Those Amazing Trees

If you thought this summer was hot, sticky and are hoping that next year the weather is just a little more balanced, then you might want to think about one of the most natural air coolants out there:

The tree.

Simply put, if we had more of them left, we would have more opportunities to experience their amazing powers of cooling and shading.

Think I’m exaggerating?  Well here are a few interesting facts about trees that I learned from the David Suzuki Foundation email newsletter this week:

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Sun-Fried Plants: A Summer Tragedy

I guess we should have known by the oddly warm and early spring we had this year that we were in for one hot summer, but this is crazy.

It is insanely warm.  Not only are people having a hard time in the heat, but so are the plants.

Take my poor little herbs I potted in May.  All was well with them at first.  Then at the end of June I went away for a few days to help with kitchen reno (by help I mean watch) and then off to my Dad’s wedding.  And while I was away that blaring sun got to my herbs.

I came home to pots of dying and, in some cases, downright fried little herbs.  I cut back what I could and took good care of them..

Some of them are almost recovered.  Others, though, I am pretty sure are dead.

Sorry Dill, Tarragon and Cilantro.  It was good while it lasted. Continue reading

Organic Chicken Rotisserie and Stock

Last Wednesday, along with picking up our usual CSA veggies from Dalew Farms, we received our July order of organic chickens. This was our first time ordering their chickens and we were very excited to try them.

Obviously there was only one way to taste test the meat:

ROTISSERIE!

First thing we did was make a basting sauce:

1/2 c olive oil

1/2 c lemon juice

2 tbsp fresh rosemary (gently pressed with a rolling-pin to release oils)

We set the barbecue to 350 and then began the rotisserie.

And by we I mean the Dreamboat.  There is something about barbecuing that demands male attention. Continue reading