2010 in review

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How to Cook Quinoa

Follow these steps for perfect quinoa every time.
1. Rinse quinoa well before you cook it. (the water will become almost clear after 3 or 4 rinses)
2. Use 1 ½ cups water for each cup of quinoa.
3. Place a lid on the pot and do not lift it until the cooking time is done.
4. Once the cooking time is up, remove the pot from the heat and allow to sit for about 10 minutes before you lift the lid.
5. Fluff with a fork

NOTE: If you want flavouring in your quinoa, stir them in prior to cooking.

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The Coaster

Today instead of gluten free living I thought I would talk a little about gas (petrol) free living. In light of the recent disastrous BP oil spill, it is a good point to stop and reflect about how much we still rely on oil.

There would not be a Gulf Coast Disaster or the previous Exxon Valdez debacle if it were not for our dependence on the slick oil that is not covering and/or contaminating much of the gulf coast waters.

About once a week I ride the train, The Coaster, or metro system in my town. I tend to see a lot of people from all different walks of life enjoying the ride. By taking public transportation we reduce our use of oil and hopefully if enough people do it togehter we can help to preserve the world we live in the for future generations.

This is the view from the local train, The Coaster. I’m thankful that we can enjoy the clean water. I feel for all of the businesses, families, nature & wildlife that have been effected by the oil spill.

Consider ways you can reduce your dependence on oil.

Gluten Free & Oil Free Activities You Can Do:

– pack a gluten free lunch & ride your bicycle to the park to enjoy it

– go for a walk to the local yogurt shop (only gf toppings, please)

– use public transportation to visit a museum or park you have been meaning to check out

– if possible, walk, skateboard, ride your bike to your local grocery store when you just need to pick up a few items

Facts about the BP Oil Spill:

– the estimated amount of oil gushing out is 12,000 to 100,000 barrels (500,000 to 4,200,000 US gallons; 1,900,000 to 16,000,000 litres) per day (but we do not know for sure BP is not allowing independent studies to take place)

– 5 states have been effected so far Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia as well as countless wildlife nd marine life habitats

– some oil plumes stretch as much as 10 miles long

– at the current flow rate the oil could reach Atlantic states as early as July

– over 400 species of wildlife live in the gulf area including endangered species

for more unexpected/almost funny facts about the spill visit