Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tibicos Grains/mushrooms--How to make Tibicos

Have you heard of Tibicos grains/mushrooms? I checked the web and found many sites giving descriptions of these sugary grains. They are known by different names in different parts of the world. Water kefir grains, Chinese mushrooms, Tibetan mushrooms, etc. Just do a search on the web and you can read up more on this tiny thing. According to the site Wikipedia they are actually a culture of bacteria and yeast held in a polysaccharide matrix created by the bacteria Tibicos drink supposedly can cure many ailments. Some call it the 'miracle drink'. I was given a bottle of it and a container of the mushrooms. My friend told me that she used to have problems with her fingers. It was painful for her to use a pair of scissors. She consumed Tibicos for 20 days plus (still consuming) and it had helped her. Her nerves have 'loosened up'. Where I'm concerned it was one of my foot. I find it very uncomfortable wearing a pair of court shoes. Foot reflexology treatment was what I've been going for. I consumed this drink and my foot isn't that bad now. Well, it could be psychological but then, pain is something no one can hide. Check it out on the web for other testimonies. I decided to learn how to make this 'miracle' drink. Above is a picture of a bottle of the Tibicos drink.The two pictures above show the tibicos mushrooms or kefir grains. The colour varies due to the grade of pure cane sugar used to make the drink.Above pictures shows how the drink looks like with the sugar, water and grains mixed together. Leave it to stand undisturbed in a place away from sunlight. Do not use water with chlorine. Only pure cane sugar can be used for the fermentation. Picture above shows the right kind to be used. Remember it is not brown castor sugar. Mixture is ready to be sieved after 24 hours of brewing. Chill it in the refrigerator. Use only glass containers and plastic sieve. 300gms of the grains to 650ml of mineral water with 150gm of brown sugar. That is how I make my Tibicos drink. It tastes a little bit like red wine if you are wondering about the taste. If you are interested in this Tibicos, you can either email me for a container of the mushrooms/grains. The mushrooms will multiply on their own so you only need to get them once from me. You will be taught how to prepare the drink. Remember that the drink or the grains are not to be sold. They are to be passed around free. :o)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Dried black mushrooms from China 有防腐劑

[Information obtained from a forwarded email.]
It has been found that Mushrooms from China contain carbon disulfide
in them. Not sure what this chemical does if consumed and the amount
of concern.

So I googled to do a quick check out and found that carbon disulfide
is a pesticide/fungicide with acceptable/legal residue levels defined
for fresh/dried foods.

Anyway, safest is to dump the soak liquid and not use it in the cooking
process. China's regulations are questionable. This message is to
warn you against using the water you soak your mushrooms in.

Most of the mushrooms on the market are from China, and
are contaminated with chemicals (I think it is carbon disulfide,
or disulfide, (correct me if I am wrong) which are soluble in water.

You must discard the water that you soak the dried mushrooms in to
soften it.

According to Mr. L.W. Chan of the Health Department, most mushrooms
were smuggled into the country from China. The recent opening of
traffic between China and Taiwan made it difficult for the government
to control these illegal activities.

We can only suggest that we should best use Taiwanese mushrooms or
Japanese Shiitake Mushrooms.

It is advisable to soak them in water before cooking and the
water used to soak the mushrooms must be thrown away.

Mr. Chan continued to say that it is customary and a common practice
for people to cook the mushrooms with the water saved from soaking.

This habit should stop, because most fertilizers used in farming were
water soluble.

We still do not know the outcome of how the Japanese are looking at
our research but according to their tests in the past, it was known
that the mushrooms were contaminated by the fertilizer.

Mushrooms originally contained sulfur and when mixed in with
fertilizer, the carbonate test showed a 20% higher reading on carbon disulfide
which made it difficult to obtain a reliable reading on results.
Better be safe than sorry! :o)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Event for Dog Lovers - 27 November 2010

On the 27th November dogs will be socializing in BMCC (Bukit Mertajam Country Club). Come join in the fun, bring your furry friend to meet new furry friends and you too can meet up and have a doggy chit-chat with all dog lovers. This is the first time that we are having such an event in Bukit Mertajam. The social party is organized by PupzClub and Penang Animal Sanctuary Society.
Place : BMCC car park
Time : 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Date : 27 November 2010
Registration : 4:00 pm
Photo session: 4:30 pm
For further enquiry, please contact: Lisa Teow 012-4937122
Dr. Roland Lim 012-4663737
You are responsible for your own doggy poo poo, please bring their own sanitary kits. Thank you.
See you there! :o)
** Post as requested by PASS committee member.