The Makings of Natural Maple Syrup | AMERICA ON COFFEE

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Maple is a sacred tree, and the Native Americans were the first to tap it and discover its incredible sap. The sap, and the syrup that results from the boiling of sap, is the lifeblood of the maple tree. In taking part of that lifeblood into ourselves, we receive the blessing of the maple tree. Partaking of such a sacred thing should be done with reverence and respect (and thanking the trees for their offering, of course!)

Victorian Government to provide emergency food for those isolated due to coronavirus – ABC News (Australia)

Comment by tonytran2015: There should be measures and severe penalties to stop people from claiming more than their need to make illicit, un-Australian profits from this Australian scheme.

Only those people in mandatory self-isolation, who have little or no food
and no network of family and friends to support them will be eligible for the packages.

The food packages will include items such as long-life milk, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and sugar.

Personal care packages which include soap, toothpaste and deodorant will also be distributed to eligible households.

Additional items such as nappies or baby formula may also be provided depending on the needs of the household.

“We need to look out for each other over the next few months, but for people who have no-one nearby to support them, we’ll make sure they get what they need,” Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke
Donnellan said …

“There is plenty of food for all Victorians so please don’t take more than you need.

“But if you do find yourself isolated, and can’t access the basics, we have emergency relief packages for you.”

Now Is Not The Time to Forcibly Close Restaurants – There are Interim Alternatives… | The Last Refuge

Imagine what will happen tomorrow morning in Ohio and Illinois at grocery stores.

These governors do not have any experience, policy framework, or previously established state-wide systems (having been tested through experience) for a process of rapid food distribution as a result of a state emergency…

A government cannot just shut down 30 to 50 percent of the way civil society feeds themselves, without planning and advanced preparation for an alternative. Those who ARE the alternative, the retail food grocers, need time to prepare themselves (and their entire logistical system) for the incredible impact. Without preparation this is a man-made crisis about to get a lot worse.

Some states have emergency food distribution and contingency plans. Those states are hurricane prone states; and those states have experienced the intense demand on the food distribution system when restaurants are closed and people in society need to eat.

Those states have, by necessity, developed massive logistical systems to deal with the food needs of their citizens. These current short-sighted states are not those prepared states.

Preparing At Home For A Potential Coronavirus Outbreak In The U.S. : Goats and Soda : NPR

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling Americans that they should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community.

… Don’t panic — but do prepare.

That “means not only contingency planning but also good old-fashioned preparedness planning for your family,” says Rebecca Katz, director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University. In other words, what you’d do in case of a
possible hurricane or another natural disaster.

Here’s what you will need to survive a 14-day coronavirus home quarantine | The Star

… According to health officials, this is what you will need:

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer that’s between 60 and 90 per cent alcohol
  • Medicines for headaches, coughs and fever
  • Thermometer
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Drinks with electrolytes

… also keep:

  • … a supply of your prescription medication ready …
  • couple of weeks’ supply of non-perishable food items, such as canned meats, fish, soups, beans and vegetables. … bottled water.
  • … enough pet food and litter.
  • .. household necessities, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper and more.
  • Keep some cash on hand…

Costco Sells Out Of Emergency Food Kits Online Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak – Activist Post

Soup of Parsnips and Tomatoes (Canh củ cải trẳng).

Soup of Parsnips and Tomatoes (Canh củ cải trẳng).

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Soup of Parsnips and Tomatoes (Canh củ cải trẳng).

This is a very simple, non-odoured, low priced soup dish that is also the base for making a variety of delicious, healthy Vietnamese and Cantonese dishes such as soup of pork legs (canh đùi heo), soup of pork ribs (canh sườn heo), soup of minced pork wrapped in Chinese cabbage and chives (canh cải Bẳc thảo dồn thịt), or soup of minced pork stuffed in chive strung tofu, (canh đậu hủ dồn thịt), soup of balls of minced fish (canh cá vò viên), soup of balls of smashed beef (thĩt bò vò viên), Cantonese rice noodle soup (Hủ tiểu).

Non-odored dish means a dish that does not make your body have its aroma (smell) after eating.

(Parsnip=Củ cải trẳng, Chinese cabbage= Cải Bẳc (Northern) thảo (vegetable); Chives= Hẹ).
1. Preparation

Chop a whole parsnip into small pieces of about 10g in weight each and boil it in a glass or ceramic cook pot until it becomes soft. Slice tomatoes into one eighth pieces and add to the broth and boils until tomato pieces also becomes soft as in the photo.

You may add some chopped shallots, chopped spring onions and ground pepper to suite your taste.

The soup is ready for serving.


Glass or ceramic cook pots do not interfere with the taste of the soup.
2. Ingredients

a. Parsnip plant (Pastinaca sativa) is a root vegetable closely related to the carrotand parsley.

Parsnips are sold in supermarket as tubers. They look like washed carrots but they are white, about 20cm to 40cm long. Current price is $4.00 AUD ($3 USD) per Kg.

Parsnip tubers had been used as a sweetener in Europe until replaced by beetroot and sugar-canes. They are rich in vitamins (C, E, B1, B6, B3, B5) and mineral metals (K, P, Mg, Ca, Na).

Parsnips repel aphids, Western organic planters plant them among cabbage plants to repel aphids, using no insecticide but parsnips’ natural odour.

Oriental (Eastern) herbalists claim that parsnips neutralize many toxic substances as well as render ineffective (proof ?) oriental oral medications. Herbalists’ wisdom advises against eating any parsnip together with pears, apple, grapes, medicines, ginseng, carrots (Rigorous proofs to claims are still not available).

b. Tomatoes are sold in supermarkets. Current price is $3.00 AUD ($2 USD) per Kg.

c. Shallots (Hành hương). Leeks (Hành Tây).

d. Spring onion (hành lá). Chives (Hẹ).


Touching parsnip then exposure of the skin to sunlight may cause skin rash.

While the root of the parsnip is edible, the shoots and leaves of the plant have toxic sap containing furanocoumarins [1].


Mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) imitates the taste of this soup. Unprofessional cooks using non-authentic recipes may put in a lot of mono-sodium glutamate to fool customers. Traditional, authentic recipes have no such modern ingredient. Soup with MSG is watery, with few parsnips and few tomatoes.

In the short term, mono-sodium glutamate may cause extreme headache, throat congestion, prolong thirst and swelling of your ankles and feet. Do NOT eat any non-authentic dish prepared with such ingredient.
3. Contraindications [3].

Parsnips are not to be eaten while taking some herbal medications.

Parsnips are not to be eaten with [3, 4, 5, 6, 7]:

a. Carrots. Carrots have many enzymes that quickly destroy any beneficial vitamin C from parsnips [3,4].

b. Ginseng. [3].

c. Pears, apples, grapes. Cyanogenic acid from parsnip may react (proof ?) with some compounds of in these fruits [3,4] to produce toxic chemicals. Vietnamese herbalists and media [3,4,5,6,7] claimed that prolonged consumption of these toxic chemicals can even cause (proof ?) lumps on the necks.

d. “Wood ears” mushrooms (Auricularia auricula-judae). Eaters would have skin rash [4].

4. Where to find it?

It is an inexpensive, common favorite dish (costing 10000VND =$0:50 US in 2017) in Vietnam (in Saigon).

I don’t know how much it would cost in a Vietnamese restaurant outside Vietnam.









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Smashed mung bean (green) peas in crushed ice

Smashed mung bean (green) peas in crushed ice

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Smashed mung bean (green) peas in crushed ice.

Smashed mung bean (green) peas in crushed ice (Chè đậu xanh) is a delicious, simple Vietnamese thick drink or dessert dish. It is sometimes served with boiled concentrated coconut extract (Chè đậu xanh nước dừa đường cát)

(Chè = sweet thick Drink/Dessert, Đậu= Peas, Xanh= green, Nước= Juice, Dừa= Coconut, Đường=Sugar, Cát= of small grains)

1. Recipe.

Figure: Smashed mung bean (green) peas in crushed ice in 150ml glass.
1. Buy split peas of mung beans. They are made by crushing the mung bean (green) peas. The outer green crusts have been discarded, the yellow cores are split. Only the yellow, kidney shaped half cores are retained and sold as split mung bean (green) peas.

2. Boil the split mung bean peas until they are soften and broken up into a thick yellow paste.

3. You may add refined sugar (ordinary refined, table sugar, “đường cát” in Vietnamese) to the mixture to suit your taste.

4. Some people may add boiled coconut extract (nước dừa) to the mixture. I don’t, it is just not my taste and it may cause stomach upset if left at room temperature for too long.


1. A nutritious, healthy drink may become a harmful drink if the traditional recipes are not observed.

2. Cooks using unauthentic recipes may use artificial sweetener (saccharin) in the drink to reduce their purchase cost of ordinary sugar! The traditional recipes has no such modern ingredient

3. If your mouth and your taste feel not normal about 30 minutes after taking this drink, you may have consumed some artificial sweetener.

2. Alternative dessert from whole mung beans.

Some people may boil whole mung bean peas until the green crusts separate and the yellow cores are just split and softened. The crusts are not removed from the yellow split cores.

This whole pea dessert is then served. It is not as soft as the other drink/dessert.

3. Ingredients.

Figure: Mung beans of 5mm size.

The whole Mung Bean peas are in the photograph. The peas are then crushed into a green crust and two half cores each is yellow and has kidney shape. The yellow half cores are sold as split Mung Bean (green) peas.

4. Where to find it.

It is a common drink (costing 40000VND =$2.00US in 2017) in Vietnam (in Saigon). In Australia, it cost $4.00AUD.

Outside Vietnam, you may expect it to cost about $3.00US.


[1]. Mung Beans as grains for self-reliance,


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