Thursday, March 20, 2008

The forgotten pouch

Within my first week here in Quito I noticed something very important in the chain of food production and distribution that we are missing in the United States. We have neglected one of the most versatile containers in the distribution of food products….. The Pouch! Here are a few photo of some of the many things you can get in pouches here, perhaps they will inspire a revival of the pouch in Gringolandia.



Peanut Butter




Laundry Detergent

Jams and Jellies

Dish Detergent

Garli Paste

and it’s very common to buy Milk in a pouch

Now this isn’t in a pouch,and at first you think.. PB&J in a jar… big deal? then you notice the cow, cows don’t make PB. OMG it’s BUTTER and JAM in a jar!

posted by Justin at 1:16 pm  

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Brewing Kombucha

For the past few months i have been experimenting with brewing Kombucha tea. After a rough frist try it has been very successful. Now i drink about 8oz. every morning before brekfast. I haven’t noticed as dramatic an effect as some others but i do feel in very good health and up up my dose again soon.

Anyone interested in brewing or recieving a baby culture to start their own batch just let me know. Also happy to answer any question from what i have discovered in the process so far

my first attempt. You can see the mold growing…. had to through this whole batch out. I saved the culture and tried again.

Brewing a big batch of tea is the first step.

Covered with a hankercheif and brewing.

Here you can see the new Kombucha culture growing. The culture is called a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) it is not technically a mushroom as many people refer to it.

We keep two jars going at the house.

A close up of the mother culture.




Once the tea has gone through it’s fermenation period of 8-10 days (give or take) it is then bottle and left at room temperature to carbonate and then refrigerated.

posted by Justin at 5:03 pm  

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Lumpen Cuisine

A few Images from the first of the Brooklyn Lumpen Cuisine Battles, Many thanks to all of the lovely people who helped bring the event together with their presence, talent and delicous food.

Venue: Bushwick kitchen stadium
Challenger 1: Chef Habib
Challenger 2: Iron Chef Brooklyn
Secret Ingredient: Basil

Winner: Iron Chef Brooklyn

posted by Justin at 9:08 am  

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Yummy, yummy, yummy

Just some taste nurishment pictures from the past few months. NYC has upped the culinary bar in addition to the food budget :P Enoy

Been eating more beets….. thanks to Danielle :)







Sheesha through an apple bowl

posted by Justin at 11:13 pm  
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