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Because you might want to know how to do this! Or I might. Here's how.
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Not, it's not your imagination. Fresh eggs are harder to peel than ones that are 7-10 days past laying. Eggs from the farmer's market may need ten days as opposed to 7-8 days. And there's a tiny percentages of eggs that will remain horrible to peel.

Here's why.
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Some of these things I knew about, but some are new to me. I know our ancestors used to store eggs in salt to keep them fresh. Veggies in sand is one I hadn't come across yet.

More on it here, and here.
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It's Vegan! It's allergen-free! It has no nightshades in it! It doesn't even have garbanzos in it, suggesting that "hummus" is not the right name. But you get black beans, Tahini, olive oil, cumin, garlic, fresh lemon juice and the usual water, salt and citric acid. Plus -- real apple wood smoke! No gluten added in this one, either. The product is natural, but I don't know if that means totally safe in all forms. The BBQ one they had there was not one I could try, so check the labels.

This is their "mild" black bean dip, without chilies, but it has a nice pop to it and a lot of smoke and bean flavor. I've looked a long time for a black bean dip without chilies, and this is as close as I've found. It's carried at Wheatsville, People's Pharmacy and Fresh Plus, and is coming soon to Central Market, Whole Foods and Natural Grocers. I got mine at the Saturday Lakeline Farmer's Market. Give it a try!

www.babyzachs.com
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Mascot)
Some of these are spectacular, and all are worth checking out. The first is a stunning steampunk hat!

Madeleine Robins found them! Enjoy!
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Irish oatmeal)
Returning to commercially-produced cookies, no matter how good they tasted before the holidays, is a letdown. They are not as good as homemade.

A sad statement of fact.

Any other drawbacks of food after the holidays? (Or benefits, for that matter?)
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (BVC button)
Well, of course I goofed setting up the timer on releasing the blog post, but my series on "How to diet without dieting, or reflections on how food, diet, and dieting can affect writing" goes up at Book View Cafe's blog. As soon as I finish writing this promo.

This is not about writing per se -- it's about my belief that a disease changed the expression of genes, and changed my diet so radically that I lost my higher functioning abilities and ability to write fiction. Finally identifying it is speeding my recovery, and has me hoping I can sell new work and find a job soon.

So...if you have never been able to put your finger on what makes your diet fail you, you might take a look at my proposal, and see if it either sparks a response in you, or gives you other ideas to follow up. Just don't give up.

Stand back! I'm going to try Science!
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Furry crustacian!)
I keep looking for a pre-made refried black bean dip, preferably vegan, without peppers. Central Market's Organic brand has a can of Fat-Free Refried Black Beans with roasted red jalapenos. I thought maybe organic, not "souped up?"

No, you can't taste the black beans -- only the jalapenos.

*Sigh*

May have to make my own. I made a nice one with black beans and ginger, but a dip with just black beans and say, onions would be nice!
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Warning Sign on a CA entrance to a parki)
**Sigh** Sometimes, I just use small amounts of sugar. I wonder what "organic" or "raw" agave nectar is, then?

Beware of the Agave Nectar Health Food Hype

From the article:

Agave “nectar” or agave “syrup” is nothing more than a laboratory-generated super-condensed fructose syrup, devoid of virtually all nutrient value, offering you metabolic misfortune.

Unfortunately, masterful marketing has resulted in the astronomical popularity of agave syrup among people who believe they are doing their health a favor by avoiding refined sugars like high fructose corn syrup, and dangerous artificial sweeteners.

And if you’re diabetic, you’ve been especially targeted and told this is simply the best thing for you since locally grown organic lettuce, that it’s “diabetic friendly,” has a “low glycemic index” and doesn’t spike your blood sugar.

While agave syrup does have a low-glycemic index, so does antifreeze -- that doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Agave syrup has the highest fructose content of any commercial sweetener -- ranging from 70 to 97 percent, depending on the brand, which is FAR HIGHER than high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which averages 55 percent.

This makes agave actually WORSE than HFCS.

http://tinyurl.com/yfyv8v4
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Irish oatmeal)
Many of you know that I went macrobiotic in an attempt to heal my battered body. (I didn't do the battering, by the way -- which is probably why I'm doing as well as I am.) Since I make most of my food from scratch, I don't see trans fats or high fructose corn syrup very much. Mostly I use maple syrup and agave nectar, the first having lots of wonderful trace vitamins, minerals, and flavors, the second a good sweetener that can be cooked with and does not spike blood sugar. I use real (fair trade organic) sugar and brown sugar, when I need a heavy gun. I have slowly added corn back into my diet -- but it arrives as fresh corn, or corn tortillas.

Here's an article referring to the first real study on high fructose corn syrup vs. sugar/glucose. All sugars are not the same, it appears:

http://www.alternet.org/food/144816/high_fructose_corn_syrup_proven_to_cause_human_obesity/

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article6954603.ece

Do I think that this is THE cause of the rapid increase in human obesity in so-called first world countries? No. Do I think that it contributes greatly to this phenomenon? Mais, oui.

And as an aside -- why do Chilean blueberries this year have no flavor? I'm ready to toss the rest of this box....
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Irish oatmeal)
The purple jasmine rice mixture sold in bulk at Whole Foods? The one mixed with long grain white rice and short grain brown rice?

Uggh.

I like the Forbidden Emperor's rice (called black, but dark purple) but the jasmine in purple rice does not work for me. Very strong. Dyes anything it gets next to, even if items are mixed at the last minute.

Jasmine should perfume the night and fine green tea.

At least at my house!
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Warning Sign on a CA entrance to a parki)
Did you know that a bag of tiny carrots, if ignored a day too long, can ferment?
alfreda89: (Tea -- the universal cure (ask the Docto)
It's one of those nights where I would cheerfully damage someone to get my hands on a low-carb pumpkin pie. The odd people at HEB tell me it's a seasonal product only. Is this why they are always out of canned pumpkin? I must stock up. A low-carb pumpkin pie is at least half a vegetable serving, isn't it? I may make sweet potato pie instead.

And as I floated past LinkedIn, I noticed that a cupcake weekend threatens. I would cheerfully avoid various foods tomorrow/today and Thursday to be able to help dispose of cupcakes on Friday. But I cannot remember RZ's handle. It is amazing that I recognize as many handles as I do, looking through them, but that one went south on me.

**Sigh** I decided "Alfreda89" was a good compromise between da writer and the private person hiding behind the writer. But as I gear up for more actual fiction, I realize I may need another journal with my name. (What a concept -- allowing myself to be found!)
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Squid!)
We also have a problem -- here's Britain's solution.

. . . the “Save Our Squirrels” campaign begun in 2006 to rescue Britain’s red squirrels by piquing the nation’s appetite for their marauding North American cousins. With a rallying motto of “Save a red, eat a gray!” the campaign created a market for culled squirrel meat.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/dining/07squirrel.html?em

Look fast, it's the NYT --
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai anime)
Have saved a few things:

* Who would have thought it? Roasted barley tea is extremely nutritious. Georgette Heyer and Alton Brown speaketh the truth! And the tea tastes very much like coffee. I think I read once that it was a coffee substitute during WW2?

* Local folk -- I have my DVD of the Lyme documentary UNDER OUR SKIN back in hand, and it may be borrowed by folk of careful habits. It's "A dramatic tale of microbes, medicine and money" and worth seeing...if only to make tick checks mandatory on kids, dogs, cats and adults (don't forget in the hair!)

* HAD TO LOL DEPT. -- Saw a post on a political blog where someone commented that they'd been insomniac for eight years, ever since the birth of the first child. He's been sleeping like a log for a week, ever since the election. I think it's been part of my sleeping problem, too -- why we all thought we needed to be alert for the administration pulling a fast one, maybe that's hubris -- or maybe our ancestors would say: "Well, you've got a rattlesnake den somewhere on the property. If you can't find them and evict them, you gotta keep an eye peeled and a gun or hoe at your side..." ;^)

* OH DEAR UNIVERSE the January, 2009 Fine Cooking magazine has a flourless chocolate pomegranate cake on the cover! I sense buckling during the coming holidays.... And then there's the famous Pumpkin Cheesecake that [livejournal.com profile] sparkylibrarian introduced me to, and I tweaked to perfection (pecan crust adds a lot!)

* Third cat check -- even Maisie won't eat any of these cat treats I'd tried to interest Max in...she went so far as to return to food from this am that she'd ignored and eat it!
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Feels like Autumn; USA color (WA))
Costco North in Austin TX has not only Toll House chocolate chips, but Ghirardelli 60% chocolate chips! So, get that holiday baking chocolate now! (For a modest bribe, I will go with you and get you Costco prices. Cash only -- they take checks or AMX from members only.)
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Red Cascade)
Here's the article from Dining & Wine in the NYT -- on finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. Look fast, it's the New York Times!

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/09/dining/09chip.html?_r=1&ref=dining&oref=slogin

And here's the recipe --

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/09/dining/091crex.html?oref=slogin
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I love to make scones. I'm good with them, having inherited my grandmother's "pastry gene", as my mom calls it. Right now this is sad, since I can't eat them, but I have a bunch of recipes, and I collect stories.

One variety is called "Singing hinnies". It has been mentioned as Welsh, or Scottish, or...here's another variant of the story, and it follows the same lines, no matter where I've found it. This is a UK site about Geordie (NorEast UK) cooking:

"SINGING HINNIES

The singing hinnie was so called as, when the butter and the cream melted during the baking,
it sizzled on the hot girdle and was thought to be singing. An old tale is told of how this large tea-time scone first became known as a singing hinnie.. a north country housewife was baking this scone for tea and on repeatedly being asked by her children if it was ready to eat, her final reply was "No, it's just singing, hinnies". (Hinnies a Geordie term of endearment for children and loved ones)"

I always bake scones, having never tried any of the griddle versions. But I have noticed, more than once, that when I put a bit of butter in a pan, add wedges of sweet potato (peeled and microwaved 1.5 - 2 minutes to take off the knife edge of it) and sprinkle with allspice, cinnamon, and a bit of sugar, cooking and turning on mid-heat, the combination of heat, butter, sugar and steam escaping from the potatoes makes them sing.

We're not talking about a weird little noise that might echo singing. No, we're talking an entire glade of birds determined to wake up the world with their singing!

So, if you have kids, you might try this just so they can hear the wonderful weirdness of singing food!
alfreda89: (Peppermint Peach Tree)
So, how are you all doing sans Equal and the other culprits? I mentioned going without such stuff for two weeks, and my specialist thought it was a great idea. She believes that the stuff increases hunger pains. I've found that a square of diet cinnamon gum doesn't trigger the cravings like a piece of diet candy can. But otherwise, I'm doing without!
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai anime)
...or anyone else whom I know is struggling with being unable to drop below a certain weight. But I wrote it for myself, too -- after ten days without diet candies (I used them to try and moisten my mouth from RX side effect) food craving has mysteriously disappeared. Only for those who would like to meander behind the cut....

I'm now convinced! )

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