Friday, August 14, 2009

Virgin Cocktails and Moroccan shell middens

Oh my, it's been a while since I've been blogging something. To break the uneasy pause let me post some trivia.

In 1900, the typical American woman spent six hours a day in food prep and cleanup. By last year, Americans on average took 31 minutes a day. For many, "cooking time" consists of opening up takeout containers, dumping the contents on a plate and throwing away the trash.

From the article by Arun Gupta: How We Became a Society of Gluttonous Junk Food Addicts

Now, I was always complaining that I need about 3 hours altoghether for dinner preparation (breakfast and lunch not included). But now I can see that this is a pretty good value for cooking from scratch and not using a lot of ready made food products. I am twice as fast as my grand-grandmother.

But today I was lazy, M and I went out for Mexican food and I managed to wiggle my way around the cheese and the sour cream and enjoyed a completely vegan meal. Loads of vegetables in a spicy sauce with guacamole and jalapeños and . . .

Here is a photo of the summertime cocktail I had, really nice.

And a photo only ephemeral connected with food issues (at least my food issues):

P and C took a photo of a 'shell midden' whilst being in Morocco. Although they have been traumatized by too much archaeology in their youth they immediately made the connection of an innocent heap of shells with its archaeological dimension . Now, how sweet is this?
Well, my shell middens are certainly bigger than 30 cm in diameter, but not half as touching :)