How To Make Instant Miso Soup

My instant miso soup is full of live enzymes, and as simple as boiling water. You can get very tasty packaged miso soup but they are much more expensive and I suspect that their enzymes have been killed during the processing.

Miso is fermented soy with rice, therefore it is complete protein. The fermentation makes it very digestible. The enzymes makes it really healthy, it is the Asian equivalent of mom’s chicken soup. There are 3 kinds of misos, the light, the medium and the dark. I recommend the medium, you can try the light version for a sweeter taste. I like Eden’s organic miso. Continue reading

How To Make Chocolate Cocoa Delights

Sweets are delightful to make and eat. Perhaps, it is a good entry way to making your own delicious and healthy food. This recipe is easy to make and once you get the hang of it, you can vary the ingredients to your favorites.

1 8oz pack Ghiradelli 100% cocoa chocolate bar from cooking section
1/2 c of coconut flakes
1/4 c of raisins or any thing of your choice such as dates, or more nuts
1/4 can of coconut milk fat – fat only not jus
3 tbsp or so of agave syrup, or any sweetner of your choice Continue reading

How To Test Your Internet Speed

Internet seem slow these days?

You swear Youtube buffers constantly?

Scared that the internet you pay for isn’t as fast as advertised?

Good news, checking the speed of your internet is not only ridiculously easy these days – but also completely free! Most service providers have their own speed tests (Verizon, Comcast, etc) however, I find that the third party guys typically give you the most accurate results. My two favorite (because it’s always good to get a second opinion right?) are Speedtest.net and DSLReports.com.

 

  1. Speedtest.net: My favorite tester these days, recently edging out everyone else offering similar services. Why? Because I get the best speeds, and they make it as easy as eating Chef Boy-R-Dee from a can: Step 1 – go to website, step 2 – click begin test. That’s it! Even Grandma can figure this one out (with you helping her over the phone of course). They choose your test server by pinging a bunch and choosing the closest and I haven’t had a problem with their system yet.
  2. DSLReports.com: My old time #1 just got bumped down. To be clear – these guys are still great; and if you need something more specialized (mobile testing, ultra high speed testing etc) this is where you want to be. I suppose it’s a matter of preference, but when I’m troubleshooting the last thing I want to do is worry about how may people are connected to the server that I am and if that’s what’s affecting my speeds and not my ISP. Little things matter so that’s why Speedtest gets the top spot, but DSLReports is a close second for all those wanting something a little more advanced.

 

Hope this helps you guys out! As always, if you’ve got a site you like better let me know in the comments, I’m always looking for the next thing.

-Fink

How To Fine Tune Your Google Search and Avoid Ads

There are many ways to fine tune your Google search so that you find the information you are looking for in the top results and avoid all of the meaningless advertisements.

Keywords: With Google, it is most important to understand the keywords that are going to zone in on the information you are looking for. For example, if you are looking for information about George Washington, the President, in is important to put the keyword President in the search. This will avoid all hits related to Washington State, Washington D.C. etc. If you are looking for biographical information then use the keyword biography or bio (Google will usually find equivalent forms of the word. Be as precise and exact as possible in defining all of the search words.

Operators: You can further refine your query by using Google Search Operators.   For example, in order to find and exact phrase, e.g. “To be or not to be”, put the full phrase in quotations. An * can be used anywhere in the phrase as a placeholder for any word. So if you are not sure of the exact word in a phrase just use an * in its place. Continue reading

How To Make a Healthy Simple Seaweed Plant Salad

The word weed may be a misnomer because harvesting seaweed is tapping into the  foraging movement and receiving the bounty of mother earth as a free gift.  In reality, I imagine these sea plants are farmed.  Nevertheless, they are full of wonderful minerals, and are highly nutritious.

This recipe is inspired by the  Sea Plant Salad on  Maangchi.com.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dry sea weed: wakami, hajiki or kombu. (After soaking 3 ½ cups)
  • 6 tbs of soy sauce (more or less depending on your taste)
  • 1 tbs of sugar, or agave
  • 1 tbs of minced garlic
  • chopped green onion
  • 4 or 5 tbs of vinegar
  • sesame seeds optional

Directions:

  1. Soak  the sea weed in boiling water for at least an hour, until the sea weed is fully softened. Soak kombu longer. Drain and save the water for soup.
  2. Rinse in cold water. Gently squeeze sea weed to get rid of any excess water, and cut to the size that you like to eat.
  3. Put the sea weed in a big bowl  and add the soy sauce, vinegar, minced garlic, sugar,  and chopped green onion. Mix it up by hand.
  4. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top. Enjoy!

 

Variation:  cut up lettuce or cucumbers and put sea weed on top.

Children: Have them soak the vegetables, engage in discussion how they expand.

Community: Do a pot luck of different sea weed recipes.  See my miso soup recipe next.

How To Detox The Liver Using Green Mung Bean Soup

Sometimes the liver becomes overloaded with toxins which may be associated with various types of health problems such as gout, arthritis, pains in the joints, diseases, etc. It is a good idea to eat healthy meals that he help in detoxing the liver.

This is the fifth recipe in this series.  The goal is to write: easy, flexible (mostly) vegan and gluten free recipes for anyone, especially the ‘I am not a cook’ crowd.

“You are what you eat.”, I believe we can all prepare our own food as easy as 1, 2, 3.  This helps us regain the power to choose, the vitality of good nutrition, the creative fun of activities that nourish body and soul.   These recipes are here to eliminate any barrier to enter the dynamic world of having a vital and healthy relationship with what we consume.  Enjoy cooking without (too much) cooking…a la Bruce Lee.

A friend of mine went to a Chinese doctor with a knee problem.  The doctor prescribed mung bean soup.  According to the doctor, my friend’s  knee problem was due to too much uric acid build up in his blood. In Asia mung beans are powerful cleansers. Continue reading

How To Spot A Liar

Looking for some clues about whether the person opposite you is lying. Here are some ideas that might help.

Evasive Answers: This is one of the best giveaways. The person doesn’t answer the question directly but instead formulates the answer in such a way that it seems as though the question is being answered but it isn’t. Some call it sly diversion.  Often someone who is lying will add many details and words to hide the non-responsive answer. The person may not expect you to believe the answer but the expectation is that you will not challenge it.  Then you have to decide what do you do? Do you start giving the third-degree? A liar may act hurt and surprised that you do not believe the story, turning the tables on you.   You may apologize for not believing the story.

Diversion. When people are trying to avoid telling the truth, they often pick some obscure point and talk about it instead of focusing on the key issue. The person may start answering questions that are not asked. They may start defending themselves without be accused of anything. All of this to divert attention away from the questions being asked.

Repeating the question: This is a good tell of a liar, as the liar seeks more time to formulate an answer. The answer is normally evasive using many qualifiers and sometimes even rephrasing the question in a manner that the question is not answered directly.

The Eyes: Watch the eyes. An amateur liar finds it very difficult to look someone right in the eyes. Continue reading