Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hair, Wood, and a Beaver's Backside. Yum Yum...Time for Dinner!

My garden is going off!!! Ok, I live in Southern California and, here, this phrase is completely normal. Seriously it is producing beautifully. I no longer need to buy vegetables, I simply walk into my backyard and grab what I need. We are blessed here. While some gardeners are bracing for the winter cold, it was eighty degrees here the other day. My tomato plants are still giving me joy and I have taken to sharing my bounty with my neighbors...because I actually have to. It is totally going off!

I am thankful my garden is doing so well because what is going on with our food today is actually scaring me. I do not want to go to the grocery store, any more than I have to, for fear of being tempted by a slew of chemical concoctions. I was watching 60 Minutes the other day and they aired a segment on a natural and artificial flavoring factory. This company admits that they mimic Mother Nature with chemicals and they make flavors that don't last too long...so you will want to come back for more. Now, as you know, I have been trying to eat as naturally as I can. When I want the flavor of an orange, I reach for an orange, but I learned that even natural flavors are not always what you think they are. A strawberry flavor might not actually be from a strawberry. No joke, they said that a strawberry or vanilla flavor can actually come from the gland in a "beaver's backside". You can read or watch the whole segment on 60 Minutes.

If you don't grow it yourself or buy products where every single ingredient is something you recognize then you really have no idea what you are eating. Many processed foods contain wood that companies use as a filler. You can read about this on The Street. Hair or poultry feathers contain a food additive called L-cysteine. This amino acid, which gives hair its strength, also gives some bagels their bounce, puts softness in cakes, and can be added to meat as a flavor enhancer. You can read more on MotherJones. I don't know about you, but when I see someone's hair in my food at a restaurant, I generally send the food back.


  1. Hey Natalie!! It's good to see you again.

  2. Thank you. Yes, I took a bit of a break :)
    Love the new additions to your blog. The sunflower is beautiful!!! And your store looks amazing!!! Everyone, check her out at: http://urbanfarmingsidney.blogspot.com/