mold
black and white areas are where mold is growing

I returned to my home after vacationing abroad and I was greeted by a  strong smell when I opened my front door. Immediately, I knew what had caused it. The odor was stale, and I smelled it before, but not in my home. I encountered this same smell in various stores and business and the one thing I did was to avoid all of those locations. The air was very polluted.

The strong stale smell in my home was caused by the little bit of water and garden waste I left in my garden waste container. This resulted in mold growing in the container causing the stale odor in my entire house. To rid my home of the odor, first I put the garden waste container outside; next, I opened the exit doors and turned on fans to air out the entire space. In about forty-five minutes the odor was gone and the air quality in my home was once again safe to breathe.

I learned my lesson from this occurrence and prior to leaving my home, I will always empty the garden waste container. This will prevent the stale smell that is given off by mold growing, from occurring in my home again.

Food removed from a package, and some planted in dirt and grows, should be prepared and eaten more often from the package.

An example: beans (live food).

Food removed from a package, and some planted in dirt and does not grow, should be eaten less often from the package.

An example: pasta (dead food).

 

I noticed that after I cook my favorite food combination, lentils, black rice, and quinoa; something odd is visible when I remove the cover from the pot. Many of the quinoa grains would sprout a tail, but how can that be? Growing a tail should only occur when seeds are in an environment that is ideal for growing, with the right temperature and moisture being a big part of it.

I read many times that heating plants-based foods above 115 degrees Fahrenheit would destroy many of their nutrients, and therefore many of us use dehydrators. Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, the same temperature I cook the quinoa at for 25 to 30 minutes.  So why are they more nutritious when cooked? I can only conclude that the combination of lentils and quinoa have a chemical reaction that caused the sprouting to occur. I cooked quinoa by itself previously and did not see any sprouting.

I can only conclude that cooking quinoa with a combination of lentils makes it more nutritious, by creating an environment that it is comfortable enough to start sprouting.