Saturday, July 29, 2006

most luminous star, worst case scenarios, recipes, raw food-happy planet

The most luminous star known releases up to 10 million times the power of the sun and is big enough to fill the diameter of Earth’s orbit. The ‘Pistol Star’ was discovered in the 90’s - it unleashes as much energy in 6 seconds as our sun does in 1 year.

This image, taken in infared light also depicts a magenta coloured nebula created by extremely massive stellar eruptions. The nebula is so big (4 light years) that it would nearly span the distance between the sun and Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to Earth’s solar system.

I just read Worst-case scenarios – How to foil an alien abduction. Lol funny. There could be some important information here!

from Nomi Shannon’s Raw Gourmet newsletter – recipes for Pomodoro & Pesto, and Summer Tomato Basil soup.
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Pomodoro Sauce

Pomodoro and Pesto over zucchini pasta is a memorable summertime combination. If you adore the taste of basil, place basil strips in colander with tomatoes also. Or, you can add the basil just before serving for a less intense but still memorable basil experience. If serving both pesto and pomodoro, first toss the "pasta" in the pesto sauce them put the pomodoro on top without mixing it in.

4-6 very ripe tomatoes, cubed and drained for 3-4 hours
fresh basil, as much as you like (start with 1/4 cup)
Pinch sea salt

Cut tomatoes in half through the stem end, scoop out and discard the seeds. Dice into small cubes. Place in a colander over a bowl. Lightly salt. Allow to drain for 3-4 hours. When ready to serve, toss tomato mixture with pinch of sea salt (if needed to taste) and add more basil, to taste. Serves 4.

Note: The 'tomato water' is delicious to drink.

Pesto Sauce

This traditional flavored pesto is delicious served over zucchini pasta, spaghetti squash, or sunflower sprouts. If the sauce is too garlicky for your taste, add additional pine nuts.

6 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves
6 tablespoons chopped basil
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
2 tablespoons pine nuts, soaked
pinch sea salt

In a blender, blend all ingredients until very smooth. If sauce is too thick, add a spoonful of hot water.
Yields approximately 1 cup.

Summer Tomato Basil Soup

Can be used as a Soup or Dressing
Wait until summer, when you can buy or grow juicy ripe organic tomatoes for this soup.
For a thick and hearty soup, instead of juicing the tomatoes, just toss them in the blender until you have a three cup yield.

3 cups freshly made tomato juice
1/4 lemon, peeled and seeded
1 avocado large
handful of sunflower or buckwheat sprouts
2 tablespoons chopped basil
optional: 1 tablespoon chopped onion
optional: 1/2 garlic clove, chopped

In a blender, blend all ingredients. Top with sprouts and basilflowers.
Serves 2.

For Dressing: use the optional onion and garlic with a bit of oliveoil, flax oil or hemp oil added in.

The Daily Raw Inspiration - 7/25/06 Raw Food, Happy Planet!

Although we eat raw food mainly for the taste and the wonderful health benefits eating raw vegan is not surprisingly also a sustainable diet that is healthy for the planet itself!

If raw organic food was the planetary diet:

- All the farmland currently growing grain to feed cattle could be used to grow fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds instead which would feed exponentially more people and wipe out hunger world-wide

- We could eat more locally grown organic foods and not need as much trucked-food so there would be less pollution

- We would all eat organic ending pesticide and herbicide use so the soil of the planet would become healthier as would the air and water and therefore the health of humanity would take a giant leap forward

- It would end factory farming of animals which badly pollutes the soil and our water sources

- It would dramatically lessen the use of pharmaceuticals which currently pollute our water systems

- Many forests would be saved including ancient rainforests that are now being cut down to make grazing fields for cattle

- More people would want to grow their own food. They could live in the countryside and not need to travel as much. Cities would become smaller and less toxic

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