It’s important to understand what our religious directions are. What we should expect out of religion and what we should be expected to do if we accept a religion. There is nothing judgemental here or I am making criterias, but simply expressing how I feel we should apply our religious faiths for the benefit of ourselves, people around us and our planet. It is said religion can create heaven or hell within our world by some, but I think it’s not the religion but our expression of it. Our expression of our religion is the potential happiness or havoc maker. Well without further ado, please listen to my thoughts in this 15 mins video extracted from the longer version.
Mustard, also known as mustard greens (of which there are several popular varieties1,2) is a relative of cabbage, broccoli and radishes. It’s a cool-weather plant that is easy to grow, matures quickly and is self-seeding.3
As noted by Grow Network,4 “Mustard can grow in almost any soil type, withstand drought conditions … and self-seed to produce a continuous crop with almost no work on your part.”
The Florida broadleaf and Green wave varieties take about 45 days to mature while the Southern giant curled variety takes about a week longer. When choosing a variety, consider your palate. Some varieties are milder, such as Osaka purple, while others are bolder and spicier in flavor. Black and brown mustards have a sharper, tangier flavor.
Planting Tips for Mustard Greens
To begin, you’ll want to prepare your garden bed with well-draining soil. For optimal growth and taste profile, use loamy garden soil with a pH between 6.5 and 6.8. Grow Network5 suggests mixing in a few inches of organic compost along with a handful of stone dust, then soaking the soil with water and waiting a few days before planting your seeds.
Seeds can be planted as long as the soil isn’t frozen but as a general rule, plant about three weeks before the first frost-free date in spring. Seeds can germinate at temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit (F). Plant a second batch three weeks later for a continuous harvest through spring and early summer.
For a fall crop, plant your seeds once the hottest part of the summer has passed. In many areas, mustard greens can even be grown during the winter, using cold frames, cloches or row covers to protect against deep freeze. As an added boon, most plant diseases and pests will be avoided during colder months.
Plant two to three mustard seeds one-third to one-fifth inch-deep, 6 to 12 inches apart. Keep the soil moist but not soggy throughout the growing season. For best results, use a slow-soak or drip system to avoid getting the leaves wet during watering. This will go a long way toward avoiding downy mildew, which thrives on damp leaves.
Once the seeds have sprouted, thin them out so you have just one plant for every 6 to 12 inches. Be sure to weed frequently as the weeds will steal important nutrients from the mustard plant and could stifle its growth.
Mustard Greens Are Versatile Plants With Several Uses
Every part of the mustard plant can be used, including the roots, seeds and leaves. The seeds in particular have a long history of use in Chinese medicine. Abscesses, bronchitis, asthma, colds, rheumatism, toothaches, aches and pains, bladder inflammation, ulcers and various gastrointestinal ailments are among the many historical uses of mustard seed, often in the form of a mustard plaster or poultice, which is applied topically.6,7
Historically, mustard was also used in baths to alleviate inflammation, as it helps increase blood flow. Naturally, the seeds can also be collected and used for replanting, or you can sprout them or make your own homemade mustard if you have a sufficient amount. (A simple recipe is included below.) What’s more, you can use the plant as a natural pest repellent. According to Grow Network:8
“When chopped and incorporated into your soil just prior to flowering, mustard greens act as a biofumigant. They suppress pests and diseases through the release of inhibitory chemicals created when water and soil enzymes break down the glucosinolates in the greens.”
You can learn more about this in “Growing Mustard as a Biofumigant Cover Crop,”9 issued by the University of Massachusetts. Mustard greens will also attract bees, which will benefit whatever else you have growing in your garden.
A note of caution: Some states view mustard as an invasive weed and have imposed restrictions on where and how you’re allowed to grow it, so be sure to check with your County Extension agent to find out if any restrictions apply before you plant them in your garden.
Harvest and Storage for Mustard Greens
Once the plants have matured, simply clip off leaves as needed using scissors or a knife, leaving the remainder of the plant in place. This way, it will continue to grow even as you keep harvesting. For salads, choose young, tender leaves. More mature greens make for a tasty dish either sautéed or steamed.
Cut off and discard wilted, unhealthy-looking leaves. Heat makes the mustard greens bitter and tough, so once the heat of summer sets in, pull out all of the plants and use for compost, and then replant in the fall.
Should you end up with too-abundant a crop, consider harvesting and freezing the leaves. To properly preserve them, they must first be blanched as follows:
Wash the greens and trim off the stems. If you like, you can cut the leaves into smaller strips
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, and prepare an ice bath in a large container or sink
Once the water is boiling, immerse the leaves and cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid
Blanch for three minutes, then remove the greens from the water with a slotted spoon (or use a blanching basket if you have one), and place them into the ice water for five minutes
Remove and drain on a paper towel. Once full dry, pack the leaves into freezer containers. If using freezer bags, squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing. Label and date each bag. The mustard greens will be good for up to one year at zero degrees F. or below
Nutritional Profile of Mustard Greens
Boiled mustard greens boast an impressive nutritional profile, with each 1-cup serving (140 grams) providing:10
524 percent of your daily value (DV) for vitamin K
177 percent of your DV for vitamin A
59 percent of your DV for vitamin C
26 percent of your DV for folate
Due to its high vitamin K content, you may need to eat it sparingly if you’re taking blood thinning medication such as Warfarin. Mustard also contains oxalic acid, which can be an issue if you’re prone to kidney stones. That said, mustard greens contain a number of valuable medicinal plant compounds that support good health, including:
Hydroxycinnamic acid — Shown to inhibit human lung adenocarcinoma cells and effectively combat multiple drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It also has antimalarial activity11 and much more
Quercetin — An important free radical fighter, immune booster and powerful antiviral shown to inhibit several strains of influenza, hepatitis B and C and other viruses
Isorhamnetin — Shown to induce apoptosis (cell death) in certain cancer cells. It may also have particular benefits for inflammatory skin conditions12
Kaempferol — Which has hypoglycemic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, cardioprotective and neuroprotective effects, just to name a few13
Glucosinolates — Plant chemicals that your body converts into isothiocyanates (ITCs), which have anticancer properties. In fact, studies suggest cancer protection is a primary benefit of mustard greens.14
How to Eat Mustard Greens
Mustard greens can be eaten in a number of ways. Simply toss them into your salad, or add as a steamed or sautéed side dish, for example. Sautéing, braising or steaming the leaves will cut some of the bitterness while adding a tasty kick to just about any dish.
For a slow-cooked Indian-style Sarson ka Saag (pureed greens) dish, see MyHeartBeets.com.15 Many other recipes can be found online as well. You can also ferment the leaves, which will allow you to store them for an extended period of time.
The seeds from the plant — which are a good source of phosphorous, iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium and manganese — can also be used in a number of ways. You can sprout them (for instructions, see SproutPeople.org’s growing instructions for mustard seeds16), add them to smoothies or make homemade mustard.
Mustard Green Recipes
Gwen Stewart, author of “The Healing Garden,” provides a couple of recipes for making your own mustard condiment in this referenced article,17 as does Grow Network.18 Following is a basic mustard recipe by Paleo Leap,19 which can be tweaked based on your own taste preferences by adding other seasonings and herbs to it.
Basic Mustard Recipe
1/2 cup mustard powder
1/2 cup water
Sea salt to taste
Optional: fresh parsley, chopped
Optional: fresh basil, chopped
Optional: lemon or lime zest
Optional: 1 to 2 tablespoons of your choice of vinegar
In a bowl, combine mustard powder and water and mix until smooth. Add parsley, basil, lemon or lime zest and/or vinegar, if using. Let the mustard rest for 15 minutes before using.
You can also find a whole-grain mustard recipe on the Paleo Leap website,20 which uses yellow and brown whole mustard seeds instead of mustard powder. It’s a bit more involved, as the whole seeds need to be soaked overnight before you can use them. You also need a food processor to turn it into a paste.
How to Make Pickled Mustard Greens
Like most other vegetables, you can also ferment or pickle your mustard greens. Aside from freezing, this is yet another way to minimize waste and make your harvest last longer while adding valuable probiotics (beneficial bacteria), not to mention variety, to your diet.
C?iChua is Vietnamese pickled mustard greens with a sour and spicy flavor that works well with a variety of dishes. The following recipe is from GardenBetty.com. For step-by-step instructions, please see the original article:21
Caraway (Carum carvi) is an aromatic plant known for its seeds. However, other parts of it are edible as well, such as the leaves and roots.1 It’s considered to be one of the oldest cultivated spices,2 being utilized by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs.3 In fact, it is believed that the word originated from the Arabs, who called the seeds “karawya.”4
Today, caraway is still featured greatly in dishes and home remedies around the world due to its medicinal and culinary applications. Discover what makes caraway a strong contender among other well-known herbs.
The Numerous Potential Health Benefits of Caraway
Adding caraway into your regular diet may be beneficial to your health, as it contains a wide variety of nutrients that can support optimal health. It may be beneficial for:5,6
Promoting digestive health — A 100-gram serving of caraway seeds provides 38 grams of fiber,7 a dietary component that can help maintain proper digestive health by promoting regularity, which may help reduce your risk of stomach and intestinal diseases.
Fighting microbes — Caraway essential oil has antibacterial properties, and has been found to help inhibit harmful organisms like salmonella.8
Boosting bone health — Caraway seeds contain a healthy dose of zinc, a mineral that may help increase bone density.9
Managing inflammation — According to Organic Facts, taking caraway oil with raw honey or warm water may help loosen up mucus in the respiratory system as well as control the inflammation in the airways.10
Improving sleep quality — Magnesium, a mineral found in caraway seeds, may help enhance the duration, quality and tranquility of sleep,11 leaving you feeling better for the next day.
The Applications of Caraway Are Mainly Culinary
Ever since its discovery, caraway has been extensively used in cooking. European cuisine frequently employs it to flavor duck, goose and pork dishes. In North Africa, it’s a core ingredient in harissa, a powder made of various spices.12 In the Middle East, caraway features prominently in tabil, another spice mix with historical origins from Tunisian Arabia.13,14
Caraway seeds, on the other hand, have diverse applications. They’re largely used in rye products, and can be added to:15
Planting and caring for caraway isn’t an arduous task, but there are some things you need to consider before setting up your garden. First, it must be planted in well-drained soil with a pH level of 6 to 7. Your garden must also have full sun exposure for best harvest quality, but the plant may tolerate partial shade as well.16
The best time to plant seeds is in spring or early autumn, and should be directly planted on the ground instead of pots because seedlings do not transplant well. Sow the seeds a half-inch deep into the soil and once they become seedlings, separate them 6 to 8 inches apart. Water the ground until seedlings appear, and do not let them dry out. Once the plant matures, they can be dried before the next watering session.
Leaves can be harvested from spring onward for culinary purposes. Use them immediately if you want to add them to fresh salads. Dried, however, they can be used for flavoring and can last for a year.
Caraway seeds, on the other hand, can be harvested once they appear and develop a deep brown color. To do this, carefully cut the seed heads then hang them upside down to dry. Storing them in an airtight container can extend the shelf life for months.
Cooking With Caraway: Buttered Cabbage With Caraway Seeds Recipe
Caraway can add an interesting layer of flavor to dishes. If you haven’t tried it yet, this dish from Simply Recipes can get your tongue accustomed to the flavor. It makes for a great appetizer or a side meal while being delicious and nutritious at the same time:
Boil water in a large pot and apply a dash of salt to it. In the meantime, prepare the cabbage by peeling it and discarding old or discolored leaves. Cut the head into quarters through the core and discard it, then toss the leaves into the pot.
Submerge and boil the leaves in the water for 90 seconds, then drain. Keep the leaves inside the pot.
While the cabbage is hot, mix in the butter, salt, pepper, celery and caraway seeds. Adjust the seasoning as needed, according to your taste.
Maximize Caraway Even More by Using Its Essential Oil
Caraway essential oil is a product made from the seeds of the caraway plant through steam distillation. Compared to its spice counterpart, which is mainly used in cooking, caraway essential oil is used to provide aroma to soaps, toothpaste and various cosmetic products.
Another beneficial use of caraway essential oil is in aromatherapy, where it is a prized tool for helping relieve stress and physical and emotional fatigue.21 It may also help ease an upset stomach, as one of its earliest uses is actually for flatulence.22 To use caraway oil, three methods are available:
Vaporizer — Add a few drops of caraway oil into a diffuser or vaporizer, then inhale the scent to take in the benefits.
Massage — Mix caraway oil with a safe carrier oil then massage it onto your skin.
Lotion — You can mix a few drops of caraway oil into a skin lotion to boost its effectiveness to help alleviate skin or scalp problems.
Be careful when using caraway essential oil because it may cause skin irritation. Make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil first before applying topically.
Enjoy Caraway by Finding the Best Method That Suits You
Given that caraway (and its essential oil) has various ways that can be used, there’s no shortage on how you can enjoy it. Just be sure to grow it properly using high-quality soil, and you’ll have a pesticide- and antibiotic-free herb in your kitchen.
US president also joined by Jewish billionaires Stephen Schwarzman, Dan Gilbert for election night watch party at White House
8 November 2018
THE TIMES OF ISRAEL — US President Donald Trump watched the results come in from Tuesday’s midterm elections at the White House with a number of prominent supporters, among them Jewish billionaires Sheldon Adelson and Stephen Schwarzman.
Adelson, a casino magnate known for his hawkish pro-Israel views, shelled out $112,250,000 for Republicans during the 2018 election cycle, according to a campaign finance monitor, making him the top overall donor in the midterms.
Adelson, who was joined by his wife Miriam at the White House, also contributed heavily to Trump’s 2016 election campaign and earlier this year attended the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, a move he had long pushed for.
Schwarzman, who according to the Center for Responsive Politics gave Republicans $11,750,000 for this year’s elections, is the CEO of private equity firm The Blackstone Group and is considered a close friend of Trump’s. […]
Khalil Cavil’s story was shared thousands of times on social media
By Kristine Phillips | 24 July 2018
INDEPENDENT — The Texas restaurant company which banned a customer after an employee’s story of a receipt scrawled with a racial epithet went viral said that it had parted ways with the employee and learned that the story was made up.
“We have learned that our employee fabricated the entire story,” Terry Turney, the chief operating officer of Saltgrass steakhouses, said in a statement. “Racism of any form is intolerable, and we will always act swiftly should it occur in any of our establishments. Falsely accusing someone of racism is equally disturbing.”
The incident unfolded earlier this month when Khalil Cavil, a 20-year-old waiter at a Saltgrass outpost in Odessa, Texas, posted an image to Facebook that showed a $108 bill with zero on the tip line, and “We don’t tip terrorist,” written in ink at the top. […]
Remember that cigar-shaped object that entered our solar system last year that had researchers wondering what the heck it was? Well, they’ve been studying it for the last year and now have some interesting theories, including that it may be an alien spacecraft sent to examine Earth.
Perhaps far fetched if you’ve never been exposed to UFO research, but not at all far-fetched given much research, witness testimony and many whistleblowers have pointed to some ET crafts being cigar-shaped. It’s not uncommon.
Those who feel ideas like this are ‘weird and out there’ are simply not seeing the facts that have been around for decades. Thankfully, research like this helps to shift that perspective amongst the public, and opens us up to truths that have been waiting to be explored en mass for a very long time.