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07
May
13

You didn’t really spend £16.95 for a Pepperoni Pizza, did you?

I read that many people in the UK have to borrow money or dig out of their savings just to buy food.  So who’s buying the pizza for £16.95?  In Chennai, India, I thought I was really splurging when I got a Domino’s pizza for rs 600.  So in my survival mode, I looked in my cupboard, and then googled.  Even though I was brought up in a second-generation Sicilian home in Timonium, MD, I didn’t know the difference between pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce.  I bet you didn’t either.  So this is it:  it’s mainly more concentrated, more spicy–and no surprises–lotsa sugar–or honey if you want to justify yourself.

So if you are poor but need your pizza, buy a pizza shell and make your own.  I had tomatoes in a tin, so I put it through my blender until it was thick.  I added tomato puree.  Then I added basil, fresh oregano, sea salt, cayenne pepper, honey, black pepper, lotsa garlic (love my garlic press), bay leaf, and…and…are you ready for this?  Because you really have to be ready.  I don’t know what Nona Fava would make out of this, but here it goes.  Yes, I put in two clean egg shells.  Why?  To take out the acidity.  This is huge if you have GURT or an ulcer or you know…

But that’s not my secret ingredient.  It has to do with Pinocchio.  I’ll tell you tomorrow.

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06
May
13

Why I Put Egg Shells in My Coffee, Don’t You?

Well, it finally happened.  Like Job, what I feared came upon me.  That dreaded ulcer or GERT or whatever.  What it meant is that when I drank my beloved coffee, I paid for it.  It became painful.  Did that stop me?  Of course not.  But thank God, I found an answer in something that I have been throwing away.  Yes, the egg shell.

The egg shell neutralized the acid in the coffee.  If I am making instant, I just put a piece of egg shell into the coffee with the powder.  You may want to crush the shell first.  For regular coffee, put the crushed egg shells with the coffee.  By the way, the coffee and the egg shells are great for your garden.

To store egg shells:  Wash the egg shells with warm water and soap.  Rinse.  Put out to dry.  They are ready to use.  You can also grind them in your coffee grinder and store in a container.

You can use egg shells when making soups, etc.  In this way, you can get the calcium that’s in the egg shell.  Put the egg shells in a net and drop in the soup.  When the soup is finished, you can take out the net.

13
Jan
13

Steps to avoid the flu

There are some common sense steps you can take to help you avoid the flu.

1.  Get plenty of sleep.  Getting a good night’s sleep is the best way to keep your body’s immune system strong.  The flu season is not the time to pull all-nighters at work or at play.

2.  Eat right.  If you know how to use a computer, the internet, google, then you know how to eat right, right?  The flu season is not the time to have the chocolate cake.  Kill the sugar for now.  Don’t have the extra cup of coffee.  Try putting cinnamon in your coffee.  Choose fish instead of red meat for now–or at least chicken.

3.  Eat Indian food. This is the time to go vegetarian.  Order dahl.  It’s lentils.  All the spices in Indian food are good for your immune system and fight germs.  Eat yogurt, especially if it gets too spicy for you.

4. Eat yogurt and raw honey. This is the time to shell out and use raw honey.  Forget the sugar substitutes during flu season.  You need what is good for you.

5. Avoid alcohol.  Flu season is not the time to drink a lot, or at all.  Let your immune system get what it needs.

6.  Avoid stressors.  Stressors are as bad as anything.  Avoid people who stress you out if possible.  Be nice, but find excuses.  You can talk to them after the flu season.  Know what you can handle.  You don’t have to have a two-hour conversation with your girlfriend and hear how she broke up with her boyfriend for the fifth time if it really stresses you out.  You have permission to cut short the conversation with your mother-in-law, over-chatty or bombastic co-worker.

7.  Don’t overdo anything.  Flu season is not the time for extra exercise to get rid of what you ate during Christmas.  Yoga and stretching however are good.  Really avoid jogging outside in the cold.

8. Lemon zest.  This is just me.  But there is some research that indicates that the lemon peel might help against the flu.  I’d appreciate further comments on this.  But it can’t hurt.  Put some lemon zest in your tea, etc.  Use the juice too.

9. And garlic and onions.  Raw garlic is best.  Throw it in your soups at the last minute.  You can cook your onions.

10:  You can be creative with soups.  If you feel that it is too cold for salads, then do soups.  Just throw the vegetables you have into a pot of boiling water. In this way, you save all the vitamins that you usually throw down the drain.  Add chicken stock for flavor.  Add tomato puree for color.  Experiment with beans.  Once you got the soup you like, make lots of it so you don’t have to cook a lot.  People will think you are incredible.

11.  Minimize your use on the computer and tv.  Flu season isn’t the time for marathon video games, hours on Facebook and twittering about the flu.  It eats at your immune system.  Same for TV.  Radio is better.  Order some audio books.

12. Leave cyberspace and get to know your real neighbours.  If you get the flu, no matter how many friends you have on Facebook, they can’t help you.  Especially if you live alone, you may need some help.  Don’t wait until you are sick.  Get to know your neighbours now and make nice nice.  They don’t have to be your best friends, but try to work out an alliance.  Get to know the medical people who live around you–those who know how to fix things–those who have connections, etc.  If you have made good relationships in your neighbourhood, then you are living with less stress, and…well you get it.  Now if they are too chatty, bombastic, depressed, see number 6.