Eating Alone In Half The Time

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FOCUSING

January 31st, 2014 · No Comments

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Sat down at the table and noticed the flower
. ‘That’s a nice touch’ I said to myself, before taking out my phone and starting to work. Closed the phone after a bit. And the flower was gone. They were also gone on all the other tables. No, this is not the Twilight Zone. It’s just that I was so concentrated with what I had been doing, I wasn’t conscious of the guy who came and took them all away, only to bring new ones back about 15 minutes later. They weren’t as beautiful, but it didn’t matter because I was focusing on my food, which had been brought in the mean time. I need to say something pithy and brilliant here like
‘Misunderstandings are the result of  focusing on something different from those around you’
‘If you see someone focusing, give them a wide berth – the world is different for them than it is for you’
‘Success occurs when two or more people focus on the same thing’
or ‘Life without focus is a total waste’.
But I won’t.
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2. Before I go out, I usually clean the sink. That’s so that if I don’t make it back, the people who come to collect my stuff will say something like ‘well, he lived alone, but his sink is clean’ sort of thing.  The rest of the apt will not be mentioned. But recently, on the threat of the insurance people coming “to do an inventory of the contents of the flat” for continuation of the coverage (they should have come every 3 years but I haven’t seen them for 7) , I started cleaning. Took me 5 days and I’m still in the middle. Things that haven’t been cleaned for maybe 15 years – like behind my desk, the top of the kitchen cabinet (which hasn’t seen a hand except for dumping something) for at least 7 years, and under the bed – at least 7 months. Do I feel any better for it? Well, there is a certain sense of accomplishment when I sit with my cappuccino and muffin.

But there are certain things I have to do before I go.
1. My cat sits on my lap while I’m getting my natural vitamin D. And when there is no sun, she gwacks (her version of meow) and runs over to the window ledge. Sun or no sun, we sit there for 15 minutes with her on my lap purring as I stroke her – as close to heaven as you can get without being there.

2. Recharging my cell phone because I don’t have that convention of doing it at night. So it’s relatively short, but at least I don’t get the ‘need to recharge’ notice – because there is only 5% 4% 1% left – BLANK.

3. An extra cup of coffee before the long walk to get the muffin. Which would seem to be counterproductive what with the usual timing of coffee passing through the system. But, the 4 km walk does seem to take care of the problem.
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3. Hanging On
Late Night Eggpanclet
This is a second writing – the first was dogged by the cursor disappearing half way through sentences, so if I wasn’t a touch typer I’d be in real trouble, although I’m not usually looking at the screen anyway. Then, because I was concentrating on getting the words registered and fighting the ads, I forgot to save when the system rebooted automatically. Think I’ll get a new machine. 10 years is enough – apparently – although until I got hit by some virus, which even the technician couldn’t remove, it was doing great. I get really attached to things, so I keep working.IMG_20140128_222016 (1)

Now to the eggpanclet which was late night snack – so called because I found this leftover pancake mix – very little – in a jar in the frig. Why was it there? Because I said to myself ‘you can’t waste anything’. I do that a lot – talk to myself and save stuff which after two years in the refrigerator is unrecognizable.

So, added some water, too much, to uncongeal it from the bottom of the jar and added an egg. Poured onto butter in a hot pan.
My apologies if you are diabetic. But except for the maple syrup, this is all the stuff for healthy living – buckwheat flour, almond flour, water, egg and nuts with cinnamon, nutmeg and powdered ginger. 

A link to a formula which helps in cases of diabetes by stimulating the secretion of insulin to help regulate sugar levels has been removed since there are several counter indications for some of the ingredients which may not be clear in translation such as it should not be used during pregnancy or nursing or those suffering from hypoglycemia.

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My apologies if you are diabetic. But except for the maple syrup, this is all the stuff for healthy living – buckwheat flour, almond flour, water, egg and nuts with cinnamon, nutmeg and powdered ginger. And for the maple syrup, there is something new called shugarcom which stifles the sudden rise in glucose when sugar hits the system. “The formula stimulates the secretion of insulin in the pancreas and helps in regulating the sugar levels in the bloodstream , as well as helps absorption of glucose in the duodenum (small intestine)” <translated badly from Hebrew>. Tevacom  This is one time it might be worthwhile to put the text from this page into Google for translation http://translate.google.com
Contains 5 plants I’ve never heard of. So, I’ll let you see them for yourself. Otherwise, I’d have to check each of them out before listing. But here is one of them: http://www.rain-tree.com/bitmelon.htm#.UulDefvNVSM5 drops per meal, so it lasts a long time. לענה שיחנית מ”ג Artemisia arbor. 150
מלון מר מ”ג Charantia momordica 350
זרעי חילבה מ”ג Trigonella foenum graecum 250
ג’ימנמה מ”ג Gymnema sylves. 300
עלי ארטישוק מ”ג Cynara cardunculus. 400 – See more at: http://www.tevacom.co.il/?wpsc-product=shugarcom-%d7%a9%d7%95%d7%92%d7%a8%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%9d-2#sthash.vqI7m8Ls.dpuf
לענה שיחנית מ”ג Artemisia arbor. 150
מלון מר מ”ג Charantia momordica 350
זרעי חילבה מ”ג Trigonella foenum graecum 250
ג’ימנמה מ”ג Gymnema sylves. 300
עלי ארטישוק מ”ג Cynara cardunculus. 400 – See more at: http://www.tevacom.co.il/?wpsc-product=shugarcom-%d7%a9%d7%95%d7%92%d7%a8%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%9d-2#sthash.vqI7m8Ls.dpuf
לענה שיחנית מ”ג Artemisia arbor. 150
מלון מר מ”ג Charantia momordica 350
זרעי חילבה מ”ג Trigonella foenum graecum 250
ג’ימנמה מ”ג Gymnema sylves. 300
עלי ארטישוק מ”ג Cynara cardunculus. 400 – See more at: http://www.tevacom.co.il/?wpsc-product=shugarcom-%d7%a9%d7%95%d7%92%d7%a8%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%9d-2#sthash.vqI7m8Ls.dpuf
לענה שיחנית מ”ג Artemisia arbor. 150
מלון מר מ”ג Charantia momordica 350
זרעי חילבה מ”ג Trigonella foenum graecum 250
ג’ימנמה מ”ג Gymnema sylves. 300
עלי ארטישוק מ”ג Cynara cardunculus. 400 – See more at: http://www.tevacom.co.il/?wpsc-product=shugarcom-%d7%a9%d7%95%d7%92%d7%a8%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%9d-2#sthash.vqI7m8Ls.dpuf
מלון מר מ”ג Charantia momordica 350
זרעי חילבה מ”ג Trigonella foenum graecum 250
ג’ימנמה מ”ג Gymnema sylves. 300
עלי ארטישוק מ”ג Cynara cardunculus. 400 – See more at: http://www.tevacom.co.il/?wpsc-product=shugarcom-%d7%a9%d7%95%d7%92%d7%a8%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%9d-2#sthash.vqI7m8Ls.dpuf
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. Nothing new here. Just liked my photo – swiss chard base with veggies on top, and tempeh.
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5. NOW TO OTHER STUFF
 Was standing in line behind a guy very advanced in age, but carrying himself with dignity and apparently still self sufficient. In the not too far future, we will have solved the physical appearance of age problem. And we may also have figured out how to judge the span of years for each individual. Without the telltale signs of age letting others know where they stand in terms of a possible lasting romantic relationship or productive years left for a job, we’ll have to indicate somehow where we are in terms of lifespan. Perhaps wear a sign saying ‘If not hit by a truck, I have 10 minutes left.’ But we always figure that we can beat the odds (I ate apples, nuts, no sweets, except the chocolate chip muffin, and sauerkraut). On the other hand, maybe it’s better not to put a number on some things.
Our Robot Selves
Or, we’ll use a look alike robot, with constant connection, to represent us (I predict that this will be possible within 10 years). [….] And love will be a matter of falling in love with the robot-self. In such a case, when we have ended the cycle, the robot won’t know what to do with itself except turn itself in for figuratively-a nose job and a wipe clean. Of course, there will always be the problem of a robot with it’s own head, which poses a large number of other problems.
Where we are today World’s 10 most amazing robots
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6. Fried and Fried and… the leftover oatmeal in butter to get it brown and crispy.
To show the difference between regular leftover oatmeal and the present, I put some of the original on the side (that’s the off white stuff on the right). In my rush to get to the eating part, forgot the nuts sitting there in the strainer after pouring boiling water on them. Warning – takes a lot of frying to get it to the browned state. Also, be sure to use thick oats and not instant or regular steel cut oats in order to get the textured, crunchy effect, and not just end up with fried mush.
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. This is something to die for – or at least stop for a minute.
Eggplant, tempeh, apple, red onion, bell pepper
That small blob at the top right is date-spread or date butter. Putting that together with a bit of fried apple and the fried tempeh in one bite is a true taste treat. Remember that fried eggplant can be cut and be cooked soft all the way through, including the skin, in no time. Didn’t know that until I tried to fit a large eggplant into one skillet. Necessity is the … and you know the rest. The stuff in the middle is red onion and bell pepper.  
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8. Cold thick oatmeal with egg and baking powder, to give it some lift, topped with nuts.
Expiration date – never
Process:
Number 1. To save on gas, cook 3 batches of oatmeal at the same time. It’s amazing what you can do with cold oatmeal. Of course, this does not include the first batch which is hot off the stove.
Number 2. Can be flat and crispy if done in a large pan, or as seen in the photo in a small pan. IF it is a small pan, be sure that there is enough butter, or hot olive oil, or coconut oil on the bottom of the pan and on the sides when turning the cake over to be cooked on the second side, or you’ll be scraping.
Number 3. If you start with a moderately cold pan and it’s covered, it doesn’t have to be cooked on the second side. If not, the egg will be uncooked on top while the bottom is burnt.
Was out of raisins, sunflower seeds, pecans or you would be seeing them.
To get a handle on the different forms of oats:
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10. LEARNING SPANISH BY MYSELF – until now.
Finally decided that I should get a teacher – live and in person. This teacher is so intense that I am constantly under tremendous pressure. After she leaves, I just have to sit there unable to move for a couple of minutes. Although I am learning a lot. But, perhaps I should just continue by myself and if the true Spaniards don’t know what I’m saying, at least all of us self-taught will be able to communicate with each other. Of course, we won’t have much to say.

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10. Truth in cooking
Yes, the first batch of rice burned and you can see it there on the right side.
Yes, the eggplant was not quite done. I found myself politely putting (aka spitting)the skin on the plate in some cases. I have to admit that this is rare, but I’ll get to that.
The vegetables were overcooked while waiting for the eggplant. I only have one burner working – basically means I cook only one thing at a time, which is why there is as much as possible in the pan at once, all with separate cooking instructions.
OK, so now the process:
Got home and within 2 minutes had put the rice in the pan with some boiling water from the coffee maker and turned on the burner to low, thinking that I was going to be way ahead of the game – since I can never wait for rice to cook – although that includes about everything I do. Well, I totally forgot about it – changing clothes, checking the computer, etc.
So, had to start from scratch… and… well,… wait. Got the new batch almost done and put it on the side – to do its thing by itself (didn’t do it), so after everything else was ready, had to finish cooking the rice.

Now, why was the eggplant slightly undercooked
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If there is a door or window and a draft however slight, then anything on the windward side gets undercooked.
This time I put the eggplant to the door side of the stove because that’s where the olive oil was – my stove tilts to that side. So I had both the draft side and the floor tilt working against me. Since the floor tilt thing is relatively recent (don’t know whether I should notify the housing committee or not), the end result is that the eggplant got ever so slightly undercooked.
Had this image of red in the middle of the rice. As you can see, the effect wasn’t total because there’s no red garlic.

With the addition of the salt, turmeric, black pepper, thyme leaves, oregano after the shoot, that’s my dinner unless the building collapses.

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