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|Saturday, June 21st, 2008|
What is Organic Chicken?
People must have heard about the nasty conditions which broiler chickens - which are bred for their meat - are raised in? These chickens have no more floor space than a sheet of A4 paper. Chickens are over-fed to reach slaughter weight in six weeks, when it would normally take four months.
Modem intensive systems of poultry production have produced cheap meat for the consumer - but at a price. Inside the intensive chicken houses, which are appearing in increasing numbers in the countryside, up to 40,000 birds are crammed, at 2 birds to the square foot, into a single windowless building, with almost continuous low levels of artificial light, they are then given drugs to speed up their rate of growth. Keeping so many animals packed together in such a stressful environment can only contribute to their rates of infection. It seems logical that the Chinese flu infections that we were seeing transmitted to humans comes from this same intensive farming. It isnt necessary to produce food in this way.
Organic farmers do a number of things to ensure that chickens are reared as naturally as possible. For starters, antibiotic growth promoters cannot be used but sick organic birds must be treated with appropriate veterinary medicine, so they can be given antibiotics if theyre very poorly. But they cannot be given drugs on a regular and routine basis, something that almost all non-organic poultry have to endure. Organic poultry is reared on a specially formulated feed containing only cereals, vegetable protein, a small amount of fish meal, and a vitamin/mineral supplement. These chickens are often guaranteed to be fed on feed which is free from genetically modified feedstuffs (GMOs). To be fully organic, chickens must be fed a diet containing grain which has been grown organically, without artificial fertilisers or sprays. Such feed is expensive, and therefore organic chicken is more expensive as well.
Also, on Soil Association registered farms, the number of chickens housed in a single shed is restricted to 1,000. A non-organic intensive chicken farm may have as many as 40,000 in the same shed. Organic birds are kept free-range, having continuous daytime access to clean pasture, except in adverse weather. Non-organic birds are almost always locked up night and day.
In addition, the Soil Association insists on full and clear labeling of processed chicken products. They are able to trace back to the farm all ingredients used in any Soil Association chicken products. Their organic certification standards state that food must undergo as little processing as is practical.
Organic standards are legally binding. All organic businesses must be licensed by law, and are fully inspected at least once a year. So if you want to see for yourself how organic animals are reared, why not visit an organic farm?
Find Organic Farms in the Organic Directory.
About the Author: Davinos Greeno works for the organic directory This green directory lists 100s of Organic Food and Drink Companies and Eco Jobs and Community Videos
|Friday, June 20th, 2008|
different ways to cook rice.
Rice needs to be thoroughly washed. A good way to do this is to put it into a colander, in a deep pan of water. Rub the rice well with the hands, lifting the colander in and out the water, and changing the water until it is clear; then drain. In this way the grit is deposited in the water, and the rice left thoroughly clean.
The best method of cooking rice is by steaming it. If boiled in much water, it loses a portion of its already small percentage of nitrogenous elements. It requires much less time for cooking than any of the other grains. Like all the dried grains and seeds, rice swells in cooking to several times its original bulk. When cooked, each grain of rice should be separate and distinct, yet perfectly tender.
Soak a cup of rice in one and a fourth cups of water for an hour, then add a cup of milk, turn into a dish suitable for serving it from at table, and place in a steam-cooker or a covered steamer over a kettle of boiling water, and steam for an hour. It should be stirred with a fork occasionally, for the first ten or fifteen minutes.
Boiled rice (japanese method).
Thoroughly cleanse the rice by washing in several waters, and soak it overnight. In the morning, drain it, and put to cook in an equal quantity of boiling water, that is, a pint of water for a pint of rice. For cooking, a stewpan with tightly fitting cover should be used. Heat the water to boiling, then add the rice, and after stirring, put on the cover, which is not again to be removed during the boiling. At first, as the water boils, steam will puff out freely from under the cover, but when the water has nearly evaporated, which will be in eight to ten minutes, according to the age and quality of the rice, only a faint suggestion of steam will be observed, and the stewpan must then be removed from over the fire to some place on the range, where it will not burn, to swell and dry for fifteen or twenty minutes.
Rice to be boiled in the ordinary manner requires two quarts of boiling water to one cupful of rice. It should be boiled rapidly until tender, then drained at once, and set in a moderate oven to become dry. Picking and lifting lightly occasionally with a fork will make it more flaky and dry. Care must be taken, however, not to mash the rice grains.
Rice with fig sauce.
Steam a cupful of best rice as directed above, and when done, serve with a fig sauce. Dish a spoonful of the fig sauce with each saucer of rice, and serve with plenty of cream. Rice served in this way requires no sugar for dressing, and is a most wholesome breakfast dish.
Wash and steam the rice. Prepare some oranges by separating into sections and cutting each section in halves, removing the seeds and all the white portion. Sprinkle the oranges lightly with sugar, and let them stand while the rice is cooking. Serve a portion of the orange on each saucerful of rice.
Rice with raisins.
Carefully wash a cupful of rice, soak it, and cook as directed for Steamed Rice. After the rice has began to swell, but before it has softened, stir into it lightly, using a fork for the purpose, a cupful of raisins. Serve with cream.
Rice with peaches.
Steam the rice and when done, serve with cream and a nicely ripened peach pared and sliced on each individual dish.
Spread a cupful of rice on a shallow baking tin, and put into a moderately hot oven to brown. It will need to be stirred frequently to prevent burning and to secure a uniformity of color. Each rice kernel, when sufficiently browned, should be of a yellowish brown, about the color of ripened wheat. Steam the same as directed for ordinary rice, using only two cups of water for each cup of browned rice, and omitting the preliminary soaking. When properly cooked, each kernel will be separated, dry, and mealy. Rice prepared in this manner is undoubtedly more digestible than when cooked without browning.
About the Author: John Ugoshowa. For more information about cooking see the cooking section of The Free Ad Forum at: .thefreeadforum.com/infowizards/CAT/Cooking_81_1.html
I know about - best recipes: rum raisin cheesecake
|Wednesday, May 31st, 2006|
Madubi and all:
I've made a choice this year to achieve a goal with umpiring. This goal requires me to dedicate a ton of time into attaining that goal. I know some of you don't know, or can't see why I would do this. It's something I've committed myself to do, and I can't deviate from the path to get the goal accomplished. Sacrifices along the way were inevitable. This is one of them that hurts.
I've been required to work ball this weekend, so I can't go play with the family at JuneFaire.
:-( SRW )-:The pain of making the necessary sacrifices always hurts more than you think it's going to. I know. It sucks. That being said, doing something seriously creative is one of the most amazing experiences one can have, in this or any other lifetime. If you can pull it off, it's worth it. Even if you don't end up pulling it off, you'll learn many incredible, magical, valuable things. It's NOT doing it when you know you full well you HAD the opportunity- that hurts FAR more than any failure.
~Hugh Macleod~ Current Mood: depressed
|Monday, May 15th, 2006|
|Wednesday, July 13th, 2005|
Back on the Great Blue Road
The caravan moves on...
The great tent will beSeptember Crown is the first weekend in September at the address below.
Name: The Solar Dairy and Farm
19330 SR 530 NE
Arlington, WA 98223
Directions to Site: Frin I-5 north or south, take Exit 208 (Arlington/Darrington) to Highway 530. Follow Highway 530 east 4 miles through Arlington (follow signs through town). Go 10 miles east of Arlington on Highway 530 just past milepost 31. The site is on the right; look for the SCA signs.
pitched next at September Crown.
Please post if you need information!
In Service To Tribe
Wyn >Muad'Dib< madubi
chatelaine. Current Mood: bouncy
|Monday, June 13th, 2005|
Sorry Can't Make Honey War
I am sorry to post that I have a medical condition that is going to keep me from going to Honey War. Rich is staying close by in case. We will miss everybody. I have let Chris & Rachel off kitchen duty. They are good with doing the cooking at the next event. I have heard from quite a few of you that you don't want to go if we can't. Or that you will camp with others if Madubi isn't setting up the encampment. To those who are going I hope you have a great one! Let me know how it was. I am sorry to those that are disappointed. So am I. :( We will have another time very soon.
Until then Drum On!!!
Chatelaine & First Wife of House Madubi Current Mood: sick
|Thursday, June 9th, 2005|
just saying hello...
...and letting everyone know that this is Rachael. I can't wait for Honey War, but I have a lot to get done before then. Anywayz, see everyone soon!!! Current Mood: ...now add boobs...
|Thursday, May 26th, 2005|
From the Madubi LJ community
This entry was posted as an anonymous response to the last entry in the madubi
community. Since that was my post, I received the notification, but I don't think any of the community members will see this in their friends list. Since I'm certain Doug means it for the whole household, I'm reposting it (edited for punctuation and grammar because I'm a freak):
"Good eve to all Madubians. I Douglas Pratt (that quick-handed drummer) now have a son. He is now 1 month and 3 days as of today. My fiance and I live in Vancouver, WA. As a quick update from the past 5 years, I left home and moved in with my band members where we made it to the Roseland theator. I was a keyboardest/dumbek drummer. It was really fun. After the band broke up, I met a beautiful girl named Ashley and 2 years later we brought a son into the world. He was born 4/22/05, he weighed 8 pounds and was 19 inches long. I am now a very very proud father and the name is ... (drum roll) ... Castor!LONG LIVE MADUBI
BTW i still have that little blue dumbek. It's right next to me."
Unfortunately, since this was an Anonymous post, there isn't an email link for comments to auto-email him, but perhaps Douglas will check back for news / responses. Current Mood: snoozable
|Tuesday, January 4th, 2005|
New LJ community
Thought the Madubi folks would be interested in knowing that there is a new LJ community for Temple Caffeinea
This was announced on an_tir
which is another LJ community you may be interested in.
|Saturday, October 9th, 2004|
SFM movie screenings
I know there are a lot of SF fans in the household. Perhaps someone would want to put together a movie night.
The Science Fiction Museum is hosting several movie screenings of classic SF films over the next few weeks. Last night the inaugural film "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was shown, followed by a discussion led by John Kessel, an author and professor from North Carolina State University. It was quite fun, but there were a lot of empty seats in the theatre, so I don't think it's getting much press.
Next Friday's film is "2001: A Space Odyssey" hosted by local author Greg Bear. Details here
October 22: Star Wars - Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
October 29: Tron
November 5: Gattaca
November 12: The Matrix
There is also a Northwest Science Fiction readers series of lectures going on, but it is midway through the series. See the Museum calendar for more details.
|Wednesday, September 8th, 2004|
Site directions: From the north, make your way to SR167 south, Exit to SR 162. Go south (towards Orting) on SR 162 approximately 4.5 miles to River Glen Campground ( If you cross the stone bridge you have gone too far.) from the south take I-5 to SR 512. At the merge with SR167 North, bear right on SR410. Exit to SR162 and proceed to Riverglen
Site Fee: 15$ members, 18$ non members, Children 6-12, 7$
Full fee for day tripping, no family cap amount (full fee). Make check and money orders payable to: BAO SCA inc.
Brought to you by: Autumn war autocrat team 2004
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Web site: http://www.blathaanoir.org/events/autumnwar.htm
Name: Riverglenn Farms
14715 South Fork Rd E
Orting, WA 98360
Directions to Site: The Riverglenn Farm is located in the Puyallup Valley near Orting Wa. From the north, make your way to the Valley Freeway,Sr 167. Follow 167 south to the SR-410 exit to Summer and Bonney Lake and then exit right on SR 162 south towards Orting, go approximately 4 1/2 miles, through Macmillan, to a little past the Macmillan Industrial Park area to the Riverglenn Ranch. The entrance is a poorly marked dirt road on the right just before the Puyallup river bridge. (if you cross the bridge, you have gone to far)
From the south, take I-5 to SR 512. Follow SR 512 to the merge with SR 167 north, stay to the right following SR 167 a short distance to the exit to Sr 410. then proceed as above.
|Friday, July 2nd, 2004|
Madubi Photos Wanted.
If you have any pictures for the Madubi Family Scrapbook please post to this and I will contact you about adding your treasures to the trove.
Can't wait to see what people have to share!
>Muad'Dib Madubi Current Mood: busy
|Tuesday, June 8th, 2004|
Madubi's Next Event is:September Crowne
(clicky on the word September Crowne to make it go to the link so you can see all the info)
Same site, same price.
Thank you Family!!
It was a wonderful first event for the family!!!
I've written a WHOLE bunch more in my journal.. but.. yeah.
|Monday, June 7th, 2004|
Recap of June Faire. (Repeat from the One List)
Many thanks to all who attended June Faire!
Rich & Gibbitt worked long and hard to coordinate much of the campers space etc.
Jay worked with the corsairs for the land grab and worked Security.
We had two extra pavillions to keep things dry in the kitchen area thanks to Leslee!
It was great to see her drumming next to Rich, It was good to hold Tristan and watch her dance
Misty was a wonderful asset this weekend assisting with set up, helping with the tea party and being a help all the way around
Thanks to Gordon for pitching in on Dinner on Saturday night. You & Rich are great cooks!!
Thanks to Val for saving my cups so I could get things put away safe before Circle and being a help in so many ways.
The Fire burned brighter because we had our Jenn to tend it.
Alena & Jason helped out and took the time to be with the family. **Smile**
Everyone knows that The Conga Rats (& Mice) Rock!
Brian, Julie & Odie brought their smiles & hugs.
Louis came to visit and kept Gibb's bed warm.
Thanks to Evie & Connor for keeping The Dogs Foo entertained with fish cookies.
I appreciated all the helping hands throughout the event and those that joined in on the tea. I had a wonderful time being with friends & family.
Thanks to Kate for helping whenever needed and bringing Mimosas. "Things are indeed always better with a mimosa!"
If I didn't mention you directly please know that your very presence is what makes the difference and know that we were glad that you were there to join in the fun. The family was there and House Madubi definitely made it's presence known. The Gibbitt solo was performed with expertise and Aleedra's "hip solo" awed the crowd once again. Now if we can get Ms Schmarr back to sing "Cup of Joe" all will be well with the world. We know now that there will be more circles so I am filled with hope that that indeed can happen in the future. Those that couldn't come to this event, you were missed but September Crown is ahead of us. The Tribe is together and there is great joy and magick that comes from the fire, the drums, the dance and family.
I am tired and happy. I have cookies all over my costumes, sore muscles and a big stupid grin on my face because my arms were full of the next generation of Madubis all weekend, I have blue toes and I am loved and life doesn't get much better than that!
September Crown seems far ahead but it really isn't. When Gibbitt requests space information or who is coming.Please post quickly so she can complete her task with ease and less stress. (although she tells me that she loves the stress. LOL.
I will see you on the Great "BLUE" road.....
>Muad'Dib Madubi Current Mood: content
|Thursday, June 3rd, 2004|
I thought I would have my cell phone for the drive there - however that is not the case as I cannot locate my battery charger.. I expect to be on site around 10am...
will ask gate about Madubi when I arrive.
love to all.
|Wednesday, May 26th, 2004|
|Friday, May 21st, 2004|
News - June Fair
Myles, Chris and I will be getting on site when it opens, will there be anyone else there to direct us at that time? Also we're getting there in part to be available for the parachute raising.