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Mackerel asparagus loaf with Apple peanut cookie:
3 ounces asparagus 
1 ounce canned mackerel 
2 tablespoons (.4 ounces) flax meal
  or 1 tablespoon flax seed 
1 tablespoon fine ground wheat bran
   (exceeding about 4 tablespoons bran
  in a 24 hour period may cause diarrhea)1 teaspoon red bean powder
  or 1 teaspoon of any other similar bean powder
1 eighth cup non roasted sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon canola oil
1 pinch salt
Pate:
1 tablespoon whole corn flour
1 quarter cup non roasted blanched skinless or in the skins peanuts    
1 tablespoon wheat bran
2 pinches salt
1/8 cup 50 per cent oil non roasted sunflower seed butter
  or 1 eighth cup tahini
1 teaspoon dried carrot powder
2 teaspooons sugar
1 tablespoon raisins
  or 1/3 ounce prune, 1/3 large prune or 1 small 
  prune 
  1 teaspoon raisins, 1 teaspoon prune
  or 1 ounce apple, chopped into 1 half inch pieces (this trial)
Put 1/4 cup peanuts and 1/2 cup water into a tall mug.

Heat uncovered, in microwave oven for until boiling, (about 1 minute 15 seconds for a 1000 watt oven), then heat 4 minutes on low (15 percent power).

Dump the peanuts into a strainer to remove the water.

Rinse the peanuts by placing in cold water and strain again.

Cut 3 ounces asparagus into 1/2 inch pieces.

In a smoothie maker or small blender, process the asparagus, 1 eighth cup non roasted sunflower seeds, and 2 tablespoons water until smooth.

Add 1 ounce mackerel and process into a smooth slurry (about 1 minute). If necessary, grab the smoothie maker firmly with both hands and bob it up and down vigorously until flow starts.

Put the asparagus/mackerel slurry in a mixing bowl.

Add 2 tablespoons flax meal, 1 tablespoon wheat bran, 1 teaspoon bean powder, 1 teaspoon oil, and 1 pinch salt and mix.

Spread 3/8 inch thick on a plate, form into a flattened donut shape with a 2 inch hole at the center to encourage even heating, or use a 7 inch plate with microwaveable shot glass at center to hold the hole open.

Heat 5 minutes 45 seconds in a 1000 watt microwave oven or if using a 600 watt oven, heat 9 minutes 35 seconds. --------------------------------
Math:
Add 5 seconds for microwave oven to begin heating.
Plus 20 seconds to heat dish.
To heat to boiling: 6.3 ounces ounces X 20 equals 126 seconds.
Dry weight is total weight minus total water (6.3 - 4) equals 2.3 ounces.
Water to leave in is 1 fourth dry weight (.25(2.3)) equals .57 ounces.
Water to remove is total water minus water to leave in (4 - .6) equals 3.4.
To remove excess water: 46 X 3.4 ounces water equals 156 seconds.
Plus to replace heat losses to air: 156/60 minutes X 12 seconds per minute = 33 seconds plus 33/60 X 12 is a total of 39.
(assume asparagus is 90 percent water, mackerel is 30 percent water, 46 seconds heating required to remove 1 ounce water, 10 seconds heating needed to replace heat lost to air during 1 minute of boiling)
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Let the cake cool and firm further for a few minutes.

Put 1 teaspoon carrot powder into a mixing bowl.

Crush the carrot powder to remove any lumps.

Process the apple and peanuts together into a slaw.

Add to to the bowl with the carrot: the apple/peanut slaw, 1/8 cup sunflower seed butter, 1 tablespoon corn flour, 1 tablespoon wheat bran, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 2 pinches salt, mix until uniform.

Form the mixture into a ring in a 6 inch bowl and heat until boiling hot and another 20 seconds to thicken and concentrate flavor, 1 minute 30 seconds total in a 1000 watt microwave oven.

Cut the asparagus/mackerel cake loose from the plate with a knife or spatula, cut into 4 to 6 pieces, and pick up to eat.

Serve the pate in its own bowl or dish.

For a light meal add a side of 1 or two ounce serving of fresh fruit and perhaps 1/8 to 1/4 cup boiled or roasted peanuts. For a large meal add 2 to 3 ounces fruit and peanuts.

Mackerel asparagus biscuit: mild mackerel/asparagus flavors in a chewy biscuit. Peanut/apple cookie: prominent roasted flavor, a little sweet, oily, starchy, salty, and chewy.
 


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seek out the unusual, look over the wall As a person experiments with new foods, you gradually increase your enjoyment of newness itself.

You have gained in the ability to enjoy what you choose to eat. The food you have choosen is enjoyed more because it is food that you have choosen.

That is very uplifting. You have created enjoyment intellectually. Perhaps you are more able to expand the ability to similarily create pleasure in other things that you do - an especially valuable ability.