Carrageen moss as a drink would definitely not be one of my beverages of choice.
Unable to sleep until 3am and then rising at 8am, my body was floating in a wave of drained energy and exhaustion.
Forcing myself up, the house was quiet and I patiently waited for the kettle to boil and give me my morning green tea.
With regular intervals every 45 minutes, I got down to work and attempted to go through the long list of what we needed to know next week in our final written exams.
Coughing and spluttering, I could still feel in the coldness in my chest that wouldn’t seem to shift. In a bid to move it to one side, I headed to the shop for some carrageen moss which is said to help tackle colds.
Now I love seaweed, I could even eat dillisk all day, but drinking carrageen was a massive challenge. The texture is of a gloopy syrup that coats your mouth and you end up trying to wash it away with your tongue (I still have half a cup left).
Still feeling my shoulders aching, I’m looking forward to seeing Mammy Kavanagh tomorrow, who’s coming down for a quick visit and to collect a suitcase worth of stuff.
Keeping it short and sweet, Sunday will be much of the same with showers of paper decorating my kitchen table. Ciao!
Some random things I learned today (in truth the list is much longer than this – I just don’t want to repeat myself – hopefully – while I revise!):
- When reheating food, a core temperature of 70 degrees Celsius should be reached so that it is safe to eat.
- Detergents are products that clean and remove grease and food particles but they don’t kill bacteria.
- Disinfectants are products that reduce the number of bacteria to a safe level.
- Sterilants are substances that kill all microorganisms both good and bad.
- Sanitizers are a combined detergent AND disinfectant.
- How tofu is made in a nutshell: soybeans are ground with water, cooked and strained and they produce soy milk – then when coagulants are added and heat is applied, it can become tofu (it solidifies the curds!).