Sep 18 2011

Spicy Pumpkin Soup recipe

I had some fresh pumpkin recently so I thought I’d try my hand at a spicy pumpkin soup.
After some research online I combined a few recipes and this was the delicious result:

Spicy Pumpkin Soup (Serves 2)
1 tsp Butter
1 small Onion
3 cloves Garlic

1/2 tsp Curry
1 tbsp Coriander, ground
1/2 tsp Chili powder
1 tsp Sweet Chili sauce (Can be replaced with Chili Garlic sauce)
350 ml Chicken Broth
400 ml Pumpkin Puree

200 ml Whipping Cream
2 Chili peppers (Serrano), minced
120 g Brown Sugar

  1. Put the onion and garlic in a food processor or mince it as fine as you can with a sharp knife.
  2. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large saucepan, then add the garlic and onion. Stir until the onion becomes soft and translucent. (ca 4 minutes)
  3. Add the pumpkin, broth, spices and Sweet Chili sauce, bring to a boil, then let simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, add the brown sugar and stir in the cream gradually. Add minced chili to taste. If the soup becomes too spicy, you can add more cream to even it out.
Serve with bread (to dip) and sprinkle it with roasted pumpkin seeds or fresh Coriander. 


Jun 4 2011

What does “health” mean anyway?

Every day we hear someone talk about health; This is good for you, that is bad for you, you should think more of your health, and so on.

But recently I realized that I don’t know what that means.

I used to think it meant how long I’d live.
I remember sitting around with my friends as a teenager, smoking cigarettes, gobbling up cheap burgers and drinking rough home-brewed vodka, declaring to anyone that would listen that this was the life and if it was bad for my health I’d just die before I’d hit thirty; better a good life than a long one.

And somehow I managed to be both very right and very wrong at that same time.
The quality of one’s life matters does matter much more than the sheer length of it.

But health and quality of life are practically synonymous.
Since then I have gotten to know people that take excellent care of their health: Some focus on what they eat, others on exercise, others yet on the chemicals and materials and some on all three. None of them do it to live longer. None of them have ever told me “Oh, I want to live to be 100 years old so I’m not eating anything I like, I torture myself to exercise and I only wear itchy clothes.”
It’s the exact  opposite: They do it because eating healthy food makes them feel better than eating junk. They do it because exercising and being in shape makes them feel great. They do it because poisonous chemicals don’t.
Quality of life increases the better we take care of our health.

And I’m not just talking about energy levels either; a friend once told me that he didn’t feel that he should take too good care of his health because he had too much energy already. That’s insane!
When we are in good health we are sick less often, get less of the various aches and pains (migraine anyone?), our digestion is better and we feel strong enough to take on the world. Physical health has even been shown to be a great remedy for depression and all kinds of mental illnesses.

Health is feeling comfortable in your own skin.

Now, I’m not expecting you to change any of your habits right now. But the next time you do something you know is unhealthy, at least you know what you are giving up. Next time you get the super-sized value meal with extra mayo, see how comfortable you feel in your skin.



May 3 2010

Review and summary of “Sugar: The bitter truth”

Dr. Robert Lustig lectures on the perils of sugar, Fructose in particular.

He talks about how obesity has risen at the same time as fat consumption has decreased, how soft drinks and the invention of High-Fructose Corn Syrop are two of the larger culprits and the biochemistry of Fructose.

Below I have summed up the lecture in plain English, simplifying facts and eliminating scientific terms. Towards the end I sum up a few points from a rebuttal and end with my own opinion of the lecture.

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