My mom’s been making bok-choy since I could hold my own chopsticks, so often that I could repeat her methods with my eyes closed. It was always a drop of oil, a spray of minced garlic—wait for the flavors—a family’s worth of vegetables, then heat. When the leaves and stalks started to shine over, she’d steal an abnormally large piece from the heat and throw it into her mouth. When I grew tall enough for the stove, she started offering the first bite to me for testing. Soft enough? Crunchy enough? Salty enough? With my nod of approval, it was dinner time!
My point is, I can cook Asian food with no problem; I know I’ll eat Asian stir-fry until the day I die. None of this means I don’t crave other flavors—herbs, spices, cheese. In times of dissatisfaction, I might roll my tongue around and try to translate the distaste: INDIAN FOOD
Shoot. Where do I even start? My two choices are to drive to a restaurant, pay $12 for a delicious, one-serving meal, or drive to the local Indian store, gather an armful of spices and ingredients I’ll only use once. Both sound expensive and unsustainable. Why didn’t my mom teach me how to make Palak Paneer goddammit??
This is why Real Good Food is important. I want foods that I don’t have the time, resources, or experience to make. I want the food porn that I see on Tumblr on my plate. NOW. My choices are limited, though. Real Good Food expands my options past the restaurants and stores and introduces me to my neighbors, my nearby gardeners, my local foodies. Within this vast network there are hundreds of Indian food lovers. How exciting is that?
Recently at a food swap we held for our Ann Arbor community, Real Good Food founder, Devin, swapped some delicious Sourdough bread with Real Good Food user, Katie.
So I wasn’t exaggerating about the tastiness of this bread. Proof? The next weekend, Katie pops into my email feed, shouting out her love for bread
Since I got a sourdough starter from Devin at the RGF swap, I have
been bread crazy! Everything from 100% whole wheat sourdough loaves,half wheat/half white sourdough loaves, English muffins, and even sweet muffins (with blueberries and cherries—they still have some sourdough taste though, which makes them interesting!).
This hunger is exactly what we at Real Good Food are about. Katie’s hungry for bread, but doesn’t wanna enter a carb coma, so she’s emailed the rest of the Real Good Food community to seek someone who’d like to join in on her bread high (in exchange for some tasty variation.)
Do you want to see more food, more swaps, more connections, more joy? Join in!
1. Potatoes: get rid of mud stains
potatoes are starchy little monsters. Rub a cut potato onto your mudstain before throwing into the wash and let the starches attack!
2. Banana peels: shine your shoes
Eat your banana and before throwing out the peel, rub its inner skin on your pair of leather shoes. Buff with a soft cloth.
3. Coffee grounds: fertilize your plants
You like the caffeine, plants like the nitrogen and minerals. Feed 1 tbspn of grounds to your potted plant, and 1 cup to your garden!
4. Apple cores
Don’t buy pectin! Apples contain their own, which makes for a very tasty, natural jelly.
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