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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Culture beyond dairy

  I'm not a huge fan of nursing from cows: I really don't want to look, smell, or be shaped like a growing calf. Or get any weird cow ailments, for that matter, or drug residues - the sort of thing we worry about if we are nursing our own kids, but not if we are being nursed by other animals.

Probiotics - all of those beneficial bacilli - often only appear in stores as refrigerated pills or in dairy yogurt. I love "rejuvelac" (, which is a fermented, dairy-free mix of probiotics and other neat stuff, but it is hard to find.

This is part of why I love the incredible soy yogurts made by WholeSoy & Co. (, an SF local company. I like the taste better than that of dairy-based yogurt, I don't have to worry about calf-like tendencies, and it's locally made with organic soy!

It tastes significantly better than Silk's soy yogurt to me, and I love Silk's other products.

I don't usually endorse specific brands of things, since most of what I eat is cooked from scratch rather than pre-prepared and packaged, but this is good stuff. And vegan. And addictively tasty.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007


How to cook fresh edamame

It occurs to me that I might forget, since I get fresh edamame so rarely, and so I should note it here.

It's easy: rinse off the pods to get rid of any dirt, and toss them into boiling water for five minutes. You can serve them warm, or rinse them in cold water for a while to cool them off. Eat by picking up the pods and squeezing the soybeans into your mouth.

Trader Joe's supermarkets sell edamame frozen in both pods and pre-shelled. You get more for your money with the shelled, but then you have to figure out how to eat them without touching them. :-) I'm just saying that eating them out of their furry, firm, fresh-smelling green pods is pleasant, and so you miss out if someone shells them for you.

These are great for breakfast. With green tea. Genmaicha, specifically. (But what isn't good with genmaicha?)

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