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Kitch in the kitchen, no kitchari yum great for these cool mornings

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Kitchari.171-150x150Yes you are right, I am missing my yoga retreat breakfast of Kitchari, so I have just made some, It is easy. Kitchari is a delicious and nutritive whole food from India that is known for its properties to detox the body and balance the three doshas (constitutions): Vata, Pitta and Kapha. This ayurvedic dish is used by yogis who want to cleanse the body and soul in a gentle manner, kitchari supply enough nutrients while removes toxins stored in bodily tissues and restores systemic balance.
Ayurveda believes that all healing begins with the digestive tract, and kitchari can give it a much-needed rest from constantly processing different foods while providing essential nutrients. Its mixture of spices is believed to kindle the digestive fire, the Ayurvedic description for your innate digestive power, which can be weakened by poor food combinations.
Kitchari is made with mung beans or lentils, basmati rice or barley, seasonal vegetables, ghee, and spices.
Add whatever seasonal vegetables you have on hand to complete the dish. Consider zuchini, burdock root, carrots, kale, spinach, sweet potato. The key is to use what’s available locally because Ayurveda is linked to the natural transition of the seasons. Go light on the salt in this recipe, allowing the natural flavours of vegetable stock.
Kitchari tastes like a cross between a creamy rice cereal and a light dal, or lentil soup. If it is a cold, blustery day or you are feeling under the weather, a steaming bowl of this classic Indian comfort food can both warm up your bones and restore sagging energy.
Ingredients:
1-cup basmati rice (I used black rice today as that is what I had!)
½ cup mung dal or lentils
2 cloves crushed garlic
2 teaspoons grated/minced ginger
1 chopped medium onion
3 teaspoons kitchari spice mix (cumin seeds, tumeric, mustard seeds, ginger, garam masala, natural mineral salt)
2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
6 cups water
1-2 cups chopped vegetables
Cooking instructions:
Wash rice and mung dal and soak overnight
Drains soak water.
In a medium saucepan warm the ghee, saute the onion, garlic and ginger, add the kitchari spice mixture and sauté for one-two minutes. Add rice and mung beans and sauté for another couple of minutes.  Add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. When kitchari has come to a boil reduce the heat to medium-low, cover an cook until it is tender, approximate 30-45 minutes. Add vegetables to your kitchari: the longer cooking such as carrots halfway through the coking and vegetables that cook faster such as leafy greens near the end. Add more water if needed.
Garnish with coriander and fresh grated ginger if you like and ENJOY

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Looking for the dead?

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Not as strange as it sounds. Many of have been overseas, interstate. Simply not around when a friend or beloved family member has departed this Earth. If you are in Australia there is a fabulous service offered by Oz Burials. I gave a small donation via Paypal as they actually offer this service for free. However they do ask that if you can, give just a little to help them keep up this amazing service.Nans gravesite curley_wa_sc2 curley_wa_scI have subsequently discovered that quite a few people I know have accessed their services in the past and have like me found them to be amazing. No longer lost! They give you a surprising amount of information

Super food – Raw cacao

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The Taste of Healthy  Cacao Beans. cacao
Cacao was the ‘Food of the Gods & Goddesses’ and the Mexican Mayans drank cacao chocolate drinks to maintain their vigour and valued the bean so highly that it was used as currency.
The Kuna Indians of the Panamian Islands of San Blas  who consume raw cacao in significantly high amounts, have extremely low blood pressure that doesn’t climb with age.

Raw cacao is possibly the best food source of magnesium which relieves stress and relaxes muscles and also maintains healthy heart and brain vitality.

– Raw cacao contains an array of natural neurochemicals such as tryptophan (the feel good chemical in serotonin production), anandamide (the bliss chemical), phenylethylmine… (the love chemical).

– Adding dairy, sugar or heat treating (like most commercial chocolates do) destroys most of the amazing healing properties of cacao.

Raw cacao is classified as a SUPERFOOD.
Raw cacao has a high antioxidant rating of  95,500 (on the ORAC scale) – which is 21 times more than green tea and 7 times more than dark chocolate.

Raw Cacao has over 360% more antioxidants than regular heated cacao

Raw cacao is possibly the best food source of magnesium which relieves stress and relaxes muscles and also maintains healthy heart and brain vitality.

Raw cacao contains an array of natural neurochemicals such as tryptophan (the feel good chemical in serotonin production), anandamide (the bliss chemical), phenylethylmine… (the love chemical).

Adding dairy, sugar or heat treating (like most commercial chocolates do) destroys most of the amazing healing properties of cacao! So don’t…..

Are you polluting our oceans?

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Did you know that many facial scrubs and shower gels, toothpastes and other personal care products contain tiny plastic beads. these beads are too small to be removed by water treatment plants and are ending up as plastic in the ocean. The beads are unfortunately consumed by fish and other marine animals, not only causing harm to these animals but also ending up in us as part of the food we consume. Some exfoliants contain as many as 350,000 beads in one tube. In the USA the states of New York and Illanois have moved to ban these beads from skin and other personal care items.

What can you do?

Check out the labels of the products you purchase. It they contain the words ‘ployethylene’ or ‘polypropylene’ in the ingredients list, as this indicates that the product contains plastic. Opt instead for products that use beads made from clays, bamboo. The Australian Jojoba Company is one of many ethical Companies producing products that are safe for you and safe for the planet.

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Bar code de coded go 93 (Australia in barcode world)

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thSeveral weeks  ago, Current Affair did a Report on frozen vegetables imported from New Zealand.  As it turns out if it is a Coles or Woolies home brand there is a more than good chance that the product has come from China.  Products made by McCain’s, Birdseye and other supposed reputable companies from New Zealand are now purchasing vegetable products from China and selling that product under their name.

Basically check where it is produced by the comments on the back of the pack and if it says produced from New Zealand and Imported product it has Chinese vegetables in it, put it back on the shelf.  I would even go as far as to say, even if it has product of New Zealand on it, I would be suspicious about where those vegetables in that pack come from. 

Learn from BARCODES

PLEASE NOTE – if you love Australian produce and the thought of keeping jobs here, AND you like to eat healthy foods and buy quality products, then please read on.  Please also note the Australian barcode prefix is 93.

There are no food inspection regulations of foods grown or processed in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong or Thailand.

Other world countries are scared of China making ‘black hearted goods’, but can you differentiate which one is made in Australia, the USA, The Philippines, Taiwan or China?  For your Information … the first 3 digits of the barcode is the country code where-in the product was made.  Exampleall barcodes that start with 690; 691 through to 695 are all MADE IN CHINA.

4 71 is Made in Taiwan .

This is our right to know, but our governments and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE OURSELVESNowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products ‘made in China’, so they don’t show from which country it is made.  However, you may now refer to the barcode.  Remember, if the first 3 digits are 690 through to 695, then it is Made in China.  Don’t forget, Hong Kong is now China, too.
00 ~ 13 USA and CANADA
30 ~ 37 FRANCE
40 ~ 44 GERMANY
49 ~ JAPAN
50 ~ UK
57 ~ DENMARK
64 ~ FINLAND
76 ~ SWITZERLAND and LIECHTENSTEIN
93 ~ AUSTRALIA
628 ~ SAUDI ARABIA
629 ~ UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
740-745 ~ CENTRAL AMERICA
All 480 Codes are Made in THE PHILIPPINES
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WATCH WHAT YOU BUY.  ESPECIALLY ‘HIGHLINER’ FISH PRODUCTS; all come from China, even though the box says ‘product of Canada’, it is from China and ‘processed’ in Canada, that is, only the coating is added and packaged in Canada.  The fish are raised in pens using chemicals that are banned in Canada as cancer-causing but legal in China.  This was exposed on CBC TV’s ‘Marketplace’.

Avoid buying all processed food packaged in China.  Anything goes!  We just don’t know what else is in those packages.  Unlike countries like the United States and Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Great Britian – China does not have laws regulating food processing.

When I lived in China it was not uncommon for people to die (I am not kidding) from food poisoning by eating vegetables grown in Shenzhen where I lived. The veges were  sold in Hong Kong – people died and it was reported, not sure it would be today.

Your Health is at Stake!

REMEMBER THE AUSTRALIAN BARCODE PREFIX????

IT IS     93