The Curious Autodidact

June 13, 2015

The Food we Waste in America


What a heartache to consider the number of people go without adequate nutrition in our country and the amount of food that is pitched into the landfills and compost bins daily. It has been reported by the New York Times that 27% of the food in America is wasted. Europeans are much more careful about food because they shop daily and have limited space in which to store it in their smaller refrigerators, things tend not to be misplaced.

Two articles that are worth reading from the New York Times are Terra Parker-Pope’s article “From Farm to Fridge to Garbage Can” and Andrew Martin’s article ” One Country’s Table Scraps, Another Country’s Meal” written a few years past.

Just think of what we could do to stop hunger if we took even half of what we spent on wasted food and gave it instead to the local food pantry so all could eat?


May 26, 2015

Ginger: Infographic

Filed under: cool internet stuff,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 6:21 pm

Chef Hari Ghotra's Key Ingredients Infographics Ginger

April 21, 2015

Alchemy of Tea: Infographic

Filed under: cool internet stuff,helpful hints,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 6:27 pm

Alchemy of Tea Infographic Poster

October 19, 2012

Staying Safe: Cleaning with Simple Things

Filed under: environmental ideas,helpful hints,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 12:00 pm

As Americans we are so brainwashed about what clean is and how clean should smell. It turns out that the things we relate to clean are not healthy for us, not only to use initially for cleaning but to smell after the cleaning has been done. On Point Radio, a great radio program has a powerful feature about household cancer hazards that will get you to re-think your cleaning solutions shelf and replace what’s there with Bon Ami and Vinegar. You will help the environment, save your family’s health and save you lots of money. This show is worth a listen and worth sharing with your friends and family!

October 1, 2012

Balancing out Household Chores

Filed under: helpful hints,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 12:20 pm


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Tired of the household chores debate? This checklist will bring to light who does what and how the household chores are split up between domestic partners.

Just leaving this list on the kitchen counter or on the fridge may spark a lively debate around the dirty dishes in the sink…

November 12, 2011

Have you Kissed a Teacher Today?

Filed under: kitchen tips,media related,social justice,women heroes — Honilima @ 12:48 pm

With all the discouraging news drifting about these days it’s a good idea to focus on some good news and applaud those in this world who are quietly making a difference.

Take a break tonight and sit down to watch the 99 minute documentary Pressure Cooker” and you will be inspired by the difference teacher Wilma Stephenson has made in the lives of her inner-city students, at Frankford High School.  Ms. Stephenson teaches Culinary Arts, in a North Philadephia all-black high school, and her passion and determination to provide choices for her students is nothing short of inspirational. This movie is well-paced and will reminder viewers that one person can make a difference.

December 19, 2010

Cool Visual Display of Information

Filed under: environmental ideas,helpful hints,kitchen tips,social justice — Honilima @ 4:06 pm

I am a HUGE fan of well done visual display of information. These are a terrific way to show people data they might absorb less easily in written form. Here’s one that is a great look at Food Consumption in America.

Here’s another look at consumption from Erin Hanson featuring the difference between needs and wants in a chart that is called NEED TO WANT LESS that we could all take a moment to study more carefully. “When I was 6 I wanted a puppy…” If you want more check out some of her other work called One Minute Photoshop Thoughts—smart and sassy!

July 4, 2010

Ceviche: Let your Tastebuds Dance

Filed under: kitchen tips — Honilima @ 10:48 am

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This is a recycled post. We had ceviche last weekend and it reminded me so much of warm weather and great food I had to re-post. Apologies to loyal CA readers…

Having discovered a marvelous Ceviche Shop in Kona (now closed sadly) I began to wonder how hard it could be to make this flavorful cool answer to dinner or lunch on a hot day. I discussed it with a friend who’d gone to the same shop and then replicated the flavors at home. The tastes were so vivid but with the high price and small portions to make one crave a home created variety for a fraction the price.

This recipe seemed to most closely duplicate the fresh flavors I was served, it’s simple to make and super good if you use fresh ingredients. I used mahi-mahi and served it with some organic corn chips and it was the perfect meal to eat on the deck on a summer evening with a friend.


Recipe serves four.

1 pound Ahi tuna (or other fish, mentioned above)*

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1/3 cup coconut milk

1 jalapeno, minced

Large pinch of salt

1/4 cup diced yellow bell pepper

1/2 cup diced cucumber

1 large ripe tomato, diced

1/2 bunch green onions, trimmed and sliced

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1. Dice the fish into 1/2-inch chunks.

2. In a large, non-reactive bowl (glass or ceramic), combine the lime juice, coconut milk and salt. Stir to mix. Add remaining ingredients and mix them gently to coat the fish.

3. Cover the mixture and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes, then taste it and adjust the seasonings if necessary. Refrigerate until time to serve.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Eat within four hours or the fish will “overcook” and become dry.

February 27, 2010

Modern Cooking with a “TNT” pot

Filed under: book related,helpful hints,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 8:52 am

Fagor a great pressure cooker brand

Many people have memories of old fashioned pressure cookers that were a danger for their ability to blow up from excess pressure. They have come a long way and it’s time for your to explore pressure cooker cooking as a way to prepare healthy fresh foods inexpensively. Your food will be more tasty and you will cook with way less fat.

Cooking Under Pressure: A Great Cookbook

My dear neighbor Mary gave me the courage to begin to use my pressure cooker by lending me Lorna Sass‘s book COOKING UNDER PRESSURE. It’s a great cookbook and gave me the courage to just move ahead into this great method of cooking good foods quickly. Once you’ve made risotto using her method you may never make it another way. I have bought several friends pressure cookers including a friend in Chicago that refers to it as his TNT pot. He is a convert but I always give the book with the pot. You can find a FAGOR brand pot and that’s what I’d recommend. Be sure to get at least a six quart size or larger.

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February 22, 2010

Eating for the Season: Seasonality Chart

Filed under: environmental ideas,helpful hints,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 1:55 am

Awesome illustration from the UK Guardian Newspaper

These colorful illustrations of information fascinate me. This chart from the Guardian is another great example of an artistic way to get a message across. Eating with the seasons is a commitment to the environment and it begins with awareness.

Slate has an article on-line call Sustainable Salads, by Brendan Borrell, that details which fruits and vegetable have the most modest environmental footprint.

It’s a wise choice to shop where you can determine the origin of the produce you purchase and to keep in mind how far it has come to get to your plate.

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