Monday, April 22, 2013

Quinoa the wonder food.

The ancient Aztecs grew Quinoa (pronounced, keen wa) in quite inhospitable areas and it was only when the Spanish conquered them that they were forced to change to the beans and squash regime. With the-emergence of this 'ancient grain' that we have seen a resurgence of Quinoa and all the wonderful benefits it brings. Quinoa has iron, many vitamins and has a good amount of 'complete' protein, making it suitable for vegetarians and vegans in particular.
It is an excellent food choice for me too, now that I am unable to eat large amounts of vegetables. I shun the eating of large amounts of animal protein so this gives choice. Quinoa can be treated like rice, couscous, pasta  and used in a salad. I use the flake form to make a quick porridge and add yogurt and stewed fruit to make a nourishing and filling breakfast.
Quinoa is readily available, not just in health shops, but even in our supermarkets. The nutty flavour can be enhanced by the addition of your favourite herbs, spices and even in sweet recipes. Google them or go buy a book. Quinoa, you really 'fit the bill' as an ancient but modern super food.

'P' lab cooker gets burned.

We often think of the victims of 'P' from on perspective; that is the damage it does to those using it and the flow-on affects to their families and others. Those ramifications are obvious and enduring.
Another aspect is also worrying. The houses or flats (even motel rooms) that have been used in the 'cooking' process is that the toxic residues do a great deal of damage and that is expensive to repair. Would you buy a property or rent one that has been used for such purposes? Would you even know?
In today's Herald we read about a 'cooker' being badly burned when the operation resulted in an explosion. Now, we the taxpayers have to fix this operons up in our public hospitals. That makes me angry, when I think about who might be put further down the list for other much needed services. NO, I am not saying that criminals should not receive help, but if there is a way of 'extracting money' from their illegal earnings, then go for it.
Now go and read my book, 'Roskill.'  My book takes a look from  teenage perspective about he damage 'P' does tour families, although the adults I the story have a strong voice too. You can purchase it form my website.
Please note. I am having Roskill  reedited and abridged so that will be available soon too.