Video: Using Leafy Greens

I’m so excited to share a new video with you. See, waaay back in February, my boy Darren and I had a weekend long video shoot for this website, before it even existed. We shot enough footage for 7 videos! Well, things got busy and editing got put on the back burner. But now it’s finally time for the 2nd installment of the Greens and Seeds video tutorials.

The video on leafy greens includes spinach, swiss chard and bok choy. Arugula, watercress and a few other light leafy green veggies may also fit into this category. I saved the hearty greens (collards, kale, etc.) for a later post, because I cook with them differently. What you’ll see in this short video are shots of a few different greens (so you know what to look for in the store), how to store, chop, and use them in cooking. ¬†Enjoy!

There are a few more videos elsewhere on this site. One is just a preview video for the New Blog, and the other is on Cooking Whole Grains.

Cooking Whole Grains Video

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The first full Greens & Seeds video is here! I’m so excited to share with you a new facet of this website. My ultimate goal is to help people make healthy meals for themselves, not necessarily by just copying my recipes (though that’s ok too, for now). I want to give people the tools they need to feel comfortable, confidant and creative in the kitchen. It is my hope that this video series will help with that.
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There are six more videos filmed and ready to be edited, but let’s talk about this first one that is with us here today. It is a very simple film to show how to cook whole grains. You’ll see shots of many different grains that can be prepared with this same technique. All types of brown rice (long grain, short grain, sweet) wild rice, farro, wheat berries, pearled barley. If you’d like to see close up shots of individual grains, go to my Whole Grains post. To cook all these types of grains, first measure out 1 cup of grains per 4 people you are serving. Add double the amount of water. Bring it to a boil, turn down to low and simmer for 45 minutes, or until the liquid is mostly gone. Make sure not to pick of the lid and let out steam. If you let it sit a few minutes off the heat, it will keep your grains from sticking to the bottom of your pot. And using a heavy bottomed pot will ensure you don’t lose too much heat and the grains will cook evenly.
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Stay tuned for more videos on lentils, leafy greens, herbs and more!

A New Blog

This blog will soon have lots of video. About a month ago, we had a video shoot, and are now in the process of editing this video into seven, yes seven, different videos. Each video is a short tutorial based on one category of whole foods. Some of the video titles: whole grains, hearty greens, fresh herbs. What you see here is a compilation of a few of the shots, in random order. The music is by  fantastic Brooklyn-based band Pearl and the Beard. Enjoy!