•June 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Wow, who knew it would be so easy? I can see myself doing this once a week and maybe even trying to make tofu.
Here’s the recipe I used. One thing that’s missing in the instructions is that you should scoop the foam off the top while cooking. Also you can flavour the finished soy milk with vanilla and sugar/honey/etc. after it’s done. There are lots of recipes online too. I suggest reading 3 or 4 and then following the most promising.
You will need dried organic soy beans (for both environmental and health reasons), a sauce pan or pot, a container for the soy milk, cheese cloth, a funnel, and a blender or food processor (not shown).
My blender is old and not very good but soy milk doesn’t seem to be picky! The pot was just used to make the soy milk so sorry for it not being clean in the picture.
Start by soaking a cup of soy beans overnight. They plump up quite a bit and mine got a little bit of froth on the top.
Drain and wrinse them, then puree in your blender with 3 or 4 cups of water. I used the ‘pulse’ function with half the beans then added the rest and ‘pulsed’ some more before going to ‘puree’. It still wasn’t really pureed, more like shredded. But the soy milk turned out all right so I guess I can’t complain. I imagine I’m losing some nutrition but like Tim Gun of Project Runway says, sometimes you just have to ‘make it work! ‘
Here it is cooking for 30 minutes. Mine got really frothy!
Straining the finished milk.
What my blender thinks a puree is lol.
Ta-da! The finished product. It’s got a natural sweetness and tastes a bit like, um, it came from beans hahaha. I find it a pleasant taste and don’t think I’ll sweeten it. My back up plan – incase it wasn’t very good – was to flavour it with vanilla and raw sugar but I don’t think I’ll need to. I’m very happy with the way this turned out!
•March 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment
I’m on the road to becoming part of the Autoworkers Union and driving community shuttle busses. Right now I need to get my class 4 learners which means writing a 35 question test based on a 292 page manual with amazing insights like “to turn right pull on the right side of the wheel and pull on the left side to turn left.” Most of it is incredibly redundant and it feels like it’s meant for children. Less intelligent children.
Unfortunately there is also useful information hidden here and there and I have to wade through the mind numbing pap to find it.
So . . I decided to make a blog post about it!
Olive is studying. Which means she’s:
DIY’ing a standing desk
Doing some art
Figuring out interior design plans
Finding favorite family photos to display
Setting up . . an altar?
And of course – making blog posts!
Oh dear. I guess I should post this puppy and get back to reading. I think my friend had it right when she said to just go there, get the book, read till 4:30, then write the test. At least that would stop me from being distracted!
•March 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment
So I’ve been thinking about hair removal quite a bit lately. My main concern is can it be environmentally responsible and sustainable.
Of course disposable razors are out, but even the ones where you can replace the blade can’t be okay. The blade is both plastic & metal and usually some sort of moisturizing strip. That’s not getting recycled. So it’s landfill & forever(at least in the scope of my lifetime) pollution. Plus the whole handle is plastic. When I’m done with it – or replace it for a newer, better model as I’m encouraged to – it’s landfill filler too.
I considered some of the rip off methods, and possibly using cloth strip and wax or sugar would be okay. However, while I could do it on my legs I definitely don’t want to do it in more sensitive areas.
Finally I had thought about going old school with a straight blade but I just don’t think it’s intelligent to use a bare razor on skin over major veins or arteries. But this type of razor seems to take care of that problem!
It’s a safety razor, but you can also replace the blades, and in this case it’s just the metal razor blade you replace, no plastic junk. Plus it takes any blade not just the one’s the company sells.
I’m definitely interested in getting this!
•September 3, 2013 • Leave a Comment
I’m going to tell you why accessible health care is important. I’m not going to quote statistics that show a direct correlation between income and life expectancy or other disturbing things like that, im going to tell you a story.
I was in a car accident with a presumably drunk driver. They fled the scene and much later were found to be “100% at fault” by the insurance company.
I was working 2 jobs at the time, trying to get into a new field I hoped would offer a chance at a good paying full time job.
I couldn’t afford the twice weekly physiotherapy visits I needed. The insurance company payed for less than half the cost of each visit. Then they stopped paying, and couldn’t carry the cost myself so I had to stop treatment.
I lost one of my jobs because of my health, and struggled to maintain the other.
That was 4 years ago. Last night I had a back cramp (I’ve gotten them since the accident). It woke me up and I spent half an hour in pain trying to work it out. I went back to sleep with one side of my body hanging off the matress so it wouldn’t come back.
It doesn’t happen every night, it depends on my life.
•July 29, 2013 • Leave a Comment
It’s been a great experience so far having a garden on my balcony. I’m finding it enjoyable, almost spiritual, and it’s sure nice to go cut some kale whenever I want to. I got home last night and realized I hadn’t stopped for groceries but I had kale and green beans on the balcony so I threw in some tofu cubes and udon noodles and voila, a nice meal.