“Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living, but people work like crazy, thinking that they have to in order to stay alive. The bigger the job, the greater the challenge, the more wonderful they think it is. It would be good to give up that way of thinking and live an easy, comfortable life with plenty of free time. I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. In such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done.” Masanobu Fukuoka / TheArtfulGardener
And I had to get sick to play hooky from my 2nd job. I like where he’s going with this. The work ethic is overrated and is the reason we produce so much stuff we don’t need. If I lived in the tropics I’d give it a go. But one needs a roof in the north and there’s this thing called a mortgage….
Eerie photo of the Yellow Brick Road from an abandoned Wizard of Oz theme park in North Carolina.
yellow brick fuck that I’m not going down there
dude… let’s go.
I’d go there just to do that skipping dance and get attacked by the trees.
Chocolate covered, homemade Halvah.
Halvah is a middle/near eastern sweet that I have always loved. Unfortunately store bought Halvah is full of corn sweeteners and is high in sugar. Here is a simple, low sugar, high fiber, high protein and high in healthy fat version.
2 1/2 cups sesame seeds measured. Then ground finely using a large capacity spice grinder or coffee grinder (so long as it’s clean and free of coffee grounds and oils). Sesame seeds should cake together from the oils when ground.
Empty ground sesame seeds into a medium sized bowl or food processor
Add in a 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 3 Tablespoons of Barley Malt powder (100%) with no Dextrose added. Sold in health food stores or where brewing supplies are sold. Incorporate the salt and barley malt powder thoroughly into the ground seeds.
Then stir in 6 Tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil (expellar pressed only) and 2 Tablespoons of either Raw Honey or Pure Maple syrup.
Press mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom of an 8 x 8 pan.
Melt a 3 to 4 oz bar of your favorite dark chocolate. Preferably 80% cocoa or higher. I use 85% usually. But use what you enjoy most knowing that it will increase the sugar content the lower % you go.
Break the chocolate into small pieces, and melt chocolate in a double boiler or for quick melting in a pyrex bowl in the microwave. Do 50 seconds on high. Stir and then another 40 seconds on high. Stir with a spatula until the remaining pieces of chocolate are completely melted.
Pour the chocolate over the center of the sesame mixture in the pan. A spatula helps scrape the chocolate from the sides of your bowl. Then tilt the pan from side to side until the melted chocolate covers and coats the sesame mixture to the sides of the pan.
Refrigerate for several hours covered. When solid cut into one inch squares and store in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Can be frozen as well to keep longer in an airtight container.
With the right chocolate and using the maple syrup (my preference) these squares will have less than 2grams of sugar each, but taste surprisingly sweet even with 85% cocoa chocolate. The barley malt powder helps in this.