Who can tame the tongue? – Umami

 

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Umami, the fifth taste

Umami from the Japanese (うま味), umami can be translated as “pleasant savory taste”. This neologism was coined in 1908 by Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda from a nominalization of umai (うまい) “delicious”. The compound 旨味 (with mi () “taste”) is used for a more general sense of a food as delicious.

“The strong savoury flavour that makes everything from spag bol to Marmite so hard to resist may serve a vital evolutionary purpose. We could even use it to fight malnutrition. Pass the parmesan”, said The Guardian.

Ikeda had noticed this particular taste in asparagus, tomatoes, cheese and meat, but it was strongest in dashi – that rich stock made from kombu (kelp) which is widely used as a flavour base in Japanese cooking. So he homed in on kombu, eventually pinpointing glutamate, an amino acid, as the source of savoury wonder. He then learned how to produce it in industrial quantities and patented the notorious flavour enhancer MSG.

Fermentation also frees the umami – soy sauce, cheese, cured meats have it in spades. In the vegetable kingdom, mushrooms are high in glutamate, along with those favoured by children such as petit pois, sweetcorn and sweet cherry tomatoes. Interestingly, human milk is one of the highest MSG-containing mammalian milks.

Fermentation also frees the umami – soy sauce, cheese, cured meats have it in spades. In the vegetable kingdom, mushrooms are high in glutamate, along with those favoured by children such as petit pois, sweetcorn and sweet cherry tomatoes. Interestingly, human milk is one of the highest MSG-containing mammalian milks.

Just as humans evolved to crave sweetness for sugars and, therefore, calories and energy, and loathe bitter to help avoid toxins, umami is a marker of protein (which is made up of amino acids, which are essential for life). This begs two interesting questions. First, why is our innate penchant for umami best served by cooked or aged foods? Breslin’s answer is that cooking or preserving our main protein sources detoxifies them. “Part of the great digestion formula,” he says, “is not only the ability to procure nutrients, but it’s to protect yourself from getting sick while you do that. If you don’t get proper nutrition you can live to see another day, but if you’re poisoned, it can end it for you right there.”

Second, why are some fruits and vegetables that are low in protein, high in glutamate? Some cases, such as mushrooms, says Breslin, we cannot explain. However, for others, such as tomatoes, it could be the same reason why fruit is so sweet. “The sugar is there so you grab the fruit and spread the seeds around. It could be that the mixture of sugar and glutamate in some of these foods is there to make them extra attractive.”

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Scars (Stronger for life)

I just want to run
Just want to hide away
Close my eyes to your gaze
Just want to leave
Don’t want to hear them say
“You’re no good at this”

When the world swirls with naysayers
Broken wings and torn pages
The road ahead
Drowning in my tears

Break me open
Tear me down
Into pieces
Broken crumbs
On the ground
You can mould and shape me
In your image
Breathe your life
You know I need it
Scars make us stronger for life

Losing myself
Gaining it back again
Forging strength from weakness
All that I am
All that I’m meant to be
Melting in your hand

Let the world swirl with naysayers
Pickled hearts and sour faces
What is real is what I cannot see

Break me open
Tear me down
Into pieces
Broken crumbs
On the ground
You can mould and shape me
In your image
Breathe your life
You know I need it
Scars make us stronger for life

Cut away
All within me
That won’t bear fruit
Cut away
All within me

Cut away
All within me
That won’t bear fruit
Cut away
All within me

Break me open
Tear me down
Into pieces
Broken crumbs
On the ground
You can mould and shape me
In your image
Breathe your life
You know I need it
Scars make us stronger

Scars make us stronger for life (genius.com)

Who can straighten what He has made crooked?

Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what He has made crooked? When times are good be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him. Ecc. 7:13-14

LORD, gusto ko na po mag-bati kami. It’s heavy. Please. gawa ka naman po ng way. Have mercy on me. Forgive me. And sorry for not getting the opportunity agad when you gave me the time before, ang taas po ng pride ko. Forgive me.

Anesthetized

I never knew that I’d be carrying this pain until now.

My heart cries.

I never knew I’d be feeling this.

My heart screams.

LORD, HELP! Have mercy on me.

Forgive me for desiring something that’s not even mine to begin with.

I lift this heavy heart to You! I can’t carry it anymore. Help me carry… please?

Tanong ko lang pala, bakit di nauubos luha ko? Nakakapagod na pong umiyak. Haha.

Anesthetize me please. LORD, ikaw pa rin. Forgive me. You’re my healer and nobody else can heal me, but You.

Give me a daily dose of morphine. Give me a daily dose of Your love.

Despite the odds. Thank you Jesus!

Best Thing I Never Had

Best Thing I Never Had
I just learned this song today. Some of the lyrics above does not apply to me. Actually, wala naman nangyari samin. Physically and literally. It was just a conversation in fb. He doesn’t love me the same way. I was delusional of expecting, that there is something between the both of us. But there’s none. Actually, there was never an us. Now this is reality check. (heartbreaking. yes) But this is what I feel right now. It’s time now to improve myself. And I’ll make that decision right now. I will not let it get the best out of me. I’ve been having too many failures in the past. I turned worst because of me. No one else to blame but myself. I have been underestimated. Yes, I’ve been depressed for almost a year and even in my 1st sem life in med school. My grades were flunking. I wasted so many time because of sulking.. And it’s time now to stop thinking of the what ifs and what could have been. I pray for peace of mind. HUG! I forgive you Jaea. Keep moving on. It’s difficult but I know, we can do this! 🙂

The root cause

So, If I’m to diagnose myself..

What caused this sickness? This dying spirit?

Hmm.. Maybe, It’s because of not listening to other’s advice? I don’t know.

Nagpabaya ako? My relationship with God was not stable enough?

I let my guard down? Honestly? I’m not sure. My selfishness?

There’s no one to blame but myself. Tuloy tuloy, walang preno. No learnings from the past, so I had to face this catastrophic moment.

I should have never fell for my friend’s crush, or my close friend’s brother. It ruined everything. Pero napipigilan ba yun? It has both cons and pros. I wasn’t able to wait.

Ang dami kong sinayang. Stupid me.

Wrong timing. Wrong decisions.

I should be ashamed of myself. But I’m not. But I should be.

Okay. mag-aaral na ako ng cardio. Marami rami pa tong chapters na to. Now, I’m studying this foolish heart.

On the verge…

All of these posts are nonsense.

All of it.

Nonsense.

What’s the purpose of posting so many things? What’s the use?

If God Himself hides.

So, I’m on the verge of death.. barely breathing soul. losing faith. losing a lot.

LORD, wake me up inside, save my dying soul.  It’s so cold. So far.

Until now, I’m still not yet finished with Cardio. I still have a lot to study. HELP!

Burning ship

My heart feels heavy, seems like an elephant is sitting on it. Painfully pruned. I know I’m in the process of recovery…

I never knew I could do it. But I’ve deleted my copy of it. Finally.

Just like what the pastor said awhile ago “It’s time to not turn back anymore”.

It’s all or nothing. Burn the ships. No fall back position!

Succeed or die!

By continuously living according to the flesh, my fate is death. Set apart.

The Blessed Unrest

Brave

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up

Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Everybody’s been there,
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, just stop holding your tongue

Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

And since your history of silence
Won’t do you any good,
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
See you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you

#Blessed unrest

DISCIPLINE

Delaying Gratification.


“is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with” — Scott Peck, The road less traveled

No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. — Harry Emerson Fosdick

Discipline is not hard to understand, then, if you can remember the words delayed gratification. BUT understanding discipline and practicing it are two different things. The key to practicing discipline can be described in three words: ADVANCE DECISION MAKING.

Once you make up your mind that the only decent way to live is to schedule the pain and the tough challenges first so that you can enjoy the pleasure, the rewards, and the payoff later, then you have to take an important practical step. You must make advance decisions as to how you are going to practice discipline in the various dimensions of your life. 

Most important of all, advance decision making is an important factor in our relationship with God. We know we are saved by grace and not by hard work, or planning or discipline. 

Excerpt from VOT, a chapter by Bill Hybels

I remembered someone who told me before about advance decision making. She just popped up in my mind right now. I wish I’ve read this a long time ago. LORD, thank you. I pray for my friend who shared this advance decision making to me before. I’m really blessed to have known her. I pray for her.

LORD, I need to practice discipline at home, at school, in my money spending, in my life. In every single part of me. I need this. I’ve been slacking this past weeks. This is totally not me. Help me please.