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Lentils and Rice

I like to share cooking experiences because I feel that healthy eating is important and also I like to encourage creativity and self-reliance.  Today’s lentils and rice turned out so good, I presume due to the combination of ingredients, that I want to write out how I did it before I forget.

I splashed some olive oil into a pan, prepared a nice sized onion, half of it I sliced thinly and sautéed in the oil, the other half I stuck with two whole cloves and then added.  I put in some garlic, de-germed, about 4 cloves.  I weighed out 150 grams of lentils and put them in the pot, just covering with water.  Then I prepared two carrots, cutting them into bite-size chunks and added them. There were some tomatoes hanging around which I chopped rather small, about maybe 1 ½ -2 cups, and added.  I put in  approximately  a teaspoon each of salt, turmeric, ground cumin, what was left of the old package of paprika (about 2 teaspoons), some pepper, 4 or 5 one-inch sprigs of savory (sarriette, satureja montana).  This was brought to a boil, then covered and simmered for about 40 minutes.  A little more water was needed.  I started the whole grain rice before the lentils and all was ready at the same time.

Of course I will never have the same combination of tomatoes again, there were some plum type and a Noire de Crimée and a couple of other small ones, and I don’t often finish a package of paprika, but I hope to be able to do something close again in the future—maybe you will be inspired to try this also.  Hey, it’s cheap!

Picture Perfect: Wet

Wet—that’s easy enough, everything is all wet with the rain we have been having.  Dry, withered, arid, evoke death, failure to thrive, whereas water brings a green countryside, juicy fruit and plump vegetables.

There is another kind of water of which our parched souls are in desperate need.

“The Water That the soul like a sail glides along on does not come from the sky above you, It comes from Heaven That is My Dwelling.  The Sea That is found on the Heights where you are to lead My People, those who will choose to follow you along the goat paths, has a nature unknown to man.
The Water That I spread in front of those who ask Me for It to launch their ships onto It, is not the water which men drink in inns, not the water with which trees are watered, which I do not bless because the murderer washes his dagger in it, the prostitute washes in it.”

The Revelation of Arès 20/4-5

For more entries on the theme of wet, go to:  Picture Perfect

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.