Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Karma and Milk


Ah Karma, the lovely Buddhist and Hindu principle, where your previous actions influence the future.  (Yes it’s highly simplified, but I’m not a religious scholar)  Now normally this refers to past lives and future lives, but in my case it happened a bit sooner.

Exhibit 1

Boomer’s rented house

Hey Boomer your rented house in California is worse than my apartment in Mongolia.

One hour later

Dam it….. I just had to go and open my big mouth.

Exhibit 2

You remember last week when I said it was unseasonably warm, well yeah its back to a Mongolian winter.  I've got negative temperatures again, right now it’s -9F with the wind chill and it will drop down to -18F later tonight.  That’s on top of the snow we got last night about half an inch I think.


In other news I have been drinking my way through the various nondairy milk substitutes, also known as plant milk.  Now just to clarify milk is a white liquid produced in the mammary glands of mammals for the purpose of feeding the newborn offspring.  It’s a side benefit that people (including me) find it extremely tasty and delicious.  The milk itself has four main components, in various percentages depending on the animal that produced it.

Water- The main component, and needed for normal metabolic function.  It is also the only source of water for newborns.

Lipids- Provides a large amount of energy for the developing infant.  Lowest in horses, and the highest in seals.  The amount of lipids is important in making certain kinds of cheeses

Carbohydrates- A source of energy

Proteins- Needed for muscle growth and development

Minerals- Needed for bone growth and development, and normal metabolic function

Dairy Animals in order of production

Cows- Most produced milk in the world. (Love it)

Sheep- Twice the fat of cow’s milk and used mainly for cheese making. (It's ok)

Goat- Used mostly for cheese.  (It's not bad)

Buffalo- Used mostly for cheese. (ah mozzarella)

Camel- Found mostly in arid countries as a good source of water.  (It's not legal to produce it for sale in the USA, but when in Mongolia....)

Horse- A natural laxative, with a high sugar content.  It is more of a Central Asian thing, and it is typically fermented.  (When in Mongolia.....)

Reindeer- From what I could find it is a Nordic thing and is mainly used to make cheese, with an extremely low yield per day, about a cup and a half.  (Um, this one might take a while)

Pig- People have tried but, their is no technology available and closest match is a breast milk pump.  Also female pigs are extremely aggressive to outsiders when suckling.  (You think maybe the pig is telling us something)

Plant Milk

Plant milk or milk substitute, is a manufactured food product.  It normally involves soaking the grain, nut, or seed in question, mashing it up, and then filtering out the chunks.  Also extra minerals and nutrients are added to fortify the newly made milk to raise its nutritional content.  This does not include any flavoring added to adjust the taste.  So the next time a health food nut at the grocery store gets snippy with you for drinking animal milk, you can call them a hypocrite when they extol the benefits of non-processed soy milk. (Pictures only for stuff you might not have seen before)

Soy- The vanilla flavored soy milk is the way to go as I think it tastes a little better

Almond- A bit richer and better flavored than soy, normal or Vanilla is fine

Oat- Rich, but very sweet

Hazelnut- Similar to Almond milk

Rice- Thin, but not an unpleasant taste

Hemp- Surprisingly good especially the chocolate flavor, and no i did not see any magic dragons or purple dinosaurs

Coconut- It’s been a while since I have had it, but I remember it being watery and sweet.  I've also never had it as a milk substitute

Now I figured I by this point I had just about all of them, but I was wrong.  There are number I still need to try, for scientific purposes only.  I’ll take regular milk any day of the week.  (Pictures for stuff you might not have seen before)

Barley milk

Spelt milk- This is actually an ancient form of wheat that fell out of favor in early 1900s as bread wheat became more popular.

Lupin milk- It is a relative of the soybean

Pea milk- I’m probably wrong but I get the feeling it tastes like old mushy boiled split peas

Peanut milk- Hmm sounds tasty

Cashew milk

Walnut milk

Quinoa milk- For those of you who don’t know Quinoa is a grain native to the Andes Mountains and grown by the Inca’s.  Quinoa cultivation was banned after the Spanish took over due to the grains use in Religious celebrations.  It has recently been become more popular in the developed world, causing local prices to spike, thus creating a food security issue as it becomes priced out of the range of the local population.  It is still a major benefit to the local farmers however due to increases revenue.  Further complicating the issue is that only three countries currently produce Quinoa, Peru, Bolivia, and a small amount in Ecuador.  This is partially due to unique growing conditions, but also the fact that they are not releasing the seeds to major western countries, and removing their current monopoly.  While that has to grind the gears of someone at Monsanto, and whole food shoppers, I’m actually OK with it.

Sesame seed milk

Sunflower seed milk

PS- Hilarious and I’ve seen some like them