Dreams of future pesto.
Dreams of future pesto.
Kiwi berries and chrysanthemum tea make for a lovely afternoon snack on an unseasonably cold day. If you haven’t tried kiwi berries yet, I highly recommend them. They have all the joy of regular kiwi but in bite size and without the fuzzy skin.
Rare Bird had El Filo coffee from Honduras last week. I hadn’t had it before, but I had a cup at the café and had to buy a bag. It’s a lovely lightly roasted nutty coffee. It definitely tastes fruity in a non-citrus way. The bag describes this as an apple flavor, but I’m not sure I could be that specific. There is a subtle chocolatey note at the finish. All in all, it’s a delicious coffee, perfect for drinking black.
Ah yes, it’s time for my all time favorite Christmas commercial.
How did I ever get anything accomplished before this app? If you have trouble with procrastination or focus, you should try this. The app fits with the Pomodoro Technique, but you can adjust the time and the sounds to suit you. You can choose water sounds, rain sounds, forest sounds, piano music without lyrics, or café sounds. My preference is for the piano music, which in the app is called “Muse.” Water sounds of any kind are never good for me staying focused. I’m also not one of those people who can work in a café. If I have other people around me, I’m paying attention to them. The forest sounds are okay, except I’m more of a city/suburb person, so my mind has a tendency to wander when there are too many nature sounds. There’s a timer that automatically is set for 25 minutes, but you can adjust it to be longer or shorter. It’s a really useful tool and it’s also available for other phone platforms. Try it if you’re like me and are a product of low attention span theater.
I know I’m a coffee snob, but this is the kind of coffee you don’t want to share with anyone who doesn’t drink their coffee black. It’s so delicious black that there is no reason to waste it by loading it with milk and sugar. I know that’s wrong. I know it shouldn’t matter how people drink their coffee, but I don’t care. At almost twenty dollars a bag, it’s criminal not to drink this black. It’s sweet and mellow and chocolatey all by itself. Save the cream and sugar for lesser coffees.
You might not think a book about the potato would be that interesting, but this was a really good read. The potato has had a tremendous impact on every country it’s been introduced to. John Reader goes through the entire history of the potato and it’s journey across the planet. He spends a significant amount of time on the Irish Potato famine, and the late blight, which was its cause. Late blight is still the most significant problem with raising potatoes and Reader addresses the various methods for dealing with blight, including genetic manipulation and spraying copper based fungicides. Because the potato is relatively easy to grow in a variety of soils and climates and is a complete food when you pair it with a little fat, it has tremendous value as a food source. It also has a fascinating history, well worth the read.