Archive for June, 2011

June 26, 2011

Moontime Meal

I just started my moontime, so I came up with this delicious four-course meal that’s full of ingredients that are especially good for you when you’re bleeding.

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Stir fry:

potatoes (potassium)

onions (vit. A)

garlic (vit. A)

ginger (an analgesic = relieves pain)

dark leafy greens (B6, A, iron, potassium)

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Cook a pot of lentils (vit. A) (we cooked brown rice with the lentils cuz we like those two together).

Combine the lentils with the stir fry.

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Drink:

chamomile tea (sedative, intestinal tonic) or echinacea tea (anti-inflammatory).  Both are calming, hydrating, and good for relieving cramps.

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Dessert:

chocolate (cuz you’re on your period)

and/or fruit salad with bananas (potassium), oranges (vit. A, potassium), melon (vit. A, potassium), Brazil nuts and/or almonds (calcium)

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Happy bleeding!    😉

-Rachel

June 26, 2011

Japanese Cucumber Salad

When you dumpster a bunch of cucumbers, you don’t have a refrigerator, and you don’t want them to go bad…

2 cucumbers, seeded

1/4 c rice vinegar

1 T soy sauce

1/4 t salt

1 T sugar

nori and/or sesame seeds for garnish

Mix it up and enjoy!

June 25, 2011

Dumpster Score #39: Seattle

Theo’s Chocolate: ~4 gallons of crunchy chocolate bars and raspberry truffles

Tall Grass Bakery: many loaves of bread

QFC: 2 boxes Baby Romain salad, 2 boxes Baby Spring Mix w/ Herbs

June 23, 2011

Dumpster Score #38: Seattle

Tall Grass Bakery: Two big bags of fresh(!) bread including olive bread!

Theo’s Chocolate: Several gallon plastic ziploc bags of chocolate bar pieces.

June 21, 2011

Dumpster Score #37: Olympia to Lynnwood

Trader Joe’s (Olympia): 6 tomatoes, bag cashews, hummus, bag sweet potatoes

Essential Baking Co. (Seattle): 1 loaf sour dough, 1 bun

Field Roast (Seattle): a long string of Smoked Apple Sage sausages, a long string of Mexican Chipotle sausages

Trader Joe’s (Lynnwood): 2 bags flour, penne pasta, 9 egg cartons, bag wine crackers, 3 boxes strawberries, pineapple slices, bag finger potatoes, mustard, pimiento cheese spread, hotdog buns, cilantro and chive yogurt dip, bag marshmallows, box blueberries, 3 peaches, 9 bell peppers, 2 cucumbers, box apricots, 5 zucchinis

June 18, 2011

Dumpster Score #36: Olympia

Trader Joe’s: TONS of the following (good too cuz there were 6 of us)… cherry tomatoes, basil, curry sauce, cheese, olives, olive spread, veggie chili, POUND PLUS CHOCOLATE, apples, bananas, ground flax, nectarines, eggs, potato chips, spinach

June 18, 2011

Today we cut a big hole in our roof!

June 17, 2011

Dumpster Score #35: Portland

Bakery: 5 bags hamburger buns

Trader Joe’s: 1 box cookies, 4 containers hummus

Portland Sandwich Company: 3 bagels w/ cream cheese (there were also a ton of sandwiches but they were all meaty and Max doesn’t “believe in cold cuts”)

June 14, 2011

Strawberry Ginger Lemonade

Every once in a while, a Trader Joe’s will have an empty dumpster, or it will be locked or guarded by security (eugene!! arghh), but that’s pretty much the exception. We showed up in Portland and that night made ourselves at home with a pretty excellent dumpster map.

We scored 25ish lemons and four boxes of strawberries from TJs, so I spent at least an hour squeezing lemons and we chopped up the strawberries and some ginger and made ourselves some delicious strawberry lemonade.

25 lemons

4 boxes of strawberries

a bit of ginger

Squeeze lemons, add strawberries and ginger. We put them into a 1 gallon glass jug, topped off the lemon juice with water and then added a bunch of fructose (a sugar) that I had dumpstered in Boulder last summer. yummmm

June 14, 2011

The Mississippi House, Portland

The Mississippi House is one of two urban communities that are owned by Portland Collective Housing, a non-profit, egalitarian housing system “that promotes principles of mutual aid, environmental sustainability, and affordable housing” (75% of the residents must make 80% or less of Portland’s median income), according to their website.  We’ve only just arrived in Portland and are planning on leaving for Olympia tomorrow, so we dropped by the Mississippi House today totally unannounced.

Portland Collective Housing also owns the building next door to the Mississippi House; this building is a volunteer-run anarchist info-shop called the Black Rose, home to a large freecycle, a lending library, free internet access, and tons of zines, books, and posters (we spent several hours there, much of which was spent reading an amusing book published in 1978 titled Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and (Almost) No Money).  When we finally got over to the Mississippi House, we were greeted by someone who we’d met at Tryon Life Community Farm for their event last weekend, and were given a tour along with a prospective resident.

The house is home to 12 people aged 3 to late 30s, a dog (who lives with their caretaker in the camper parked in the driveway) and several cats who don’t always get along.  The kitchen is vegan (though not everyone who lives there is vegan), and it seems redundant at this point to mention that chores and cooking are organized in an egalitarian way.

A sign in the entrance to the house outlines the community’s safer space policy (can’t remember if that’s the word they used), which basically said that the community strives to be a safer space and won’t tolerate oppressive behavior and language.

It was clear from the books on the shelves, the art on the walls, and the zines and other literature around the house, not to mention the awesome folks we’d met who live there, that the Mississippi House is a politically radical space, a queer space, and a place where concepts like anarchy and consent can be discussed openly and (hopefully) manifested.  We were told that because the house is relatively small, they can afford to be picky when choosing new housemates.  They have an extensive application process, including a written application and an interview, to find people who will fit with the politics and vibe of the community; safer space and consent are discussed with applicants early on.  When I asked what happens when someone violates the safer space policy, the response was that the community doesn’t have one set technique to address this situation, but that it’s handled as a community and, of course, can be complicated.  New housemates have a two-month “trial period” after which they, and the house, decide if it’s a good fit.  We were told that people who aren’t a good fit usually decide on their own to leave.  The Mississippi House is definitely a spot I’d like to spend more time at; maybe next time we’re traveling through Portland.

-Rachel