Archive for April, 2010

banana tree

Photo: a banana tree up close!

Here’s  another “almost Capers” recipe for your pleasure, the ever yummy Chocolate Chip Banana Cake.
[Yield: 1 large loaf or 2 small ones]

Organic Chocolate Chip Banana Cake:

1/4 lb butter, room temperature, 1 1/4 cups organic sugar, 3 large free-range eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 cup mashed bananas (ripe of course!), 1.4 cup buttermilk, room temperature, 2 cups organic flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, pinch of salt AND 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

PRE-HEAT OVEN: 350 degrees F.

In LARGE bowl:

1) Cream together butter, sugar and eggs (to smooth, lump-free consistency);
2) Add vanilla extract, buttermilk and lemon juice. Mix ONLY UNTIL smooth. (Do NOT overdo it!)
3) Mix in the mashed bananas.

In SECOND bowl:

4) Combine the remaining ingredients, then add to the first bowl. BLEND evenly.
5) Pour batter into ONE large well-greased loaf pan or TWO small loaf pans, 3/4 full.

BAKING TIME: approximately 1 hour.  Enjoy!

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Photo: illustration from organic authority article

Short of cash? Think you’ll have to suspend organic food shopping? Not so! Here’s a LINK to an article by Laura Klein, publisher for the “Organic Authority” e-zine: “Top Tips for Shopping for Organic Foods on a Budget.”

An excerpt to get you started:
“Good news! You can eat healthier, save money, and lose weight, all at the same time.  Transitioning to a healthy, nearly all-organic, whole foods diet is a major factor in how I lost my last hard to lose 10 pounds 10 years ago. In fact, green living is the way I’ve been able to keep the weight off ever since!

Follow these food shopping tips to a less expensive, healthier lifestyle. The only thing that will fatten up is your wallet!”

[To read FULL ARTICLE, see “TOP TIPS for Shopping for Organic Foods.”]

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YouTube video: GMO “Genetic Conspiracy” and Monsanto

“Yes” to organic! Definitely “NO” to GMO!  Those of us who eat ORGANIC avoid GMO (Genetically Modified Foods) like the proverbial (and oh-so-appropriately-labelled “plague”).  But, if not yet savvy about the harm Genetically Modified (GMO) foods cause PEOPLE and the PLANET, then the video above will be a wake up call.

The USFDA gave the Monsanto corporation a “free pass” on GMO’s and helped suppress the science that shows food produced this way is dangerous. These are the foods that are genetically modified: milk, corn, soybeans, canola oil and cottonseed oil. Read labels! Watch out for GMO foods!

How can you tell if a product in your grocery is GMO? By looking at the “product look-up” (PLU) code on the little label:

1–Conventionally grown food (not GMO, not organic): 4 digit PLU  
2–Organic food: 5 digits starting with a nine  
3–GMO food: 5 digits starting with an eight

Avoid number 3 in that list! Of course, buying certified organic food means that it is, by definition, not GMO. These days, if it’s not ORGANIC, then it’s probably GMO.  As many as 7 out of 10 items in a conventional grocery are GMO!

The simplest way to protect yourself from “GMO” food is to stop eating any food other than ORGANIC!

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Video: Movie trailer for Food Inc. on YouTube

For anyone who has not yet seen the movie Food Inc., CBC News Network The Passionate Eye” is showing this film again tomorrow night. The  feature starts at 7 pm (Saturday, April 17th) on CBC News Network (Channel 26 in Vancouver) and runs a couple of hours. The short “trailer” above covers the highlights.

After seeing this film, shopping for food will never be the same for you! Before this film I would occasionally eat other than organic, if the “price was right.After this film, I know for sure the “price” can NEVER be right! Some of the footage of factory farm chickens and cows is heartbreakingly graphic. But the real “kicker” for me is that nearly ALL food is controlled by a handful of corporations, with all the political pressure and corruption that inevitably implies.

FOOD INC. is on CBC’s “Passionate Eye” tomorrow at 7 o’clock. You’ll never look at food the same way again!

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