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Trikala Greek Yogurt – My Power Breakfast For One

April 28, 2013


Morning Sustainability…


Greek Yogurt or Goat’s Milk Yogurt, ensure it’s plain, topped with fresh berries, unpasteurized local honey, organic local walnuts and/or granola. So healthy with the added benefits of protein and active probiotic cultures. Plain Greek yogurt is available almost everywhere now.

Greek Yogurt with Berries, Local Walnuts and Unpasteurized Honey!

I’m one of those guys who would eat a full breakfast daily and still feel low energy during morning meetings and workouts. Maybe it was what I was eating? My breakfasts varied from cereals to breakfast sandwiches and muffins which food corporations advertised as “power breakfast”, “energy nutrition”, “sunshine in a meal”. It took a while for me to realize the food companies were lying. What I was really eating was sugar and gmo corn.

It’s unfortunate that most food corporations and fast food brands spend more money on advertising and marketing than food quality. Many breakfast cereals are made of chemicals, sugar and gmo corn, disguised to taste like good food. Fast food breakfast sandwiches are made from gmo soybeans and processed meats and cheeses from gmo corn-fed animals, how unhealthy.

I started to look beyond the marketing and more at the foods I was eating and asked myself; would I trust a corporation to make my food over an individual? The answer was no. I immediately thought of my Yiayia (grandmother) and the traditional breakfasts I ate in my teens. At that moment I craved homemade Trikala Greek Yogurt.

No Added Sugar!

Natural energy with no added sugar, my power breakfast for one, getting me through to lunch.

Serving: 1 • Time: 2 minutes

Medieval Fort at Trikala Thessaly, Greece

Medieval Fort at Trikala Thessaly, Greece

  • 6 oz. plain Greek yogurt or Goat’s Milk Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey (preferably local and unpasteurized)
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries
  • 1 tbsp (.25 oz) smashed local organic walnuts or local granola

Place yogurt in a dish, top with berries, walnuts and honey. Substituting walnuts with granola would taste great too.

A traditional recipe from Trikala

There’s nothing new about Greek Yogurt. In my early years I would spend some of my summer vacations in the old country visiting my Yiayia. Every morning I’d wake up to fresh Trikala Greek Yogurt as I would call it with fresh fruit, walnuts and honey. The true power breakfast of champions. ^

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Heritage Farm Life – Calves and Pigs and Turkeys…

November 14, 2012


Back on the farm the miracle of autumn is spectacular…

The crisp cold air, exploding colours everywhere, the harvesting of our own food, the playfulness of the animals and the smell of the soil underfoot.

The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life. – Wendell Berry


“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ―  Masanobu Fukuoka

7:00am dark outside, Murray’s Farm, Cambridge, Ontario “Pigs need a feeding, Turkeys need a watering, Eggs need collecting…” 

I prefer to leave the city and spend time on this farm whenever we can. Doing chores from morning to night, experiencing a true heritage farm lifestyle. As I wrote in one of my previous posts “farm life is hard work yet there’s something essential about growing your own food. Getting back into rhythm with the earth and animals that sustain you.”

Why do I love spending time on a farm?  I love to watch and nurture the crops & plants. I love to live in the presence of the animals. I love working outdoors. I love watching the weather. I love the independence that farm life provides.

Support Your Local Farmers…

Food performance surveys show that a majority of food shoppers are willing to pay more for food grown locally on small family farms. Follow that up with consumer buying habits and we will change the tradition of farming in North America.

Don’t Eat Anything Your Grandmother Would Not Recognize As Food!  

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The Wizard of Oz of US Politics 2012

November 4, 2012


Here’s a fun and interesting look at the parallels between US politics in 2012 and the 1939 MGM fantasy film The Wizard of Oz. In the film, Dorothy (representing the American Every-Citizen) has been separated from her familiar homeland and needs a Wizard’s help in restoring her to her unchanging Kansas. During her journey she meets three candidates who might help her:

1. A Scarecrow in need of a brain.  2. A Tin Man seeking a heart.  3. A Cowardly Lion lacking courage.

These three candidates have striking similarities to Presidents past, present, and possibly future…

1. George W. Bush, proudly anti-intellectual, but seeking respect.  2. Barack Obama, seemingly lacking the courage of his convictions.  3. Mitt Romney, heartless chopper of deadwood.

In L. Frank Baum’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the brainless, gutless, and emotionally challenged trio often demonstrate the opposite characteristics. Scarecrow uses his head, Lion often roars, and Tin Man shows compassion. At one point the Lion even envies the Tin Man: “Perhaps, if I had no heart I should not be a coward.”

There is something familiar and timeless here. History is replete with examples of persons who acquire knowledge, timid souls who take bold action, and callous persons who become sensitive. That the Scarecrow, the Lion and the Tin Man are strikingly appropriate figures for the early 21st century is just coincidence.

The Wizard turns out to be an elderly man from the Midwest who got to Oz in a circus balloon. He has presided over the land for many years by smoke and mirrors and has fooled everyone into thinking he saved the country. He is charming and uses his genial disposition to convince Dorothy’s companions that he has given them the qualities they seek. Finally, however, he confesses to being just a clever salesman, a “humbug”.

The Wizard is a humbug, providing the model for Ronald Reagan, whom the current trio of chief executives and would-be chiefs frequently cite as their inspiration for policy and governance. President Reagan, salesman for General Electric, Van Heusen shirts, Chesterfield cigarettes, and the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), is as amiable a wizard as anyone would want to save the emerald city from wicked witches, flying monkeys, and “other terrorists”. Like Dorothy, we’ll all follow the Yellow Brick Road to the voting booth, work our magic behind the curtain, and hope for a transformation of our favourite character.

Not to forget The Wicked Witch of The West…lets just say she represents the Evils of Government and Big Business. She scared me as a child and now more then ever she still does!

Adapted by John Zeus. Original Source:  Bernard Mergen: Wizard of Oz politics  – Op-Ed Commentaries – The Charleston Gazette – West Virginia News and Sports –.

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The Heritage Farm & Sustainable Living – Experiencing A Way Of Life

September 29, 2012


Cambridge, Ontario. “Doing my chores from seven in the morning until seven at night”.

Experiencing the life of a farmer at my friend’s heritage farm. Sustainable living and ethical farming is hard work. Yet there’s something essential about growing your own food. Getting back into rhythm with the earth and animals that sustain you.

Adopt food sustainability as a lifestyle. Grow your own urban vegetable garden. Eat whole, raw and natural foods. Reduce your consumption of fast and overly processed foods. It you’re on a plant and animal diet source out free range, pasture raised/grain fed meats from your local farmers.

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Taking it globally, hunger-relief organizations provide assistance not in the form of cans of food, but in technology, education and programs that teach sustainable farming.

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Sustainable Farm Life – Mama & Piggies on Walkabout Video

June 15, 2012


YouTube Description: Murray’s Farm aka. “Grey Gardens” – 5:00pm EDT. June 10, 2012 || Cambridge, Ontario area. Self shot by John Zeus

This is my first farm video.  Another way to share experiences at the heritage farm. Videos and photography are a hobby and I’m strictly an amateur. Hope you enjoy the clip. Thanks for visiting my site.

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Where in the world is this?

April 11, 2012


Can you guess the continent or city of this Starbucks location?

Where in the world is this?

Photographer/Author: John Zeus 2012.

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The Farm – Heritage Chicken Breeds

March 20, 2012


A February morning, Cambridge Ontario, Canada | Murray’s Farm: Heritage breeds of chickens.

On a cold wintry day I took these photos while collecting farm fresh eggs in the hen house.

Heritage breeds are some of the breeds of chicken that have neared extinction due to commercial farming which does not favour their characteristics. Commercial chickens are very far away from natural. These Heritage chickens are wonderfully natural and interesting to look at. Lack of demand has led to dangerously low numbers due to lack of breeding. Over the years, North Americans have moved from family flocks to commercial poultry. The convenience factor has resulted in many chicken breeds nearing extinction.

Extinction of a breed would mean the irrevocable loss of the genetic resources and options it embodies.

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There is a need to ensure the future of agriculture through the genetic conservation and promotion of endangered breeds of livestock and poultry. – John Zeus

Additional photos of breeds taken late summer.

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The Farm – Sustainable Living

February 13, 2012


9:00am, Monday February 13, 2012. Farm, Cambridge Ontario. I took this photo this morning while collecting eggs in the hen house. I’m back in the city now after spending the weekend at my friend’s farm. I got some great shots while doing the chores. I’ll post the rest of the album later in the week, ‘Winter at the farm’.

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