Those With Heavy Hearts


Salud …


Oh Look… Postum is Back

PostumOh look… Postum is back.   If you have never had it, don’t know what it is, etc.   It was produced for those who somehow decided coffee was bad, some for health reasons, some for religious reasons, and many for both reasons.   I haven’t drank the stuff since I was a kid.   Essentially its a roasted grain beverage.

Freshly Pressed Coffee

ImageIts still quiet.  No one is up.  I’m having a cup of java, freshly pressed.   I have found the simplicity of a french press fits with a slow relaxing cup of coffee much more than the fully automated, timer based, built in grinder, so on and so forth, machine I’ve been using.

The point of coffee is to be still.   Because it is hot it cannot be gulped.  It is a pause in life.   So should the making of coffee be.   And so it is with a press.   The whistle of a kettle of water coming to boil.   The simple mixing of coffee in the hot water and the seperation of the grounds from the liquid by your own physical action.

I have fallen in love with the French Press.

Pizza Smoothie

I have performed what may very well be a culinary first, I have made a Pizza Smoothie.   Why one would do such a thing ?   Well suppose you had four wisdom teeth pulled and yet really really wanted to have some pizza.   You can’t chew etc.


You can put two slices of pizza in the food processor, add sauce, puree until smooth.

Place in large soup bowl and serve with spoon tepid.   Hot is verbotten per the dentist so I ate mine tepid.

I’ll grant you its not what you normally want, but if you can’t have pizza its a good standby.

Grains Make Us Fat — Period

Grain based diets make us fatter, period.   The stats I have read state that on average Americans are 17 lbs over their ideal weight.   That is pretty close to how much weight I gain or loose switching my diet between a grain based one a protein based one.

A few months ago for the the first time in my life I tried a diet.    I’ve watched dieters for years and noted that few have ever had success.   And of the ones that did have success they were a miserable bunch.   Always moping and hungry etc.   I noticed though that those on a high protein diet, were never hungry and lost weight.  So I tried it.   Essentially my diet was all the meat and veggies I could eat, with cheeses, gravies and sauces thrown in ( and a glass or two of wine ).    I did not eat grains or fruits.   The result was over the next few months I lost 18 lbs.  I was never hungry, I ate when I wanted, ate as much as I felt like I wanted.

The question in any diet is “But can you keep it off ?”

From personal experience the answer is yes.  I can keep the 18 lbs off however not if I add grains back into my diet.   If I decide to start eating grains I will gain weight.   This is repeatable at will.   Add grains weight goes up, remove grains weight goes down.

There are a few people who wear white labcoats and carry clipboards and are thus called “scientists” or “nutritionists” or “doctors” who point this out.    The overwhelming majority of them however insist this simply is not true.    I can reproduce this at will in my body.  My wife can reproduce this in her body every time we vary our diet the result is consistent.   It is so consistent and reproducible that one must ask the question why its not pointed out by “scientists/doctors/etc.”

The reason can either be they are not attempting to find this out because they have high grain diet blinders, they scuttle results when they show up, or most likely those that do discover and report this tend not get further funding from the various big science funding centers.

Tonight It Was Alive

When I checked the sourdough starter tonight it was showing signs of life for the first time.  Bubbles and growing in volume from this morning.   I am part way through catching a wild batch of yeast for the starter, feeding it every 12 hours.

There is simply something exciting about food that is ALIVE.   Food that is not sterile.   Instead of being devoid of bacteria its crawling with them.   Getting enough desireable bacteria that they destroy and overpower the bad kinds.

When the wine in the bucket starts its roaring bubbling at the beginning of a batch its exciting, it is ALIVE.   Now the dough is starting to be ALIVE on it own without a pack of yeast.   Time to start up a batch of Sour Kraut as well.

I Didn’t Eat A Protein Bar

I overheard a vegetarian telling another “I just ate a protein bar”.   And I thought to myself why would one eat a protein bar ?   To get protein.    Protein bars are generally eaten by vegetarians or those leaning toward that end of the spectrum to boost their intake of protein.   This is because they know that unless they eat some form of manufactured food product artificially impregnated with protein they will be deficient.   It is an admission that you can’t live on beans and vegetables.

I did not eat a protein bar.   For lunch I ate a bowl of pulled pork with Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce.     For supper I’ll have another grilled chicken breast, a slice or two of home made bread, a bit of salad and a glass or two of wine.

When I eat this way I don’t need to snack.  I have wall to wall energy.  I lost 18lbs eating this way before I decided to restore the grains to my diet.   Meat and veggies and creams and oh la la.   Some call it Atkins, some call it Paleo Diet, some call it high protein etc.   It doesn’t matter what you call it its not new, its been the way of eating for a long time, and it works.  Its what your body was created to live on ( or evolved to live on if you prefer ).

I advised a woman to have her husband eat nothing but hamburgers and steaks but leave off the buns and he’d loose weight and be happier, more energetic etc.   Having my pesonal living example that this is true the vegetarian could not say I was wrong.  Instead they said that ones cholesterol would be a disaster.   The problem of course being even those who set out to prove the high protein, low carb diets would cause increase in heart disease, and worse cholesterol numbers failed and found the opposite.   The science behind high carb low meat/fat diets was venhemently disputed by leading doctors and scientists but ultimately won the day and became government policy because Senator McGovern, and his compadres said they could not wait for science to prove it right they had to act now.   And act they did, and educate the public in silly ideas.

Today I rode my bicycle to work.   The vegetarian who eats healthfully always has to go to a chiropractor, and this and that doctor, and has to eat all kinds of health food supplements etc.    We are about the same age.    As a rule the vegetarians will look at their ailments and say how glad they are they are vegetarian or it would be a lot worse.   Not realizing vegetarianism causes more trouble than it helps.

I know from personal experience what a vegetarian diet does to a body.  I was raised a vegetarian.   It was a well balanced healthy vegetarian diet, I descended from dieticians/nutritionists.     Even a little meat in the diet works wonders.

Today I did not eat a protein bar, instead I ate protein.   Here piggy piggy piggy…….. 😉

Garlic Seasoned Loaf Bread

A couple days ago I made two loaves of white bread using the Betty Crocker recipe in the book. Pretty basic bread but turned out great. The two loaves lasted less than 36 hours in the house.  The recipe is here :

Tonight I made a second batch since I had enough flour still on hand anyway. To spice things up a bit I modified the recipe by adding 1.5 tsp of garlic powder. Garlic makes everything better. I wasn’t sure how much to put in so while I had all the dry ingredients in the bowl I added the garlic a bit at a time, mixed it in, then tasted the mix till the garlic was at the strength I wanted. Feel free to adjust the amount you add if you wish to try this.

Flour and Yeastie Beasties

Last week, partly out of a desire to show what else you can do with yeastie beasties, partly because I remember seeing bread made as a boy, and partly out of boredom I decided to make bread.   I used the basic Betty Crocker recipe.

  • 6 cups all purpose white flour
  • 2 1/4 cups hot tap water
  • 2 tblsp shortening
  • 3 tblsp sugar
  • 1 tblsp salt
  • 1 pack yeast

The recipe called for using a mixer but I tend to eschew gadgets so I mixed it up in a big metal mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.   Let it rise 60 minutes, then divided shaped it onto two flat cookie sheets for baking.  No bread pans here.   Another 60 minutes of rising.  Then 25-30 minutes @ 425F on a low rack and YUM.

The two loaves were entirely consumed within 36 hours and I have requests for more.   So I guess I will take up bread baking.  This leads me to investigate sour dough bread as catching my own yeastie beasties appeals to me.   Part of the natural approach.

The thing my wife likes about home made bread is you control whats in it.   The breads at the store are full of soybeans and God knows what else.   This is one way to bypass that.    It fits in well with our home eating philosophy of eating food and not food products.   By that we mean eating meat, veggies, fruits and not processed food products.   We have found we feel better, have more energy, etc. when we eat food and not food products.

So onto Sour Dough…….