Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Yay vancouver...



So I dont know if all of you know, but us calgary chicken lovers are a little jealous of the Vancouver chicken lovers..check this out.

yup, chickens are now allowed in Vancouver. Thats a pretty big deal. There are quite a few nay-sayers. Particularly the poultry industry who are afraid of avian flu. I dont quite understand how a few backyard chickens are a problem - I'm not saying there may not be a problem, I just dont see how. If some backyard chickens get the flu from wild birds, and sadly die, how would the disease would get to a poultry farm? But maybe I'm missing something. Anyways, urban hens... this as all great progress.

Us at urban agriculture have also been talking about this article. Its interesting as these are all things I buy regularly. (big pat on the back here...) but I know people dont eat these things because every time I get swiss-chard, the check-out teller doesnt know what it is.

I'd also like to add Kale to this list, as I have a big crush on kale and eat it a lot. this is how I love it:

first fry in hot oil till crispy, then fry a little hot sauce in a pan, add the kale and a can of coconut milk. and let it boil a little. Mmmmmm - delicious.

Also I found this recipe for cookies. - awesome. except we never have pecans just lying around, so I made them the second time without, and added a cup of oats, some coconut, and chopped pumpkin seeds. I think that pumpkin seeds cannot be eaten in a more decadent and delicious setting...

Oh, and though its been mentioned before, the best way to eat canned pumpkin, in my opinion, is in a pumpkin pie. Which happens to be Marcel's favorite food, as I always say: when you cant get your kids to eat vegetables for dinner - serve them for dessert! We are making one today!

Oh, and this painting is of wheat...and an urban scene. These, along with the last one, are studies for a larger painting I did...(which I will present in my next post...cue suspense music now...) The paintings have taken a little turn in direction, but have no fear, I am turning back as we speak. such a journey...

6 comments:

Dan Baker said...

Ummm food. I'm reading 'an omnivore's dilemma' right now so I have agriculture on the mind. Have you heard of biodynamics? Very interesting stuff. I've always thought local was more to the whole point than organic (industrial style) produce.

I have some proscuitto sitting around, I should go find some prunes and try that combo out. I definitely share your love of kale, makes a very nice stew.

peace

Cameron D. said...

I daresay the poultry industry is afraid of the competition.

I'd think that as long as the hens are kept in separate, safe & sanitary conditions it shouldn't be a big health issue. People are likely to have 1 or 2 hens at a time I imagine and disease tends to break out when there are hundreds living in close quarters.

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