10 January 2015

Stupid People: Killing Themselves In The Process

My husband and I just came from marketing, which we do every 3 or 4 days. As usual, we walked to and carried back 2 cloth bags each full of fruits and vegetables and some grocery items. Like any other day, nothing skipped from our observation. And this rant is not new. We've been going on and on about this issue, aside from other social issues, for a long time....anywhere, anytime between the two of us!

So passing by at the Gauchar bridge we always notice...

The seasonal river that really gets ferocious during monsoon
 and the houses that are just right at it!

~the people and their houses, which are built just right on top of the dike constructed to avoid landslide in the area...technically these people are living right on the banks of a seasonal river,

Plastics, bottles, clothing, etc

  • their garbage, which is thrown right into this same river. Eventually, their wastes, too, for the outlets are pointing towards the river. Gross!

And when the river becomes heavy enough to wash them off, we are supposed to help them?

We are supposed to lend a hand for they are victims of calamities? And they need our sympathies?

No way!

And on the opposite side of this bridge are, again slum-like houses AND, would you believe it, just right on top of a huge rock where this same river cuts through
Forest Dep't. buildings surrounded by a few trees
and hundreds of different kinds of garbage!

  • is a forest department where its staffs reside.  Instead of seeing trees and plants you can clearly witness their stupidity -garbage (plastics, clothing, etc.) thrown left and right visibly piling up on the side wall of the rock which eventually go down to the river and join with the other garbage that many other people contribute from neighboring areas. Forest people huh!

A couple of joint houses just below the FD...would you
let your surroundings look like this?

On top of that, many family members of this force walk through this river area every afternoon (as a routine, imagine that) carrying a plastic bag full of biodegradable and non-biodegradable items (mixed, of course, for obviously they don't have a concept of segregation) and do the same thing as what others do-dumping garbage right into the river!

I mean, are they humans?

It's the same face in most places, I know. I just can't stop ranting about it. I mean, gosh, these people don't deserve to roam the planet, let alone breed more of their kind! Jeez!

What irresponsible people!

The entire walk (about 1.5 km) itself is a pathway of plastics! You know what, the people of this force don't have a sense at all, it's a shame really! They keep chopping Lantanas and other bushy plants that grow along the battalion's fences and in this same stretch, there are hundreds of plastics (chips wrappers, chocolate covers, milk cartons, tin cans, bottles, and other junks). You name it it's there!
Some are even on the road itself! And they are not bothered about it. These things are not considered as something to be picked up and cleaned!

It seems like it is normal for these people to see plastics around, even right at their own door, but when it comes to trees, plants, etc. they're considered nuisance that needs to be cut off!

It would be unfair to just rant about the people of this force and their family members because there are equally idiotic civilians too. And they do the same! Pollute the planet...without a thought!

Students themselves walk these areas and yet, not one seems aware that there is something to be bothered around here. So much for education huh!

I have been in this place for 3 years and yet the boards that say "go clean and green" or "help save the planet by going green" are just plain words intend to remain in boards. Absolutely pathetic! And being a model (carrying our own cloth bags, segregation of wastes, refusing to use plastics, etc.) doesn't seem to have an effect on people. 

My husband used to say, "They themselves are not bothered about their health, what would you expect?"


And just right before the entrance of our campus (upper side) are houses where sewage goes down right on the pedestrian lane, where, if you aren't careful, you could get a bath of cow dung! (Poor cows though...contained in a 6 by 6-foot prison for milking purposes only so humans could have a glass of milk tea! What a shameful species-humans!

08 January 2015

How to Make Cashew Milk

Cashew milk is my favorite of all milk (now I can say it considering I have tried 6 different kinds of milk including cow's milk, which, of course, is for calves! And I am excluding mother's milk because I really don't remember how it tastes anymore and I don't have a plan of having some as an adult...lol).

Anyway, cashew milk is the easiest and quickest to make...tastiest too, for me at least. You have to try it yourself to validate my claim.

We have been having cashew, almond, and soya bean milk coffee alternately since we have become vegans...and cashew milk is on the top list! Expenses-wise? Around similar to the commercial milk available in the market. We are currently paying Rs. 570 to 600 per kilo. A hundred or two more is nothing if it's for the mother cows and their calves. We really don't mind!

So here's how to make it.

1. Soak 50 or more cashews depending on how much milk you want for 6 or more hours, preferably in plain tap water or warm/boiled water, which is optional. I generally use 50 cashews for two people for three sessions and our coffee is much. Our mug is bigger than the usual cup. You can try a lesser quantity first to see the consistency yourself. 

50 soaked cashews ready to be churned and made into milk.
The cashew oil is what makes the water blurry.

2. Discard the water that was used for soaking. Using a mixer/blender, churn the soaked cashews with little water first, enough to break the cashews into little pieces for a full minute churn. Then slowly add more water. It's generally 1:5 ratio (estimation). A glass of cashews requires 5 glasses of water.
(I am using a six-blade liquidizer, the picture above though using a chutney jar (smallest jar), which I just tried out, gives a better result. It's done quickly, too. Just churn the soaked cashews twice without water, then slowly add a little bit of water in next 2 to 3 churning). 

3. For final churn, add the rest of the water keeping notice that there's no little chunk of cashews left hiding at the neck of the jar or at the jar lid. Blend for about a minute more.

4. No need to sieve or strain. For 50 cashews I generate around 500-650 ml. of milk. Afterward, I add a little more water during the making of our coffee. Check milk consistency!

Drink it fresh or keep for later use like coffee or baking. Cashew milk chocolate is also very tasty. Use a plain cocoa powder instead of the commercially available chocolate powder. Cocoa is always known to improve memory. Enjoy!

To make cashew milk coffee: 

Just heat cashew milk, stir quite often and as much as possible never boil to avoid curdling. Generally, this only happens when the milk is a few hours older and not kept in the fridge.
Remove from stove when it's about to boil
then add it to your coffee cup. Done!

Important tip: Use a little, just about a finger tip, cashew milk cream or whatever is left at the sides of a bowl you use for boiling and apply it to your face or hand for a smoother and softer skin. You can even have a spoon of cashew milk itself and apply it to whichever part of your skin. It really works!

Never apply something on your skin that you wouldn't dare 
putting into your mouth!


~Too much dilute lacks taste! So make sure it's not too thin nor too thick. Experiment on your own!

~We don't have a refrigerator so the quantity I make is for one day use. If you have a fridge then you can make more and just store the milk in the fridge. Many say it could last for 3 days.

~We make coffee and chocolate drink out of cashew milk.

~We tried tea with it. I made a tea decoction and heated the milk (no extra water this time) at the same time. When decoction was ready, I mixed it with the milk. Sugar was added, too! The result was not that satisfying though not bad. What was not at all likable is when I made the tea decoction with the milk itself. Undrinkable!

~Any idea how to make a memorable cashew milk tea? Let me know!

I believe that if a child is introduced to this milk there is no way that he/she would even like the taste of cow's milk.

And contrary to what we were made to believe by milk industries and advertisers, animal milk is THE most unhealthy milk you could ever drink yourself or give to your children.

The purpose of milk, mother cow to her calf, and human mother to her baby is for growth. Cow's milk is never for humans and human milk is only for babies, not for adults. So just imagine if, after weaning, kids continue to drink cows' or other sources of animal milk (they are forced to, sometimes)!

Humans are the only species who steal another species' milk just for taste...a taste that poses danger and expensive consequences.