Friday, July 11, 2014

Crowned trout and our caste-less society


crowned trout | PHOTO CREDIT: P-G Matuszak
crowned trout | PHOTO CREDIT: P-G Matuszak

Crowned trout and our caste-less society are both seemingly complex in design, but surprisingly simple.

Trout is a red fish. Its meat is pink in color, similar to Atlantic salmon. In comparison, yellow-fin tuna and Pacific salmon are a deeper red. But the former both contain many of the same benefits.

Though many who support greater government intervention in our lives push platforms of increased “benefits” or entitlements, they really are not giving any. In most cases, we already have access to those benefits. We just have to work and achieve them for ourselves. The narrative surrounding the providing of those “benefits” really mean an unconstitutional push to further infringe upon liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Since they “provide” them to you, they have the authority to control them, taking the liberty to do so out of the hands of private citizens.

Crowned Trout

Ingredients (per serving):

Trout filet – 6 oz
Raw almonds – 1 oz.
Raw cashews – 1 oz.
Shredded coconut – 1 tbsp
Cantaloupe (or mango) – 1 oz.
Dill – 1/2 tspn
Honey (or molasses) – 1/2 tbsp
bacon, chopped  – 1/2 oz (approx 1 slice)
Cayenne (or chipotle) powder – dash (to taste)
Nutritional quick facts: Approximately 45g protein, 12g carbohydrate, 925mg Omega-3, 5600mg Omega-6,

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees (Fahrenheit).
crowned trout | PHOTO CREDIT: P-G Matuszak
crowned trout | PHOTO CREDIT: P-G Matuszak

Place trout filet in a glass baking pan, skin side down. (Note this recipe also works well with salmon). Drizzle the honey (or molasses) along the filet. Use your clean fingers to spread the honey evenly along the fish. (The example pictured used a chipotle infused killer bee honey from Ariz.). Lightly dust the fish with your cayenne (or chipotle) poweder. (The example pictured used cayenne). Set aside to allow honey and pepper to infuse the fish for a few minutes.

crowned trout | PHOTO CREDIT: P-G Matuszak
crowned trout | PHOTO CREDIT: P-G Matuszak

Put the nuts, cantaloupe, dill, and coconut into your food processor. Chop the ingredients together until it has the consistency of a rather chunky peanut butter. Using a spatula (or your clean hands), spread the mixture on top of the trout. Top with chopped bacon. Bake at 425 for 30-40 minutes, until the bacon is medium-well and the fish appears flaky.

crowned trout | PHOTO CREDIT: P-G Matuszak
crowned trout | PHOTO CREDIT: P-G Matuszak

Healthy Benefits

The combination of bacon, nuts, and fish provide about 45g of protein. This main course is low in carbohydrates. Recent studies indicate protein intake should be about twice carbohydrate intake. For an average sized woman, a daily intake of 120-140 grams of protein is ideal, while non-fiber carbohydrates should be within the 40-60 gram range.

This recipe is high in Omega-3s. Overall, it is low in trans-fatty acids that generate plaque that builds up in arteries, creates white matter in the brain, and causes inflammation. Healthy sides such as kale, spinach, or peas can provide antioxidants to help reduce those free-radicals that create that plaque.

We are a caste-less society

The preamble to the US Constitution contains the phrase “…secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity”. The “liberty” mentioned includes, but is not restricted to, the natural rights described by John Locke and enumerated by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. Those are:  life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The pursuit of happiness was the euphemism of the day for property and accomplishment/success. The “property” was real (as in land), physical (as in your possessions), monetary (your cash), and intellectual (copyrights, patents, etc.).

Madison, though often in contention with Jefferson on the concepts of federalism, saw a need to preserve those vital rights for those who fought so hard to liberate them from the crown’s tyranny. Furthermore, Madison saw it as a waste of all achieved if it could not be passed down to future generations. Those future generations also needed the freedom to pass along those rights to their progeny. But it isn’t just the freedom to achieve on one’s own. Also, Madison saw the need to be able to pass along those “blessings” acquired because of those rights. That means a parent has the freedom to pass along the family’s acquired wealth to the next generation. We work towards filling our own needs, desires, and luxuries. We, as parents, do so to provide a better start for our children. It is human nature to want our kids to have a chance at a better life.
The US Constitution forbids the establishment of class and title (nobility). These cannot be granted nor can they be inherited in our country. There is no class of serfs and servants. There are no nobles. There are those who wish there were and want  the “lower class” to feel trapped. Furthermore, they want that “lower class” to feel they need benevolent oligarchs to provide them with what they do not have. Hard work and effort could provide them. But here is a promise to take from those who earned, through taxation, to “give” to those “lesser people”, thus enslaving them.
No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.
There is nothing in our society that prevents upward mobility. The government cannot bequeath class upon anyone. The only person who dictates a citizen’s socioeconomic standing is that citizen. The restrictions in place are, in reality, those that individuals create for themselves. The narrative pushes the myth that some hidden nobility is keeping people down or lifting them up.  It isn’t. Who didn’t pay attention in school? Who decided to skip school to take (or sell) drugs? Who decided to be promiscuous and get pregnant as a teen? Who decided to be promiscuous and risk impregnating a girl with a child he was not ready to father? Who blew his after-school job wages on entertainment instead of saving up for college or a vocational school? Who told you it was fine to do so because “Uncle Sugar” will take care of it? It isn’t Uncle Sugar’s job. Just as it was your decision and now your responsibility. Your present is your own doing and future is in your hands. Steve Jobs started his business in a garage. Chris Gardner was a homeless, single parent. Both worked hard and achieved. Neither was “born rich” or had their successes handed to them through some government handout system.

What many fail to recognize is this plan to create a caste system. Whoever puts the food on your table and the roof over your head is your master. If that is you (individually or as a family), you are free. If it is the government, through subsidies, then you are enabling yourself to be a serf, dependent upon your government masters.

We are not a caste society. Your “blessings of liberty” are the fruits of your labors. Your children’s “better future” starts with what you earn and achieve to pass along to them. Start with a work ethic, morals, values, and personal responsibility. Continue through “securing the blessings of liberty…”.

Disclaimer: The author is not a medical doctor nor a currently registered dietitian. The information provided in this article is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to be interpreted as medical, nutritional or health advice. Please seek the advice of an expert before starting any new diet or exercise program.