Sprouting seeds is an easy and inexpensive way to provide yourself with incredibly nutritious food year round. Because sprouted seeds are "raw" food they don't loose their essential vitamins and nutrients which happens during the cooking process. Also, as the seeds grow, proteins, enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients increase while becoming more easily absorbed by the body (bioavailable) While you can sprout any seeds, I've only done Alfalfa and Wheat Berry although I recently read that Quinoa sprouts well so I might try that next. And when I say easy, I mean easy! Seeds, water, a jar, a screen and an elastic is all you.
In the past few weeks I've had some serious problems with my WindowFarm in the form of bugs. Little wee tiny bugs that like to eat Basil leaves. At first I didn't even notice them because they were so small,....all I knew was that my Basil was dying and I couldn't figure out why. I could see tiny spots on the leaves but it wasn't until I dug out a magnifying glass that I realized the little black spots were hundreds of tiny insects. I tried flushing them off with alternating blasts of a "green" insecticide and water but unfortunately I either missed some or the plants were too far gone to save.
This shed was built by a group of Dalhousie University Architecture students in the spring of 2008. The style of construction is "rammed earth" and the walls are composed of clay, gravel and sheep's wool.
To erect the walls, a form was built and the material mixture was added in and tapped down in layers. The door is an old conveyor belt and the design cut into it was taken from the pattern on an old sheet of wallpaper.
Up again before the sun rise but this time it was so I could catch the 6AM bus from M’Hamid north back to Ouarzazate where I’d then catch another bus east to Tinghir. I would rather have stayed in bed a few more hours but rising early did allow me to catch one last desert sunrise and I tried to sear the image of the sun appearing over the rolling sand dunes into my memory. The bus ride north was uneventful and I spent the time watching the Moroccan countryside slide by my window. One of my few regrets on this trip was not writing down the names of all the little towns I stopped into along the way. And like all my drives during the previous days, this bus stopped into a small nameless town for an hour or so somewhere along the way.
I'm starting to see a theme here; penne pasta as it seems to feature prominently in many of my recipes. This meal combines penne with another of my favorites,...Shrimp all mixed up in a creamy tomato sauce. Trust me, its good!
I set my alarm to catch the sunrise and I’m glad I did. I don’t care where I am, I love watching the sunrise and it’s no different here. It was still dark when I woke and slipped out of my tent ready to find a dune to call my own. Immediately I caught some movement in the corner of my eye about 20 feet away and jumped in surprise. I could only make out a lump in the darkness but it had definitely moved and had startled the hell out me. I might have jumped an inch or two. It wasn’t until I got my flashlight on that I realized the lumps were sleeping people, the camp workers who slept under heavy blankets around the fire pit.
It was time for a new commuter bike and I wanted a change from the mountain bike (Rocky) I had been riding for the previous few years. Rocky was and still is a good bike but winter riding had been hard on it. I planned to keep it for pulling Burley the trailer but needed something new to get to work and back.
I had heard about the Alfine internal geared hub and was intrigued with the concept, in particular it’s lower maintenance requirements. My thinking was that I wanted a bike with a lower overall cost of maintenance and the internal hub would help by cutting down on dérailleur repairs. I also wanted hydraulic disk brakes on any new bike I got which was another closed system. This category of bikes doesn’t have much to choose from and all I could buy locally were the Rocky Mountain Metropolis NRT, the MEC Hold Steady and the Giant Seek 0. After checking out all the bikes in person, I settled on the Giant and pulled the trigger on buying the 2011 model.
I like Shrimp. No,.actually I LOVE Shrimp! There, I said it. I prefer the big shrimp but I only had a bag of the tiny ones on hand today. Regardless, shrimp is shrimp and I wanted some for supper tonight.