Spicy Peanut and Pumpkin soup…






-2 tablespoons olive oil                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

-1 medium onion diced                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -4 garlic cloves

 -1-inch piece of ginger finely chopped

-1/2 habanero chili

-1 (14-ounce can) pumpkin puree

-3 cups vegetable stock

-1 (13 ounce can) coconut milk

-1 tablespoon honey

-1/4 cup unsalted, natural peanut butter

-2 tablespoons chopped chives

-1/4 cup plain yogurt



-Heat olive oil- Add onion, garlic, ginger until soft and slightly brown, stirring frequently, (about 4 minutes)

-Stir in pumpkin puree, chili, and vegetable stock

-Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for 20 minutes

-You can remove chili to reduce spice

-Add coconut milk, honey, and peanut butter to the pot

-Using a blender – puree soup

-Keep warm over a very low heat

-Divide soup into bowls, sprinkle with chives and a dollop of yogurt


(Courtesy of the New York times)

Anchovies and Sardines…

Both small fish are usually packed in tins, are affordable and are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids which are deficient in the American diet. Omega 3’s are anti-inflammatory which can counterbalance the overload of Omega 6’s in our diet (inflammatory fatty acids). Zingerman’s a mail order company out of Michigan stocks over 70 types of tinned fish. Some are even aged. Sardines have a wide appeal to a wide range of people. They were a traditional meal of the coastal American Indians before the arrival of the Europeans. Anchovies are great added to sauces to bring out an unusual additional zing. Few know that they are usually present in Worcestershire sauce, steak sauces and in Caesar salad dressing. To top things off, sardines and anchovies are the lowest on the food chain which means they contain little, or no mercury as do larger fish such as tuna, swordfish, halibut etc. My favorite way of eating sardines is by first sautéing onions, adding dried cranberries and after a few minutes adding a can of sardines. Another favorite is sautéing garlic and a few anchovies and pouring the sauce over steamed broccoli.

Smart Bandages that can Detect Infection…

Research at the University of Rhode Island, which was funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, has developed a bandage that can detect whether a covered wound is becoming infected. What they did was embed nano sensors into the fibers of the bandage. When a wound is covered with a bandage there is always the possibility of it becoming infected. The carbon nanotubes will identify an infection by detecting concentrations of hydrogen peroxide produced in the wound when bacteria are present. This “Smart Bandage” will be monitored by a small, wearable device that will transmit a signal to a smartphone which the patient or caregiver will receive. Hope is that by early detection of an infection there will be less need for antibiotics and even more drastic occurrences such as limb removal. This could be life saving especially for patients with diabetes who have difficulty with wound healing and for those living in remote rural areas. Verification of the product still needs to be done with live culture cells found in wounds via a petri dish.



Responsible Building and Nature…

When Expedia, the online travel group, built their headquarters in Seattle they hired Surfacedesigns to restore and incorporate nature as a big part of the development. This meant two bays filled with garbage had to be replaced with new soil for reseeding of natural growth. There is a shift in the view of developers in so much as they are not just preserving nature but, in some cases, restoring it according to the founding partners of Surfacedesigns. The waterfront was to have a bike path, a soccer field and driftwood benches to view the ocean. The aim of Expedia was to move away from a manicured look to one of a more natural setting. Similar projects are under way along the Brooklyn waterfront where a pair of high-rises “River Ring” will include tidal pools and marshes to encourage herons. In the Rockaways a nature preserve is to be created from an old parking lot. Many developers now feel it is their duty to build responsibly which means working with and around nature.