Although California, and specifically Los Angeles, has been in a major drought for the last 3 years (and in reality, much longer than that), it is only recently that government agencies and the public itself has stepped up efforts to manage water in a sustainable way. The problem has been portrayed as simple problem of supply and demand: California has only so much water, and we are using too much of it. Of course, the reality is much more complex and nuanced. Luckily for us, however, the solution is quite simple: for California to truly become water sustainable, we must first focus on regenerating our water ethic and our water ecology. (more…)
Cauliflower is a favorite vegetable of most Punjabi families such as ours. It’s usually readily available at the farmer’s market, and is very easy to cook. Traditionally, cauliflower is cooked with potatoes, but as we are trying to cut down on starchy, less nutrient dense foods, we chose to make this dish with just the cauliflower. The flavor of this dish is mild (at least for us), and very easy to digest. It also cooks quite quickly, and doesn’t involve much prep, so its a go-to-dish in the winter when we need something quick. (more…)
This month, as we express our gratitude to the beings and systems that support our lives, we look at ways that we can give back. Much of the food that we depend on, comes from flowering plants that require pollination (think about tomatoes, eggplants, zucchinis, and almost all fruits). These flowering plants, in turn, depend on a variety of insects that actually perform the pollination. Although the honey bee is the most well-known of these creatures, she is just one of hundreds of life forms which help our food grow. (more…)
To be grateful to Nature, we must first know it. To know nature, we must first notice it.
Although I have read dozens of books on gardening, nature, and ecology, watched countless videos, and attended many classes and lectures, my greatest teacher has been the garden herself. Since I began gardening, I’ve made it an (almost) daily practice to spend at least a few minutes walking around the garden. (more…)
def: advaita ad-vite , adjective;
1. A sanskrit word implying union. Literally “ad” meaning not, and vait meaning “two”. Not two, but not one.
I am lettuce. I am tomato. I am chicken, and I am broccoli. And no I am not crazy, but I am Nature.
ster·ile /ˈsterəl/ adjective
1. not able to produce children or young. (of land or soil) too poor in quality to produce crops.
2. free from life
It is a common misconception that Death is the opposite of Life. Out of this belief, modern society takes great pain to reduce, hide, and otherwise eliminate death from its view. We go out to rake up the dead leaves, hiding the seasonal slumber of fall. We paint our faces, wrinkled with age, (more…)
Winter is a time of grounding vegetables that warm the heart and please the tongue. As the sun reaches further and further down towards the horizon, plants cling to the Earth for warm and nourishment. Winter vegetables such as carrots, beets, radishes, celery, and cauliflower (when grown right) have a rich, earthy flavor and strong aroma. This dish highlights those grounding vegetable flavors, and uses heating and healing herbs to keep the body fit for winter. It’s also easy to make and can use up some of the vegetables that have been sitting in the fridge or the garden too long. We hope you enjoy it! (more…)
She gave me one Seed. “It’s the last of its kind,” she said. “From another time. A time of kindness and warmth. Of joy and abundance,” she told me. “Plant it with care. Plant it where the sun shines, but not too bright. Plant it where the ground is moist, but not wet. Plant it not too shallow, not too deep. Look after it everyday. This seed is full of promises.” (more…)
In the winter months, it is important to eat warming, hearty foods that keep us strong and healthy when the weather is coldest. In India, daal is a staple dish during these months. It has a heating tendency on the body, is easy to digest, and is full of protein to keep the gardener working in difficult weather. Daal is extremely easy to make. Most Indian families will eat daal every night, along with rice and a vegetable dish. We hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do. It has kept our family warm for many centuries.