Food, food culture, food as culture and the cultures that grow our food

Grow yer own dang food

October 29, 2006

sprouts in the sun culiblog
Radish and leek sprouts in the low-angled polar sun

November 3, Restaurant prototype to open
Grow Yer Own Dang Food, micro-green cuisine

A restaurant devoted to sprouted seeds and micro-greens could only be called a Sproutstaurant. And at a Sproutstaurant one eats, micro-green cuisine!

For 2 months in Amsterdam beginning Friday, November 3rd you can enjoy no less than 31 sorts of sprouted vegetable accompanied by that most quintessential of Dutch foods, potato mash (stamppot). In an exuberant expression of Grow Yer Own Dang Food, culiblog’s Debra Solomon will be presenting a menu that we all could easily have grown ourselves.

Grow yer own dang food! Right here in our urban caves, right here in the Polar Circle. Here, in the dead and dark of winter, you can grow yer own dang food.

We all know by now that transporting food by lorry and airplane uses loads of petrol and causes suffering in rural communities far away but also back in the Heimatt. A significant portion of inter-urban transportation is devoted to the acquisition and transportation of food into our homes. Eating home grown food offers a sustainable solution to securing an ethically produced food supply.

Recognising that the urban interior is no place for permaculture activism, the Grow Yer Own Dang Food sprout restaurant offers an elegant solution to self-sufficient-ish organic food production at minimal cost and with maximal style.

Solomon assures us, ‘Sprouting, it’s not just for hippies anymore.’

pumpkin sprouts culiblog
Sprouting pumpkin seeds

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Food-related fashion chez Maison Walter van Beirendonck

October 25, 2006

Walter van Beirendonck Ronald McGreedy
Image from Walter van Beirendonck’s Autumn 2006 - 2007 Ready to Wear collection, used entirely without permission.

A more thorough look at the Autumn-Winter 2006-2007 Ready to Wear collections reveals a tongue in cheeky awareness of global food politics and a welcome activist approach towards health and eating. In February of this year I reported on Jeremy Scott’s Food Fight collection, but during a revisit to this subject this week I discovered a critical voice in the likes of Walter van Beirendonck.

Thankfully Spring and Summer 2007 show the fashion industry deeply embracing permaculture.

Basso & Brooke permaculture collection Spring - Summer 2007 Ready to Wear
Basso & Brooke’s Spring - Summer Ready to Wear with fabrics expressing an unprecedented naturalism. Image used entirely without permission.

Basso & Brooke permaculture collection Spring - Summer 2007 Ready to Wear
Basso & Brooke’s Spring - Summer 2007 collection with bamboo leaf motifs. Bamboo leaves are an excellent and renewable source of disposable plates. Image used entirely without permission.

Heatherette Apple Month collection Spring - Summer 2007 Ready to Wear
Heatherette’s Fall 2007 collection is all about Apple Month! Image used entirely without permission.

Jeremy Scott frosting dress Fall 2006 Ready to Wear
Mmmmm Mama, lick off the frosting! From Jeremy Scott’s Food Fight collection (Fall 2006) Image used entirely without permission.

Jeremy Scott junkfood fabric from Food Fight collection - Fall 2006 Ready to Wear
Fabric from Jeremy Scott’s Food Fight collection (Fall 2006) Image used entirely without permission.

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One of the perks of permaculture

October 24, 2006

(image of my cabane by KvR)
Purple basil seed heads bowing down to the ground, they may re-seed at any moment.

Inondation! K’tje tells me that tout le monde has been suffering terribly with the flooding of the allotments down in Gawd’s Own Country. My feeling is, since my garden is situated in a flood plain, it’s reasonable to surrender to the idea of the occasional inundation. Plus I have an ugly shed that could do with a bit of drifting.

(image of my cabane by KvR)
Ever since A. built it, I have been praying that a flood would come and wash this blight of vernacular architecture away. Instead the flood just caused the morning glory to flourish. L’chaim to the shed-eating morning glory!

(image of my garden by KvR)
Clearly Yves has not been tucking into the leafy greens.

But the threat of flooding is just one of the many reasons why I’m loving my permaculture garden right now. Except for the utter destruction of the vertical elements and the mysterious washing away of the calabash gourds, you can’t even tell that my garden was flooded. Some people have another word for that, I choose to call it permaculture.
It’s a method.

(image of my garden by KvR)
Mysterious absence of calabash gourds! K’tje suggests that they may have been ‘flushed’ away by the flood. Her words, not mine. I just can’t help but wonder if the threat of a calabash chandelier from Sinterklaas didn’t have something to do with their disappearance.

Thank you KvR for all of the images in this posting.

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