Lana Weldon

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Either you are vegan or you are not. I would not call myself a vegan if I wound ingest or use any kind of animal products, better to be honest and call oneself  omnivore or "flexiterian", or whatever word that would fit one's eating habits. I was a vegan for many years and I would not have been able to be a vegan for so long had I not "made mistakes" (eaten animal products). i have heard the same from other ex-vegans.
1 day ago

Ken W Wilson wrote:I like the idea of ants working for me. I wonder if a little sugar to help them find the spawn would help?

I’m kind of worried about identifying them correctly. We have a lot of green spored lepiota here. I’m a little color blind but I can see the green tint. I’ve read some Amanitas look pretty similar too.

Concerning you worry, "identifying them correctly", here in Germany where we had loads of them this year, people said that if the ring is "movable", it the right mushroom. (Another species, that also has a ring, but it is "fixed", so avoid). But pleased do some more research so that you are sure of what you are picking. But I have been told that it is a pretty reliable way to get the right one.
2 weeks ago
I recommend the book "Javatrekker" by Dean Cycon, not a recent book (from 2007), but will give you a good idea of the problems associated with coffee, and the difficulties (even for those wanting import organic beans) with corrupt institutions and governments sending wrong shipments of a completely different quality (and most probably not fair/organic).
There are great examples as well of small farmers, but one should be aware of the very serious problems associated with the coffee trade.
2 months ago
As a former fruitarian, having picked/bought/eaten so many fruits, and if different stages of ripeness, ripe or overripe is the way to go for for me, but that means also that you need to let go of visual perfection. The riper, the more damaged, but the more tasty... Pears are an example of this. And looks have nothing to do with taste. I would say smell can (but not always) give you a better idea of the taste/ripeness of the fruit. And if you have problems with digestion, do not eat underripe fruits, they will block you up. If you are afraid of sugar or "too" sweet fruit, than eat veggies instead.
Too much dairy, and especially unfermented dairy can block you up. Cow milk is really the worst type of milk for this condition. Sheep/goat has more fat and less protein, and many people are sensitive to the protein in milk.
So, in my personal experience the worst is unfermented cow milk, and in big amounts.
What works for me: small amounts of soft/fresh cheese of goat or sheep.
Many people can tolerate yoghurt, but for some reason I can't, even when made of goat/sheep dairy.
I also did longer breaks without any dairy at all, which was great for my skin and my digestion.

2 months ago
Horseradish. A very spicy and tasty root that is popular in Germany and Scandinavia, and can also treat a runny/congested noise, among other.
4 months ago
And you also help wildlife by growing hazel:
The endangered Hazel Dormice (from south of England) eats the nuts to fatten up before hibernation. And in spring the leaves have caterpillars, which dormice also eat.
The leaves feed the caterpillars of moths, coppiced hazel gives shelter for ground-nesting birds (nightingale, nightjar, yellowhammer, willow warbler)
The nuts are also popular with woodpeckers, nuthatches, tits, wood pigeons, jays and small mammals
4 months ago
I've heard that pawpaw fruit trees are not popular among deer
4 months ago
Actually, I have been thinking about edible really small fish. In my travels in Asia I had dishes with tiny fried fish, more like a small side dish. They were serve whole, and tasted nice. Also less hassle with processing the fish.  The Japanese and Thais uses really tiny fish (whole) as side dish or a condiment (when fried or/and dried) sprinkled on top of a dish. And its more wholesome : you get also get calcium from the tiny bones, etc.
We can learn a lot from the Japanese and the Asians when it comes to fish. And Japan for instance has a very long coast, a lot of mountains and areas were you can't grow food, and people have learnt to live in very efficient way.
4 months ago