I’ve been feeling strong lately. As others around me got sick with the sinus/chest virus that’s going around, I’ve remained healthy. Until last night. Ugh. I dragged myself on a 4-mile hike with Jim this morning in Raven Rock State Park to try to kill the beasties inside, but I don’t think it worked. My legs and butt feel tired in a good way but the rest of me is absolutely exhausted.
Because of my dull state, this will be a short Sunday Table today. I’m starting with a book that I’ve added to my wish list, High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, by the food historian and cookbook author Jessica B. Harris. It’s a story of “how African slaves, thrust into a strange land, carried with them the taste memories, cooking techniques and agricultural practices of their homelands and transformed the way Americans ate.” Combining two of my favorite topics, food and history, this is the kind of book I’d love to read on a day like today.
I’m hitting a milestone birthday this year and can’t help but think about the years remaining as signs of aging slowly creep up on me. I’m getting back into regular yoga and meditation, but I really need to pay more attention to my diet. The Mediterranean diet has always appealed to me, lots of vegetables, fish and olive oil, along with a daily glass of wine. Now the experts are saying that a Mediterranean diet “may be associated with slower rates of mental decline in the elderly.” Woo hoo!
Here’s a fun site for those times when you’re too lazy to get in the car and go to the supermarket – Supercook. Enter the items you have in the refrigerator that you want to use, they’ll suggest other items to check off that you might have on hand, and voila, a list of recipes that’s bound to spark an idea for dinner.
The story about the impending demise of the Cavendish banana, the familiar yellow banana in our supermarkets, has been around for more than five years. But it’s coming back into the headlines dues to a recent story in the New Yorker (subscription required), We Have No Bananas: Can Scientists Defeat a Devastating Blight? The killer is a soil-borne fungus, referred to as “the HIV of banana plantations,” that’s spread through Asia and Australia and is expected in Central America, the source of most of our bananas.