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Zoubida Ayyadi
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  • Chateauguay, Quebec
  • Canada
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Zoubida Ayyadi replied to Pat Johnson's discussion 'Canning meats' in the group Food Preservation
"I feel there are good things to come Cornelia. Exciting too.   Pat, try the Rghaif and let me know if you liked them. I got to make a huge amount of them during my now 16 years stay in Canada, and my Canadians friends and family (my husband is…"
Jun 22, 2011
Cornelia commented on Zoubida Ayyadi's blog post 'Canning for Food Security and Sustainability – Part 1'
"Zoubida, my heart swells! I'm so thrilled that you found HOMEGROWN.org on your journey, and that you are inspired to take this on. Please let me know how I can help. Thank you! Also, I can edit your post - you write beautifully. :)"
Jun 22, 2011
Zoubida Ayyadi replied to Pat Johnson's discussion 'Canning meats' in the group Food Preservation
"Well, now I feel bad... Could it be that I'm wrong? I could be the one who misunderstood. I think the philosophy of the site should show through all its parts. But then again, it's impossible to avoid talking bulk buying at big-boxes in…"
Jun 21, 2011
Zoubida Ayyadi replied to Pat Johnson's discussion 'Canning meats' in the group Food Preservation
"I understant totally Sparky, and that's why I told Pat about no shame to have in buying at wallmart if you find yourself with no viable alternative. We all compromise here, that's a fact. I do too, I'm not a champion in…"
Jun 21, 2011
Zoubida Ayyadi replied to Pat Johnson's discussion 'Canning meats' in the group Food Preservation
"I'm not offended Pat, far from it. I invite you to re-read my previous message. You will see that I'm far from being "all or nothing" when it comes to living up to the ideal sustainable life. And no, it is not shamefull to buy at…"
Jun 21, 2011
Zoubida Ayyadi replied to Pat Johnson's discussion 'Canning meats' in the group Food Preservation
"The information about canning meat in this discussion is invaluable and very helpfull. However, something has been bothering me for a while and this afternoon I thought about unsuscribing from email updates for the "canning meat" thread.…"
Jun 21, 2011
Zoubida Ayyadi added a discussion to the group Urban Gardeners
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Allelopathic trees in our backyard, how bad is that?

On our 11000 square feet backyard, we have 6 trees. One of them is a huge, majestic balsam poplar, about 60 feet tall. Next to it, not very far, are 5 other poplars, but not of the balsam variety. They are much younger since we remember well 8 years ago, when we moved in this house, their trunk were maximum 5 inches thick. Now they are 15 inches thick.Up until now, we had our vegetable garden as far as it could be from those trees, simply because we chose, logically, to set it up where there…See More
Jun 15, 2011
Zoubida Ayyadi joined johna's group
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Urban Gardeners

Gardening in the city is where it is at! Small spaces, roof gardens, window boxes. Talk about your methods. Share your stories. Grow your knowledge.
Jun 15, 2011
Zoubida Ayyadi replied to Pat Johnson's discussion 'Canning meats' in the group Food Preservation
"Chritene, I do cook chicken, when not roasting it, without added water. And I'm not talking about canning, just regular cooking. It's way better in taste. The flavors are most wonderful compared with chicken cooked with added water. There…"
Jun 15, 2011
Zoubida Ayyadi replied to la's discussion 'Too HOT to can. Why am I doing it?' in the group Food Preservation
"It is, indeed, very pretty! Maybe after  few months the flavors will deepen and it'll taste hotter. That's what I experience with my canning, stronger flavors when we enjoy them after a few month compared with eaten soon after…"
Jun 12, 2011
Zoubida Ayyadi replied to Calamity Jane's discussion 'Quick, good, healthy dinner ideas?' in the group Apron Stringz
"For the filling, you could simply eliminate the ground beef from the video's recipe, or use my mother's if you wish, here it is:   Rghaifs filling - Small cubes of sweet peppers (less then 1") and same with onions, put to…"
Jun 9, 2011
Zoubida Ayyadi replied to Calamity Jane's discussion 'Quick, good, healthy dinner ideas?' in the group Apron Stringz
"Yes, she did only went to the preparation point since there are few ways you can prepare Rghaifs. There was no point showing the cooking since you do that always the same way and in Morocco everybody knows that (same way everybody here knows how to…"
Jun 9, 2011
Zoubida Ayyadi replied to Calamity Jane's discussion 'Quick, good, healthy dinner ideas?' in the group Apron Stringz
"Oh, I suggest, if you make the mustard chicken, to just serve it with rice and a salad or simple vegie on the side. The vegetable tagines will go very well with simply grilled or pan-seared or sautéed meat of your choice."
Jun 7, 2011
Zoubida Ayyadi replied to Calamity Jane's discussion 'Quick, good, healthy dinner ideas?' in the group Apron Stringz
"CJ, you can serve the vegie tagines with some meat of course. My husband grew-up with, probably, the same type of diet as you did, so when I make lots of vegies for supper, I always grill or pan-sear some meat for him, or he will wither and melt by…"
Jun 7, 2011
Zoubida Ayyadi replied to Calamity Jane's discussion 'Quick, good, healthy dinner ideas?' in the group Apron Stringz
"Oh yes, tagine is a actually a kind of stew, cooked in the pot named tagine. Rghaifs, my canadian husband and my sons can't pronounce it. Very few western people I know are able to pronounce it actually. Here's a video from a Moroccan…"
Jun 7, 2011
Zoubida Ayyadi replied to Calamity Jane's discussion 'Quick, good, healthy dinner ideas?' in the group Apron Stringz
"A french laid-back, easy and tasty poultry dish you might want to try. I serve it with egg-noodles simply buttered and seasoned with freshly cracked pepper and salt, homemade noodles if I have the courage an patience. It's nice with rice too. A…"
Jun 7, 2011

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Dirt Under My Fingernails City Slicker
Fill in the blank:
With husband Eric and 3 sons, renovating a 1855 farm house now sitting on only 11K square feet.
A bit about me:
I grew-up in a moroccan traditionnal family immigrants, with a "radical homemaker" mom (although she didn't know she was that at the time), in south of France. Dad worked hard as a crane operator. Mom gardened and took care of the 8 of us.
We were very much into the extractive economy traps in the first 10 years of our marriage with Eric. We are both professionnals (Eric is an industrial designer and I'm an executive assistant). We are slowly but steadily setting ourselves free from destructive and depressing paradigms to embrasse a new homebased, real comfort based life for ourselves and our 3 sons. First difficult step was to adjust in our subburban life without my salary (I resigned from a government position last year). Still working on the budget adjustment. I homeschool my youngest son since last September. My older sons didn't want to leave school (respectively 13 and 16 years old).
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
This week:
Tagine of beef shanks with potatoes, garlic, parsley, coriander and homemade moroccan preserved lemons.
All-american spaghetti sauce with much vegies and ground beef.
Homemade bread.
Currently reading:
Radical Homemakers (Shannon Hayes) and Designing and Maintaining Your Natural Landscape (Robert Kourik)
Currently listening to:
Simmering pot and Eric's hammering something in the garden.
My latest DIY project:
Cloth diapers for my expecting sister in France (my son is spending the summer there and will bring them in his luggages) and an other stash for my cousins in Morocco, whom I'll visit next November. Both stashes are in progress right now.
The latest finished DIY project was this morning. We made sturdy, permanent vertical structures for vining vegies (tomatoes, beans, squashes, melons, cukes) in the vegetable garden.
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
Via Yes Magazine
Web site I recommend:
http://www.yesmagazine.org/

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