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Lactobacilious Lokos

Bols Yoghurt

Bols Yoghurt
Liqueur

As near as I can figure Lactobacillus Lokos is yoghurt with vodka…

You know the old story you used to tell kids, they even sung about it, “A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down!” Well, I guess this is the adult option.

Bols even have a bottled version…

Lactobacillus is lactic acid bacteria, we need it in our diet, if we need it, it must be healthy, we must drink more…

I like that rationale.

Lactobacillus is just one of the many live organisms that live in our gut, that we need to to turn food into a body-friendly product.

From Carlos’ Kitchen (in Portuguese) come two recipes:

1 :: Lactobacilious Lokos (lokos = crazy)

  • A pot of yoghurt (flavour of your choice)
  • At least a shot of vodka
  • Ice
  • Shake and drink

2 :: Lactobacilious Safado (safado = bastard)

  • A pot of yoghurt (flavour of your choice)
  • At least a shot of Catuaba
  • Ice
  • Shake and drink

catuabapoderoso1Easy peasy.

What might not be so easy is finding Catuaba outside Brazil.

The name catuaba (pronounced [ka.two.’aba], a Guarani word that means “what gives strength to the Indian”) is used for the infusions of the bark of a number of trees native to Brazil. – Wikipedia

It’s an aphrodisiac, energiser and a stimulant for the central nervous system.

It contains the famous Brazilian guaranã.

Well, there you have it. Having cast my pearl before the swine, lets get back to blogging, shall we?

Here’s the crux, apart from the promise of rain, there’s not a hell of a lot to blog about.

Once I finish here, I’m going to scare the hell out of my kitchen; it’s in for a reorg, I’ll further add insult to injury by doing the dishes.

Having procrastinated (I have a Master’s in Procrastination) for two weeks over buying a spade, last night I borrowed one with the intent of turning over my modest compost heap. I want to get some of the gooey goodies from underneath. I told Raimundo (it’s his spade) that I was going to get the sogra (mother-in-law) out of the freezer and bury her in the garden.

Lunch, I am envisaging diced chicken something with stir-fry something. The ‘something’ relating to the chicken could be curry, the ‘something’ relating to the stir-fry could be veges; but that’s not confirmed yet. Those decisions will be made after I open the fridge door.

I will blog along…

Later.

Like a Baby’s Bottom

Soft and delicate like a Baby's Bottom

Yes, just like a baby’s bottom, heat rash. Here it is called brotoeja, and I suffer every summer.

Must be a sign of royalty in the family to have such sensitive skin, surely.

*Practices the ‘royal wave’*

Didn’t impress Lixo that much.

But then he’s a cat and knows damned well he’s got more royalty flowing through his little veins than I could ever imagine.

Guaranã berries

I just had a nap, a wonderful restful nap with no kitteh gnawing on my big toe. I’m not fully awake yet even though I have had an ice-cold drink of guaranã. Guaranã is great stuff, it is a berry that grows in the Amazon.

Purported to give Brazilian men their sex drive; I’m still waiting to be driven…

The name is pronounced gwah-ra NAH, not gwah-RA-nah as Americans would have it.

I have just noticed that they spell the name Guaraná with an accent, rather than an ã which is correct, must be a marketing reason or some-such.

Guaraná Antarctica

You can get it as soft drink (soda for our American cousins); the most famous brand being Antarctica, yes the same as the beer company.

Or it comes as a cordial and you make it. I do the latter. I’m trying to stay off the ‘fizzies’ because I have discovered that it is often not the ingredients of drinks that cause the major problem with weight, but rather the bubbles.

You can also get the powder as a health food type thingy.

You can even get Guaranã flavoured Eno fruit salts, which I have never tried. I think those flavours are abominable.

No classes today, no classes yesterday, no classes until Monday. Life is good.

But then from Monday on I start work seriously. I have a new student starting, my existing students have opted for some morning classes, so I will have two split days. I hate split days, doubles my getting ready and bus time, doubles my walking distance, reduces my leisure time, still it is all in a good cause… money!

My new fan is wonderful. Compared to my old one this is hurricane-force.

I have discovered a miracle. Well, not really discovered, but found the results. Cow poo! Yes, cow poo is a miracle.

I have often wondered why I am happy in the garden, or outdoors, living in the country surrounded by cow poo.  It’s because cow poo is wonderful. Cow poo has a mind-altering substance, a bit like LSD with no psychedelics. You can read about it on Eco-Crap, I posted about cow poo this morning.

I’m off, posting something I just found on Tomus Arcanum, you want to see, go have a look.

Later.

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