Cookbooks & Drinking Tea

Everyone seems to be in some stage of de-cluttering, down-sizing, and reorganizing these days.  I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions for many reasons, not only because those imposing promises made to myself on January 1st seem to lose vigour around January 15th.  I find that the first two weeks of January are best…

The Year of Family Farming

“People in my neighbourhood are so disconnected from the fresh food supply that kids don’t know an eggplant from a sweet potato. We have to show them how to get grounded in the truest sense of the word.” Ron Finley   The United Nations has designated the year 2014 as the International Year of Family…

World Diabetes Day

“Diabetes is a lousy, lousy disease.” Elaine Stritch The World Health Organization is on a mission to raise global awareness of diabetes. Today has been designated World Diabetes Day.  The WHO statistics are sobering: 347 million people worldwide have diabetes. 80% of people with diabetes live in low and middle-income countries. Diabetes is projected to become…

What happens after World Food Day?

“Considering that food is a requisite of human survival and well-being and a fundamental human right…” Resolution 1/79 World Food Day Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations   October 16, 2013 was World Food Day – a day that has been set aside since it came into existence November 1979 at the 20th General…

Cream Tea & Other Things

“Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.”  Sydney Smith, A memoir of the Rev. Sydney Smith   Those who follow LadyBudd, know that this past summer I took few weeks to go on an adventure with my family.  It…

Mark Bittman – Here’s a thought!

“1 billion people in the world are chronically hungry. 1 billion people are overweight.” — Mark Bittman (Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes) The more I consider our connections with food, culture and health, I realize that my choices, however small, do make a difference.  Today, I celebrated the…