.
The wild leek (a ramp is technically an onion according to the internet) was an example of what food should taste like – all the time. Flavorful, fresh, ripe, healthy, and beautiful to smell and look at.
I will go back tomorrow to meet with the chef and see if our mutual interest in charcuteries will work out. That is how we met, he was slicing prosciutto, and I mentioned I was going to try making venison prosciutto. Now I have a soliton for affordable controlled environment meat curing, and I am thinking, "why not add the fresh basil plants alongside it. The controller has enough spaced to handle the two systems.
I sat in a café and had a coffee after church yesterday with an interesting man and his wife where I mentioned the best gift he could give himself to understand the united states was to leave it and go travel to the various parts of the world. I could empathize with his constructs and ways of thinking about capitalism and how the media seems to pigeonhole and place the country inside its own box. This view is sadly something that has been scaled across the united states with the way the government allowed a few broadcasters to buy up all the various channels and stations. If you want a great example of this…simply drive from the west coast across the united states and listen to how the messages and types of stations all sound very similar based on which organization owns them. It is a bit sad and scary with the power of the national media these days.
Sorry, I digressed, so I guess I am odd in that my life has been an adventure where I did a lot of things and usually went out to the limits to test the "why?" and "why not?" of what I guess in later life is a self-identity versus what society says one should be. I realize all that work and experience in so many different areas has led me to a place where I can understand a broader use and crossover of many things versus just one view.
In the time I have left on this planet, I think I am done trying to help people that don't' want to be improved. No longer am I in the convincing business. Instead, I will move forward with the ideas for healthy fresh food with controlled environments for plants, vegetables, and cured meats. In parallel, as much as I think the idea is odd that we even need it. The controlled environments for people have to come out for personal fitness of the heart and soul. I hate to say it, once you get out of the monasteries, and to the regular church levels, it appears a lot is getting lost in the message.
Perhaps that is like recognizing the difference between a freshly picked vegetable versus one that is carted 1,000 miles away. It is really easy to distinguish if you have been around both. But what about the person that only knows the one? Just look at the size and girth of the USA population as processed and packaged foods have allowed capitalism to grow at the expense of our human health and the media message of you can heave everything today and you deserve to be happy 24/7!
There has to be a better way to articulate that last sentence. I just won't go back and edit anything in this 10-minute brain ramble. have a great day