Hooray for the Vegetable Orchestra, and hope you enjoy listening while you peruse below.  As usual, articles, resources, links et al. are piling up on my to-share list.  They’re the customary Kitchencounterculture mix of political, community, and DIY domestic.  Hope they are of interest…

One of my favourite things I read about Maya Angelou right after her death.  And the great writer as a cook.

Inspiring instructions to make beautiful Herbal Infused Oils in the sun…. How thyme-oil might be more powerful than ibuprofin or NSAIDS for menstrual cramp pain….  And an 1800s approach to making a sugar suspension for cannabinoids--would also be a wonderful home-made pain reliever….  A really good how-to on Herbal Tinctures…  Fun Essential Oils Room Sprays….

A useful discussion of various fruits mentioned in The Bible.

Truly, extremely, wildly  inspired experiments in fermented flavours.  The Cultured Pickle Shop, here.

How to grow mustard for seed (as a spice, or for mustard the condiment, lacto-fermented version of which is on my to-do list.  Lately in this heat everything seems to bolt so getting the seed doesn’t seem like a problem at all.

I love this post about honeysuckle, a favourite plant.

And I love this too.  It goes around again and again, photos of grandmothers and the foods they cook.

How to make an outdoor oven using recycled bricks.  Someday, someday!

“How much should I eat? A handful is a healthy portion.”  Love Joyful Belly Aryuveda!

For people with babies, one of my favourite bloggers, The Leftover Queen, on Baby-Led Weaning

I read in Ana Sortun’s Spice about Chamomile Grappa, which she uses in a “Chamomile Sabayon.”   I have a distaste for Chamomile Tea (though love the Juicy-Fruit smell of the flowers) but somehow the idea of the fragrance in alcohol really does appeal.  Here’s a recipe for Chamomile Liqueur and a recipe for Chamomile Creme Anglaise made with tea bags.

Edible Geographies sets her focus on carrots, seed development, profit, and more.   Put this in the context of the Open Source Seed Initiative. 

What the Fork, a site full of articles all about how “corporations are tainting our democracy and our dinner plates.”  Here’s that graphic how 10 corporations produce almost everything you buy— lest you need convincing they don’t have too much power in our food system.

Five Ways the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) Threatens Local Foods.

And the National Museum of American History (part of the Smithsonian)  forms a “Kitchen Cabinet” to advise on food issues.  Sure seems like a lot of public relations from big companies more than experts or academics.  If anyone is listening– call on me!  Or let me help you figure out an amazing list of unbeholden foodies who would have a lot to offer.

A few months old, but a good article on Polish Farmers demanding the right to sell their wares against excessive regulation, and how other Big Food issues effect local farmers.  Similarly, this is an interesting piece about pressures in Portugal, including those of austerity politics, that make things hard for the little guy regarding food and farming– and community ways people get around the unfair rules..

There are good things happening too.  Read about San Francisco where a new Urban Agricultural Zone Ordinance is in the legislative cards. There are lots of similar efforts and exciting projects in various American cities. Here’s a sweet look at how to set up a community garden, this one in Oxford, where I lived for eight intense years.

Local to me in mid-Wales, here’s a really inspiring update on the beautiful and biodiverse horticulture work of my friend Emma.

Just making sure everybody knows about the staggering Food Timeline, explaining food history from ancient times to today. Starts with Water and Ice, then Salt, then Molluscs; ends with Twecipes (Twitter Recipes) and Recessipes (Recession Recipes).

A Seed Bomb Guide, including “seed pills”.

Enticing and easy Micro-Greens.

And breathtaking pictures of traditional honey gathering in central Nepal.