Quinoa in Peru, and Bolivia

From Ari LeVaux’s January 25th, 2013 Slate article “It’s OK To Eat Quinoa”:

Most of the world’s quinoa is grown on the altiplano, a vast, cold, windswept, and barren 14,000-foot Andean plateau spanning parts of Peru and Bolivia. Quinoa is one of the few things that grow there, and its high price means more economic opportunities for the farmers in one of the poorest parts of South America.


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Split Pea Soup

2 cups green split peas
8 cups water
3 vegetarian bouillon cubes
2 potatoes, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp sage
1 tsp thyme
3 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a crock pot or slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for at least 4 hours, or until peas are soft.

Remove bay leaves before serving.
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I use two cubes of this Rapunzel Bouillon.

Richard Dawkins and Peter Singer Discuss Animal Suffering

Richard Dawkins (to Peter Singer):

I think you have a very, very strong point when you say that anybody who eats meat has a very, very strong obligation to think seriously about it. And, I don’t find any very good defense. I find myself in exactly the same position as … I might’ve been 200 years ago — or perhaps a bit longer ago than that — talking about slavery….

[T]here was a time when it was simply the norm. Everybody did it — some people did it with gusto and relish; other people, like Jefferson, did it reluctantly. I would’ve probably done it reluctantly — I’d’ve just gone along with what society does…. It was hard to defend then … and that’s the sort of position I find myself in now.

Hummus

2 cups garbanzos
1/4 cup liquid from chickpeas
3–5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on taste)
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

I usually use 2 lbs of garbanzos and so I have to adjust the recipe.
Here is a spreadsheet I made myself for doing this more easily.
If you don’t have LibreOffice, you can get it here.

I use bulk garbanzos, soak them overnight, and put them in the slow cooker with some garlic. Probably ~8 hours on low is sufficient.

Song for Kelly Clarkson

I just wrote a new song about Empowerment that I think would be great
for Kelly Clarkson.

I call it “Strongerer (What Doesn’t Weaken You)”:

What doesn’t weaken you makes you stronger
Or, maybe leaves you the same as you were before
Or, tires you out temporarily — like exercise — but ultimately makes you stronger (or just generally improves your cardiovascular system)

And then there are things that may not kill you, but will probably
make you weaker, like diabetes, anemia,

Malnutrition, AIDS, head injuries, broken pelvis, heavy blood loss, alcohol abuse, psychological trauma, smoking, watching pro sports, obstetric fistula,

Syphilis, Michael Bay, hepatitis, getting shot in the guts, bulimia, back injuries, periodontitis, osteoporosis, stroke, heart attack, poverty, chronic migraines….