Sun drying veggie experiment

I have this fantasy that one day I will be able to have a container garden that will produce at least 20% of our food.  So far it’s been wishful thinking.  But instead of letting go of the idea, I’ve added on to it.  Once my garden starts mega-producing, we will have to conserve a part of it for those long winter months. And what better way than sun drying it?

Parian Roofs

from our Parian roof

Years ago while driving around Crete, I saw many many roofs covered with figs and grapes (it was September). Flat roofs and a lot of sun make sun dehydration an obvious choice. So I decided to experiment with it here on Paros.

A few days before, Mr. Wolf had constructed a “dehydrator” from some wood we found on our way to the store and from the same kind of screen utilized for the structures used for drying out octopus so common here in Greece.

To prepare the vegetables we took an eggplant, four small zucchini and a cucumber, thinly sliced them and put them in a large bowl together. We add some sea salt, cumin and olive oil (just a bit), mixed it all together then let in marinate overnight in the fridge.

The next morning I went up on the roof to lay the veggies out in our homemade dehydrator.

Sun Drying

The dehydrator with the vegetables all laid out.

Sun Drying

The vegetables covered with the screen.

Of course, we knew it would take much more time than it would have had we used a commercial dehydrator. So we left the veggies out to dry for two days. Hopefully, we can come up with an idea as to how to use aluminium foil to speed up the process.

Sun Drying

Sun dried vegetables.

Sun Drying

As you can see, the vegetables shrunk quite a bit.  But the taste is good and the chewy texture is ok, too.  However, I plan to experiment with other vegetables (I have some tomatoes and carrots marinating right now) because I think these sun dried veggies would make a great snack to go  with our aperitif when we watch the sunset.

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Stay high

Don't Let Someone Living In A Hole Bring You Down      Misery loves company. So sometimes it’s best to be alone.

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Tight – Loose

Tight - Loose

What’s tight for some people would be loose for others. And vice versa.

And the presence of some people feels like wearing clothes.  One person can make me feel as if I’m wearing tight jeans and can hardly breathe whereas others make me feel like I’m wearing jogging pants with room to move.  What makes you look good doesn’t necessarily make you feel good.

Tight behavior  vs. loose behavior. Agoraphobic or claustrophobic? Contract or expand?  So many decisions and so little time.

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How to store a thought

To Pack Don't Fold  Roll

At my studio, I have a small cabinet for clothes and discovered that rolling instead of folding gave me more space.  Then I read the bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo and was surprised, because the Japanese culture has a long tradition of folding, to find that she suggested rolling your clothes to store them as.  Just think of origami.  Or the art of folding a kimono.  Or furoshiki cloths neatly folded until they are used to wrap packages and then magically gain dimension. 

So why is the same objected different when folded as opposed to when rolled?  What is the difference between being geometric as opposed to being biomorphic? Of having edges as opposed to curves?

Philosophically, it’s not about occupying space but about how you occupy it.

And, after looking at the inside of my clothes cabinet, I came to the conclusion that some thoughts should be folded.  Others, rolled!

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Don’t lose your head

Holding On

Some days you kinda feel like you’re coming apart.  You know, like your head is going in one direction and the rest of you in another. So what to do? My suggestion is to take a walk.  Or sing.  Or take a walk and sing. It works like magic.

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Left - RightEvery day the same thing—no solutions, just debates.  No, not even debates. Just polemics.

Stop turning your head and look me in the eye!

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just relax

Calmness Is A Power

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