Dal With Rice - Inexpensive, Easy and Uses What's On Hand

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I haven't posted a recipe in a long time. It's time I put something in to help get us through the pandemic. I hope you enjoy it.

With the pandemic circulating, we go to the grocery store far less frequently than we used to. That means we have to be sure to use up all the fresh groceries in the house before the next grocery trip. Plus, with far less money coming into the household, it's important to use groceries most frugally. Being this frugal with both food and money has forced us to find ways to use what we have more efficiently.

This is a very economical dish. Use whatever ingredients you have on hand, it will still work. Use any whole grains in your pantry - green lentils, Beluga lentils, brown rice, long grain rice, bulgur, groats, barley or polenta (corn meal poridge). It makes a great lunch the next day so make plenty.

Every time I make this, it is a little different, depending on what I have on hand at the moment.

Last night I served it with sauteed red pepper, asparagus and cherry tomatoes. Then I sprinkled it with parsley that is attempting to bolt, though it would be more authentic with cilantro, which I do not have in the garden yet. Mint might work, give it a try.

I used plain basmati rice with a handful of frozen peas stirred in. You don't need to use the accompanying rice recipe, that can be a stand-alone. As a matter of fact, I prefer the rice plain or with a simple addition like peas, raisins or a cinnamon stick. Basmati rice has plenty of aroma and flavour on its own.

Dal With Plain Pilau (Vegetarian Epicure Book 2 by Anna Thomas)

Dal Serves 4 to 6

1 cup red lentils

2 cup water

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp peeled and grated fresh ginger

1/4 tsp turmeric

4 pods cardamom, can use ground

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 1/2 tbsp butter

1/2 tsp red pepper, crushed & dried

2 tsp cumin, ground or whole

2 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves, optional. Parsley is a good substitute.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add all the spices except fresh herbs, sautee and add the lentils, salt and water.

Bring to a boil and lower the heat; simmer until soft.

Add more water if needed.

Add a squeeze of lemon juice if you have it.


Plain Pilau Serves 6 - 8

4 tbsp butter

2 cups basmati or long grain white rice Whatever kid of rice you have is good.

1/4 tsp cinnamon

8 pods cardamom, crushed

3/4 cup almonds, slivered & blanched

1/2 cup raisins

1 cup peas

4 cup hot water

1 1/2 tsp salt

Melt the butter in a large pan and fry the rice until it just starts to colour. Add the cinnamon and crushed cardamom seeds. Stir and continue frying for 1 or 2 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir briefly. Bring the water to a boil, then lower heat, cover the casserole tightly and let the rice steam for 20 minutes. All the water should be absorbed and the rice just tender but not mushy.


Make Mark Zuckerberg Liable For The Damage He Has Done

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Watch what Joe Scarborough has to say about Zuckerberg's disingenousness. @JoeNBC says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is responsible for "pushing people towards extremist sites."

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'Facebook doesn't care': Activists say accounts removed despite Zuckerberg's free-speech stance

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Would you like to know why I am no longer on Facebook or Zuckerberg's other social media platform, Instagram? Would he be categorized as a sociopath? Click on the link below.

From MSNBC: Dozens of Tunisian, Syrian and Palestinian activists and journalists, many of whom use the platform to document human rights abuses in the region, say their Facebook accounts have been deactivated over the last few months.

Civil liberties and human rights groups have argued this shows that Facebook appeals to free speech principles only when they are politically advantageous.

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Weight Loss Diets

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It's a perennial problem, too much body fat. Constantly people are driven to lose extra body fat so they go on deprivation diets in which they eliminate an entire food group from their diets. There must be a non-weight motivation for this kind of diet since it takes so much mental energy and special attention. I'll leave you to figure that out.

I remember the cabbage diet in which people ate cabbage soup EVERY BLESSED DAY. The soup looked really good but who can stand eating the same thing repeatedly day after day.

Weight Watchers has stood the test of time. That's a healthful eating regimen that people can stay on for life. I grew up eating WW with my obese relatives and it is quite good. I still eat WW for its excellent, delicious quality.

The Atkins diet was enormously popular in the late 1990's and early 2000's. It was an elimination diet in which carbs were scorned and avoided while meats and fats were scarfed down with abandon. The social drink of the Atkins diet was a clear, carb-free hard liquor.

People would have bbq's and serve grilled hamburgers without buns, toppings or condiments. Just cooked meat. It would be washed down with the aforementioned clear booze. Meat patties and clear hard alcohol. What a dinner party! Fresh fruits and vegetables were completely avoided. For a snack, they would have deep-fried pork rinds (pig's skin) and eschew fruits and veggies -"I cannot eat a carrot stick, that would put 20 pounds on me!" I'm not going to tackle the nutrition of such a diet but I'll bet they were all constipated the whole time. Was the health damage lifelong?

That diet trend went by the wayside for a few years but it has returned re-labeled as The Keto Diet and here we go again. Instead of following a healthy, balanced, dietary lifestyle with a healthy exercise regimen, the dieters are back to elimination of an entire food group - anything that has carbs is BAD and will make them fatter. What does the elimination of carbohydrates do to the human body? Yes, I know, ketosis. Let's not go there.

A recipe for de-licious, non-fattening Chocolate Pudding popped up on my feed. It is on a healthy recipe site. Yay ra-ra said people on the fitness and healthy foodie group! I like healthful and delicious so I clicked on it to see the recipe. Here is the recipe: take a blob of solid white fat from a can of coconut milk, stir in cocoa and some sweetener et voila! you have "carb free, non-fattening" keto Chocolate Pudding dessert. Yummy! Delicious! No guilt!

Here is the kicker - in order to lose body fat they eat blobs of fat flavored with cocoa and sweetener or any number of other things. Tell me, that works how? Forgive me if I sound incredulous. It makes no sense whatsoever to me.


Could They Be More Disingenuous? Of Course They Can, They Are Trumpers.

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Anyone who know me knows I don't trust the Zuckerbergs any farther than I can throw them.

He and his wife seem to have their hands in anything influential and anything that can make them richer.

He has the power to drive elections to whatever entity he desires. This shouldn't be legal. He is largely responsible for putting a wholly unsuitable man in the white house and rest assured he will do it again. Taking down his internet networks is long overdue. Law enforcement is not doing its job. He needs to be brought under control.

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Bunker Boy by Randy Rainbow

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We Have A Problem With Truth (Or Gullibility Or Hate)

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The problem is global. There are endless conspiracy theories circulating, much of it meant to create hate toward any particular ethnic group or race.

This has got to stop. Even in my tucked-away little neighborhood, hate and derision spread. Much of it is hidden, nestled into yet smaller communities, isolating back into the woods or up a mountain, sequestered among their own group. Nearly all of it is coming from people who moved here with the expectation that none of the people they hate will also move here. Their cruel talk is aimed at people with a darker complexion. Or people who move here from disadvantaged places. It is sickening that that kind of culture exists among us but we are live-and-let-live people so we do our best to not let it get to us.

Right now, Black Lives Matter is a global awakening of how we treat people of colour or "other" ethnicity. It began with the choking death of George Lloyd by a policemen who killed him by kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes 46 seconds. Mr. Lloyd was dead after 5 minutes. With a US federal government led by an amoral, cruel man who gets pleasure by hurting people, police feel encouraged to kill, inflict pain and injure ordinary citizens with impunity, as they have done for many years. White supremacy militias are running rampant. This has got to stop. No one of any race or gender or age is safe. There are videos popping up of white people, elderly and children suffering horrible attacks by policemen aimed at not only ethnic people but also those who simply do not agree.

Nearly all of those same people don't believe Covid 19 exists or that it isn't harmful. They go out in public, not covering their mouths and noses, shedding virus that they deny exits. They do it without any consideration for vulnerable souls who will then get ill, suffer permanent organ damage or die. Those same people who are spreading the disease then expect the very best of medical care available to them when they get ill with it. Hypocrites. Evil, self-serving, callous and heartless people who think only of themselves with no regard whatsoever for others. They are the reason there is so much Covid 19 circulating.

Why do they believe so much garbage? There is no shortage of lies, fake news and outright manipulation to be found on the internet. There is also an abundance of truth circulating, yet the garbage is what they CHOOSE to believe and spread further. What kind of people do this? It often resembles just plain stupidity or a disordered mind. What kind of character do they have - or lack?

When you can't face reality, you'll easily embrace conspiracy. - John Pavlovitz

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Bill Nye: What ‘The Science Guy’ has been thinking about during the pandemic. Talk To The Childrren.

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How to be kind, considerate and thoughtful of your community: wear a mask around others. Always assume that you carry the corona virus 19 and have the potential to infect everyone you come near. Refusing to wear a mask is an insult and an affront to your neighbors. It's also an excellent way to say Eff You! to the people around you. If you want others to think you don't care if they get sick, suffer lifelong organ damage or die, this is a great way to do it. It sends a very cold, hard message about what kind of person you are. Wear a mask in public! - Maggie

Since early March, national arts reporter Geoff Edgers has been grounded by the coronavirus. So he’s launched an Instagram Live show from his barn in Concord, Mass. Every Friday afternoon and on most Tuesdays, Edgers hosts an hour-long interview show he calls “Stuck With Geoff,” with whoever will take his calls. So far, that has included comedian Tiffany Haddish, television journalist Katie Couric, actress Pamela Adlon and musician David Byrne. Recently, Edgers chatted with Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” whose “Science Rules!” podcast has launched a twice weekly coronavirus series. Here are a few excerpts from their conversation.

Q: Can you speak to the controversy about the effectiveness of masks?

A: Intuitively, if both people — that is to say, the infector or infectrix and the infectee — are both wearing masks, you’ve got to think you’re coming out ahead. The other thing is it’s just so-called awareness when you’re wearing a mask.

Q: Yes, it's a signal to others that you take this seriously and that you are a serious person and you care about them.

A: Yeah. Well, the other thing that’s really important for people to understand is that it’s not about you. When you meet people who are against vaccinations, they’re missing a fundamental point. It’s not that a person actually does not have a right to not get vaccinated. Actually, because I have rights when you don’t get vaccinated. When you don’t get vaccinated, you become a petri dish for the mutation of a virus or bacterium that can go and infect me. And the analog to this is that you are not allowed to dump your garbage on my porch in front of my front door. We have rules against that. And so in the same way, we have rules. It’s a very serious thing when people don’t get vaccinated.

Q: As I heard on your podcast, we're all in it together. One of your guests, Michael Osterholm [the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota], said we're in a civil war. The idea that there are two parts of the country. And one part believes one thing and one part believes another.

A: He used the expression guardrails. If you’re on a street, on a highway, you can bounce off the left one or the right one. In mathematics, we might say boundary conditions. Or if you’re just a regular person, you would say there are two extremes. The first is everybody shut down all the time for the next year and a half, in some places in China. The other extreme is “Okay, everybody, let’s go to the beach, party on, let’s just see what happens.” And neither of those extremes are probably in anybody’s best interest. With the first one, everybody’s going to go out of business. Who’s going to farm? Who’s going to deliver the food? What’s going to happen? And the other extreme, everybody goes to the beach and gets sick and let’s see what happens.

Each of us has to decide how much risk we’re going to take. And I really recommend you follow the guidelines, because the problem is if too many of us get sick too fast, we’re just not set up to have that many people get sick that fast.

Q: It's very scary. And, you know, we talk about how everyone is holding out for the vaccine. "Oh, we'll just get the vaccine, 12 to 18 months." But, you know, that's not science. Hope is not science. And when you say that 60 percent of us are going to get this, I find that terrifying.

A: Oh, no. That’s a good thing, because everybody’s going to have to get antibodies eventually. So what you want to do is do it in a managed fashion. Another idea along with vaccines, where you get a shot and your body develops antibodies, is therapeutics, where you would give people a big dose of antiviral drugs, things that suppress the virus. So you could, in other words, in the same way you live through the common cold, you would live through the coronavirus, managing it with therapeutics, with these other style of drugs. This would enable us over the next couple years to get many, many, many people immune. Then you would get to this mythic thing — people find this word very troubling, but it’s kind of cool — herd immunity, where the herd, the herd of humans has so many immune people that the likelihood that you’ll run across an infected person gets really low.

Q: Children everywhere look up to you. I'm wondering if you've thought about how we translate this or explain it to our children.

A: I say be honest with kids. I also discourage anthropomorphizing the virus, making the virus mean, making the virus have intent like a virus has a plan. Everybody loves this word agency. The virus doesn’t have agency. It doesn’t make agent-like decisions. It’s just we’re all in this together. Viruses, germs. And as thoughtful animals who understand science, we have discovered what’s going on with these germs and viruses and how we can protect ourselves. And this gets into the mythic expression, wash your hands, because one of the greatest things you can show people is soap. Soap is freaking amazing to me.

Q: I have always been a fan of soap. A: One end of the soap molecule sticks to the virus. The other end sticks to the water. It’s amazing.

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Trump Orders Troops To Assault Peaceful Protesters. Is this going to be another Kent State?

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4 Dead In Ohio. I remember the shooting of young students at Kent State University protesting the Vietnam war, when soldiers were instructed to open fire on the peaceful crowd - and they did so, without compunction.

That shooting was ordered by another very damaged, criminal, insecure, power hungry President, Richard Nixon. He was charged with illegally trying to win the election. He eventually resigned in shame for his crimes. He was considered the worst president in US history. Until now. There is no question that Trump has surpassed Nixon by far as the worst president.

I look at the military and police with their weapons, heavy duty weapons at that, aimed at the unarmed crowds, assaulting them with rubber bullets and tear gas and I think that I have seen this before, it looks familiar. It ended with 4 students dead on the campus of Kent State University. Will this happen all over again? Trump has stated that he would like it.

Steve Schmidt: Watching Trump preen in front of St. John’s Church, moments after he threatened to deploy the American military against the American people, with a bible held above his head, I remembered this quote, “when facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.

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First Sighting Of A Hummingbird

First hummingbird of the season was just sighted at the feeder. It is a male.