June 22nd, 2005

Sprouting help

The last two times I've tried to sprout chickpeas, they've gotten moldy on the last day they were sprouting. After the first day of sprouting they looked fine, with their cute little tails, but when I checked them the next day to use them they were covered in white mold. Yuck. What did I do wrong?

Flaxseed - Storage and Baking Stability

Flaxseed - Storage and Baking Stability

Flaxseed is recognized as a "functional food" because of its generous content of the essential fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and the precursor of mammalian lignans, secoisolariciresinol diglycoside (SDG). Each promises to play a positive role in reducing the risk of a major health threat: ALA in coronary heart disease1, and lignans with respect to cancer2. Health professionals have raised the question of how well these components survive the hazards of oxidation and heat under common conditions of flax storage and food preparation. The answer is, surprisingly well.

Alpha-linolenic acid

ALA, in isolated form or as a component of an extracted purified oil, is generally considered susceptible to oxidation3 because it is highly unsaturated; that is, it has three double bonds in its 18-carbon chain. Oxidation is encouraged by both warmth (autoxidation) and light (photo-oxidation)4. However, ALA in the intact seed of flax has proven remarkably resistant to oxidation despite the fact that it makes up about 50-59% of the oil in flaxseed which in turn is normally 35-45% of the seed weight3. Why this is so remains a question but the facts are clear, as represented by current research.Read more...Collapse )

wisdom teeth hurting and icky flu!

so i have a horrible flu like thing that has been with me forever. and to top it off my wisdom teeth have finally decided to come in and are making it very painful to eat things requring a lot of chewing. i have planned on getting the teeth thing taken care of in a few days, and am taking stuff to get rid of this flu, eatting lots of soup, and am getting tired of that. anyone have any good meal suggestions besides soup that don't requre a lot of chewing? thank you
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Favorite easy worknight comfort food meals

So, I've just come home from work. I'm tired, I'm sore, I'm starving, and I have absolutely no idea what I want to eat for dinner. I'm in that kind of mood where anything more than the smallest effort is just way too much effort. I just want comfort food, and I don't want to have to work for it.

What do YOU make when you feel this way? What are all your favorite quick and easy comfort food no-effort-but-still-homemade sorts of meals? What are the staples you fall back on, time and again?

(I think I'm going to eat sloppy joes and potato chips. So good. So easy. So sucky that I still have to go to the supermarket and buy the ingredients.)
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