Rin Corbin

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Recent posts by Rin Corbin

Puncture vine. It’s where the Romans got the idea for caltrops, it goes through bike tires, and the seeds last up to 6 years in the ground. Mulch with cardboard (not the best, but solid enough) covered with 10+cm of normal mulch seems to keep it from sprouting. I’ve heard rumors of lawn rollers covered with yoga mats, but haven’t tried that yet.

1 month ago
Thanks, Tina, these are great recipies! I never thought to make carrot noodles for pad see ew, what a great idea, Kate! And Mart, raw food, good call on that and the turkey. I hadn’t thought about it, but I’ll add that to my post-holiday frugal tricks, along with Pumpkin Stewing Day on November 1st.
1 month ago
Howdy, Sandy!

The two things that I’m grooving on recently -

1. Coffee grounds as a soil amendment. There’s keen competition among gardeners where I work for the breakroom coffee grounds as a soil acidifier. I haven’t re-checked PH on the patch I’ve innoculated yet, as it takes a while to build up enough, unless you have an ‘in’ at a cafe.

2. Cheese weed - Malva neglecta - has 10-100x the nutritional value of grocery store kale, a mild taste, stands up to cooking (don’t fry, odd texture), and is delicious in salad, palak paneer, and spanikopita. It seems to grow best as a 3-season annual in the un-irrigated, high-traffic, gravel-and-weed-barrier footpaths of xeric landscaping, ideally with a gardener jumping up and down on it, swearing, and tearing at it with a stirrup hoe weekly to bi-weekly.  
1 month ago
Clacka-berries en facion Chris, au Buerre Noisette, sel de tartuffes, et walking onion greens (the only thing not currently fossilized in my northern hemisphere high desert garden at winter solstice)
1 month ago
A couple years ago, as I was heading out to get a Chistmas tree, I opened my door, and a tree-shaped Russian Thistle (tumbleweed) was sitting on my doorstep. I looked around, said “Thank you!” to Nature, took it inside, and decorated it.
1 month ago
Thanks, Tina and Chris, those sound delicious! A cheese plate for Christmas lunch, and oh wow, I definitely need to try that kimchi bowl, with eggs and quinoa. The foil packets also look amazing, and are perfectly timed for tomorrow’s CSA delivery that will include ground lamb.

This is so wonderful! I posted yesterday out of frustration, and now I have a fun new project, trying out all these delicious recipes! I’ll try to post pictures as I make them.

Thank you for your well-wishes, and for cheering me up with your delicious ideas!

1 month ago
Congratulations Dale, on knowing what you want and asking for what you want. I wonder what tiny fraction of the world does that?

I’d like to add two suggestions I haven’t seen yet-

1. Compassion: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” The Dalai Lama

This sounds squishy, but it’s gritty stuff. It means recognizing very deeply that women are people, with their own goals, flaws, and hurts. Think carefully about what it might be like to be her- and not just the great part, where a pair of gazongas come factory installed.

The rules of life are slightly different for her than for you. Some things come easier - maybe she doesn’t realize how hard it is to walk up and talk to a stranger because strangers are constantly trying to get her attention. Some things are harder- maybe you don’t realize that those double-D’s cause vicious headaches if you can’t afford to replace your bra often enough.

This is HARD, and hard not to take personally. What reasons that have nothing to do with you might make a person not want to talk to you? Maybe she just came from the dentist? Maybe she’d rather talk to that other guy at the gym even though you’re way better looking, because he’s her trainer and she’s paying him by the hour?

2. Luke Skywalker vs. Han Solo: Star Wars was written by a man. If you want to understand women, read more books written by women. (Or consume more of your favorite media as made by, not just starring, women.)

“...I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman’s inconstancy. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman’s fickleness. But perhaps you will say these were all written by men.” Jane Austen, Persuasion

If you’re on this site, you like to learn about stuff you don’t understand. If you don’t understand how to put yourself in women’s shoes, fiction is a good way to do this. Read books written by women, not just about or ‘for’ them. Books written *by* women have a variety of different perspectives from male authors and from each other. Read widely. Don’t assume Ayn Rand, Jane Austen, or Louis McMaster Bujold have the last word on LadyThoughts.  

Oh, and Dale, have you read this one?

1 month ago
Thanks, Mark and Stephen, those both sound delicious!
1 month ago
Here’s my first real fast food recipe:

Bumble-bean soup

Dump into slow-cooker:

1 lb. dry mixed beans (I used Bob’s Red Mill 13 bean mix)
Soup stock to cover
1 coarsely chopped onion
1-ish tsp thyme
1-3 bay leaves

Cook on medium for 4-6 hours.

Add to taste:
Olive oil
Crushed garlic

Serve. Remainder can sit on low/keep warm setting until ready to clean up.
1 month ago
Dear Permie Foodies,

I have a temporary health thing that prevents me from standing for more than about 10 minutes at a time, with good long rests in between attempts, and a limited number of attempts per day. I need to make myself food, but PB&J and containerized-food-like-substances don’t seem like a viable path back to wellness.

Do you have any recipes that meet the following criteria?

1. Takes 10 minutes of active prep time or 15 minutes if part of it can be done seated.

2. Ingredients are flexible; awesome friends will bring me good ingredients, I have a deep pantry, and no dietary limitations.

3. Pressure cooker / haybox / slow cooker recipes are welcome

4. Per #3, it can take hours to cook, just no more than 10-15 minutes of my attention.

5. Bonus points for things that make good leftovers.

Thanks for your help on my healing journey!
1 month ago