Local Food This Week

It’s been a good week for food from close by. I went out Friday in my (12′ Scrambler) kayak and spent almost 5 hours between paddling and digging (and raking) for cockles and horseneck clams, resulting in clam fritters and tonight, clam linguine. Got 4 rock crabs that were scooting around in the shallows.(Also ended up pretty exhausted.)

Bought a small halibut from a neighbor fisherman, was given 4 rock fish by a friend, and got a bunch of smelt at night.

On Tuesday I was going to hike along the coast and noticed that the cattails were pollinating and got the pollen shown in the photo (you bend the stalks over and shake into a paper bag) — took maybe a half hour to get this much. I added it to oat pancakes this morning. All our vegetables are coming from the garden this time of year.

(Two weeks earlier I burned up my Evinrude 2-stroke outboard motor (seaweed clogged water intake) AND on same day got truck stuck in the bay and was pulled out by tow truck just as the water got up to the floorboards — close call! — but that’s all another story…)

Listening to Mojo Nixon’s “Loon in the Afternoon” program on Sirius Outlaw Country station right now.

3 Responses to Local Food This Week

  1. Anonymous says:

    looks pretty good. seem to recall you mentioning last yr, bout this time, re the cattails pancake. good info to know.

    re the water/floorboards, hope you post some pics (grin) someday..

    have a good day.

  2. El Gaucho says:

    Huh – I never knew that you could get grain from cattails. Very interesting.

  3. Anonymous says:

    seems like you are way better off eating cattail pollen than the following…

    Maybe you don't want to be eating cereals….

    Toxins From Mold


    Toxins From Mold

    toxins related mold. … In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 500 samples of corn, wheat, rice, and oat-based breakfast cereals were tested over a two-year period.


    Significance of Ochratoxin A in Breakfast Cereals from the United States
    Hyun Jung Lee and Dojin Ryu *
    School of Food Science, University of Idaho, 875 Perimeter Drive MS 2312, Moscow, Idaho 83844−2312, United States
    J. Agric. Food Chem., Article ASAP
    DOI: 10.1021/jf505674v
    Publication Date (Web): February 9, 2015
    Copyright © 2015 American Chemical Society

    Ochratoxin A (OTA) has been found in all major cereal grains including oat, wheat, and barley worldwide and considered as a potential concern in food safety.

    A total of 489 samples of corn-, rice-, wheat-, and oat-based breakfast cereal were collected from U.S. retail marketplaces over a two-year period

    The incidence of OTA was highest in oat-based breakfast cereals (70%, 142/203), followed by wheat-based (32%, 38/117), corn-based (15%, 15/103), and rice-based breakfast cereals (15%, 10/66).

    greater attention in further surveillance programs and development of intervention strategies to reduce health risks in consumers


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