Eating Alone In Half The Time

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Very important if you live alone and sometimes even if you don’t

October 21st, 2012 · No Comments

Alone

Just you and leftovers
When cooking for yourself and you live alone, and you have a lot of leftovers, or stuff just sits in your fridge or elsewhere for days, weeks or months, it might be wise to use a number of antiseptic and antibacterial spices (see below) on your food, just to make sure you make it through to the next day.

For extra caution, when you really have suspect food and that’s all there is, you might down some sodium bicarbonate (1 tsp) in a glass of water before the meal, or just dump it on the food itself. Aside from all of its other uses, it’s a great antiseptic and antibacterial. Aside: however, if you are on a high calcium diet or taking calcium supplements, you might be careful since sodium bicarbonate may cause problems if there is an overload of calcium in the body. Check out this reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_bicarbonate#As_a_cleaning_agent

Now to tonight’s dish
‘don’t mess with me’
Not shown for esthetic reasons, although the real reason is the camera is still not working.

 The dish? Highly suspect rice-lentil combination donated to the cause by my daughter four days ago and kept in my minimally performing refrigerator, together with some vegetables I had cooked two days ago, and some picante tomatoes, from a jar, which had a healthy layer of mold on one of the slices. Figured that cooking it all for 8-10 minutes would solve most of the problems. But to just make sure, I poured on a healthy amount of turmeric, thyme, oregano, basil, coriander and cumin, all antibiotics in their own right, when the stuff was finally on the plate. In other words, I took absolutely no chances, plus I liked the resulting taste. Then, I looked at the dish, and because it looked back, I took the cinnamon packet and poured a small amount on top since this is one of the best antiseptic spices in the world. I would have added some cayenne pepper, but I wanted to enjoy my meal.

Of course, all of this is not necessary in a clean, all-cooked-just-that-day, excellent refrigerated food storage, etc. kitchen. So, when your partner sets a dish in front of you, don’t automatically reach for the spice rack – very bad form.

Don’t overlook  the fact, that in most cases, the body can take care of most of these situations through its own microbial action. I just didn’t want to overload an already exhausted system which is keeping me healthy regardless of my environment. Also, I had started the whole heating process by frying a chopped up onion and the picante tomatoe slices before adding the rice-lentil-vegetable mix. I would have added garlic if I had had it since both onions and garlic have their own antibacterial action. If you want the full story on any of these, see http://www2.hawaii.edu/~johnb/micro/m140/syllabus/week/handouts/m140.8.3.html

List of everything I did to be sure my meal didn’t end up eating me
1 tsp sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in a glass of water
frying or boiling for 8-10 minutes
turmeric
thyme
oregano
basil
coriander
cumin
onion
cinnamon
not used this time: 
    1 tbsp apple cider vinegar in a glass of water (for lunch)
    cayenne pepper (a lot used at lunch in hummus)
    garlic

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Another Day – Nothing in the kitchen
Remember, I live alone and most of my spare change goes to feeding my cat and the boarder who I still have not given a name to – she doesn’t care as long as I feed her – and pet her once in a while after she sees me petting Attackit (my cat) and decides she wants some of that too.
 
So, breakfast in an empty kitchen,
except for the roach
Came into the kitchen to feed the cats. What else, when they are both meowing as if its the end of the world. And there in the sink was an old cockroach just sitting there, totally defeated and depressed. The small ones have no problem getting out of the sink – although there haven’t been any recently, but the old ones who have survived it all, can’t master the sheer sides. It’s hell being old. The fact that they could fly out just doesn’t seem to occur to them and apart from suggesting it, I figure I can’t help in that regard. Too old to learn new tricks. So, I put a tissue down in front of him, and sensing that it was a lifeline from heaven, he just climbed on and hung there while I lifted him out. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that count. And saving another living creature can be as important as all  the other stuff we do to just keep it all going for another 24, or whatever star you’re going around.
 
Well, back to the empty kitchen.
There was that perennial bag of quinoa, and then I found an organic date which my daughter gave me which I cut into as many pieces as one can with a single organic date, and some dried papaya my sister sent me for Christmas, and a bit of stevia, cinnamon, and ginger. Then, after the quinoa was
cooked, I threw in some walnuts and pumpkin seeds I bought yesterday, with the last of my money, along with getting coconut oil which I felt I really needed. Don’t know where these urges come from but if I listen, there’s some inner body consciousness that knows all this stuff. Or maybe its all the microbes down there that know what they want and get together to decide what they’re going to do to let the supreme consciousness of their world know they’re unhappy with the state of things. Their memory is better than mine, and some times something I haven’t thought about in a long time suddenly is just there – hanging in mid air. And this is the hard part – it just stays there until I get organized – find the money, dress, walk to where it is available, buy it, get back home, prepare it for getting it in there, and finally get it down into that inner sanctum where they are all waiting. It’s a matter of survival. I think sometimes that they rule my world.I

n any case, the quinoa ‘fruit mix’ with the seeds, some coconut oil, and 4-5 drops of Stevia was really not so bad.
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Speaking of microbes or bacteria, here is one of the most amazing TED talks I have come across in a long while. It gives a whole new perspective on new developments in science and biology. As of today, there have been 1,002,172 views of this incredible TED talk. 
Bonnie Bassler: How bacteria “talk”

This is a quote from the presentation video:
http://www.ted.com/talks/bonnie_bassler_on_how_bacteria_communicate.html

“Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria “talk” to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry — and our understanding of ourselves.

Bonnie Bassler studies how bacteria can communicate with one another, through chemical signals, to act as a unit. Her work could pave the way for new, more potent medicine.  

You think of yourselves as human beings, but I think of you as 99 percent bacterial.” (Bonnie Bassler)”
Remember that you can get transcript (subtitles) in 35 different languages.
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