By now you may have heard, thanks to Jamie Oliver and Dr. Oz, that castoreum is a natural flavor behind some of the products we consume. I use the word “behind” literally, since castoreum is the product of a beaver’s anal glands. Castoreum is totally unique, chemically speaking, to the beaver – not to be confused with that stinky defensive spray that comes from a skunk’s anal glands, or reason dogs walk in circles sniffing each other’s rear ends. Same place, different thing. Urban myth or no?
Winter’s untended and forgotten greens, gone wild in the overgrown vegetable bed.
Hundreds of bottle nose dolphins dive for Sunday brunch in the Sea of Cortez. Check out a few photos:
The beach is really a reflection of the ocean’s current events. I didn’t know this before I had the chance to live here, walking on the sand with the pup and Kids each evening. Here’s some of what we find:
It’s 3AM and the puppy got sprayed by a skunk. Looks like grandma and grandma won’t be coming over for brunch after all. Here’s what happened . . .
Tons of rock. Yards of soil. Comparing the relative values of heirloom seeds vs. organic starts. Six trips to the nursery to puzzle together a jigsaw of drip irrigation. Finally my garden fantasies are starting to bear fruit.
Water connects a favorite summer pastime to the ingredients I buy and prepare for our meals. Here’s a drive past some of the farms, fields, and food lining the roads to Highway 101, taking us to play in fresh, clear lakes and rivers of summer.
Signs of spring, on the street and the sea.
Students learn about food webs and food chains in the Watsonville Wetlands, and I remember that feeding kids’ bodies is just as important as feeding their minds. Includes a simple, kid-friendly recipe for Applesauce Puffs.
A mid-afternoon snack for a Point Lobos squirrel in Carmel, California
This is one of my Best Photos Ever, snapped on a winter’s evening at Seacliff Beach in Aptos, California