We all have the right to surf the internet

From the beginning of this website, I tried to make it accessible to everyone, but to my unpleasant surprise it is not so easy. On the one hand, I have not found software that adapts to several disabilities at once, and on the other hand, I have not obtained help to adapt the web to both visual and auditory disabilities, even asking one of the organizations most involved in Spain in the integration of all groups in society.

Besides, I do not understand how it is not mandatory by law, the fact that all websites are adapted at least to visual impairment. I also regret that internet service is not free and accessible to everyone. This continues to create inequalities in today’s society.

On this website you can use software to make it a little more accessible to visual, auditory, impairment. Here’s how to do it, although the web listening part doesn’t work on mobile.

To better see the web

On the one hand, you have two icons on the left of your screen. One circular black and white to change the contrast color, and another with the letter T in lowercase and uppercase to increase the font size, as shown in the following screenshots. You can use both functions at once.

Contrast icons and font size
Contrast color change icon
Icon change font size

To listen to the web

On the other hand, even if it only works on the PC, you can listen to the content of this website, first highlighting the content you want to hear, and then clicking on the speaker icon, as shown in the screenshot below;

Icon to listen to the content after underlining it

If you know other ways to make this website more accessible, please write in the comments, or please send an email to info@shopcanarias.es. Thank you very much in advance.

Other options for listening to the internet

And I’m sure you already know, but just in case I leave a couple of visual impairment help links:

To access YouTube content;



To listen to the internet with nvaccess screen reader
https://www.nvaccess.org/download/

On mobiles; settings/accessibility/tallback

On iPads; settings/accessibility/voiceover

Thank you very much for the visit, and see you soon!

Stress and cortisol

Photo by ramzi hashisho from FreeImages
Photo by ramzi hashisho from FreeImages

Since in the previous post we talked about taking care of body health, now let’s talk about taking care of mental health. We all know how to be happy, and since childhood we have been told that in life we must be happy, but the truth is that depending on what our life is like, we are not often happy for one reason or another. It is clear that it also depends on where we were born, how we have been educated inside and outside home, on the opportunities that life has given us, etc.

Life is simple, but we complicate it. We need little; feel useful with a job, relate to others, and have enough money to meet our basic needs (food, water, some clothes, and a place to live).

I recently watched a comedy film about happiness, and it was enough for me to remember how little we need to be happy (it’s titled “Hector and the Search for Happiness” from 2014). It’s good from time to time to be reminded of it.

It’s funny, but I think we take more care of body health than mental health. I’ve at least done it that way out of ignorance. In fact, it’s not even rightly seen that we take care of our mental health. I remember being asked in a job interview if I received psychological support, such as whether it was a bad or an indicator of a functional disability or skills. The truth is, I’ve never been there, but I’m sure we all need one.

Let us not forget how our health affects the way we deal with challenges and difficulties in life, and let us not forget that we must develop healthy mental habits. Again, I only share my experiences, just in case someone else didn’t know why stress is bad.

On the one hand, one day I was struck by a doctor saying in a talk, that it is better to study healthy workers, to be able to determine the aspects that influence it, but I was more struck by the fact that he said that we caused stress on others, and in work as well, so we should realize and improve the method with which we communicate and relate with our colleagues. It’s obvious, but it opened my eyes, because I didn’t have it internalized. I still have a hard time thinking about it before I act or talk.

On the other hand, a colleague shared a radio interview with psychiatrist Marian Rojas Estapé (interviewed by a madness called Cristina – she doesn’t say the surname). And after listening to it several times, I learned what I should and shouldn’t do, and decided to summarize and share it with friends. I share the summary of the interview below.

WHY SHOULD WE REDUCE STRESS?

  • The way we decide to respond to problems influences the outcome
  • Attitude before any circumstance determines how I respond to it
  • Happiness is how you interpret what happens to you, it depends on your view of reality, your mood
  • All emotions are preceded by a thought
  • Emotions activate and deactivate our cells, our bloodstream and even genes
  • Emotions activate neuro discharges, small substances that go to cells, and activate or deactivate membranes
  • The result may be that we have “happy” cells or “sad” cells, “resentful” cells or “rabid” cells, and that influences diseases
  • There is a substance of the body called cortisol, a cyclic hormone fundamental to survival, because without it we would not be here
  • In the face of threat, alertness, or fear, we activate cortisol
  • The level of cortisol at night is low, and throughout the night it rises, and has the highest peak in the morning when it makes you wake up and be active
  • A person who is constantly facing a threat (and if that, and if that…), then the body secretes cortisol, and segregates it equally when it happens to you like when you imagine it
  • My mind and body do not distinguish what is real from what is imaginary, and it has the same impact on the body
  • Cortisol is also positive as cortisone, because it is a very potent anti-inflammatory
  • When I live constantly on alert (and also counts to be alert all the time by notifications on mobile), with a threat or with fear, then the level of cortisol does not drop, and becomes an inflammator, removing all the defenses of the body, affecting the memory, affecting concentration and sleep
  • If the cortisol level is not low at night we do not get a good sleep, and the whole organism is intoxicated
  • Many depressions come from permanent warning states, and many psychiatrists believe they are inflammatory brain diseases (for this DO NOT use Ibuprofen)

WHAT SHOULD WE DO? (almost every day)

  • Exercise, because exercise eliminates cortisol
  • Educate thoughts: educate the inner voice so that it doesn’t make us self-boycott
  • Disconnecting more often from electronic devices, and looking for other stimuli that are rewarding (it will take us about 3 days, but “getting into airplane mode” gives us self-mastery)
  • To be assertive: to be able to respond to what happens to me without being aggressive. I must express it, because “if I swallow it” the cells get sick (but this does not mean expressing for example; “how horrific your jacket is”)
  • You have to let the brain disconnect, relax, and connect with its inner world, because it transforms the brain and heals (e.g. reading a book and listening to classical music, walking in the countryside, an interesting conversation, a little wine with friends, etc).). And all this without thinking about work, without looking at the time to get home, and without phones or devices.
  • Don’t obsess about taking advantage of time (if we have chronopathy or illness of time), because it’s a risk factor for being inflamed, and could lead to a panic attack or a heart attack. You have to learn to slow down.
  • If you are taking anti-depressants or anxiolytics, then include omega3 in your diet, because it has been shown to be a powerful brain anti-inflammatory that improves mood

By the way, omega3; “They can be found in foods such as fish, fish oils, milk and seaweedgrown.”, and depends on what it is taken, the CDR intake can be between 250 milligrams and 4 grams (Source Ministry of Health .- http://www.aecosan.msssi.gob.es/AECOSAN/web/seguridad_alimentaria/noticias_efsa/2012/efsa_omega3.htm)

But the best tips to take care of our mental health will be given to us by a collegiate specialist, in the following link;

https://www.cop.es/index.php

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Healthy Food and Habits

Colors of the Market, Hanoi, Vietnam, by Stéphan Valentin
Colors of the Market, Hanoi, Vietnam, by Stéphan Valentin

Sharing my experience

I write this post, because I think most of us are misinformed about how we should feed ourselves. I’ve been learning while stumbling, habits that I’ve been doing wrong all my life, and that I’d learned in the family. I grew up with Mediterranean food culture, but as I entered the labor market, my eating habits worsened, especially at lunch. I admit that I have also not been consistent making daily exercises.

We need time to buy fresh chemical-free food, and we need training to know how to combine and cook them properly. After many years, the responsibility of acquiring knowledge about how to bring a good diet arose before our child was born, and the result was devastating (insecticides, pesticides, fungicides, pesticides, chemical additives, GMOs, tiny labels of ingredients or in another language, organic products mixed with others that are not, etc.). All legal, but with studies showing signs of not being healthy.

Now what?

Only drink water then?, yes, but in a glass bottle. And where do I buy vegetables, fruits, cereals and legumes without all the aforementioned suspicious components?, and how do I know that what they tell me is true?, and where do I buy the dairy for the child?. There is no choice but to look, keep searching, asking, keep asking, and when you find it, then trust on them, unless you find the official organic seal in the product. Here I leave a link to the official European information regarding this seal;

https://ec.europa.eu/info/food-farming-fisheries/farming/organic-farming/organics-glance/organic-logo_es

I found a farmer years ago who has his own small grocery shop, and who tells me which products he grows organically (which are not all the products he sells). So I end up buying his seasonal and organic products.

I buy dairy products on a 90% organic farm (because there is a grain that animals eat and that they cannot guarantee to be organic). I bought raw goat’s milk (need to boil it), and I currently buy yogurts and cheeses.

They are both transparent small firms, and both of them have offered me to go to see their fields or their farm (also to see how the animals live, how they milk them, how they clean the facilities, etc.). And you don’t have to warn them when you’re going. These are indicators that you can look for to build that trust.

We no longer eat as much fresh fish, since we learn about the micro-plastics that enter our organism through fish, which in turn ingest it in the plastic-infested oceans. Besides, where I live, we don’t have access to fish farms that give organic feed to fish.

And we stopped eating meat before that, because we read about legal antibiotics that are given to sick animals, hormones, GMOs cereals, the way some animals live and are treated, etc. Now we only eat white meat sporadically, even though we eat organic eggs (did you know that an egg has to be fertilized for a chicken to be born?).

And what else can we do?

We all know what healthy habits are broadly; do not smoke, do not drink alcoholic beverages, eat a healthy diet, exercise, relate to others, etc.. But the training that we have received in this regard most of us, except those who study these disciplines, has been through the transmission of traditions and customs from generation to generation.

Almost everybody has heard sayings such as; “take hot milk with honey” for the cold, or “have a coffee to wake you up,” or “you can use the same oil for salad and frying.” Well, it turns out that the hot liquid overrides the properties of honey. Similarly, coffee must be taken at a certain time, because the human body already generates cortisol in the morning to wake us up (in some cases it can decalcify as well). And the extra virgin and virgin oil retain its cold properties, and to heat is better the high oleic oil (which some brands call “soft”).

Reducing the consumption of saturated fats is brought out even in the jokes (on Monday I´ll start the diet, but I will not say which Monday I refer to). Below you can read the World Health Organization’s recommendations on the intake of saturated fats;
https://www.who.int/features/factfiles/obesity/es/

We must be alert to the various studies of the possible effects of legal additives such as carrageenans, also called E-477 (I learned about them because a brand of whipped cream did not put the amount included of E-477 in its products). Now I only buy whipping cream with a single ingredient; milk cream. Especially to make homemade ice creams in summer;

https://e-aditivos.com/

https://libredelacteos.com/alimentacion/carregenanos-e-inflamacion/

COMMISSION Regulation No 1129/2011 of 11 November 2011. Official Journal of the European Union L 295/1

Also look at the possible effects of GMOs, and when the label says “non-EU originating” (they are not governed by European standards). Here’s the link to a Greenpeace guide to know which brands and products carry or not GMOs, which while not up-to-date, has helped me to make right decisions many times;

https://archivo-es.greenpeace.org/espana/Global/espana/2015/Report/transgenicos/GuiaRojaVerdeTransgenicos_5edicion_Actualizacion062015.pdf

We should not assume that legislators have all the necessary information when it comes to voting on laws. Nor should we assume that manufacturers and producers are not trying to influence legislators. For example, on 5 March 2016 a total of 21 European countries voted to ban, in their respective countries, the cultivation of the MON 810 maize GMO, and European parliamentarians representing Spain did not;

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/ES/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32016D0321&from=EN

To find out how much proportion we should eat from each food on a plate, I recommend watching the infographic of the following link (study conducted by Harvard University);
https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-eating-plate/

I also leave you another link on how to eat healthy, and more on physical activity, from the World Health Organization;
https://www.who.int/es/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/healthy-diet

https://www.who.int/es/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/physical-activity

Y no olvidemos como afecta a nuestra salud la manera en la que afrontamos los retos y dificultades en la vida, y no olvidemos que debemos desarrollar hábitos mentales saludables. Particularmente, te recomiendo leer sobre el estrés y el cortisol. Puedes leer un resumen haciendo clic en el enlace al final de esta publicación.

And just in case you don’t know, measure what you eat out of the 5 white poisons

Los 5 alimentos que se pueden convertir en “venenos blancos”, si los tomamos en una proporción mayor a la establecida diariamente son; sal refinada, azúcar refinada, harina blanca refinada, arroz blanco, y leche de vaca en adultos. Pero ¿cómo se puede calcular correctamente la ingesta diraria de estos alimentos?. Si ya es complicado calcularlo haciendo comida casera, más aún si comemos fuera de casa, o si comemos alimentos procesados.

We have to reduce salt intake, but do we quantify how much salt we eat every day?. I try not to eat anything processed, and I put only a pinch of salt on the food. Below you can read the World Health Organization’s recommendations on salt intake;
https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/salt-reduction

We need to reduce the consumption of sugar, and sugary drinks, but do we quantify how much sugar we drink every day?. I was surprised to discover on an ingredient chart that the whole grains my son ate contained 17 grams of sugar per 100 grams of product. Or that the cereals which I eat, whole and organic, contain 6% of sugar which come from an 8% of raisins. Below you can read the World Health Organization’s recommendations on sugar intake, sugary drinks in adults and children;
https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789241549028
https://www.who.int/elena/titles/ssbs_adult_weight/es/
https://www.who.int/elena/titles/ssbs_childhood_obesity/es/

Reducing the consumption of cow’s milk in adults is not as popular, but we should also take it into account. Below you can read an article in the British Medical Journal on milk intake in adults;
https://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6015

We must reduce the consumption of refined flour, because it does not contain all the nutrients of the cereal, as is the case of whole 100% wholemeal flour. In addition, overheat some foods, such as those that contain starch (such as too-roasted white bread), can lead to acrylamide that would be toxic to health.

We must reduce the consumption of white rice, for the same reason as refined flour, and replace it with whole rice.

Here’s an article on the benefits of eating whole cereal grain by the British Medical Journal

https://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i2716

But the best advice to know how to balance food to nourish us well, adapted to our health and our needs, is to look for a collegiate specialist at the following link;

https://www.consejodietistasnutricionistas.com/colegios-profesionales/

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Recycling and reducing emissions

Tetrabrick compressed singing view by ShopCanarias.es
Tetrabrick compressed by ShopCanarias.es

There are many ways to recycle, and there are also many ways to reduce harmful emissions to the environment. Of all the ideas I have read and seen for years, I interpret that success is assured when we make the change, however small, such as covering the cauldron when we cook.

For my part I recycle as much as I can; plastic, glass, cardboard, paper, oil after cooking, oil that drains from canning, batteries, appliances, some aeorosol that is still out there, thermometers, drinking pipes, etc. Even if it’s a small piece of debris or a tiny wrapper, I also recycle it.

I also break down some packaging containing more than one material, to properly recycle as much as possible. For example, I break the coffee capsules to remove the coffee, so that I can recycle the plastic. Another example is that I break the cardboard boxes of table handkerchiefs to remove the plastic where the handkerchiefs come out, and so I recycle that plastic plus the cardboard box. Another is that I cut the metal bottom of some cardboard packaging, etc.

Tetrabricks tower compressed by ShopCanarias.es
Tetrabricks tower compressed by ShopCanarias.es

I try to buy in bulk, or unpacked products, but I don’t always get it. And unfortunately, I don’t have room to “compost,” and recycle organic. By maintaining an ecological diet I contribute to the lower consumption of GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, etc. And by not consuming meat, I contribute to the lower consumption of animal antibiotics, the lower consumption of natural resources, etc.

I also try to buy aluminum-free hygiene products, and less aggressive cleaning products (because many show the text “Organic”, but don’t specify how they do it).

One idea that occurred to me when I started reading about the carbon footprint of companies, and that had to do with my experience in the Logistics department, where we compressed the cardboard and plastic packaging after the replenishment, is also to compress the space between packaging at home. The less space between packaging, the more capacity the recycling container will have, the fewer paths the authorized waste manager will make, and the less harmful gases the truck will emit. As a result, we can reduce our carbon footprint with our daily recycling habits.

In distribution jobs we cut and folded the cardboard before compressing it, so at home it occurred to me to also compress the tetrabrick and stack them on top of each other. In this way, more packaging can fit in the container.

Tetrabrick compressed by ShopCanarias.es
Tetrabrick compressed by ShopCanarias.es

Remove the lid, fold out the lashes that the tetrabrick has on the top and bottom, compress the packaging so that all the air comes out, and put the lid on quickly. You can do the same with plastic water bottles.

You can also take advantage of the inside of a yogurt packaging, to compress inside the plastic of cereals for example. You can put small glass jars, into other larger ones, etc.

If you have more ideas to recycle and to reduce emissions, other than buying an electric car 😜, please contact us and we will publish them.

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Homemade Organic Wholemeal Spelt Bread

Homemade Organic  Wholemeal Spelt Bread with nuts, raisins and sunflower seeds
Homemade Organic Wholemeal Spelt Bread with nuts, raisins and sunflower seeds

I started to make bread a few years ago, because I wanted to improve the quality of my feeding. After reading lots of blogs and online forums, I failed trying to make many breads and sourdough. Yet, I kept practicing with different recipes, with different organic flours, with white flour and wholemeal flour, and I got it when I discovered organic dried yeast. When you get to know how to make it, then you don´t want to buy bread anymore. I read about this many times, and I thought that it was exaggerated, but it is totally true. Now, when I eat an industrial bread at some restaurants, it hasn´t flavor, and its texture is completely different.

Just notice that you have to spend some time learning and practicing, and you need to pay attention to the process. I also warn you that your family is going to eat the bread you made in half an hour, but don´t worry, the effort is well worth it.

Even though I´m still a beginner in the art of making bread, now I´ll tell you in detail the way to make the type of bread I make well; ingredients, steps, and a video of our YouTube channel.

We need the following INGREDIENTS;

  • 12.70 ounces of wholemeal spelt flour
  • 6.35 ounces of strength spelt flour
  • 0.09 gallons or 0.66 pints of water
  • 0.42 ounces of non salted butter
  • 1 level tea spoon of salt (the World Health Organization recommends not to exceed the daily intake of 0.17 ounces of salt)
  • 1 level tea spoon of raw whole brown cane sugar (the World Health Organization recommends not to exceed the daily intake of 0.88 ounces of sugar of any kind including panela)
  • 1.76 ounces of sunflower seeds
  • 1.59 ounces of raisins
  • 1.59 ounces of small bits of nuts
  • 0.32 ounces of dried yeast to make bread

And if all these are organic products, then better for our health. Watch out for binders included in some brands of salt.

STEP by step;

1- mix only the flour and the water, cover with a cloth, and let it rest 30 min.

2- knead while adding dried yeast , and keep doing that for another 3 min., cover it with a cloth, and let it rest for 1 hour, ideally inside of the oven only with the light on.

3- mix the olive oil or the butter with the brown sugar and the salt, and let it cool to avoid killing the yeast

4- take the dough out of the oven, and we shall see that our first bread fermentation raised the dough´s size. Then knead for another 3 min. while adding oil or butter, with salt and brown sugar. Cover it with a cloth, and let it rest 35-40 min.

5- we shall see that our second bread fermentation raised the dough again. Then knead for another 3 min. while adding the sunflower seeds, raisins and nuts. Or instead, you may just stick the nuts on top of the dough. Cover it with a cloth, and let it rest 30-35 min.

6- we shall see that our third bread fermentation raised the dough once more. Now take a tray out of the oven, and heat the oven up to 392º F

Wholemeal Spelt dough after the third fermentation
Wholemeal Spelt dough after the third fermentation

7- cover the tray with baking paper and nothing else, and fold the paper to make it fit to the size of the tray

8- fill a baking dish with a full glass of water, in order to evaporate and to prevent the bread crust from hardening

9- with a plastic and flexible pastry shovel, scratch the sides of the dough, while pooring it slowly in the baking paper, trying to avoid the volume from breaking. You can shape it if you want, but you don´t need to make cuts on top of the dough, because it is not a compact dough

Dough on top of the baking paper ready for the oven
Dough on top of the baking paper, with which we cover the baking tray

10- put a piece of foil on top of the dough just like a shield to prevent the dough from burning

Otherwise, we can toast too much the bread crust, as in the picture below. You may open the oven in the middle of cooking, and you can cover the bread with foil, but you´ll loose heat opening the door of the oven.

 Homemade wholemeal spelt bread with a too much toasted bread crust
Too much toasted bread crust

11- put the baking dish in the lowest part of the oven, the tray with the dough on top of it, lower the heat at 356º F, and let it bake for 1 hour

12- take it out of the oven, and put the bread on top of a sieve or a strainer, to let humidity evaporate from the bread during 30 min.

Homemade Organic Wholemeal Spelt Bread fresh from the oven
Organic bread fresh from the oven

After half an hour it will still be warm. We can cut it to see how it looks inside. Ideally we should see small uniform gaps between the crumbs. This means that the whole bread has been cooked well, and to the touch it will be spongy when pressed.

Homemade Wholemeal Spelt Organic Bread fresh from the oven, and put on top of a strainer or sieve
Organic Bread after half an hour on top of a strainer

If we have large gaps under the bread crust, as in the following picture, then the bottom part will be more pressed and not so cooked.

Homemade Wholemeal Spelt Bread with gaps under the bread crust by ShopCanarias.es
Bread with gaps under the bread crust

Enjoy it! , and afterwards cover it with a cloth.

And try this bread with Canary Islands different tasty cheeses.

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Organic pepper in your urban garden

Ecological Peppers in Urban Garden ShopCanarias.es
Organic peppers in an Urban Garden

Reasons to have an urban garden

I bought two urban gardens six years ago, because I started reading studies on the possible effects of GMOs, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, etc. We start by planting herbs such as parsley, mint, basil, etc. When the caterpillars ate everything, we continued to plant something “useful” like carrots (which came out tiny), beans with which I made a few tortillas (but was invaded by a white bug), etc. We continued to plant strawberries, raspberries, cherries, etc., and grew beautiful, but it hardly bore fruit. And we also tried Cherry tomatoes, but although I got to collect twenty Cherry tomatoes at once, they come out small and not enough to make a salad.

So we opted to plant peppers over a year ago, and they have lasted without using anything except water, and remnants of organic soy drink and organic whole milk (mixing the liquid left at the bottom of the tetra brik with water). We’ve collected a lot of green peppers, and some red peppers. We gather them green because they start to show black areas at the top, but some of them mature well until they turn red. Its size is medium, larger than a fist, so it is useful as an ingredient for a recipe.

Now I tell you how to do it, but the great trick is to replant the seeds of the peppers we eat, so that production does not stop. This time we have done it by germinating the seed first, and using natural guano before planting (it is suitable for organic farming, and we will use it only once more within a month as dictated by the instructions).

Steps

Step 1

Extract the seeds from an organic pepper, and put them to germinate as when we did in school. A container with kitchen roll paper in the bottom, moistened with water, with the seeds on top, and covered. One trick one neighbor told me is to put them on top of the internet router, to get heat for 5 days (leaving the ventilation gaps free of course).

Step 2

Remove the soil where you will plant the seeds to oxygenate the soil (I did it one day before planting). If you want, pour and spread evenly the amount of natural guano indicated by the package. And water a little.

The brand of natural guano which we use, shows an amount for “before planting”, and another amount for the following month, in the case of peppers. For other vegetables, it recommends a third dose two months later.

I recognize that the first few times we did it, we did neither germinate the seeds nor add guano or anything, but consequently, the production was low. We started to see results after planting seeds, and more seeds.

Step 3

If we see the seeds germinated, then we can plant them. . We must see some green tails coming out of the seed, as shown below. We sink the finger a little into the ground, and we make a bunch of holes separated from each other, like when you draw a 3-striped board. Then add in each hollow 1 germinated seed, cover it with soil or substrate, and water well.

Organic Pepper Seeds Germinated by ShopCanarias.es
Germinated organic pepper seeds

Step 4

Water (with rainwater when possible), observe, and remove weeds. We have to water in the early morning, or in the afternoon when the sun starts to set, and the soil is not hot. And watch out for watering a lot, because in our case the urban garden have underneath a water outlet hole, and all the nutrients of the soil go out there. Put a container under the urban garden just in case, and if the water comes out, then you can use it to water the next afternoon.

Water collected from the rain with ShopCanarias.es

Since we don’t have gutters, we put a bucket under the awning, and wait. We already have water, better than the tap one.

Organic pepper starting to grow in urban garden ShopCanarias.es
Organic pepper starting to grow in urban garden ShopCanarias.es

First the stem will come out, then the flower, and then the green pepper. If it matures and starts to turn red, great.

Organic Pepper Flower in Urban Garden ShopCanarias.es
Organic Pepper Flower in Urban Garden ShopCanarias.es
Green organic pepper in urban ShopCanarias.es
Green organic pepper in urban ShopCanarias.es

But it’s also good for eating if it starts to turn black on top. Below you can see that the pepper on the right starts to blacken, when the one on the left is still green.

Organic pepper maturing in Urban Garden ShopCanarias.es
Organic pepper maturing in Urban Garden ShopCanarias.es

And if a bird comes to eat the worms and bugs on the ground, ask the children to make scarecrows with recycled products (1 stick, aluminum foil you’ve used, 1 sack, 1 bag of colors, markers, and imagination).

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Lockdown

Stopping for a moment when working at home to do something with the family, especially with children, is fun and also improves your productivity (when you get back to work). If working at home already had multiple advantages, being with the family makes it even better. It is the positive part of lockdown, even if this type of coexistence becomes more difficult (sharing resources, respecting the little space and time of each other, etc.).

So how do we work from home in ShopCanarias.es? , well, making work more flexible and interspersing work with attention to the family, and with household chores.

Crafts are a good option to feed the imagination, and if we recycle, then great!. Enjoy creating the characters you want.

Crafts with ShopCanarias.es

2 packs yogurt

1 carton (inside)

1 cord

1 pom-pom

And paint!

You can also have fun changing the use of other elements to make crafts, such as making fun shapes with these balls with spikes to adhere to each other. Do you want to decorate your shoes?.

Fun in ShopCanarias.es
Fun in ShopCanarias.es

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Canary Islands Gofio

A sample of Canary Islands Gofio with a corsage of coriander behind
A sample of Canary Islands´s Gofio made with wheat and corn, with a corsage of coriander behind, with wich we make Canary Islands´s Mojo Verde (green sauce)

What is Gofio

Gofio are ground and roasted cereals; wheat, corn (millo), and these ones mixed also with chickpeas, barley, oats, rye, etc. More than 6 million pounds of Gofio are produced every year, and it is consumed in more than 80% of Canary Islands´s homes. As a matter of fact, its consumption dates back centuries, to the Canarian aborigines. But it is also consumed in countries such as; Germany, Japan, Venezuela, Cuba, Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Uruguay. And in other areas such as; Miami, Cape Verde, and Occidental Sahara.

By default salt is added to Gofio, but it is also sold without salt, and special for diets, what makes it a product for all audiences. You can mix it with whatever you want (usually with milk, bananas, water, etc.). Even formerly it was mixed with wine (ralera). And it is sold in various weight formats; 17 ounces, 8.8 ounces, monodose packs, etc.

Here in the Canary Islands we consume it on a daily basis. At breakfast; with milk, or as a slice of a sweet kneaded Gofio. At lunch; with a vegetable potage, “escaldón” (adding lots of Gofio to a vegetable soup until it gets too dense), or as a slice of kneaded Gofio with water and salt. At snack time with bananas, or with figs. And at dinner or supper, I at least sprinkle a little bit of Gofio on the yogurt or on the vegetable potage, specially when I´m hungry. “Para gustos hay colores” (a Spanish saying which means that there are as many personal preferences as colors exists).

If you want to read and watch a video of how to make a sweet kneaded Gofio recipe, then click on the link at the end of this post.

It is usually a complement to typical Canarian foods, for example with “papas arrugadas” (“wrinkled” potatoes stewed with water and coarse salt), with “mojo verde” (green sauce with coriander), with “mojo rojo picón” (red hot sauce with hot peppers), and with “pescado salado” (it is made with fish preserved in salt, which is desalted for days, before being stewed with other ingredients).

Still life made by ShopCanarias.es with Gofio, Papas, pineapple, dehydrated figs, and Mojo Verde
Still life made by ShopCanarias.es with; Gofio, “Papas”, Canary Islands´s tropical pineapple, dehydrated figs, and “Mojo Verde”

Advantages of the Canary Islands´s Gofio

Canary Islands´s Gofio got on year 2014 the official record as a designation of origin of Europe (also named IGP or Protected Geographical Indication).

Furthermore, Gofio is a very nutritious food;

• It´s healthy because it only contains cereals (and salt, if it is preferred that way)
• It has high nutritional value, because it contains all the grain´s parts (endoesperm, germ and bran)
• It has high mineral content
• It hasn´t more than 370 Kcal / 3.5 ounces
• It has low fat content (5% max.)
• It has low saccharose content (usually lower than 1%)
• It has high quality energy (frequently it has a 79% of starch)
• It has proteins (min. 7%)
• It has vegetable fiber content (min. 1,5%)
• And it has 50% of the recommended daily intake of vitamins; B3, and D.

Next you will see a couple of links to some of the studies carried out on Gofio;

  • https://www.internationaljournalofcardiology.com/article/S0167-5273(15)00605-1/abstract
  • http://scielo.isciii.es/pdf/nh/v29n3/31originalotros02.pdf

So, What are you waiting to eat some Gofio?

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Canary Islands Sweet Gofio´s Recipe

Steps and video of how to make sweet Gofio ball or lump

Sweet Gofio ball or lump made by ShopCanarias.es
Sweet Gofio ball or lump made by ShopCanarias.es

I summarize in another article the advantages of Canary Islands´s Gofio, which is made with toasted and ground cereals (if you want to know more then click on the link at the end of this post). But now I will share with you how I like to make kneaded Gofio, also named Gofio ball o Gofio lump. Below you can see the ingredients which you need, and the steps to follow. And you may also see the following video of our YouTube channel.

video of how to make sweet Gofio ball or lump

We need the following INGREDIENTS ;

  • 2 table spoons of organic raisins,
  • Enough organic milk to cover the raisins, which I usually let soak in milk overnight,
  • 2 table spoons of organic peeled almonds cut in pieces,
  • 3 organic bananas from the Canary Islands, which we are going to smash,
  • 2 table spoons of organic honey,
  • and organic gofio from the Canary Islands, made with corn and wheat in this case.

STEP by step ;

1º- mix all the ingredients except the gofio, afterwards add the gofio slowly,

2º- keep adding gofio and mixing until it is too dense, then knead while adding gofio,

3º- and finally use your fists to knead until the dough doesn´t stick neither to your hands nor to the bowl.

4º- Give it the shape desired, round or like a bread loaf, and sprinkle more gofio around it.

Ready to eat for breakfast, o for lunch with a cup of Canary Islands wine, Enjoy it!

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Carnival Canary Islands

Carnival Costume
Photo taken by ShopCanarias.es, with permission and courtesy of this Carnivalero from Los Realejos, Tenerife, Canary Islands, from an original costume made of recycled materials

Nothing better to recycle than making a costume with recycled materials. But it is also worth it to wear the usual costumes, or dressing up with what we have at hand; a pajamas, an apron, a sheet, or whatever you can think of, with accessories you have at home; a bottle, a roller, chains, etc.

Carnivalrs of Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Photo taken by ShopCanarias.es, with permission and courtesy of these Carnivals from Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Carnival is a Christian tradition, to have fun before Lent. People dress up, and some of us make the costumes ourselves. People sing, dance to the sound of orchestras, walk in and out of the “coso” (parade), and some are part of “comparsas” (percussion and dance groups), and “murgas” (choral groups that make funny and critical songs).

At the end of the Carnivals, which always end on Sunday, there are different celebrations, although in all carnivalers they disguise themselves as black (mourning), and mourn the end of the Carnivals. In Tenerife, for example, in Santa Cruz you may see the burial of a sardine, where a giant cardboard sardine is burned. However, in Los Realejos, “Rascayú” is burned, who disguise him as the theme of that year’s Carnival.

Rascayú at the Los Realejos Carnivals in 2020
Rascayú at the Los Realejos Carnivals in 2020

If you want to see some of the tourist attractions of the Canary Islands, here you can see the information of the Government of the Canary Islands;

http://www.gobiernodecanarias.org/turismo/fiestas/index.html

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