Over the past week, it’s been hard not to hear anything about the Listeria outbreak. Listeriosis has been all over the news. It’s on TV, on the internet, in the newspapers, on the radio, in casual conversations between friends and people in line at the grocery store.
All these food recalls are pretty scary. Not only are some meat products/deli meats contaminated, but there have been other outbreaks with produce over the past while too. I may sound a bit anal, but this is one of the reasons I choose to grow my own produce. I know where my food comes from, I know what is in it, and I know what hasn’t been put into it.
I can’t tell you how many people have e-mailed me a list of recalled products in the past few days! All I can think of are the words Michael Pollan stressed in In Defense of Food. He wrote “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Of course, the argument is much more involved than that simple statement. You’ll have to read the book to see what he’s getting at. A lot of what he writes makes a lot of sense (at least to me it does!).Even before I read Michael Pollan’s books, I tried to make sure Hubby and I don’t eat too many processed or convenience foods. The idea of processed food just makes me feel like we’re not eating real food.
Anyway, before I get slammed for my opinions on food choices, I’ll go onto my next random topic.
We’ve got tons and tons…and TONS of fresh produce this summer. We’ve got beans, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and gourds coming out of our ears! What to do with all these fresh veggies?We’ve got lots of field corn too, but that’s not for eating. The cattle will be very happy! This photo of Hubby in the corn field was taken a few weeks ago. The corn was about 7 ft tall then. Right now, it’s about 9 ft tall. I did plant sweet corn too, but I sort of let things go. I just couldn’t keep up with everything. We may get some corn for eating or we may not…but I hope we do.
Unfortunately, I spoke too soon a few weeks ago when I announced that my ALL DAY sickness, nausea, vomiting, and food aversions had miraculously disappeared! Guess what? For the past three days, I’ve been sick, sick, sick.
Before I got pregnant, I hated the taste of natural soy milk. It tasted like chalk to me! Last week, I couldn’t get enough original flavoured soy milk! Now, it smells like cat litter to me! *Gag* I cannot believe how quickly my tastes and preferences change these days! Crazy!
Poor Hubby has had to go meatless again. I just can’t stomach even the thought of meat! Here are a few of the dishes he’s had to put up with!Hey! I had to use up some of those tomatoes and beans!
An open-faced tomato sandwich and a piece of meatless/wheat-free lasagna. I didn’t feel like using lasagna noodles and instead of meat, I used zucchini. Basically, it was almost all veggies. Hubby didn’t complain, but I have a feeling he’ll be going to my parents’ house soon since they always serve meat!
Hmmm…more randomness for you. I’m in the process of organizing our 15 year high school reunion. With the aid of Facebook, I’ve been able to keep everyone in the loop by creating a Class of ’93 group for our high school. If you’ve ever tried to organize a big event before, you’ll agree with me that it’s not an easy feat! Try accommodating everyone’s schedules and pleasing everyone! It’s impossible! We’ll see if we can make this happen. A group of former classmates tried organizing a reunion for our 10 year, but that never came to fruition.
Here’s the venue for our reunion (which we hope will take place in October).One last random tidbit. I’ve been thinking a lot about what our baby will look like. I am so curious to see what the mix of Hubby’s and my genes will be like. Most of all, I just keep thinking of how I just want a happy and healthy baby. That’s all that matters. This said, I am hoping that our little one will be as cute as my little nephew is! He is such a precious little angel! I just love, love, love him!!! Middle Bro and SIL, I hope you don’t mind but I borrowed this from your Facebook! 🙂