Archive for Water

Rice and Lentils, a simple if slow cooking dish.

Posted in Caooking, Food with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2015 by urbannight

I have this super simple dish I make sometimes.  It always  tastes great but it takes a long time to make.

I start with a few cups of water and set it to boil with a bullion cube in it.  Any type, sometimes chicken, sometimes beef, sometimes veggie.

Once the lentils are nearly done I add rice and whatever seasoning trips my trigger at that moment in time.

You have to watch to check the water, add more as needed.   I’ve found it always takes more than the amount of lentils and rice recommend.  I’m not sure why.

Now I just as water as needed until both the rice and lentils are soft.

I’ve never had it turn out bad.

That being said, I’ve had trouble using some of the so-called instant rice.  Regular instant rice cooks up fine.  But there is an ‘instant’ boil in bag Jasmine rice that doesn’t seem to work.  I, of course, cut the bag and pour it in.  The problem is that the box says this ‘instant’ jasmine rice cooks up in 8 to 10 minutes.  This is not true.  I’ve never had it cook in under about half an hour.  Even when cooking it on its own according to the cooking instructions on the box.  If you want to use Jasmine rice, it will turn out better if you just buy a normal bag of the stuff and cook it per those instructions.

Purisalv

Posted in Food, Health with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2013 by urbannight

A few days back, I decided I was desperate enough to look up that sensa stuff you sprinkle on your food.  It is supposed to help you lose weight.  I ended up at a chart some researcher did that displays the various types of similar weight-loss products.  Topping the chart was a very affordable seed.

purisalv-chia2 img-nutrition-label-sm bkgd-mixgatorade

This was Purisalv, a chia seed.  At 30$, it was more affordable than other weight-loss products.  It is a high fiber additive full of antioxidants, omega-3, protein, iron, fiber, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

You can put it in water or juice and let it soak 10 minutes and drink or sprinkle it on salads, yogurt, oatmeal much like you would with flax seeds and other fiber additives.

If taken after soaking, the seeds absorb liquid and release it as your stomach attempts to digest them.  They are 7 carbs, 6 fiber, 4.5 fat, and 3 protein per 2 tbsp.  This means it is half digestible and half should pass through the system.

But in addition to being a good fiber additive, the fact that they swell up also means that they make  you feel full and eat smaller meals.

I thought I would give it a try.   They look just like sesame seeds and are black and white like sesame seeds.  Only sesame seeds do not absorb fluid.  I know.  I tried once because I wanted to see if it was possible to make  a stuffing for meat out of sesame seeds.  It did not work.

I was a little concerned  about the texture or mouth feel of drinking these seeds.  But it was totally cool.  Have you ever tried bubble tea?  It is sort of like a fruit icy with giant tapioca beads in it.  These chia seeds do not puff up that big, but they feel much the same.  So it is like bubble tea made with smaller tapioca.

I only tried half a serving with my breakfast.  It was hard to finish.  It is really filling.  So I think it really does what it says.  10 lbs a month would let me lose all the weight I want in one year. That would be cool.  The chart showed that it helped people lose a little more weight.  It wasn’t like it was a miracle cure or anything.  You actually have to be trying to lose weight and eat better.  But even if a person is not trying to lose weight and just needs more fiber, I think this is an excellent fiber supplement.

Epidermal Suffocation

Posted in Entertainment, Health, Science with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2012 by urbannight

A lot of people seem to be looking up information on this idea. I’m seeing it pop up repeatedly on my search terms because I wrote a paragraph or two about James Bond and Bond movies. Most people know about this concept from the Bond movie, “Goldfinger”.

It is something the Medical World believed was possible at the time the movie was filmed. They thought that it was possible to suffocate if your skin was entirely covered with a substance air could not permeate.

The actress was wearing a small amount of clothing and the gold was put over that rather than the skin.  They also left a 6 inch patch of open skin on her belly.

The truth is that as long as you can breathe through your mouth and/or nose, using your lungs, you will not suffocate if your entire body is painted gold or covered in liquid latex. So long as nasal passages and mouth is left clear. If you block those, it doesn’t matter the condition of the skin, a person will suffocate.

The skin IS an organ. But it is not a third lung. It is a sensory organ, more like the eyes and nose and tongue and ears. There are some Eastern practices and holistic practices that do treat the skin like a third lung and it does ‘breathe’ to a limited extent, but is not the type of breathing that the actual lungs perform.

Constant covering of the skin in substances will block pores. The constant cleaning will be drying for the skin. For good skin health, doing this all the time might not be a good idea. But it won’t kill you.

The funny thing is that there is a beauty aide site out there that says using multiple products at the same time puts you at risk of epidermal suffocation. The site says this is because your body can’t absorb that many things at one time.

This is blatantly untrue. What will happen is that you may trigger a bad case of dermatitis. This is a red, bumpy rash that itches like crazy. It is an inflammation of the skin.

I triggered this one winter when I put all my lotions and oils out on a small table next to my tub/shower unit. I have terrible dry skin in the winter. It doesn’t matter how much water I drink. (Drinking lots of water is one of the best things you can do for your skin.) So I thought I would use these every time I showered. And I would randomly grab one or another when I started to get dry patches. The result was various products have reactions together that irritated my skin.

Since then, I can use any lotion during the summer months, but when the cold winter air hits, anything bothers my skin. The only thing that works is a bit of olive oil or baby oil in the bath when I take one and petroleum jelly on dry patches when I go to bed at night. The doctor told me the number one product for the skin is petroleum jelly.

Things that are SLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW!

Posted in Life, Uncategorized, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2012 by urbannight

A slug or snail creeping along the ground.

Molasses almost any time of year. This year, with the heat wave, it might be moving a bit faster.

Time when you are standing in a long line.

Any self-serve checkout lane.

Trying to run in water.

Trying to run in loose snow.

Trying to run in soft sand.

The hands on a clock when you are in a medical waiting room.

According to friends who had babies, the last month of a pregnancy.

The evening if you have great plans the next morning. For children, Christmas Eve lasts forever, unless you do gifts on Christmas Eve, then it is that day that lasts FOREVER.

The delivery guy when you order food. Unless it is Jimmy Johns.

Any movie you don’t like.

The first two chapters of Island of the Blue Dolphins.

Preparing and cooking homemade lasagna when you are really hungry.

Losing weight.

American trains in comparison to most other industrialized countries.

American internet speeds in comparison to most other industrialized countries.

The formation of glaciers.

Glacial Migration.

Work on a light day.