This week has been filled with more pain than at any other time in my life. I can’t believe I let my doctor talk me into having 3 surgeries at once.
On Monday afternoon I had a septoplasty, a sinus turbinate reduction and a tonsillectomy.
Truth be told, I’d been looking forward to it for over a month. Once I decided to go for it I wanted to just do it and get it over with and hopefully get some relief from my sinus problems and migraines. I posted about it here.
For a migraineur, though, any change to normal routine is just asking for trouble.
I made Paneer today. I’ve always understood it to be an Indian fresh cheese but learned today that the word “paneer’ is Persian for “cheese” and that the Indians learned a lot about dairy and cheese-making from the Persians. So, there you go!
Making the Paneer was so easy it’s almost feels like a non-accomplishment. It took more effort to get up the nerve to try it than it did to actually make it. After reading about a dozen sites and watching a few YouTube videos, I found the info here to be the easiest to understand.
Basically, you get 8 cups of whole milk. I used organic. And then you need 2 to 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.
It seems as if every week there’s a new consensus on vitamins and supplements. Or rather, a recycling of an old concesus; they’re beneficial, they’re a complete waste of money, they’re harmful, they’re beneficial, they’re a complete waste of money, they’re harmful, they’re…well, you get the idea.
They let you select from a variety of mixes, frequency of delivery (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly) and they even let you do some customizing. Say you never want to receive lettuce, you just opt-out of lettuces and they’ll put in a replacement item, at their discretion.
I’ve received deliveries twice now and I have to say that I’m impressed! I’ve tried a couple of CSAs in the past but was always discouraged by having to go to a certain place at a specified time and then not finding things to be as fresh as I’d expect.
It occurred to me today that what I want the most about my diet is control. Control over the things I eat, what they contain and where they come from. I’m beginning to go to great lengths for control.
For instance, I am starting to make a lot of things from scratch. No, I’m not going to grow my own oranges, and I may not even go pick them, but once I can verify from the labels that I’m buying certified organic, locally-grown oranges then I will make and freeze orange zest and use the oranges for fresh-pressed orange juice. And, someday I’ll take the time to make candied orange peel. Maybe, even, from oranges I’ve picked myself.