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Iceland volcano from a drone

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Written by LeisureGuy

21 March 2021 at 8:21 pm

Posted in Daily life, Video

Broccolini & Butternut (squash)

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This was taken just a few minutes after everything was in the pan in cooking. About 20 minutes more cooking to go.

Just sort of idle cooking. I had bought a smallish butternut squash, but I didn’t want to roast it, and it occurred to me to steam it. When I went to peel it, I looked at the label and that suggested steaming. I often don’t peel when roasting, but I thought I’d peel it for steaming. It had very little in the way of seeds, so I just discarded them.

I cut it into small (about 2cm) chunks and steamed those for 13 minutes, which was plenty. I planned to cook it more, and I think next time I might steam it just for 10 or 11 minutes.

Broccolini & Butternut

This idea came to me, so I did it.

• about 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 bunch scallions chopped
• 1 large jalapeño, chopped (with core and seeds)
• small pinch of salt
• cloves from 1 head of garlic, peeled, chopped small, allowed to rest 15 minutes
• 1 bunch broccolini (AKA baby broccoli), chopped
• about 10 small domestic white mushrooms, halved (they were pretty small)
• half the steamed butternut squash
• about 1 tsp ground black pepper
• about 1/2 tsp hickory-smoked paprika
• about 2 tsp dried mint

I used the Stargazer 12″ skillet. I put oil, scallions, jalapeño, and salt into the skillet, turned on heat to medium (4.0 on my induction burner), and cooked for about 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently.

I added the garlic and cooked that for a couple of minutes, then the rest.

I cooked it for a few minutes, stirring to mix, then covered the skillet with the third-party lid, turned heat to low (3.0) and cooked it for 15 minutes, stirring a couple of times.

I’m eating some now, mixed with 1/4 cup kodo millet, 1/4 cup black beans, and 1/2 cup of the red/purple kale and spinach (recipe at link). It’s a meal right out of the Daily Dozen: Grain, Beans, Greens, and Other Vegetables. (For breakfast, I had a tangerine, pear, and apple, and mid-afternoon I had a bowl of mixed berries. Lunch was where I got the ground flaxseed, turmeric, nutritional yeast (with B12), and quarter cup of walnuts, which I ate with the usual combination of Grain, Beans, Greens, and Other Vegetables (the experimental ratatouille).

If I hadn’t had the walnuts earlier, I probably would have added 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds to the recipe above.

My recipes, it should be noted, are nothing more than descriptions of what I did with what I had. Do not, for example, go looking for hickory-smoked paprika. I just happened to see that in a local store, bought it to try, and so had it on hand. Adapt to what you have.

Written by LeisureGuy

21 March 2021 at 5:14 pm

Comparing the COVID-19 Vaccines

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I’ll be getting vaccinated this week, possibly with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine (not available in the US) but possibly with either Pfizer-BioN Tech or Moderna. Yale Medicine article provides an excellent overview of the characteristics of each vaccine:

• Pfizer-BioN Tech
• Moderna
• Johnson & Johnson
• Oxford-AstraZeneca
• Novavax

Written by LeisureGuy

21 March 2021 at 7:16 am

Posted in Daily life, Medical

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