MISO-CARAMELIZED PEAR PORRIDGE

I can’t think of a better way to start the day than with this pear porridge. It’s getting a little colder and that might mean getting out of bed is a little harder, but if you’re looking for some motivation to begin your day, a warm bowl of this porridge is the perfect recipe to get your day off to the best start ever.

*INGREDIENTS*

• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1 teaspoon white miso paste (or to taste)
• 1-1/2 tablespoons butter
• 2 ripe pears, halved and cored
• 1 cup rolled oats
• 2 teaspoons chia seeds
• 2 cups milk of your choice
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• Pinch of salt

*DIRECTIONS*

In a warm pan, combine honey, miso, and butter to make caramel. 2 Place pears in caramel and cook for 10 minutes on medium-low until pears soften. 3 Add porridge ingredients to a separate pan and simmer gently, stirring frequently, until desired consistency. 4 Serve together and garnish with yogurt, pumpkin seeds, or toppings of your choice.

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Resetting the Planet Means Resetting Our Food

By Deepak Chopra, ™ MD, FACP, Poonacha Machaiah, Rajnish Khanna, PhD

The way we eat has changed the planet. In this simple idea, which few of us consider when we go to the grocery store, lies immense hope for the future—if we pay attention. On the medical front a large number of people accept the notion, once thought of as a fringe belief, that “you are what you eat.” The decisions you make today about what you eat will have a huge impact in your future health. Food plays a decisive factor in modern lifestyle diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and all the damaging side effects related to the epidemic of obesity in this country.

The next step in our growing awareness expands on the same idea. The next bite you take adds to the health of planet Earth or pushes it a tiny step toward deterioration. Unconscious eating is bad for the environment. Conscious eating puts the planet on the road to renewal and wellness.

We can heal the environment by thinking from the ground up, quite literally. The health of soils around the world is essential to keeping the entire planet in balance. This truth has dawned with the rise of the word “microbiome,” which is gaining wide circulation. The microbiome is comprised of the genetic material of all microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses) in a specific place, such as the human gut, in the soil, in water, or on the skin. Each local microbiome is intricately connected to other microbiomes, thereby linking all living organisms together.

Family wraps home in greenhouse

Nature House Concept

The average temperature in Stockholm in January is -3°C (27°F). For Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto it can be much warmer thanks to the greenhouse that blankets their home.

“For example at the end of January it can be -2°C outside and it can be 15 to 20°C upstairs,” explains Sacilotto. He was inspired to build a house-in-a-greenhouse through his relationship with architect Bengt Warne who began designing the first Naturhus (Nature House) in 1974*.

Originally Sacilotto looked for an empty lot to build an entirely new Naturhus, but he eventually settled on an old summer house on the Stockholm archipelago. Using Warne’s design, he covered the small summer home, plus an addition, in 4 millimeter glass. The footprint of the greenhouse is nearly double that of the home, leaving plenty of room for a wrap-around garden, and since inside the bubble it’s a Mediterranean climate, the couple now grow produce atypical for Sweden (e.g. figs, tomatoes, cucumbers).

The Rise of the
One-Month Stand

BY FARAN KRENTCIL OCT 7, 2020

I would kill to have an orgasm, but I refuse to die for one. That’s my daily quarantine mantra. I whisper it when I get a Raya alert. I scream it while giggling wildly with friends. Eventually I text it directly to a film director—the kind who thinks if he slides into my DMs, I’ll slide out of my clothes. Of course, that’s a no-go during quarantine, but I’ll admit, it’s tempting to make an exception—especially when he texts back “You’re funny” instead of “LOL.” Just as Hamilton’s Angelica treasured “a comma after ‘dearest,’ ” modern women know the secret code of attentive lovers is a fully typed contraction.

Mini-relationships are transforming hookup culture—and giving women more control of their time.

https://www.elle.com/life-love/a34288874/dating-in-pandemic/

One man’s trash another man’s treasure.

In the past, it was more common for Canada to ship its recycled plastic overseas to be processed. As Quinn Campbell reports, a southern Alberta business based in Nobleford is taking recycled plastics… full circle.

Nobleford, Alta., recycling company uses local plastic for area projects.

“Our goal is to create value out of waste.”
Four-and-a-half years ago, Beekman started running Full Circle Plastics in Nobleford, Alta.
The company started making products for the construction industry. Now, it’s expanded into oil and gas, agriculture and residential products, just to name a few. 

Bay Area startup Trash Warrior eyes West Coast growth after securing new funding. Uber for Trash.

The San Francisco-based technology company, founded last year, is looking to make its mark in the area by competing on price and following a familiar “Uber for trash” dream.

Uber for Trash Concept – Circular Economy

The concept of creating an “Uber for Trash” has gotten plenty of media buzz in recent years. Now, a new West Coast player called Trash Warrior is also citing Uber as inspiration and has backing from venture capital firms.

Fittingly, this tech startup is based in San Francisco, the birthplace and setting for the ride-sharing company’s rise. Founded in 2019, Trash Warrior’s service offers on-demand removal of junk, furniture and cardboard through a platform linking to a network of third-party haulers, allowing residential and commercial customers to schedule pick-ups and pay online.

Bay Area startup Trash Warrior eyes West Coast growth after securing new funding

Expired Milk 100% Recycled

Expired Milk 100% Recycled

Resiliency Means Not Letting Anything Go to Waste
How Reinford Farms Turns Waste Into Energy

At Rubicon®, we believe it is important to highlight every aspect of our work, from the men and women who manage our waste and recycling, to our customers as they take the lead in the fight against COVID-19, to our city partners as they tackle the war on waste.

Last year, shortly before launching a line of perishable food products, a large national variety store chain approached us wanting to learn more about our organics recycling offerings. Up to that point, Rubicon had primarily worked with the customer on plastics, paper, and cardboard recycling. But the retailer understood that selling fresh food would present a different challenge. 

Prior to launching their line of perishable food products, the discount chain had only been selling packaged food. Their distributors would drop-ship the food items to them and take away expired product. After launching, the company became responsible for doing something with their expired products, including expired milk—a special challenge.

By: Ryan Cooper, Waste Diversion Manager and Organics Recycling Lead July 23, 2020

The circular economy

Of all the materials we extract globally, only 10% ends up in products. The rest is wasted along the supply chain or dispersed into the environment, before it even reaches the hands of consumers. Even then, 80% of products end up in our waste system within six months, where they have little chance of ever returning to products again (Girling, 2011). Out of all of the materials that leave the global economy each year, only around 10% is recycled into new products, while the rest ends up in an incinerator or landfill (Haas, Krausmann, Wiederhofer & Heinz, 2015).

Urban Lifestyle

Seattle will permanently close 20 miles of residential streets to most vehicle traffic. The streets had been closed temporarily to through traffic to provide more space for people to walk and bike at a safe distance apart during the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 20 miles of Seattle streets will permanently close to most vehicle traffic by the end of May, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Thursday.

Seattle will permanently close 20 miles of residential streets to most vehicle traffic.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/seattle-will-permanently-close-20-miles-of-residential-streets-to-most-vehicle-traffic/

New Eating Habits

A lot of people these days are buying produce in bulk. How to eat yummy and well organized healthy meals when you buy produce in bulk. It is easy if you keep your produce well organized. We can always keep our produce safe, fresh and ready for cooking and eating. To ensure that your produce stays fresh you have to cook it in bulk as well. Cook produce not just for one meal but for two or three meals at the time. That method will ensure your foods are fresh and appealing for eating. Refrigerate, organize and plan to consume your cooking during the same week.

For example, I bought a pack of white mushrooms today. I cannot really eat all these mushrooms at the same time. But I can cook all of them at same time and eat them during the same week.

Hm, how do you cook mushrooms so they are appealing to eat the next day and the next day? It is very easy to do if you like mushrooms. Cut each mushroom in two, plays them on a baking sheet; the flat halves go down and bake them in an oven. Before you bake them. Sprinkle salt, pepper and touch of your favorite vegetable oil that is useful at the high oven temperature like 350F.

Put baked mushrooms leftover in a glass sealed container and use it the next day as a site dish again. You will probably end up eating baked mushrooms 2-3 times during the same week. After that week you might not eat mushrooms for 2-3 weeks in a row. Which is totally Ok.

In case you’re a vegetarian or just exploring, the baked mushrooms is a great substitute for a cooked steak. Baked mushrooms are juicy with tons of flavor. Just something to think about. Also, when you bake your vegetables on a baking sheet you organized them well. They look nice on the baking sheet and they taste so delicious because you took a good care of them. Even children can bake vegetables on the baking sheets. It is safe, delicious, effective, and nurturing.

baked white mushrooms on a baking sheet up to 350F.
White Mushrooms and some red onion are ready to be baked in an oven. 350F

Recycling beverage containers & aluminum

In 2017, Americans recycled nearly 54 billion aluminum cans, a figure that stands for over 53% of the total cans created in 2002. The aluminum market paid over $800 million for the used beverage containers.

Inning accordance with statistics reported by The Aluminum Organization, the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), and also the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the aluminum beverage container is by far the most recycled consumer drink package in the United States and also internationally, by units, pounds as well as percentage reused. It totals up to greater than twice the recycling rate and recycled material percents for drink containers of various other products, including glass and also plastics.

Since the aluminum beverage containers and cans are 100 percent recyclable, the majority of them can and are recycled right into new drink cans. Recycled aluminum cans are back on the grocery store rack in about 90 days, and also the procedure could be repeated countless times. This is achieved due to the fact that the aluminum can is the only product packaging material that greater than covers the expense of collection and re-processing for itself.

Guide on recycling used beverage container and aluminum.