Friday, November 16, 2012

A safe way to break the rules...

A safe way to break the rules is to cook up something new and innovative instead of traditional recipes. For example, try this cranberry chutney for Thanksgiving (someone recommended adding a bit of horseradish, the red horseradish is less bitter):

[Extraordinary] Garlicky Cranberry Chutney
Susan Stamberg calls this recipe "my truly favorite cranberry side dish." It's from Madhur Jaffrey's cookbook East/West Menus for Family and Friends (Harper & Row, 1987).

1-inch piece fresh ginger
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
l-pound can cranberry sauce with berries
1/2 teaspoon salt (or less)
ground black pepper

Cut ginger into paperthin slices, stack them together and cut into really thin slivers.
Combine ginger, garlic, vinegar, sugar and cayenne in a small pot. Bring to a simmer, simmer on medium flame about 15 minutes or until there are about four tablespoons of liquid left.

Add can of cranberry sauce, salt and pepper. Mix and bring to a simmer. Lumps are ok. Simmer on a gentle heat for about 10 minutes.

Cool, store and refrigerate. ("It will keep for several days, if you don't finish it all after first taste!")

In parallel universe, I am eating cranberry chutney 
in my James Hubbell house:

Dreaming in, and of, my Hubbell bedroom...

"I think we have an urge for there to be more to reality than our daily lives. We delight in the possibility that, under what we've long taken to be certain, lies something hidden." ―Brian Greene, theoretical physicist
Film: A Tramp in the Circus. Charlie Chapman in the funhouse's
"Mirror Maze" - a metaphor for a multi-dimensional universe.

Pineal gland - the storehouse
of imagination and creativity.
I am so busy working that my mind will not stop racing at bedtime. I need to find a sleep aid that does not contain melatonin because ingesting melatonin will make my pineal gland stop producing melatonin and that is how dependency occurs.

The pineal gland is responsible for secreting two extremely vital brain fluids related to our mental health: 1) melatonin, which is the hormone that induces sleep, and 2) serotonin, which is the chemical that helps to maintain a happy, healthy balanced mental state of mind, among other functions. The major pineal hormone produced is melatonin. Melatonin levels decrease as we age, as does the size of the pineal gland which also starts to calcify.  RenĂ© Descartes, the 17th-century French philosopher-mathematician, concluded that the pineal was the seat of the soul. Ancient Greeks felt the pineal gland was our connection to "the realms of thought". It is thought of as the organ of higher vision and creativity.

The pineal gland is photosensitive and the body's timekeeper. Light activates the pineal gland. Keep your pineal gland healthy by being in the natural sunlight for 30 minutes a day - sunlight must be taken in through your eyes. Eat seaweed vegetables such as kombu, arame, wakume, dulse, nori, etc. Eat dark, leafy vegetables: kale, turnip greens, mustard greens, bok choy, collard greens, etc. Eat almonds, bananas, hot peppers, rice, potatoes, black-eyed peas, and raw cocoa.

"The pineal gland secretes melatonin, during times of relaxation and visualization. As we are created by electromagnetic energy - and react to EM energy stimuli around us - so does the pineal gland." Read

The Third Eye or 6th Chakra is closely related to the pineal gland. 

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