by Charlene Burgi
Here is a quiz to test your knowledge about how much water it takes to provide a single serving of various foods. (See the bottom of the page for the correct answers.)
How many gallons of water does it take to produce:
3. Cola soft drink?
7. Wheat bread?
8. Eggs (2)?
10. An average day’s meal?
Are you surprised by the answers? Water is a great bargain—something to think about while popping the top on your favorite beverage. One gallon of MMWD’s Tier One water delivered to your tap will cost you about a half penny.
Speaking of food, it is time to start your winter crop seeds. Kale, cabbage, broccoli, Swiss chard, cauliflower, peas and spinach are a few suggestions to help feed the larder this winter. Add a lot of compost to the soil before planting. The ground will be ready to go if you sheet mulched properly this spring.
Are you overloaded with zucchini now? Try this great recipe. Many ingredients may be growing in your (or your neighbor’s) backyard.
3 medium zucchini, shredded
3/4 cup egg substitute or 1 egg
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
Ground pepper to taste
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella or Monterey jack cheese
1 thinly sliced tomato
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
Basil leaves, coarsely chopped
Grated Parmesan cheese
Combine zucchini and egg in a bowl and mix well. Add flour, salt and pepper; stir well. Spread onto the bottom of a pizza pan sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake at 450°F for 8 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F. Sprinkle with shredded cheese, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, artichoke hearts, oregano, basil and Parmesan cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until onion is tender and cheese is melted. (I add other veggies to the top as available.)
Quiz answers per serving:
1. 6 gallons 2. 97 gallons 3. 9.5 gallons 4. 15.5 gallons 5. 400 gallons
6. 65 gallons 7. 14 gallons 8. 135 gallons 9. 1,320 gallons 10. 4,513 gallons