Tereza Okava

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I'm a transplanted New Yorker living in South America, where I have a small urban farm to grow all almost all the things I can't buy here. Proud parent of an adult daughter, dog person, undertaker of absurdly complicated projects, and owner of a 1981 Fiat.
I cook for fun, write for money, garden for food, and knit for therapy.
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that's just what I wanted to hear!! I definitely have cornmeal, but I'm always looking for a place to throw the buckwheat and quinoa flour.... and if the molasses masks all the flavors that will be even better- quinoa flour can be a bit forthright in the taste department (amaranth is way more neutral. we are now on the getting-older-adding-more-protein-to-the-diet train and i'm putting one or the other in the few baked goods i still make, with good effects).
20 hours ago
i since saw another recipe that used a baking tin covered with foil.
i'm not sure i'd cover them THAT tightly-- it would stink to have a mason jar crack. Not sure it would come to that, but.... my jars are precious!

here's my current dilemma: no rye flour (sigh, flour embargo after having bought 500 types of flour. I still have to use up the amaranth, quinoa, white rice, and teff before i will buy any more types...) I have some buckwheat and whole wheat, think it would work just as well?
20 hours ago
my sister is a leap baby, and turned 40 today. or 10, if you prefer.

it occasionally causes problems when you have to select things from drop-down menus, from what i gather.
22 hours ago
Thank you Mark Yates, for saying what I've been thinking!
Please, Mike: eye protection! Hand protection! Safety first!
1 day ago
oh dear! i haven't had this since I was a kid!

now i know what i'll have to make for breakfast this weekend.
found a recipe that looks interesting.

I wonder if I could steam it in my pressure cooker (if it's talking about 40+ minutes' steaming).
Also I don't have that kind of can handy, so I'll need to do some searching for alternative baking containers. Or maybe roll up a roll of aluminum foil with a sushi rolling mat....
1 day ago
you can always take your painting and hold it up on something to get perspective, if that is the issue.
personally, i find it almost impossible to draw on an easel-- painting is slightly easier. I was given a really fancy one, which I gave to my kid (also an artist) and I think it currently serves as a stand for a full-length mirror. I had dreams of taking it to the beach etc to paint on, in the end I prefer to do watercolors on a smaller scale and i just hold the darn block in my lap.

You could always rig up a stand to try it out (i'm thinking the laptop stands or, if you're like me and a bit older, the kid of "document stands" we had to use in office work a million years ago when we had to type while reading a document. Even an old plate display holder will hold up a drawing pad.)
1 day ago
i know i've mentioned it elsewhere here on Permies, I think the most unusual food for my cultural background was roasted silkworm larvae, although at the time i ate them absolutely without a second thought, they smelled so amazing and the taste and texture didn't disappoint.

Similarly, fried grasshoppers (yum) and dried salamanders (okay, if hard to tell apart from dried squid), a bit outside my normal diet. This was in mountainous rural northern Japan, far from the ocean, where traditionally they did not turn up their noses at available protein.

Another food I loved that I didn't expect to enjoy was jellyfish: in Japan I often enjoyed this vinegary jellyfish and mushroom salad.
1 day ago
to preface: i do bokashi in buckets. when the bucket is full, it has to be mixed with dirt for a few weeks to become fully broken down (at which point it's basically compost). I do that in a worm barrel, also throwing in whatever else i have around (rabbit bedding, stuff I've run through the chipper, etc). And by worm barrel I just mean a trash barrel with holes drilled in the sides and bottom, that never gets fully emptied and has an endless colony of worms in it. I don't ever fully empty it, they've probably developed their own civilization by now.
I usually try to have 1 part bokashi: 1 part dirt: 1 part extra roughage kind of stuff. The dirt I use is "bad"- spent dirt from planters, seed starting, etc, I usually have a few large pots that need to be disposed of. Any questionable dirt I have usually goes straight into that.

Occasionally I'm lazy and will just throw it in the garden in a trench, or just on the ground with some dirt over it (extra lazy option). But I occasionally will dig out a bed to add organic matter (hugelbed) and any questionable dirt will go in there, as it will all get broken down and improved.
2 days ago
You probably have less torrential rain than I do, so less worries about them getting washed out. Piling up that grass along the back of them is a great idea, that way if you hit them with the strimmer there's less chance of breakage (I'm surprised at how many I've broken).
3 days ago
I love to see what you're doing. And also a big fan of the roofing tiles, which I also use.
Something I've learned from 7+ years of using them for garden edging: They can break, and they can wash out if you have a place where water drains off.
My suggestion, if you're going to put them tallwise rather than lengthwise, is to find something to put them against - a plank, a pole, and then when you need to replace a broken one (after you trip over it, the dog bonks into it, you drop your shovel on it, etc) it's easy to stick a new one in. It helps even more if you have washout.
It is a devil of a job, and I say that having used an entire house's worth of tiles to edge all of my beds (not a huge space, i think my garden lot is 7m by 7m, i have maybe 9 separate small beds. it was many, many carloads of tiles, MANY spiders, many sore muscles. But totally worth it.) Godspeed!!!

Another idea for keeping brush down in your paths: if the tiles are like the ones we have here, they smash and crumble relatively well. (in fact often they are used for guerilla pothole filling when needed). So if you have a lot of them, consider running some over with a vehicle to crumble and put them in your path.
3 days ago