Exploring new cuisines can be intimidating, especially if the spices and flavorings are unknown to you. Profiles in Flavor – Africa is one of a series of classes I created to help take the mystery out of several wonderful cuisines. We look at a ‘shopping list’ of staples you would need to cook foods from that area, and taste lots of new flavor combinations. Once you know the typical protein, carb and veggies found in an area’s cuisine, you can enjoy eating and cooking it much more often!
A food forest is a gardening technique made up of layers of edible trees, shrubs and groundcovers. It contains perennial, diverse and multilayered landscaping. An established food forest can have up to 9 active layers including roots, herbs, ground cover, understory, shrubs, vines, and canopy. It should provide sustainable features for healthy cities, diverse and healthy foods, and good public space. The food forest should be flexible, have varied spaces, be well-connected (such as bike paths), and be centrally located. There is an emphasis on long-term sustainability through perennials, along with annual plantings such as spaces for community garden plots.