Archive | January 2008

January 30, 2008

Feeling the need for a knitting project, I wonder should I choose a pattern and buy yarn or create something with leftovers? It seems to me that some colours are missing.

I’m testing an entrelac stitch found thanks to a participant in my crochet group who told me about

January 28, 2008

As I was awakening, I told myself to start losing a bit of weight.

OK, I replied, right after breakfast.

Noah’s Pudding

Intrigued by Umman C’s post on ashura and seeing some references to this day elsewhere, equally intriguing, I decided to look into it a bit.

All is not clear to me yet. There seem to be many traditions mixed up together, Noah, Moses, a Jewish fast adopted by Muhammad, and others.

I like thinking about Noah – he must have been quite courageous. One of the traditions says this ashura day is from when he sent out a dove and there wasn’t much left to eat in the ark, so he threw together what there was and made this pudding.

I looked at various recipes and decided to try it myself.

I soaked ½ cup whole grain wheat, ¼ cup rice, ¼ cup small white beans, and ¼ cup chick peas (garbanzo beans), each one separately, overnight. I also soaked a few whole almonds. Then I put the wheat and rice to cook, keeping covered with water, adding a pinch of salt. I cooked the beans, each kind separately and when they were soft, let them cool a bit and then popped off their skins. That was a bit time-consuming.

The recipes called for orange peel but I don’t have any, so, thinking that this is going to be sweet anyway, I put in some orange marmalade which contains orange peel, maybe 2 teaspoonsful. I added a bit of whole cinnamon. It seemed to me that Noah would not have had sugar so I used honey, about 2 tablespoonsful. I put the beans in with the rest, by now, it has been simmering for about 2 hours. I added 3 dried apricots, cut up, and 3 dates, some raisins. I popped the skins off the almonds. We had a little bit for dessert at lunch but it seemed to need a bit more cooking for the chick peas – all in all, it cooked gently for about 3 hours. My husband thought the almonds should be cooked, so I put them in with the rest for the last ½ hour.

We found it good and nourishing.

It’s not easy to be a prophet, to receive a message from God and then have to tell everyone else. They laughed (probably till they cried) at Noah, they killed Jesus, they tried to kill Muhammad. We have the blessing of a prophet alive today. Are we listening to him? The message is found in « The Revelation of Arès ».

First Crocuses

Surprise for today!

Amaryllis – January 21, 2008

Today’s view of the amaryllis is seen through a door
and reflected in the mirror of an armoire.
The second stem is producing its blooms
and the third stem is well risen.

Frivilous Fruitcake

I was tempted to make this recipe :

Frivolous Fruitcake

You’ll need ½ lb. of butter, a cup of sugar, 4 large eggs, a cup of dried fruit, 1 tsp. baking soda, one tsp. salt, lemon juice, some nuts and a bottle of whisky.

1. Taste whisky to check for quality. Take a large bowl, check whisky again to ensure it really is of the highest quality, pour one level cupful and drink, repeat. Turn on electric mixer and beat in butter. Add one teaspool of sugar and beat again. Make sure whisky is still OK, cry another tup. Break 2 legs and add to the bowl and chuck in the dried fruit. Fix on the turner. If the fruit gets stuck in the beaters, pry loose with a scewdriver. Sample whisky again to check for tonsisticity.

Next sift 2 cups of salt or something, who cares ? Check whisky. Sift lemon juice and strain your nuts, add 1 babblespoon of brown sugar or whatever colour you can find. Wix mell, grease oven. Taste whisky and turn cake from pan to 350 gredees. Don’t forget to beat off turner. Throw bowl out the window, sample whisky again and go to bed.

However, I made banana bread bread instead, restricting myself to only two shots of whisky.

Here is the recipe, from « The Blue Ribbon Cookbook » :

1 cup light brown sugar

½ cup butter

2 eggs

1 ½ cups mashed bananas

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 cups sifted flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped nuts

Cream suagr with butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating hard after each addition. Stir in bananas and lemon juice. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt ; add and mix quickly. Stir in nuts. Pour into greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour at 350° F.

I did this in a machine, putting the ingredients in the order given, but not sifting or mashing or chopping beforehand.

I didn’t need to keep testing the whisky because my husband buys me a very nice quality. My taste for whisky can probably be traced to films I saw – The Stepford Wives, and another one with Katherine Ross, I forget the name of it, but she was in the Himalayas and drank some guy under the table. I saw these in my early 20’s and didn’t know anything much about alcoholism or even that one could die from ingesting too much at once. There is a person nearby who was in the hospital in an éthylique (alcoholic) coma. He doesn’t have much brain capacity left. Oh, dear, I thought this was going to be a fun post… How about the maxim « all good things in moderation » ?

A Prayer

When I first read « The Revelation of Arès » where it says to pray this prayer three times a day and once at night, I thought, how boring ! I don’t want to repeat the same words over and over every day. Isn’t that ritualistic? Superstitious? But the Word of The Creator says to do so, and so I tried it. Incredibly, I could feel something happening within me, as if a molecule of my self was changing each time. It is similar to The Lord’s Prayer but the differences are important or He wouldn’t have given it. It is less passive, showing us more of our responsibility.

« Father of the universe

You are the only Saint

Let your Sanctity prevail over us

So that we may do Your Will

So that we may get our food

So that we can forgive and be forgiven

So that we may resist temptation and and bring down the devil

So that we may be ruled by

Your Sanctity

Your Power and

Your Light. »

The Revelation of Arès 12/4

The person to whom God spoke, Michel Potay, writes a blog. This is his latest entry, giving this prayer and what he feels when he says it :

The prayer “Father of the Universe” inscribed on ceramic tiles on a wall of the chapel in Arès.

January 12, 2008

When I sat down in front of the computer, I found a very informative article about butterflies in the rain on the screen:…

Mysteriously, as far as I could tell.

Upon enquiry, it transpired that my husband had done a google.

Amaryllis and Butterfly

The second stem of the amaryllis with its heavy bud was leaning perilously so I fabricated this fence contraption with willow from the garden as a preventive measure. There is a third stem growing also.

There was a butterfly fluttering around the kitchen today. I caught it between two strainers and put it outside. It flew to a sheltered spot under the jasmin nudiflorum which is blooming and settled on a lunaria (honesty) leaf. Maybe it had a drink of water. Maybe a bird will have it for dinner.

Yesterday and all night we had pouring rain with blustery wind. Today the showers are interspersed with sunny spells. What do butterflies do when it rains ? I have no idea. Maybe I will go see if any Yahoos know.

Wabi Sabi and Muffins

As I was reading “Wabi Sabi Simple” by Richard Powell, I got the urge to make what we Americans call English muffins. I am enjoying this book. It is a whole book to explain wabi sabi, so I certainly won’t be able to explain it here, but it has to do with the essence of life, authenticity.

I used the “Joy of Cooking” recipe, but with half of the flour being whole wheat. This is an electric griddle for making crêpes.

Here you see one fresh (meaning warm ) off the griddle with raw butter, homemade raspberry jam, accompanied by the extra-large- curd cottage cheese my husband makes for me. Mmm, mmm, good!

Bread to nourish the body, don’t forget bread to nourish the soul – The Creator’s Word.