Weekend reads: Jamie Oliver supports fast food, chicken-sitters, and more
THE former commandant of the elysian kitchen of Per Se, Jonathan Benno, was bouncing in the muddy bed of a Chevy pickup as it navigated 180 acres of vegetables at Barber Farms. It lurched to a stop before a row of weird, pointy-headed cabbages.“Now, this interests me,” he said.Jacob Hooper, the farm’s manager, plucked one and handed it to Mr. Benno, who nibbled a leaf and said, “It’s like a hearty lettuce, very mild.” The name of the cabbage, Caraflex, was unfamiliar, but he registered its taste for some future menu item.
Jamie Oliver has been given a daily TV show in which he will try to stop Britons eating so many takeaways.The celebrity chef will show viewers how to get a meal on the table in less time than it takes for a takeaway to arrive.
You've heard of cat-sitters, dog-sitters and, of course, babysitters. But chicken-sitters?In Portland, Ore., a city known for its deep do-it-yourself streak and poultry-permissive laws, two backyard farmers have stepped up to meet an unusual need: watching hens when their owners go on vacation.In May, Rhonda Piasecki, 43, and Sharon Rowland, 35, launched Just Us Hens, which they believe is the nation's first chicken-sitting service.
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