Friday, December 2, 2022

Origin of Food

"Cuisine has become too complicated - this is about subject, verb, adjective: duck, turnips, sauce." - Alain Ducasse

Food Item
Random food in Malaysia.

Food - we all eat it but where exactly does it come from?  The ingredients obviously come from the ground and you can certainly eat a single ingredient as an entire meal.  How do the elegant collages of ingredients come about to form the traditional dishes that each and every culture across the world has?

Go ahead, think about it for a minute.  It's a fun thought experiment and I'll wait for you...

Friday, November 11, 2022

Just Breathe

"Life is not what you expect: it is made up of the most unexpected twists and turns." - Ilaiyaraaja

View of the mountains as you pop through the clouds in a Cessna 172 airplane.  Circa 2009.

It's a beautiful summer day, bright blue sky, very few clouds, with the mountains towering only a few miles to the west, wind is calm.  The airplane is currently in the runup area at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan airport (KBJC) along with multiple other aircraft all getting ready for takeoff.  It's a busy day and there's lot of traffic going in and out of the airport with a big mix of small prop aircraft, corporate jets, military planes and everything in-between.  James is training for his commercial pilots license so the plan is to takeoff and head north of the airport, practice some commercial license maneuvers for an hour then come back to the same airport.  James is the pilot in command (PIC).

(to instructor)
(Heavy radio traffic in the background)
Runup complete, you ready to rock?

Yup, let's do this.
(Instructor closes and latches cockpit door to his right)
(James closes and latches the small window to his left)

Door is closed and latched.

(keys up microphone)
Metro Tower, Arrow niner-two-two-delta-bravo at one-one left, ready for takeoff, northbound departure.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Make Your Own Burritos!

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” - Lao Tzu

36 freshly made burritos, ready for the freezer!

Per professor Google the current price of a burrito at a local national burrito shop chain (not to be confused with a true local restaurant) averages $10, likely more once tax is factored in.  Holy cow, that's a lot of moolah for a burrito!  What if you could acquire that same burrito for $1.11?  Too good to be true you say?

You're in luck because you can make your very own, extremely filling, delicious burritos, for only $1.11 each!  You do this by taking half a day to create your very own burrito assembly line then freezing the excess so you can enjoy them whenever you want!

This allows you to utilize the excess produce that is growing in your garden and preserve it for later.  On my most recent burrito making rampage I made 36 burritos in half a day while only spending at most $40 on supplies.  $12 worth of tortillas from a local tortilla shop just down the road from my house.  $10 worth of amazing, local, grass-fed, regenerative, all-natural beef from Grama Grass Livestock.  $5 worth of rice.  $5 worth of beans.  A few limes and mushrooms.  Along with a whole bunch of free produce from the garden.  Round all that up for arguments sake and you get $40.  If you only make vegetarian burritos then it would be even cheaper!

Are you ready to make some delicious, money saving burritos yet?!