Monday, September 27, 2010
The common name for Job's tears comes from their teardrop shape.. Job's tears are the grains of a tropical Asian grass. These grains have a multiple uses, they are used as a source of food or to make ornaments.. Many Asian markets sell Job's tears in their grain sections for cooking. Beaders and craftspeople also use Job's tears, and they may be found at beading and craft stores for this purpose. They are sold in a polished white form and in an unhulled brown form. Unhulled Job's tears are more readily available in Japan, where they are called juzudama.
Job’s tears are rich in protein, iron, calcium, fatty acids, and dietary fiber. The most common way to eat Job's Tears is as a side-dish or in soups but it can also be used to make breads, pastas, and porridge. East Asian countries also use it for making drinks similar to coffee and tea.
Job's Tears are often mislabeled as Chinese Pearled Barley in Asian markets. It does look similar to barley but it is not even in the same family of grains. If you're not sure what you are buying then check the price. They are about five times the price of Barley. Second, check the size of the grains. If they are much larger and rounder than Barley - they are not Barley.
Great for hair, skin and nails
“Job's tears contains chemicals that might interfere with cancer cell growth. Other chemicals might also have antioxidant effects and also decrease growth of bacteria and parasites. But most research on Job's tears is in animals and test tubes. There isn't enough information to know if Job's tears has this activity in people. Fiber contained in Job's tears might also decrease how much fat and cholesterol the body absorbs.”
How to prepare: Combine 2 parts grain to 1 part liquid. Bring to a boil then simmer, uncovered, 50-60 minutes or until water has evaporated. Fluff with fork and let stand 5 minutes.
***Any recipe you have to cook barley you can use to cook Job's Tears****
Brown Rice Pulao: Also known as Hato Mugi
1 cup brown basmati rice
1 cup Job's tears, or 1 more cup brown rice
3 tablespoons ghee or avocado oil, or a mixture
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
10 whole cloves
5 cardamom pods
2 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
4 cups water
2 cups frozen vegetable medley (corn, carrots, peas), not thawed
1/4-1/2 cup raisins
Pinch of salt (optional)
Additional ghee (optional)
1. Wash rice and Job's tears in a strainer; set aside.
2. Heat ghee or oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add spices. Stir a few minutes, being careful not to burn spices. Add rice and Job's tears, and stir about 8 minutes.
3. Carefully add water to rice mix (it will pop and splash). Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook for 45-55 minutes.
4. Add frozen vegetables to rice and stir on medium-low heat. Stir in raisins and add a bit of salt and ghee, if desired. Remove large spices before serving.
Job's Tears Chicken Stew - Chinese Herbal Recipes
To find Job's Tears in a health food store, ask for "Hatomugi or look for it online.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Now I have heard everything...
To make a long story short, less than a month and a half ago my old laptop met its demise. The mother board stopped functioning. I was told it would be better to just buy a new computer rather than spend almost as much to just replace the mother board on an old computer. I knew I could find a really good sale with all of the back to school specials.
Fast forward to about 10 days ago and my brand new computer crashed. How does a new computer crash and burn? I called tech Support at HP and they tried to do a recovery remotely. Did not work. They had to send me out Recovery Discs that I had to pay for - did I mention it was brand new computer? I was livid.
Ok, the discs finally got here and I spent no lie, over 3 hours on the phone with Tech Support rebuilding my computer with the recovery discs. Fun it was not!
Everything was wiped out. Things like blogs I was working on, all of my "favorites", recipes I had collected, etc. Windows had to be reloaded along with everything else.
It was avery time consuming process. We had lots of time to chat in between uploads and other configurations we had to do. We talked computer for most of the time. I kept asking how a brand new computer could crash and burn? He said he has seen computers crash the 1st time they are turned on. They can last for 10 minutes or 10 years, it is all up to the computer. It was not exactly what I wanted to hear.
Then he started telling me that some people are magnetic and cause their machines to go crazy when they are near them. It is something in their chemical makeup in their blood. Their bodies react with the electronic field around their computer.
I then proceeded to tell him about the problems I was having at work with my work computer. I said I thought I was either jinxed or my computer was possessed. I was experiencing things like my constantly being booted off, my printer not communicating with the server, my efaxes not coming thru, etc. He asked if anything wacky was happening with other electronical devices in my house like the TV turning on or off by itself or changes channels by itself when I was nearby, the radio acting strange, etc. I said no, so he said he didn't think it was a magnetic issue.
When I was finally able to get off the phone, the phone rings and I had a frustrated Loan Officer on the other end of the phone. He wanted to know where I was and why I was not answering my cell phone either. I filled him in on the 3+ ordeal with Tech Support. The next words out of his mouth was, I kid you not, "Did you ever consider that all of your computer issues between your computer at work and at home is because you are magnetic?"
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