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Do you want to revive yourself after an active week of work and accomplishments? Or do you still have some concerns about the cold nights of the recently passed January and February? Then, the recipe of today should be in your hands in time. I called it “chicken king” because it suits the previous situations I mentioned above, when you feel hunger dead and wish to revive yourself with light and energy-rich healthy and balanced warm food. It is a kind of Egyptian food in which the chicken is filled with rice that can be spiced according to individual taste.
The concept in this recipe, in addition to the rice filling, is that the chicken is halved longitudinally so two servings can be made with suitable green vegetables like parsley and coriander, cooked vegetables like green peas and zucchini, etc.
Ingredients, one chicken for two servings:
1- medium chicken (about 650 – 1200 gm, net weight).
2- 1.5 cups of rice (about 250 ml, in total)
3- green vegetables, e.g. parsley, coriander, rocca, etc.
4- favorable vegetables, e.g. zucchini, carrot, green peas, onion, etc.
5- spices, e.g. salt, cumin, etc. (optional)
1- wash the rice several times with drinking water and then cook it to 80% in a small pot. In this step you can cook the chicken’s organs, e.g. liver, etc., by dropping them with the rice in the same pot. Make sure you added more a bit more water to the rice and let it boil for about 15 minutes while the pot is covered. Then turn the flame off.
2- wash the chicken very well with water and fill it with the 80% cooked rice and the chicken viscera, e.g. liver. Then you should know how to fix the the thighs of the chicken as professional cooks do. This will keep the filling inside and give the chicken after cooking its standard appearance with closed thighs.
3- then put the chicken in a suitable clean pot with a cup of water and let it boil and then adjust the flame to near low.
4- after about 25 minutes put the vegetables to cook with the chicken for 15 minutes. You may add a cup of water if you think it is necessary at this step.
5- start washing your green vegetables and garnish them beautifully in the serving dish.
6- when the vegetables are well cooked turn off the flame and let the food rest for a few minutes.
7- take the vegetables out of the pot gently and serve them suitably in the serving dish.
8- take the chicken to the serving dish and let it cool for five minutes. Halve it longitudinally by a suitable knife.
Eat as much green and cooked vegetables as you can while you enjoy your rice-filled chicken half! If you feel extraordinary hungry, you can find some chicken-vegetable soup to eat and maybe some rice too to satisfy your delicious and healthy meal. I wish you like it too 🙂
The numbering system we use in daily life and the ordinary school education is decimal that includes 10 basic numbers, namely 0, 1, 2, …., and 9. Numbers, as such, have been a subject of inspiration and philosophical analysis as for their origin, meaning and applications. There is indeed substantial prove of number peculiarities as for natural occurrence and mathematical behavior. At the personal level, people may extrapolate their own expectations and intuitions on numbers too.
What do numbers mean for you?
Here I would give just one impression:
0: equity, equality, settlement, equilibrium, steadiness, clarity, neutrality, innocence; color: colorless
1: existence, completion, independence, realization, perfection, rising, victory, maturity; color: white
2: mutuality, reciprocity, duality, cooperation, reactivity, interaction, understanding, operability, help, feasibility; color: red
3: fortune, satisfaction, peak, apex, surge; color: orange
4: crises, conspiracy, stress, misfortune, loneliness, patience, test, challenge; color: yellow
5: day, company, fist, sense; color: violet
6: health, integrity, energy, power, build, bee, honey; color: brown
7: heaven, secret, loyalty; color: blue
8: sex, love, bond, link, garden, infinity; color: green
9: abundance, wealth, saturation, flood, talent, generosity, beauty; color: black
Rice with milk. Sweet or a regular meal? It depends on your choice. This recipe is quite flexible and it can – according to my opinion – give you a wide range of healthy and tricky tastes for your all purpose food and as a light dessert too.
Rice with milk is one of the typical Egyptian sweet dishes that can be served at home and in restaurants as well. It is made of rice, milk and sugar. The dish is usually ornamented with grated coconuts and dried grapes.
Ingredients for 7-8 servings
1- 2/3 medium cup (250 ml) rice
2- 1.5 cups milk (375 ml) milk
3- 1/2 cup of sugar (or according to the sweetness you prefer)
4- 2-3 large spoonful starch
5- 0.5 – 1 vanilla powder (optional)
6- grated coconuts
7- dried grapes
1- put the rice in a reasonably large cooking pot. Wash the rice several times with water until the water is largely clear.
2- cook the rice with much water in the pot until it becomes soft enough but take care it should be quite wet not dry.
3- pour the milk onto the rice and stir for a few minutes, and if necessary you can add a cup or two of water to the mixture in the pot.
4- put the pot on a gentle flame while adding the starch to the rice and the milk. Mix gently for 3-5 minutes. Then, raise the flame to medium level.
5- add the vanilla powder (optional).
6- the rice will cook again and the mixture will be more thick because of the starch.
7- let the food boil for a couple of minutes (don’t make as I did, the rice with milk spelt out of the pot 🙂
8- serve the rice with milk in medium dishes and add some grated coconuts and dried grapes on the top.
A physician counts always within the high ranks of the society to which authority and influence are ascribed. For many lay people a physician is shadowed by image of a magician who claims to have drawn from a divine source of knowledge and wisdom or have such heavenly assignment of inspiration and prophecy. People shall always ask whether their “Doctor” was naturally assigned, genetically prepared or were just a fake figure that would be expelled sooner or later.
Unique to the physician’s prerequisite is the accomplishment of an incredible triad of nobility, knowledge and wealth. Nobility is a character that confers impressions of superiority، satisfaction and abundance. It would best manifest itself in matters related to moral rewards, physical lusts and materialistic gains. The knowledge necessary for a physician is versatile and can be subject to handling. In such overwhelming topic of general knowledge several aspects may be lightly dispensed with without grave drops except those concerning people’s behavior, believes and convincing.
The third pillar in the incredible physician’s triad is the inclination toward financial resources and proprietary assets. That awareness of the role of financial stability and abundance shall positively impact the continuous knowledge and training acquisition besides fulfilling the expected and intuitive image of the successful Doctor. The financial resources would include medical support establishments, grants, intellectual property rights and medical services compensations or fees.
As winter time approaches it would be very helpful to practice the conventional cake type (I would like to call it ‘The standard sweet cake”). For my preference I like very much some dried grapes within the cake itself. Today, I am very proud to present my first and successful self-made cake (see the pictures). I put some yellow dried grapes and little of walnuts while mixing the eggs, sugar and oil in the beginning.
Here are the ingredients:
1- two whole eggs
2- very little vanilla powder (approx. 0.2 gm; here I used only 1/2 of a small sachet that would be enough for an averagely large cake).
3- 2/3 average glass (its approx. volume : 250 ml) table sugar
4- 1/2 average glass oil
5- 2/3 average glass normal water
6- 2 average glasses flour (all purpose flour)
7- nearly a small spoon of baking powder (sodium bicarbonate)
1- put the content of the two eggs in a suitable vessel (e.g., baking pot). Add the vanilla powder and mix well until the typical unpleasant odor of the egg is gone!
2- add the sugar to the contents in the vessel and mix well in the different directions for about 10 minutes.
3- then add your favorite filling (e.g. little dried grapes, little crushed or small pieces walnut, etc.) to the contents. Mix again the whole things for about 5 minutes. Take care not to be very generous in adding these fillings.
4- then, add the oil and mix well for about 5 minutes at least.
5- start adding the flour very incrementally, and mix well after each time you add the flour. The baking powder is to be added at some point while the flour is being added to the growing cake. After finishing the first glass of flour, add the normal water to the cake substance and mix well for about 5 minutes. You may notice that the air bubbles within the cake substance increase with better and longer mixing of the contents.
6- start adding the second glass of flour also very incrementally to the cake substance and mix well each time. While doing so preheat the oven at 180 Celsius and adjust the oven timer to about 60 minutes.
7- when you are contented with the cake substance as for consistency and air content, check the oven temperature and make sure it’s ok. Bring a suitable clean and dry oven pan and cover its inside with some oil, then pour the cake substance gently to the center of the oven pan. Make sure the surface of the cake substance is almost even ( help it being so by a table spoon, e.g.)
8- put the pan into the hot oven and wait until the nice smell of the cake is there.
9- once you smell the cake is being done, see its top whether it became nicely fair or light brown. Then, you may turn off the top flame and leave only the bottom’s flame of the oven for more of a few minutes.
10- when curious enough, check the consistency of the cake by a spoon or a fork (take care not to hurt yourself by the hot surfaces).
I cook, then I am here!
Human characters are so many that they may not be readily remembered at one time. Some characters are related to others while one character may have several synonyms. Colours sometimes may be used metaphorically to describe human characters. The white colour usually reminds of goodness, the violet can call for self-esteem, and so on. That arbitrarily resemblance between colours and characters would rationalize for possible ‘basic characters’ in analogy to the basic colours. In physics, Newton showed that the white light can be refracted by a prism to yield seven colours, and we may too imagine that one character may be made of some other characters.
The 8-digit character classification system
The human, like any other creature, should be provided by default character set that is needed and necessary for his survival in this world. These could be regarded as the basic (preliminary) characters: fear (white); short handiness (brown); denial (grey); self-esteem (violet); disorder (yellow); self-centredness (orange); individuality (light brown); and Inquisitiveness (green). These characters are suitable for every human from the time of birth till the early childhood when it is not expected that the opposite of those characters might have to come up. Gradually by time, a human would feel the importance and need for other characters that would help him to adapt and opt in a community life with new experiences and challenges. In fact, the preliminary characters will not be totally replaced by their opposite or by other more negative ones, but a sort of balance between basic and positive secondary characters would be realized; e.g. fear/safety.
In that 8-digit human character system there will be two extreme character sets (basic and ultimate) with two transitional character sets in between (first- and second order) as shown in the following table.
The basic characters are simple, i.e. each one cannot be broken down to simpler ones.
The transitional 1. order characters are made of a combination of basic characters (+4; +/-4):
coward: fearful (yes); shorthanded (yes); denying (yes); self-esteemed (possible); disordered (possible); self-centred (yes); individual-opted (possible); inquisitive (possible).
The transitional 2. order characters are made of a combination of transitional 1. order characters:
liar: coward (yes); lazy (possible); going astray (yes); arrogant (possible); prosaic (possible); thankless (yes); absolute (yes); obtrusive (possible).
The good and bad characters are continuously either gained or lost, strengthened or weakened.
Human characters can be a matter of induction, reviving or encouragement.
A character may have derivative or related characters; e.g. obsession may be derivative of fear.
The characters can be influenced by intelligence, perception and emotions (e.g. love and hatred).
There could be an emotion conditional memory (character programming) that would take part in exhibiting or hindering certain character.
Basically, psychological diseases such as anxiety/depression and phobias/manias may not be regarded as diseases but rather merely as psychological phenomena. This is because of two reasons: 1) they can be experienced by almost all people (then it is quite embarrassing to find all people psychologically ill) and 2) they can happen in varying degrees and in different time lapses.
The origin of psychological disease/phenomenon seems to be the specific set of characters that the person builds up from the very beginning of life and throughout life especially during the first few years. This argument may be supported by the assumption/observation that certain psychological conditions would be experienced by some persons in some life stages but not by others in the same life stages. For examples, anxiety would me more in young adults with little experiences who tend to be sensitive (good-spirited and ambitious) and righteous, while depression may be more experienced by materialistic (intellectual and chance chasing) and self-centred persons.
Such naturalizing of psychological diseases/ phenomena would, from one side, reduce the emotional burden given by those experiences, and revise the significance/role of medical treatment of psychological conditions, from the other side. Indeed, nonmedical or conservative treatment would be the general rule while the medical treatment may be needed only on occasional basis. However, every psychological case should be considered individually and the treatment plan should be, hence, very specific for that person.
As the extent of psychological experiences varies in terms of obviousness/picture, duration and pattern, those experiences may be ordered in a ladder of ascending phenomenal grades. Although that view would implicitly mean a mode of diseases/condition evolution, neither the relay between stages nor the completion of the whole track may be strict.
This scheme sheds light on the importance of the insight of the person as a determinant for favourable/unfavourable psychological path. It implies also the role of the person’s will, i.e. choice – to a certain degree – as to where to direct his/her emotional and spiritual investment.