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Jul 29, 2021

THE LIFE-CHANGING LOAF OF BREAD



THE LIFE-CHANGING LOAF OF BREAD



It took me a long time to settle on the title for this post. Why? Because it’s quite a statement to suggest that a humble loaf of bread will change your life… but the Life-Changing Loaf of Bread will do just that. I am willing to be so bold.




When I began eating healthier, bread was definitely on my hit list. Not because bread is inherently “bad” (in my books nothing is that black and white), but that I knew when I was basing three meals a day around a loaf of crusty, white French loaf, something had to give. I realized that if I replaced a few slices of bread a day, I could make room for things like greens, fresh fruits, legumes, and that I would be getting more nutrients from the same amount of calories. Light bulb moment.

Now, that isn’t to say that my love affair with bread ended there. Oh no. When I moved to Denmark four years ago I fell head-over-heels for bread all over again, except this time, it wasn’t light and fluffy – it was kind of like the weather – dark, deep, and intense. The Danes are excellent bread makers, especially when it comes to sourdoughs and of course, rye. Bread here is hearty, filling, and a single slice is almost like a meal in itself. I love going to the bakery on Saturday morning and getting a loaf of rye that has naturally risen for days, been baked for 24 hours, and looks and feels like a brick.

People often ask me why I don’t bake my own bread, and the answer is simple: the Danes just do it better. And I like the ritual of walking down the canal to the bakery (rye bread is one of the few things I actually purchase “ready-made”). This way I appreciate bread on a whole other level and it becomes special. I savour every slice instead of making it every meal.




It wasn’t until I went for lunch at a friend’s place a couple weeks ago that my life changed. When I walked into her apartment I could smell it. Something malty and definitely baked, toasty, nutty…when I rounded the corner to her kitchen, there it was. A very beautiful loaf of bread, pretty as a picture, studded with sunflower seeds, chia and almonds, golden around the corners and begging me to slice into it.

She served it with a number of spreads; pesto, lentil hummus, some veggie pate. It magically seemed to compliment everything I slathered across its speckled flesh. Moist, dense, chewy. Hints of sea salt here and there, nestled between the oats, around the corner from a golden flax seed. So beautiful and more than tasty, this was a revelation. “Please tell me this is good for me!” I begged her.
She smiled.

FRIENDLY FIBER: PSYLLIUM SEED HUSKS

You’re probably asking yourself how the heck this bread holds itself together without any flour. Nice observation, and the answer is psyllium seed husks.

Psyllium seed husks are one of nature’s most absorbent fibers, able to suck up over ten times their weight in water. Psyllium come from the plant Plantago ovata and is related to the common garden dweller Plantain (not to be confused with the fruit!). For this reason, you’ll often find psyllium in over-the-counter laxatives, stool-bulking agents and colon cleansing kits; basically anything having to do with poo. I just came back from running a detox course in Lisbon where I got all the participants in-the-know about this amazing little supplement that also helps to reduce cholesterol levels, aid digestion and weight loss, and alleviate diarrhea and constipation.

Psyllium seed husks contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber dissolves in water and soothes the digestive tract with its mucilaginous properties, while the insoluble fiber acts like a broom to sweep the colon free of toxins. Taken during a detox, juice cleanse, or fast, psyllium can greatly improve the body’s ability to eliminate impurities. But the good news is, you can take it anytime – many people find that a daily dose of a teaspoon or two in a glass of water really helps them get their bowels moving, (or slow them down if necessary).*

But what does this have to do with bread? Well, the idea here is to use psyllium to bind all these lovely ingredients together without resorting to flour. There have been some low-carb bread recipes floating around the ‘net as of late that take advantage of psyllium and I think it’s a great idea. Eat delicious bread, have good poops. I’m in!

Psyllium is available at health food stores and most pharmacies. It comes in two forms, the raw husks themselves, and powdered, which are just the husks that have been pulverized. It is easier to take the powdered form as it dissolves easier in water, but that is not important in the case of this bread – either type work just fine.



NOW, ALLOW ME TO EXPLAIN THE TITLE.

I know you’re just burning for me to back this up with a few good reasons, so here we go.

First of all, when I make bread, there are bowls, spoons, measuring cups and flour everywhere. There is always a mess to clean up, and my biggest pet peeve is trying to get the very last bit of dough unstuck from the mixing bowl. Serenity now.
The only thing this bread leaves you with is a used spoon and a measuring cup. Everything that you mix, you do so right in the loaf pan. Genius.

Secondly, bread almost always requires some kneading, then some waiting, and then perhaps more kneading. Maybe more waiting? I’m confused already.
This bread, on the other hand, is kind of brainless. Dump all the ingredients into the loaf pan, stir, and let it sit for a couple hours. Or overnight, all day, or however long or short you find convenient. Whatevs. You rule the bread, not the other way around.

Third. Bread recipes are specific. Use this kind of flour, and that kind of yeast…
What if I told you that if you don’t have hazelnut, you could use almonds? If you don’t like oats, you could use rolled spelt. Out of maple syrup? Use honey! See where I am going with this? The only thing I will emphasize is to replace the ingredients in the same proportion and with a similar ingredient for the best results. The rest if your call.

Fourth, breads require a rising agent, whether that is a sourdough starter (this takes days to make) or commercial yeast (which should really be avoided if possible). This bread doesn’t. Great.

Fifth reason, your typical loaf of packaged grocery-store bread is not really that healthy. It uses flour, which has often been stripped of much of its fiber, bran, essential fats, and unless milled mere hours before baking has lost most of its nutrients through oxidation. It is high in refined carbohydrates and most times, low in protein and healthy fats. Most breads require gluten-containing flours for texture and leavening, which many are trying to eat less of . And sometimes bread has kooky ingredients like corn syrup and food colouring. Seriously. Read those labels.

The Life-Changing Loaf of Bread features whole grains, nuts, and seeds. High in protein, incredibly high in fiber, and it is gluten-free and vegan. Everything gets soaked for optimal nutrition and digestion. I will go so far as to say that this bread is good for you.



SIXTH, THIS BREAD MAKES THE BEST TOAST. EVER.









THE LIFE-CHANGING LOAF OF BREAD


INGREDIENTS

1 cup / 135g sunflower seeds
½ cup / 90g flax seeds
½ cup / 65g hazelnuts or almonds
1 ½ cups / 145g rolled oats
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
4 Tbsp. psyllium seed husks 3 Tbsp. if using psyllium husk powder
1 tsp. fine grain sea salt add ½ tsp. if using coarse salt
1 Tbsp. maple syrup for sugar-free diets, use a pinch of stevia
3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil or ghee
1 ½ cups / 350ml water

INSTRUCTIONS

In a flexible, silicon loaf pan combine all dry ingredients, stirring well. Whisk maple syrup, oil and water together in a measuring cup. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix very well until everything is completely soaked and dough becomes very thick (if the dough is too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until the dough is manageable). Smooth out the top with the back of a spoon. Let sit out on the counter for at least 2 hours, or all day or overnight. To ensure the dough is ready, it should retain its shape even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan away from it it.
Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C.
Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30-40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing (difficult, but important).
Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. Freezes well too – slice before freezing for quick and easy toast!

NOTES
Makes 1 loaf
Sarah Britton

I realize that few pleasures in life will ever be able to compete with tearing open a fresh baguette, or slicing into a thick-crusted country levain, and I am not suggesting that those pleasures be forgotten. On the contrary, let’s let those things be what they are and enjoy them from time to time. And for now, and hopefully the better part of your bread-munching days, I offer my latest and greatest pleasure to you; the Life-Changing Loaf of Bread with no down-side, a bread with personality, a triumphant flag raised high exclaiming that deliciousness and health are not exclusive.

This bread changed my life. Will it change yours too?

For the visual learners out there and for those who’d like to come hang with me in my kitchen, the Life-Changing Loaf of Bread is just one of many cooking classes both live and recorded featured on my wellness platform, My New Roots Grow. Check it out!


 



Q & A


I’d love to answer the number of questions about substitutions for the Life-Changing Loaf of Bread coming into the comments section! Please be advised that I cannot guarantee any results beyond the recipe above. To help out, if you do make a successful substitution, let me know in the comments! Thanks!

1. There is no substitute for the psyllium husks. Whenever I write a post about a specific ingredient, it is because THAT is the point of the recipe and I like to highlight one way you can use it. For those of you who can’t find psyllium, buy it online. It’s cheap.
2. For nut substitutions, the bulk of this bread is nuts and seeds so you’ll have to skip the recipe. If it is JUST a nut allergy and seeds are okay, replace the nuts with seeds.
3. You can use ground flax seeds instead of whole, but you’re going to need a lot more water as the ground flax seed is highly absorbent.
4. Substituting the oats with quinoa flakes may work, but again, they absorb a lot more water than oats do. Add more water accordingly.
5. Oats are inherently gluten-free, but if you have a sensitivity to gluten, make sure to purchase certified gluten-free oats.
6. For sugar-free or low-sugar diets, use a pinch stevia to replace the maple syrup.
7. A flexible, silicon loaf pan is best because you can test to see if the dough is holding together, and it’s easy to remove the loaf from the pan, BUT, a regular pan should be fine.
8. This bread is not raw. I haven’t tried drying it out. If you want to make it raw I suggest *trying* to slice it before you bake it and dehydrating the slices individually.

* if you are interested in taking a dietary psyllium supplement, please read the instructions carefully. Do not give psyllium to young children, as it can be a choking hazard.

Jul 23, 2021

It wasn't Bitcoin mining! All 3,800 PlayStation played FIFA to get prizes and resell them

 The investigation revealed that the 3,800 PlayStation 4s, which they initially thought were used for Bitcoin mining, were actually programmed to automatically play FIFA and earn Ultimate Team cards.

 
This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

Just a week ago, the Security Service of Ukraine reported that they discovered what looked like a Bitcoin mining farm . However, the investigation revealed that the 3,800 PlayStation 4 (PS4) consoles found at the site were actually programmed to play the FIFA video game automatically. The goal was to earn FIFA Ultimate Team Coins and Cards and then resell them to passionate gamers .

The news went viral and caused a great impact, as the equipment also worked with stolen electricity , avoiding estimated payments of between 186 and 260 thousand dollars per month.

What caused the most stir was the news that Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies could be mined with a PS4 (or several, in this case). One of those who questioned this information was the local media Delo , where they noticed that in the photos of the report discs are seen coming out of some of the equipment .

On the left you can see discs coming out of some of the 3,800 PlayStation 4 consoles that were mistaken for a Bitcoin mine. Image via Security Service of Ukraine .

Most of the equipment belonged to the economic version of the PlayStation 4 , called Slim and with power of only 1.84 teraflops, although they do not rule out that there were also others from the Pro version, with 4.2 teraflops of power.

According to specialists, none of these equipment would have sufficient capacity to mine Bitcoin, and if they did, it would not be a significant amount, not even if almost 4 thousand devices are used at the same time.

The same medium points out that the requisitioned PS4s would have been programmed to automatically play the FIFA video game over and over again.

The goal would be to earn in-game coins that could then be exchanged for real money or Ultimate Team cards . These cards are very popular with FIFA fans, and if you get a rare one you can resell it with a good profit margin.

Another quite profitable option in the gamer market is to accumulate enough coins and / or cards to be able to sell the player account in its entirety.

 

 

Jul 18, 2021

بعد الكشف عن مرض ياسمين عبدالعزيز .. ماذا تعرف عن تكيس المبايض ؟

 


خضعت الفنانة ياسمين عبدالعزيز، لعملية جراحية مساء السبت، بعدما كشف عن الأمر زوجها الفنان أحمد العوضي، وكشفت تقارير صحفية أن العملية التي خضعت لها كانت لاستئصال تكيس على المبيض، ولكن ماذا نعرف عن تكيس المبايض الذي تتعرض له الكثير من النساء؟

تكيس على المبايض

تكيس المبايض هو اضطراب هرموني شائع بين النساء في سن الإنجاب يسبب مشاكل في المبايض، والسبب الدقيق له غير معروف لكن قد تسهم العوامل الوراثية والبيئية في تطوره.

وقالت وزارة الصحة السعودية في إشاراتها للتكيس على المبيض، أن الطمث غير المنتظم، نمو شعر غير مرغوب فيه، وحَبُّ الشباب من أهم أعراضه، وشددت الوزارة على ضرورة التشخيص المبكر مهم؛ لأنه يمكن أن يسمح بإدارة الأعراض، وقد يمنع تطور مشاكل صحية طويلة، مع النظام الغذائي، ممارسة النشاط البدني والأدوية يمكن أن تساعد في السيطرة على الأعراض.

تكيس على المبيض هو اضطراب هرموني شائع بين النساء في سن الإنجاب، عادة ما يبدأ عند البلوغ، وهو عبارة عن مجموعة من الأعراض المتعلقة باختلال التوازن الهرموني الذي يسبب مشاكل في المبايض، مما يؤدي إلى عدم تطور البويضة كما يجب، أو لا تطلق أثناء فترة التبويض، ويطلق عليه أحياناً متلازمة شتاين ليفينثال.

وكشفت الصحة السعودية عبر موقعها الإلكتروني أنه لا يوجد علاج دائم لإزالة تكيس المبيضين؛ لكن يمكن التحكم في الأعراض عن طريق مجموعة متنوعة من العلاجات كما تختلف الخيارات من شخص إلى آخر، والتي قد تشمل تغييرات في نمط الحياة وذلك بفقدان الوزن مع ممارسة أنشطة التمارين الرياضية المعتدلة.

أدوية والتي تشمل تنظيم الطمث مثل حبوب منع الحمل أو البروجستين، إنتاج وتحفيز البويضات، العملية الجراحية وذلك عن طريق إجراء جراحي بسيط يسمى كي المبيض عن طريق المنظار؛ لعلاج مشاكل الخصوبة المرتبطة بمرض تكيس المبايض.

May 23, 2021

تفاصيل زفاف إبنة المرشدي .. تكلف 3 ملايين دولار وأحياه 4 نجوم

FilFan | فى حياة المشاهير

راغب علامة خلال الحفل

22 مايو 2021 | اخر تحديث: السبت , 22 مايو 2021 - 23:05

شهدت مصر أمس حفلي زفاف هما الأضخم في عام 2021 والأكثر إثارة للجدل، ربما بسبب ظهور عدد كبير من الفنانين في حفلي الزفاف عقب ظهورهم صباحا في جنازة الفنان سمير غانم.

ولكن بعيدا عن ذلك يبدو أن حفل زفاف نور المرشدي إبنة محمد المرشدي على أمير عبد الوهاب الذي أقيم في القاهرة كان وراءه العديد من التفاصيل المثيرة والتي تجعله الزفاف الأضخم نظرا لتجهيزاته الكبيرة وتكلفته المرتفعة والذي حضره كوكبة من صفوة المجتمع والمشاهير، وعلم FilFan في السطور التالية تفاصيل هذا الحفل الأسطوري:

- عائلة العريس تمتلك أحد البنوك الشهيرة.

- 4 نجوم أحيوا الحفل وهم راغب علامة ونانسي عجرم وحمو بيكا وتامر حسني.

تامر حسني مع العروسة

- حفل الزفاف تكلف 3 مليون دولار وأشرفت على التجهيزات شركة "باز ايفنت" لوليد الباز وهي من الشركات المصنفة عالميا في هذا المجال.

- تجهيزات الحفل تم استيرادها من لبنان واستعانوا من مصر بمعدات من شركة "فوكس لايت" لطارق صبري أما باقي التجهيزات كانت من شركة "باز ايفنت".

- أقيم في منزل من منازل عائلة المرشدي بالقطامية هايتس.



نانسي عجرم مع العروسين


- حصل راغب علامة على أجر 65 ألف دولار، وحصلت نانسي عجرم على 60 ألف دولار، وحصل تامر حسني على 400 ألف جنيه، أما حمو بيكا حصل على 35 ألف جنيه.

May 20, 2021

شاهد السبب الذى كان وراء وفاة سمير غانم منذ قليل الكورونا ليست السبب

 

شاهد  السبب الذى كان وراء وفاة سمير غانم منذ قليل الكورونا ليست السبب
نعى الفنان حسن الرداد، حماه الفنان الراحل سمير غانم الذي غاب عن عالمنا منذ قليل.

وكتب حسن الرداد عبر حسابه الشخصي بموقع التغريدات القصيرة “تويتر”: “إنا لله و إنا اليه راجعون وداعا حمايا الغالي وأطيب إنسان قابلته في حياتي، أرجو قراءة الفاتحة على روحه الطاهرة والدعاء له بالرحمة إن شاء الله، ملحوظة: الوفاة ليست بسبب كورونا”.
وأعلن الإعلامي رامي رضوان تشييع جنازة الفنان الكبير سمير غانم غدًا من مسجد المشير بالتجمع الخامس بعد صلاة الجمعة، مضيفا أن الجثمان سيوارى الثرى بمدافن مدينة الوفاء والأمل.




وكان الفنان الراحل قد عانى من مشاكل بالكلى، إلى جانب إصابته بأمراض مزمنة تسببت في مضاعفة المرض بفيروس كورونا المستجد خلال الأيام القليلة الماضية.


christian dogma

    

عزاؤنا لزوجته ومحبيه | «المهن التمثيلية» تنعى سمير غانم







نعت نقابة المهن التمثليلة الفنان الكبير سمير غانم الذى غيبه الموت مساء اليوم عن عمر ناهز 84 عامًا إثر إصابته بفيروس كورونا.

قالت النقابة، في بيان الخميس: "تنعي المهن التمثيلية إلى جموع العالم العربى فى كل مكان الفنان النجم العظيم الذى أضحكنا كثيرًا الأستاذ سمير غانم خالص العزاء إلى الفنانة دلال عبد العزيز وإلى الفنانة دنيا سمير غانم وإيمى سمير غانم والفنان حسن الرداد والإعلامى رامى راضون والى كل محبيه، ولنا جميعًا وإنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون".
وسمير غانم مواليد 15 يناير 1937، وهو ممثل كوميدي مصري، تخرج في كلية الزراعة جامعة الإسكندرية، ثم التقى بكلٍ من جورج سيدهم والضيف أحمد، وكونوا معا فرقة «ثلاثي أضواء المسرح» الشهيرة، وهو فريق غنائي كوميدي لمع على المسرح من خلال تقديم مجموعة من الاسكتشات الكوميدية، كان أشهرها «طبيخ الملايكة» و«روميو وجوليت»، ثم قدم الثلاثة بعدها عددًا من الأفلام والمسرحيات الناجحة.
وتباعدت الفرقة بعد وفاة الضيف أحمد 1970، واتجه مع جورج سيدهم للتمثيل معًا في عدة مسرحيات كان أشهرها «المتزوجون»، وكان آخر عمل مسرحي لهما معًا هو مسرحية «أهلا يا دكتور».
وفي ثمانينات القرن العشرين لمع نجمه في سماء الفوازير، فقدم سلسلة من فوازير رمضان تحت اسم شخصيتي «سمورة» و«فطوطة»، ثم عاد في رمضان في أوائل التسعينات من القرن نفسه ليقدم فوازير المطربون والمضحكون، ويعتبر واحدا من نجوم المسرح مع عادل إمام ومحمد نجم ومحمد صبحي.

Mar 4, 2021

How You Can Make Money (for Teens)

 

The job market might be hard to deal with, especially when you’re a teenager, but, with a little determination, you can find a handful of ways to make some money. In addition to looking into your options with employers who hire teens, you should consider the opportunity to provide services on your own. No matter if you want a basic summer lifeguard job or to start your own business, explore your options in advance to find something you’ll love.

1. Babysitting

It’s one of the most common teen gigs. And rightfully so: it doesn’t require spending anything and you also help someone from your community. It’s the best option for those who are responsible and like children. Ask people with young children if they need help with their kids.

It’s a good idea to get a CPR certificate and to take basic first aid classes – this will make your employers feel more confident. Try looking for such courses in a local community center, hospitals, or Red Cross chapters. Usually, you can learn there for free or at discounted rates.

If you don’t have any experience in this field and your new clients are worrying, ask them if you can have a probation period – play with their kids when a parent is at home.

2. Do yard work

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Usually, people are too busy to care about yard maintenance, but no one wants their homes to look or neglected. These people are happy to hand this work to someone else (and pay for it). The work typically includes mowing the lawn, raking leaves, trimming hedges, and so on. First, ask your family and friends, and then post some signs around the neighborhood if necessary. During winter, you can shovel sidewalks and driveways.

3. Do household chores

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You’re a part of the family, so it’s only natural that you pitch in to do the chores, but you can also ask your parents to give you additional responsibilities around the house for a reasonable fee. Your parents probably have a lot of tasks and worries, and that’s why they’d appreciate your help. Negotiate your salary; you can ask half of what is paid to a professional cleaner. We’d advise you to base the rates on performance: this not only gives you the motivation to work better, but also teaches you work ethic.

4. Help an elderly person 

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Some senior citizens have health-related issues that fervent them from doing basic daily tasks. If you know some elderly people who live nearby, ask them if you can help them with things like getting groceries or moving furniture. It’s important to be clear about money, otherwise, they can think that you’re doing it only out of kindness. Your grandparents can help you build a client base (and also have the awkward money talk for you).

5. Walk dogs 

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It’s very enjoyable for most people to walk their dogs, but they’re often busy and tired. At the same time, their dogs’ welfare is crucial to them, so they don’t mind paying someone for walking their dogs. So, if you’re energetic and love dogs, and use this to earn some cash! Becoming a walker is easy now because of multiple apps for finding a job. Examples of such apps are Wag! and Rover, but you can find a lot more.

6. Be a tutor for your schoolmates

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This is a great idea for strong students, but first of all, find out about your school’s rules on paid tutoring. Even If you can’t work or advertise on campus, you can work privately at a public library or at home, for example.

Or try out signing up for online services like WizIQ or Tutor Hub – they connect you to the students in need of a tutor. Some of these services require a high school diploma, but there are more flexible ones as well. Don’t give up even if you’re not a brainiac! If you’re good at playing a musical instrument, sport, or even a hobby, you can still be paid for private lessons.

7. Advertise! 

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No matter which job you want to do, it’s essential to get the word out if you want to earn money. Try placing a cheap ad in the newspaper or print out some flyers, but the easiest option is to advertise online. Use craigslist.org or even your personal social media page. It’ll surprise you how many people you know need help. And if your service becomes popular, you can create a separate social media account.

THE LIFE-CHANGING LOAF OF BREAD