Right in downtown near Metro Consolaçao off Avenida Paulista, the blender got delivered. Before dropping it at Claudia’s work in the late afternoon, we had a little break to grab a Maracuya and Papaya smoothie to charge our batteries. Claudia, the recipient, was very pleased and surprised with her parcel as glass blenders aren’t common in Brazil. Here are some shots of the glass blender, her and me.
We all know how difficult it is to eat the recommended daily intake of 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day! Personally, I felt I needed more energy, so when I met a raw vegan friend, I started drinking green smoothies to see if that would help. I also began to learn more about the body’s need for deep coloured vegetables. Dandelion leaves are the most potent deep-coloured vegetable I came across. So I started making my green smoothies with dandelion. The recipe below is an acquired taste, but I just learned you can add more pineapple or banana to remove the bitterness of the dandelion.
A little more about dandelion leaves… It is one of the highest sources of calcium and iron. Just one cup of chopped dandelion has 10% of the recommended daily value of calcium! If you increase your recipe to include 2 or 3 cups of dandelion and add calcium-rich fruits like papaya, figs, kiwi or oranges, then you’ll get more calcium than any dairy product! If you add fresh parsley you’ll increase the iron content. Dandelion is high in vitamin C, which helps absorb iron ~ so it’s perfect combo if you add parsley! Also, it is high in vitamin A (beta-carotene), which counteracts the damaging effects of oxidation in tissue. Dandelion is said to help cleanse the liver. Besides calcium and iron, dandelions are a great source of copper, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, B1, B2, B6, E and even K! Now that’s a vitamin-rich plant! To top that off, I just found out that dandelions are 14% protein and offer the complete protein chain of essential amino acids! Overall, dandelion greens may help reduce risk of cancer, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and assist with inflammatory diseases such asthma. Who ever said dandelion is just a weed? I love this plant!
3 cups of dandelion
2 cups of pineapple
1 cup of parsley
1 cup of water
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
A diagram for a set of possibilities
Spelled in both English and Portuguese a line was drawn connecting the space between each of the letters in sequence using different colours for each language.
Notice the trajectories they trace, the linguistic coincidences and divergences, the shapes formed by their intersections.
Conceptualized by Francisco Fernando-Granados.
Score by Francesco Gagliardi.