Monday, September 28, 2015

Chasing Ice

If there are still any climate change skeptics out there, I highly recommend a documentary called Chasing Ice. It's the story of a National Geographic photographer James Balog who captured hundreds of thousands of images over a span of 3 years from 25 cameras mounted in extreme conditions around glaciers in the northern hemisphere. The purpose? To create time lapse videos that put a visual to the retreating glaciers that are indicative of a changing climate and ultimately contributing to sea level rise that scientists have been predicting for years. Not everyone responds to data. The imagery is undeniable.

Watch James talk about the film here: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/james-balog-chasing-ice-vin

Now, he's set up 8 time lapse cameras in Antarctica to see what's happening at the South Pole.

Just like the video of NFL player Ray Rice punching his then fiancé in the face in an Atlantic City casino elevator - the visual evidence is a metaphorical punch in the gut. You need to see this to better understand the changes that are happening beyond the focus of our daily lives.

I'm late to the party on this. Chasing Ice came out in 2012. Who knows how much more has changed since then. Please check it out, it's on Netflix and is a little over an hour long - well worth the time.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Pancake Recipe


Perfect recipe for a fall breakfast!

Ingredients


2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1 pinch ground clove
1 tbsp honey (alternate: 2 tsp organic cane sugar)
2 large eggs lightly beaten
1-3/4 cup 2% milk
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 cup canned pumpkin purée


Yields


16-20 4" diameter pancakes


Steps


  1. Whisk together dry ingredients in large mixing bowl. Form a well, or indentation in the middle and set aside.
  2. Lightly beat the eggs and then combine with honey, milk and coconut oil. Pour into the mixing bowl and lightly stir everything together while folding in the pumpkin purée.
  3. Over medium heat, lightly grease a griddle or frying pan with coconut oil, being careful to watch for the pan getting too hot. It is ready for batter when dripped water quickly splits apart.
  4. Ladle the batter into whatever size pancakes you'd like to make. Optional: toss milk chocolate chips into the batter after it is on the pan.
  5. Watch for bubbles on the top surface, flip to cook the other side.
  6. If desired, drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy!


Notes

To save time in the morning, mix dry ingredients and store overnight in an airtight container.