Mandioc, Tapioca, Cassava, Yucca???

Yoki Cheese BreadOn Sunday I was chatting with a friend after church about cooking yummy Brazilian food.  A real favorite is Pao de Queso.  It is little balls of bread with parmesan cheese.

We usually make cheese bread from a mix we buy at our local Brazilian store, Brazil Mania, in Torrance.  But not everybody has a Brazilian Store close by, so I gave her some tips. This is one of the recipes I shared with her from Olivia’s Cuisine blog. Pao de Queso.

On Monday we went shopping at our local Whole Foods Market.  I was looking for chickpea flour in the gluten-free section and notices a wide variety of prices for Tapioca flour vs Cassava flour.  (Hint: it’s the same thing!)

HeCassava Flourre are some of the pictures I took showing the brands and prices.  There is quite a difference in prices, from $8.99 per pound (Otto’s) to $3.29 on sale for 18 Oz from Arrowhead Mills.

bob's Red Mill Tapioca FlourArrowmills Tapioca Flour

I also checked prices on Amazon.com (Associate links may be included).
Anthony’s 2 pounds for $12.99

Bob’s Red Mill, four-pack of 20-ounce for $11.80 ($2.95 each)

 

 

 

 

Pack of six 20-ounce for $25.54 ($4.25 each)

 

 

Here’s the Goya brand.  You can find it cheaper in the Hispanic markets. 
$8.99 for 24-ounces

 

 

As you can see, there’s quite a wide range of prices.  If you have Amazon Prime (free shipping) and are willing to buy in bulk, you can save some money, and the hassle of driving all over town looking for ingredients.

I also found a Cheese Bread Mix.

 

$21.38 for an 8 pack. Each pack makes 16 cheese bread balls. 

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My Yoke is Easy and My Burden is Light

This bible verse popped into my head a couple of days ago.  It really comforted me when I first accepted Jesus at eighteen. I wasn’t really sure what Jesus meant by this at the time.  My life was in so much turmoil both mentally and physically.  I meditated on this passage quite a lot.

Here is the passage in its entirety:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
English Standard Version (ESV)

Now I am puzzled by this verse and need to take a fresh look at it.  For many years I have thought that Jesus’s words were about doing hard things, like loving your enemies, taking the narrow gate and putting camels through eyes of needles.

“My burden is light?”  Really?  I thought that an authentic life of faith was about struggling against my fallen nature, making tough choices and doing hard things.  It has been a heavy burden.

A new thought occurred to me.  What if I am taking this all wrong?

Take a look at the laws of nature. Suppose I decide that I don’t believe in gravity; that the law of gravity doesn’t apply to me.  I’m a unique individual and I should be able to do what I want.

How do you think that is going to work for me?  Every time I encounter gravity I’m going to rebel against it.  I’m going to complain about it and resist going along with this unfair situation. Is my life going to be easy? I’d be making my own life a living hell by fighting against an immoveable force.

This seems like a ridiculous example, right?  But people do this all the time.  Not fighting against gravity, but resisting the Divine Principle of God’s creation. Gravity is not the only force to be reckoned with. There are many other laws in this amazing world of ours that are just as powerful as gravity.  These are spiritual principles.  Just like gravity, they are invisible.

I’m not too sure about the rest of the world, but in America, individualism is highly valued.  Not only individualism, but rugged and rebellious individualism is upheld as a value in our culture.  Literature is full of the rebellious individual who bucks the system, rebels against parental authority for the sake of their individual dream.

The myth of the self-made man, or rugged individualist who succeeds against all odds is just that–a myth.  The truth is that we are interdependent.  There is very little that I have that is the result of my individual effort.  The food I eat is grown, harvested, transported, cooked and served by others.

I haven’t made my a stich of my own clothing.  Even if I did sew my own shirt, where did the fabric and thread come from?  Did I weave the cloth or spin the thread?

On an even deeper level, much of who I am comes from my parents and my ancestry.  I’m not just talking about my physical body which came from the gene’s of my parents (for good or ill). My parents, grandparents, teachers, siblings, friends, and even local librarians had a hand in shaping my character and values.

So what kind of spiritual principles am I talking about?  First is interdependence. One of the most basic principles we learn as children is the Golden Rule.

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 7:12

This may also be known as the law of reciprocity in other religions. When we ignore this principle or rebel against it, consciously or unconsciously, we create problems in our relationships with others.  To make things worse, we may blame others for the problems we have created by violating this spiritual principle.

Unificationists call this the principle of give and take action.  It is one of the most basic spiritual principles in God’s creation.  This is just one example of many you can find in the Bible.

“My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  By acknowledging and accepting the spiritual principles that Jesus taught we can come into harmony with them and discover that our life will improve.

The secret is to accept them as universal spiritual principles, just as powerful as the law of gravity, and learn to work harmoniously with them instead of resisting them.

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Gluten Free Garlic & Olive Bread

Bread1Yesterday I decided to try something new.  I made Pamela’s Gluten Free bread with garlic and olives. I bought a jar of  Kalamata Olives and sliced them up. I sliced up three cloves of fresh garlic. I put this aside to add later.

I put all of the liquid ingredients and the yeast in my NutriBullet and added one Tbsp. each of Chia and Flax seeds.  This adds protein, fiber and omega-3 oil to the bread.  The NutriBullet does a great job of grinding up all the sweet potatoesseeds.  Then I stirred the sliced bread in the ovenolives and garlic into the liquid mixture.

I mixed in the dry mix per the package instructions and put it in my favorite bread pan. (8x4x5) it’s 5″ deep to give more support for the gluten free bread.  The loaves come out taller that from a regular bread pan.

In the meantime, I washed some sweet potatoes and poked holes in them with a fork.  I usually back sweet potatoes along with my bread, just for an efficient use of energy.  The baked sweet potatoes make a great snack.

finished breadHere’s a picture of everything in the oven, along with some sliced eggplant that my wife prepared.

Here’s what the bread looks like after baking for an hour at 375 degrees. It tastes great toasted with butter.

buttered olive bread

 

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Unity

Some thoughts on Unity from the I Ching (book of changes).

 

 

 

pi-writtenHolding together brings good fortune.
Inquire of the oracle once again
Whether you possess sublimity, constancy, and perseverance;
Then there is no blame.
Those who are uncertain gradually join.
Whoever comes too late
Meets with misfortune.

What is required is that we unite with others, in order that all may complement and aid one another through holding together.  But such holding together calls for a central figure around whom other persons may unite.

To become a center of influence holding people together is a grave matter and fraught with great responsibility.  It requires greatness of spirit, consistency, and strength.

Therefore let him who wishes to gather others about him ask himself whether he is equal to the undertaking, for anyone attempting the task without a real calling for it only make confusion worse than if no union at all had taken place.

~I Ching – Pi, (8) Holding Together

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Butterfly Brain

Mainly Mommy Mishaps

Writers Block – When your imaginary friends refuse to talk to you

Like butterflies, the thoughts in my head uncontrollably flutter around, land momentarily and then take flight before I have a chance of catching them.

I’m scared, this is how I lost the continuity of my blog last time, my brain suddenly stops thinking of what to write. Is it the fact that I post too many articles a day? Or is it simply because I have no more creative storage? Do I need to upgrade my brain for a newer model?

My page is hard to follow, this is because its random. I post anything that is currently on my mind; loves, hates, fears, opinions. But the more I express, the more difficult it is for me to come up with new things to say, to talk about. This doesn’t make any sense, surely a random blog should be…

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Free TV? Is it possible?

Millennials Unearth an Amazing Hack to Get Free TV: the Antenna

When I saw this article from the Wall Street Journal a couple days ago, I was dumbfounded.  Free TV as a new concept?  TV has always been free.  It still is.  All you need is a TV and an antenna.  No cable required.

Here is a selection a antennas to get you started.
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We pulled the plug on cable over 30 years ago. We got tired of flipping through 100+ channels and not finding anything good to watch.

When I was growing up TV was free. In the 1960’s we had four major channels, CBS, ABC & NBC.  If you had the right antenna, you might be able to pick up a few UHF channels. The only problem was, you needed a TV.

My Dad refused to buy a TV. I’m not sure why, but he wouldn’t buy one.  If we wanted to watch a show, we had to visit a friend’s house. I remember watching Saturday Morning Cartoons at my friend’s house.  Hercules, Mighty Mouse, Looney Tunes, etc.

when I was eight or nine, around fourth grade, my Dad got interested in electronics. He signed up for a correspondence course with Heathkit. He built an AM radio, complete with vacuum tubes, that I used for many years, until I discovered FM Radio.

Then he got started on his big project, building our own TV.  Dad invited me (more like drafted me) to help building this TV.  We worked in the basement of our house on Navajo St. in Denver.  Honestly, I would rather have been outside playing with friends or riding my bike.

At each step of the way, Dad coached me and explained everything.  Dad was always excited to learn new things. I remember learning about the color coding on resistors, the danger of capacitors, and how to test vacuum tubes.  Along the way Dad taught me how to make a clean solder, and how to strip and crimp wires with needle nose pliers.

As much as I hated staying cooped up in the basement workshop, I still felt a swell of pride while watching our weird naked TV, knowing I helped build it.  I can’t remember if either my brother or sister were kept hostage in the basement learning about electronics.

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Love this imagery, butterfly brain. Here is a good example of turning writer’s block into a lovely post.

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