Beautifully Organized: A New Fruit Season
Welcome back to the blog!
August brings with it new and fun things. At the time of writing of the blog article, our good friends Doug Hurley and Bob Benkhen are making their way back to the planet Earth. As a scientist and engineer, I did take the time to follow this mission, almost on a daily basis just to see what was happening. I think we live in a wonderful time now that allows us to interact with people regardless of their location in the world or in lower Earth orbit. The beauty about the current wave of the space missions is that everything is clearly explained, perfectly time and well executed. From the beginning of the mission, to the launch of the Demo-2 mission, docking at the ISS, the Spacewalks, and now the landing, I've been able to witness along with the rest of the world. Space Travel inspires me to think bigger than my current situation! It's an absolutely beautiful thing to witness regardless of your age. If you're a young engineer like myself, there's inspiration and possibilities opening up in aerospace and you really want to give yourself a chance to involve your talents in those sectors that will progress the world.
I love science and engineering, and most areas actually fascinate me. With my core in Energy, I can't help but cheer when a rocket goes to space, because my own specialty is in combustion systems. There's just something about the lift off of a rocket...that I'm pretty sure gives us all chills. Today's splashdown will be just as epic as the take off, and I look forward to hearing that our two heroes are safe as they return to their beautiful planet.
Along with the conclusion of the Demo 2 mission, it is really amazing that the Mars Perseverance Rover was launched last Thursday. I did watch the take off, learned about a new rocket supplier (ULA, Lockheed and Convair alliance to launch that Atlas 5 rocket) and it was also a marvel to see something that technologically advanced actually get a chance to deploy. With our planetary alignment in the right window, it's amazing how all of this is taking place at this point in our lives. Within seven months, the Perseverance Rover will have landed on the red planet, and they'll be able to start their exploration and sample collection.
During launches, I'm the young engineer who's half glued to the laptop and half glued to the realities of life. Travel to and from the International Space Station takes approximately 18 hours, so I literally time everything and still manage to get a few things done before I actually watched the launch. If you watch enough launches, you know where the critical action will be. For the Demo-2 departure, I did take the time to actually watch the closing ceremony, the hatch closure and Dragon undocking and departure.
When I woke up this morning, they were also just waking up. Of course while the guys are flying...life goes on on planet Earth...so let's delve into what happens behind the scenes while I'm juggling keeping my eye on NASA and SpaceX activities.
My weekly walks are currently persisting. Over the past few weeks I've been stressing on my site that it is important to ensure that you have your own routines. As humans, self management is critical to our survival.
The responsibility for our lives, our health, our careers is something that I have learned to accept with my adulthood.
We grow up in the west learning that there will be some hero to save us in a fairytale like fashion, but once reality sets in, the truth is we are our own heroes. We are the ones who create the beautiful life that we want in our lives.
When it comes to our health, what is critical is ensuring that diet and exercise are things that we are able to ensure that we are doing on a regular basis. Eating well is key to a good life, and exercise is the spice that keeps our bodies in a good state. Allowing ourselves to release those endorphins is key to ensuring that our life is at a peak state. Walking around the neighborhood this past week, I thought it would be a good idea for me to explore the space and pretty much just allow myself to revel in nature. Living in the hills, the landscape is actually multi-faceted, and I get to observe the geography of the space and see beautiful things like the growth of plants on rock structures, flowering trees and also just see how the neighborhood activities are unfolding. The local gardeners who manage the park started a garden, and it inspires me to keep my garden thriving. Speaking of my garden...
IT'S ACKEE SEASON
The Jamaican Ackee is one of the elements of our national dish. Essentially, it's one of those interesting plants that you have to treat carefully. As a fruit that grows in a pod, it takes a while to mature, and once the pods are open, you can remove the fruit, clean it and actually take the time to prepare it for meals. In the new week, I'll take the time to actually carry you step by step through the maturation process, and also show you how to make use of the recipes in a variety of formats. One recipe that I'll be trying this week with the ackees that I've picked is Ackee Fritters.
HOW TO MAKE ACKEE FRITTERS
Preparation time 15m Cooking time 20m
For 6 Person(s)
1/2 pound(s) counter flour
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
1/2 teaspoon(s) white pepper
1 small onion, chopped
1 small sweet pepper, diced
1 cup of ackees, drained and crushed
1 teaspoon(s) Hot Pepper Sauce
1 medium egg, beaten
3/4 cup(s) whole milk
1 cup(s) Vegetable Oil
Ackee Fritters Directions
In a large bowl sift together flour, salt and white pepper.
Add onions, diced sweet peppers, crushed Grace Ackee and Grace Hot Pepper Sauce. Mix well.
Add beaten egg and gradually add just enough milk to make a batter that drops easily from a spoon.
In a large skillet heat Grace Vegetable Oil. Drop batter using a tablespoon; fry for 5 minutes, turning on both sides until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper.
I will be trying this recipe and sharing with you the final outcome, as well as recipes for Ackee and Saltfish.
MY TEN MINUTE PRE-BED BEAUTY ROUTINE
If you have time for an elaborate beauty treatment, by all means do it. I actually long for the day...when I can use certain brands like Elemis for my nightly cleansing routine. If you're in a situation where you're on a budget, or don't want to spend too much time on your beauty routine, you can try my current hacks and build from here. What's critical to me, is cleansing and toning, so I've really been ensuring that I concentrate on those. In the mornings, I keep it simple so simply wash my face with the soap and the cleansing bar, before I put on make up, or simply allow my skin to be makeup free for the day. My face would have been deep cleaned from the night before, so it's actually okay to simply wash, tone and moisturize in the mornings.
In the nights as part of my cleansing routine...I've been using my beauty brush. Just like those who are growing their hair use a scalp massager, I use a facial massager for my face for optimizing exfoliation. These actually work wonders if you want to cut back on dermatologist visits. One of the best budget beauty facial brushes is one from a brand called ChiTronic, that I'd ordered off Amazon. All it takes to operate is 2 AA batteries, and you are good to go! The unit utilizes a high and low setting, and I predominantly utilize the low setting in order to minimize irritation. At night...I initially cleanse with the bar only. I then lather my skin a second time, and use the brush to deep cleanse. Once I've rinsed and dried my skin, I use a sulphur infused toner. Sulphur is an antimicrobial, so it heals the skin if there's any underlying bacteria. It will prevent breakouts. The entire process takes me about ten-fifteen minutes. With consistent use, I have manageable skin.
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