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Disposable chopsticks are an environmental disaster. Known as Waribashi in Japan, where they were invented in the mid-eighteenth century; the overwhelming majority are produced in China, which is also their biggest consumer. China manufactures over 57 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks every year. An American company, Georgia Chopsticks, has gotten in on the business as well, producing billions more pairs each year. Others are manufacturing them as well- there is an unending demand. All of this adds up quickly. Even producing thousands of chopsticks per tree, it equals over 25 million trees felled per year. That’s over 10,800 square miles a year. An understanding of why they’re so used so heavily is essential in trying to find a solution to the problem. Somehow, a not insignificant portion of the conversation has decided that the disposable chopstick is a symptom of Western consumer culture. The truth is actually quite different: The disposable chopstick grew from chopstick-using cultures’ ideas of hygiene and etiquette. To explain why, we have to understand the history of the disposable chopstick.

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Banana Peels

My roommate frequently  opens his bananas wrong (you’re supposed to open them on the end opposite the stem, not at the stem, you philistine), but this is just an abomination. Look at this. 

 

Truly horrific.

Long time no see.

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything in a while- blame it on personal drama, getting a new (better) roommate, a new 40 hour job with an hour commute each way (I walk there, comes to about six miles a day). Or maybe blame it on my new workout regime, or on all the writing I’ve been doing (that would be a lie, though. I’ve done so little writing). Hell, you could even blame it on being able to afford going out again.

You’d be wrong with all of those guesses, though. The real reason? Fresh ginger root.

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Look at that glorious, majestic beast. Look at it!

Everything I cook has ginger in it now. EVERYTHING. COWER BEFORE THIS TANGY ROOT VEGETABLE. COWER. I OWN THIS. WHY? DO NOT QUESTION THE WHIMS OF THE GINGER-WIELDER. FEAR INSTEAD.

I really like ginger, it’s quite tasty.