unsalted peanuts

there’s a whole bunch of crows that just chill in my back yard and scream all day. i love them so much and sometimes i feed them. if you want to befriend crows the best thing to feed them for health, money, an convenience reasons is probably unsalted, in shell peanuts. its cheap you can buy like a pound of them, and its better for them than most things people feed them. plus they love deshelling them. if you want a bunch of weird friends who scream at you and give you shiny things, buy unsalted in shell peanuts.

I wanted a purple smoothie after watching @planetumoja sip on one this morning. So here we have a maqui PB smoothie:

3 dates
2 frozen bananas
1 tsp. maca
2 tbsp. creamy unsalted peanut butter
1 cup water
1 tbsp. maqui powder (from @nature.restore)

Blend until smooth. X

anonymous asked:

How do I make friends with birds?? Btw I really like you!

step one: locate birds

step two: gently approach birds

step three: offer a healthy snack*

step four: repeat as necessary!!

*what you offer depends on the birds! i find that crows like unsalted in-shell peanuts, hardboiled egg yolks, and raw meat the best. pigeons, doves, and most small-type birds like birdseed. seagulls are fuckin wild; they’ll eat anything. do some research and experiment!

I want to write a poem for the crows that gather on the train tracks five blocks from my house, pecking the eyes out of raccoon corpses and rushing me when I approach. I was always taught not to love things that are broken, not to pick up shattered glass or snapped bones but I wanted to do it anyways. So I’m sitting here spreading unsalted peanuts between the ties and listening to the wingbeats, the sound of claws scraping metal and muscle.

I want to write a poem for the stray cats at purgatory creek, who leave tufts of fur behind when they fight, and drink from the water even though it might just kill them. You won’t find carcasses here, not with ribs pressing so far out of their sides, sharp enough to rip out of the skin all together. At night their eyes gleam between the wild grasses, and their fur is matted and filthy from the fen they live in.

I want to write a poem for the toads by the lake, burrowing into the rich earth and letting insects wander past before striking. When it rains they gather, letting the pollution soak into their delicate skin. Their offspring is deformed, with crooked spines and too few legs. Sometimes dogs find them, or foxes, or natural selection. The fishermen use them for bait, because its only legal to collect wild toads if you’re going to kill them.

Hey, in case anyone has birds and/or squirrels to feed, Costco has roasted, unsalted, in-shell peanuts right now for <$6 for a 5-pound bag!

It’s a great price, as most in-shell peanuts I’ve found are at least $1.50 a pound, and sometimes much more than that. And these peanuts are actually meant for human consumption, so they’re good for if you want to snack on them as well!

So, yeah, they’re Sachs brand, they’re $5-something (at least at my local Costco), and they will make some bird friends very, very happy.

So I live on the decommissioned army base where Edgar Allan Poe served his (brief) stint in the military. The base where he would watch the ravens from his bedroom window. 

Those ravens were the likely predecessors of the ravens that hang out on the next street over.

So I’ve got a big bag of unsalted peanuts and my new life goal is to befriend the great-great-great-great-great grandkids of Poe’s ravens.

 If that’s not basically the most Mom Goth idea ever, I just don’t know what is.

pinkscienceghost  asked:

How do I befriend a crow? Ive got dogs and birds (including crows) dont really come to my suburban hell house but I want to make friends with a crow

First, you have to find the crows. If the crows don’t live there you probably won’t find them. Second, you must remember that while they are urban wildlife that have lived with humans for centuries, they are still wild life and are to be respected and not to be commanded.

Ian B and I had serious conversations 4 or 5 years ago when I first wanted to get to know the crows about how smart they are and how I shouldn’t give them peanuts all the time because they would identify me and become demanding. We have an indoor/outdoor cat and the yard is his home. My agreement with the crows is that they can’t come in my yard. I first started feeding them on a corner half a block away so as to not use my house as a the base. Now they hang out on the soundwall across the street or on the power lines around my house. They hate JackieCat and the caw at him but I always show them that he is my friend and sometimes they are quiet.

So, I suggest finding some crows at a place that is not your house, toss a few unsalted peanuts in the shell, and make some sort of sound or jingle your keys so they can associate you with the peanuts. it will take time because they are wild animals that don’t have any reason to trust humans.

Regarding my recent posts about the birdfeeder, I wanted to specify something very important when it comes to feeding the birds:

Only use roasted, and unsalted peanuts. The raw ones have stuff in them that’s bad for birds, but that gets cooked away. And although they’re harder to find, unsalted is the only way to go.

Salt is so bad for birds, especially in the amounts that are intended for human consumption. So, be careful about what you feed them. Okay? Okay.

getting pigeons to sit on your hand

I’ve had several people ask me how I got the pigeon to sit on my hand in this video. here’s what I did:

  1. sit down in an area with a bunch of pigeons. the more pigeons there are, the more likely that some of them will be particularly bold.
  2. toss peanuts on the ground. ideally, you’ll get a whole bunch of them running over and squabbling over the nuts. be quiet and still, and continue to toss nuts for a while, a few at a time.
  3. once you’ve gotten them a bit used to you (and excited about your peanuts) try placing some peanuts in your hand and lowering your hand to their eye level. be still and wait; hopefully they will start eating out the peanuts out of your hand.
  4. once they’re comfortable eating peanuts out of your hand (for me, this was once they started squabbling with each other to be the first to my hand for peanuts), start raising your hand bit by bit. eventually, it will be high enough that they will need to jump to get at the peanuts.
  5. once you’ve got pigeons jumping on your hand, get them to stay there by giving them a continual supply of peanuts. when they jump onto your hand, reach into your peanut supply to retrieve another before they finish the ones in your palm. offer them the new peanut as soon as they’re done with the ones they’re eating. repeat.
  6. congratulations! as long as you stay calm and don’t startle them, the pigeon will sit there until you stop giving them peanuts.

(you don’t have to use peanuts, btw. I just happen to have unsalted peanuts in my bag at all times for bird-feeding purposes)

Crabbie Freezer Cookies AKA The Crab Turd

Ingredients:

  • Natural Peanut Butter (unsalted, unsweetened)
  • Liquid Honey (go for local honey) 
  • Rolled Oats
  • Black or Brown Rice (not instant)
  • Dried Mysis Shrimp OR Dried Krill
  • Dried Bloodworms

Grind up the rice and oats in a food processor. Chop up the mysis shrimp and mix all the dry ingredients together. Spoon in the peanut butter and honey mix it up a little with a spoon. Dump the mixture onto a clean cutting board and mix it together with your hands until it turns into a sort of dough like thing and then roll it into a log. Cut it with a butter knife into little cookies, place in a plastic bag and pop in the freezer until hard.

Weekday Dinners: Stir-fried Garlic Broccoli with Peanuts and Couscous (Vegan)

The weekday dinners series is a collection of #whatheatetoday recipes that take 30 minutes or less. As a new vegan I struggled to find interesting recipes after a long day at work so I have collated nutritious and simple recipes that don’t require too much energy or too many pans.

I live opposite a Chinese takeaway. Less than 50 steps from my front door and I’m at the counter ready to collect. My whole street smells of it by the time I’m home from work and the temptation was extremely hard to resist. Especially after growing tired of potatoes and a frozen vegetable bake waiting for me for the fourth time in a week.

That all changed when I started really thinking about altering my cooking style to suit a time constraint and remain balanced. This new approach combined with the smells of the shop opposite lead me to create this quick stir fry, celebrating simple ingredients. This stopped the cravings for satay tofu, saved me a bit of money, was healthier and even tastier!

Stir frying broccoli brings out the green colour to it. I love watching the brightness develop in the pan. Served with a spicy, sticky sauce from the garlic, soy sauce and garlic, the elements of this dish come together and pair wonderfully.

I finalised this recipe with couscous as opposed to the conventional rice as it is easier to make, still wholegrain and has a lighter texture.

Weekday Dinners: Stir-fried Garlic Broccoli with Peanuts and Couscous (Vegan)

Ingredients:

280g broccoli florets (half a head)
45g raw unsalted peanuts (0.3 cups)
85g wholewheat couscous (0.5 cups)
8 T. soy sauce (divided)
2 t. olive oil (divided)
1 t. agave nectar
¼ t. jalapeño powder (any chili powder will do)
1-2 cloves of garlic (according to taste)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Method:

1. Pre-heat a frying pan on a medium-high heat. As the pan is warming up, boil the kettle before adding one teaspoon of the olive oil into a bowl along with the couscous. Pour 175 ml of boiling water (¾ cup) into the couscous and oil before quickly seasoning with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cover with a small plate and place to one side.

2. Chop the brocolli into florets before peeling and finely slicing the garlic colve/s (I prefer two). Add the remaining teaspoon of olive oil into the got pan then throw in the brocolli, coating it in the oil. Keep it moving for 3-4 minutes to prevent it catching.

3. By now, the brocolli will have brought four a much greener colour than when raw. Next, add in 4 tablespoons of the soy sauce, one tablespoons at a time. This stops the broccoli becoming soggy as it will absorb the soy sauce one at a time.

4. Add in the garlic and peanuts to toast them for a moment while mixing the agave in a small glass with the remaining soy sauce and jalapeño powder. While the peanuts are toasting they will release some of their natural flavours and begin to cook. Once gently toasted, add in the soy, agave and chili mixture to the pan.

5. Keep the sauce moving as the agave will begin to thicken due to the heat while the soy reduces.

6. Once the sauce has thickened and coated the peanuts, garlic and brocolli, tase before seasing with salt and pepper if desired. Remove the plate from the couscous bowl before fluffing with a fork and serving the stir fry ingredients on top.

Simple flavours ready in 15 minutes.

If you have made your own Stir-fried Garlic Broccoli with Peanuts and Couscous m, submit a photo to feature on #whatheatetoday.

childbestrange  asked:

What do you think about interacting with city birds? I'd specifically like to hear your thoughts on human-crow interactions, if you'd be so kind. I sometimes give unsalted peanuts and water the city crows in my area, and I talk at them for my own amusement and because they seem to notice and take a bit of interest in me due to being talked at/fed. I have no interest in interacting with them more than this. I like crows, so if what I'm doing now is putting them in harm's way, I want to stop asap.

I’m ambivalent. I’ve grumped at friends who feed crows in more suburban areas who are likely surviving more on wild diets, but city birds are likely to be eating an anthrocentricly influenced diet anyways. I’d say focus on appropriate food (e.g. not hamburgers or chocolate chips) and try not to habituate them to more physical proximity than necessary (throw the food to them instead of holding it out). I do support watering them, though - it’s hard for city animals do find clean enough water regularly and poisoning isn’t something I’d wish on anything. 

Asian Noodle Bowls with Steak and Snow Peas

Servings: 4
Prep: 10 min
Time: 25 min

STUFF
1 package (8.8 ounces) soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles)
1 ½ pounds skirt steak, cut in half or thirds if too large to fit in skillet
1 pound snow peas, stem ends removed
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon miso
¼ cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
Coarse salt and ground pepper

STEPS
In a pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles until al dente. Drain; set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Season steak with salt and pepper. Cook (in batches if necessary), turning once, until medium-rare, 2 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer steak to a cutting board, and loosely tent with aluminum foil (reserve skillet with juices).

Add snow peas to skillet, and toss with juices. Cook on medium-high heat, tossing occasionally, until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add noodles, soy sauce, and 2 tablespoons water; cook until warmed through, about 20 seconds. Transfer to serving bowls. Slice steak; place on top of noodles, and add any accumulated juices. Scatter with peanuts, and serve.

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Peanuts (unsalted)
Bananas
Strawberries
Blackberries
Beetroot
Cabbage
Cucumbers
Kale
Tomatoes
Low fat or nonfat milk
Quaker Oats Cereal
Cheerios (Whole Grain)
100% Whole wheat bread
Flaxseed Oil
Coconut Water
Carrots
Broccoli
Potatoes
Zucchini
Mushrooms
Feta Cheese
Free Range Eggs

Not a bad breakfast if I do say so myself. Peanut Butter and Banana Ice Cream Cake ❤️

Base requires

3 Medjool dates
1/3 cup of cashews (or any other nut your have on hand).

Process that in a food processor or blender and then press onto the bottom of a mini spring form pan and place in freezer.

For the Ice Cream blend together
1 1/2 Frozen Bananas
1 tbs Peanut Butter (unsalted, unsweetened natural)
1 tbs Organic Honey
¼ cup of Greek Yogurt
¼ cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk
dash of cinnamon for good measure

Blend until smooth and pour overtop of the base and freeze overnight. Let it thaw for a few minutes before you top with 1 tbs of peanut butter and berries 👍

somewhatoften  asked:

Hello! I was hoping you may be able to give me some tips on how to get on the good side of my local crows. I absolutely adore corvids, and it would be fun to see them more often. Is there something I could do, or foods that would be safe to leave out? If you think this would be a bad idea, I'll leave them be and continue to enjoy the occasional sighting. Thanks!

I’m all for people having local crow buddies and building positive relationships with them.

The best way to get on their good side is through their stomach.  Unsalted peanuts in-shell work wonders (i.e. crow crack).  The best thing you can do is put out peanuts consistently and don’t look directly at the birds when you do so (at least initially).  Be conspicuous about you being the one to drop the food, but do not throw the food toward the crows or look at them initially, but do make sure they are in the area.  Then, go back inside.  It may take them no time at all to come to your food, or it may take them a while before they trust it.  Crows are very neophobic and suspicious.  (I suspect if you live in an area with high traffic or restaurants nearby, they will take less time to come to your offering than if you live in a quiet, low-traffic suburban area.)

Over time they will get more comfortable with you and start to expect food from you, and from there, you can build a bond of trust.  The big thing is not startling them once you put the food out.  Eventually you can look at them, be outside when they come down, and in some cases, they might just perch nearby while you are hanging out in your yard.  Other foods that are great for them are things like dog and cat food (high protein) and even cooked eggs and egg shells (especially during the spring).  Cheetos and cheezits also tend to be a favorite, though I can’t say much about their health value.

A word of caution: You may alter social dynamics.  Neighbor crows may get wind of what you are doing and challenge the family that normally occupies your yard.  If you provide too much food, your home may become a communal site, and the number of crows can get out of control.  Use your best judgement and I recommend just feeding a particular amount on a schedule and maybe supplementing them as you see them, to build your relationship.  Another thing to keep in mind is the dynamics with your neighbors.  Most people are fine with occasional feedings, but sometimes neighbors get upset if too many crows hang around for too long.  Be mindful of your neighbors, and better yet, as you build your relationship with the crows think about educating your neighbors and getting them interested in your new buddies too.

Hope this helps!

anonymous asked:

A group of crows has started spending time in my neighborhood, any tips for befriending them?

I really should just make a single post about crows and reference people to it cause I get these a lot.

Crows love peanuts. Get some unsalted peanuts in the shell and carry them around with you until you see them. Make some sort of sound as you toss peanuts TOWARDS their area not AT them because no one likes to have things thrown at them. Eventually they will associate the sound with snacks and the sound with you as the snack giver. be patient, they are wild animals and are not to be tamed. You can talk to them, tell them secrets, ask them questions, get to know their sounds. What’s an alarm? What’s a greeting? Observe them. Do they frequent a certain tree? Can you find distinctions between them? It takes time, good luck!