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Two years ago I went to this whale museum in Reykjavik and it was a really awesome experience. It made me realize how small we are compared to whales. Sure they say humans are at the top of the food chain, but at the top or not, we’re still pretty small. Plus whales are pretty freaking cute, especially with that smile they carry!

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The thing about whales is they are related to us since we’re both mammals. Plus we both know happiness, I mean just look at this guy: b55fda24f2d9435a5c924f57472bd54e He looks pretty happy right? Why would a human want to take that happiness away? I never understood why humans kill other animals for reasons other than food. Killing an animal for money is a really stupid concept. Money is a piece of paper that really has no value. Killing a whale for scientific reasons is an extremely stupid reason. To begin with, there are many other saner methods to study an animal. From observation to collecting stool samples (for DNA), these methods are not only saner, but it also means humans are respecting the life of the whale. Animals and humans need to coexist in this world. As it is most of the animals in this world are on the endangered list for extinction. Isn’t that a crazy thought?! In 30 years humans will not know what an elephant is! I will talk about this in another post, but for now let’s focus on whales.

It would be sad if all the whales went into extinction. Whales are very smart animals. They communicate through sonar, which is amazing since this is something almost extraterrestrial like.  I talked about hiring a whale for a job in a previous post seven years ago. Hiring a whale such as an Orca for a job at Sea World really never made sense since the Orca is only paid in food. Do you really think the Orca is that incapable of acquiring its own food that they need to be employed? It’s almost as bad as the circus!

The reason I am talking about this is because I read a story recently about a Japanese ship that was caught with a dead Minke whale. They used the excuse that they killed it for scientific purposes and reasons, but that really makes no sense. Why would you want to kill a defenseless animal, who was going about their own business living their life by being a whale. It’s such a senseless act of pointless aggression towards something so amazing and awesome.

Our role as humans should be to protect beautiful creatures such as whales instead of killing them for “scientific” reasons. If an animal is in danger of becoming extinct we definitely, as a human species, should not even consider killing it for food let alone for other reasons.

Something needs to be done to prevent such actions from occurring or else there will be no more smiling whales left. smiling-whale

I am noticing a common trend in this world, especially in America. Many people say a phrase pretty often here:mad-sorry

“I am sorry” is an interesting phrase. It is supposed to be spoken when someone does something to someone else that is either offensive, accidental or hurtful. However, as of late I have been hearing it and even been told this in the strangest and unlikeliest situations. One day I was walking to an elevator control panel and a person happened to be standing in the way, I looked at them and said, “Excuse me,” but instead of the person saying nothing and just moving out of the way, they apologized to me. Now I wasn’t offended or hurt by them standing in the way. Instead of apologizing they could have either stood in another spot or given me another response such as pardon me or excuse me.

Apologizing especially over minute situations such as the one I painted above does cause psychological effects on us too. Many people who say it in a habitual manner are actually causing themselves to appear meek and even weak. It also gives an impression that they have a low self-esteem. Plus why should you feel responsible for something that really isn’t your fault? Someone who is standing in front of an elevator control panel didn’t do it on purpose right? They stood there because they were thinking about getting to the office or about their day. Because you are in the way of someone else unintentionally, why are you at fault? It’s not like it was done on purpose.

To me apologizing should only be done if someone actually does something on purpose to cause pain or offense. Plus apologizing shows that, that person is more agreeable than honest. People should always be honest not only with themselves, but with others too. So next time you feel inclined to apologize, think about it before you say it. Do you really need to say it? Are you really at fault for something?

Soup has always been a super easy dish to make. However, through the ages companies have made it easier with the bouillons and the pre-made broths. The problem with those two things is that they are not only extremely high in sodium, but they also have MSG in them too! There’s a solution. For the meat eaters out there you can boil some bones to make the broth (I’ll cover this later in another soup post). Tonight, I decided to try something different, I used water. That’s it! Some cultures such as the Thais use coconut milk, which is really awesome. (This will be made in another soup saga chapter page thing :P)

So tonight I made a veggie tofu ramen soup! 2206335694179558749-account_id2

7860660902989550793-account_id2Now I know what you’re thinking, “Andrew, how the hell did you do it?” The answer is simple, very simple! So let’s begin this soup recipe dance, shall we?

First you’ll need a pot to put all this stuff in, I used one that’s about this big:286234781140428882-account_id2

Standard sized pot right? Simple! Okay next I filled it halfway with water. Then I put it on that stove in the picture and turned the heat on medium. While the heat was on, I took 1 white onion (you can use sweet too), 3 carrots, 4 celery, 1 cabbage, 8 cloves of garlic and I went chop chop chop chop! 1_6

Okay maybe not that skillfully, but I basically chopped about a cup of onion, and two cups of cabbage along with the other stuff. I started with the onion first (I needed to cry first you know, make emotional soup), then the garlic and I tossed both of those in while the water was starting to bowl. This is where the base of your flavor comes from so it’s good to start with those two! Then I did the carrots and celery and tossed those in. After that, I chopped up the cabbage into shards and after putting that into the mixture I covered the pot for 20 minutes. While that was happening I did an exciting happy dance:snoopy-dance-gif-image-x2witl-clipart

Then after the 20 minutes were up, I put about 1 tablespoon of sea salt, 1 tablespoon of black pepper and 1 punch of Italian Seasoning. After this give it a good stir, go on use those muscles! Then place the cover back on the pot so it can continue to boil. While the veggies are continuing their meeting inside the pot, get a package of ramen noodles. Since I avoid wheat and gluten stuff, I used these: 3741848368233928214-account_id2 Lotus Foods Ramen noodles are also vegan too! So this is perfect to pair with my veggie soup. After 5 minutes I tossed the noodles in. This gave me 25 minutes left! So while the noodles were introducing themselves to the rest of the gang inside the pot, I took out a package of tofu. I used Nasoya  extra firm tofu and used half the package. After giving this a good chop, I tossed that into the pot too. 20 minutes left!

I waited…And I waited…Finally after the 20 minutes were done! It was time to serve! 7494599269273422521-account_id2

I waited a few more minutes for it to cool and bam yums! I hope you enjoy this soup if you do make it. Here’s a list of everything you’ll need, cooking time takes an hour.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. A pot
  2. Water to fill half the pot
  3. An onion (you’ll need a cup so prepare your eyes)
  4. 3-4 carrots
  5. 4 celery
  6. 8 cloves of garlic (trust me you’ll like it, good for your heart too)
  7. 2 cups of cabbage (fun note, if you use purple cabbage your soup will turn purple!)
  8. 1 package of tofu
  9. Ramen
  10. 1 tablespoon of sea salt
  11. 1 tablespoon of pepper
  12. 1 punch of Italian Seasoning
  13. A bowl and a spoon, or a spork. I love you spork!
  14. A lime, this is a secret ingredient, I sliced two slices and squeezed their sweet juices into the soup before serving.
  15. Be sure to stir often too!

 

So today I made some fried and breaded shrimp tacos. Now if you’ve been reading my previous posts you know I don’t eat typical bread derived from wheat or potato starch. I avoid that like a three year old avoids most veggies. But I found this awesome breading that is not only friendly for peeps with PS, but it’s also gluten free! That’s a bonus folks! The box I used is this: box

The brand is called Kinnikinnick and I feel like I need six tongues to say their brand name. Either way this stuff is awesome, six tongues or not! Here’s a list of the ingredients: ingredients

It’s pretty straight forward and the best part is there is no MSG, especially since this is a Panko type of mix too! Now to make this it’s very simple.

First you have to buy some shrimp. I recommend Tiger Prawn Shrimp istock_000003770297small-tiger-shrimp

You have to remove the shell and feet prior to cooking them. Next get a small saucepan and fill it with oil. I used this oil: 20170111_201150

This oil is great because not only does it have a high viscosity, but the coconut gives the breading a sweet taste.

I filled the sauce pan with just enough oil to where the shrimps are almost halfway submerged, but not over the top since that causes burning and makes em oily too. I cracked two eggs, and mixed the powder with some sea salt and black cracked pepper. You can add garlic powder too or spicy stuff if that’s your thing. I can’t tell you how much breading to use since I have no idea how many shrimps you’re using! I had about 8 shrimps so I used a cup and a half of the breading mixture with the spices. After beating the egg up in a small bowl, I placed a shrimp in the egg mixture with my fingers, then scooped it out with some thongs into the breading mixture. There, I tossed the breading on both sides and then with the thongs I dropped the shrimp into the oil. I cooked each side for about 3-4 minutes, depending on how brown and crispy I wanted it. I recommend doing no more than 5 minutes or else it’ll be pretty burnt! Then take the shrimps out and dry any excess oil with a paper towel.

Next I got some corn tortillas and tossed them on the burner like this: 17o89pn5iqmonjpg

Okay if you don’t have a gas grill don’t fret, you can always steam or put the tortilla in a saucepan to make it soft. After the tortillas are ready, place them on a plate using thongs or your hands if you’re fire resistant, put whatever toppings you want, I used Tofutti Sour Cream vegansourcreamas a base on the tortilla then placed (using thongs) the shrimps on the tortilla along with lettuce and lime. This is the final result:

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It was really crispy and delish! Here’s a list of what you need to help you sort out a grocery shopping list:

  1. Tiger Prawn Shrimp (depending on how many people 6 shrimps to a pound)
  2. A box of Kinnikinnick breading  I don’t recommend getting them from Amazon since it’s too expensive, this is just an example of where you can get it along with the reviews.
  3. 2-6 eggs depending on how many shrimps, 2 eggs is good if it’s 8-12 shrimps
  4. Sea Salt
  5. Black Pepper
  6. Paper Towels
  7. Tortillas
  8. Lettuce
  9. Lime
  10. Coconut or Avocado oil for high viscosity
  11. Whatever else you want

Enjoy!