Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Panang Curry

Place 2 cans of coconut milk, 2 vegetable boullion cubes, a chopped onion, cubed sweet potato, lots of garlic, a generous scoop of panang curry paste, 1 package of tofu that has been cubed and fried until crisp, and a couple of handfuls of any vegetables you have in your fridge. Kale and any greens work well, eggplant, summer squash, etc.. Broccoli tastes really good in this as well, but you might want to steam it first and then add it when you are ready to eat, so you have nice, crisp broccoli. Add 2 tablespoons of Sucanat (or your preferred sweetener). Let simmer on low while you are at work. Add tamari to taste, and serve over brown rice.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fairy Story

Once there was an old woman and she lived, quite alone, in her little cottage.

One day, she awakened and decided it was time to clean her house. Off to the kitchen she went, and started doing the dishes. Soon, however, she began to grumble and complain, saying: “work, work, work, ohhh how I hate it.”

So she went into her bedroom and started fluffing and smoothing the bedcovers. Soon, however, she began to grumble and complain, saying: “Work, work, work, ohhhh how I hate it”

So she went to gather her broom and dustpan to sweep her floors. Soon, however, she began to grumble and complain: “Work, work, work, ohhhh how I hate it.”

The old woman then sat down and set to work on her knitting. Even THAT caused her to grumble and complain: “Work, work, work, ohhhh how I hate it. I wish I would never have to work again!!!!”

No sooner had those words flown from her lips than a knock came at the door. (rap rap rap)

The old woman rose from her chair and went to the door. She heard a voice from the other side say, “Open the door, old woman,open the door! If you'll only let me in, you'll work no more!”

Of course, the old woman found this impossible to resist and she opened the door. In bustled an old woman even older than the old woman herself. She bustled right past the old woman of the cottage and set to work, cleaning dishes.

And just then, another knock came at the door. (rap rap rap)

The old woman rose from her chair and went to the door. She heard a voice from the other side say, “Open the door, old woman,open the door! If you'll only let me in, you'll work no more!”

Of course, the old woman found this impossible to resist and she opened the door. In bustled an old woman even older than the old woman herself. She bustled right past the old woman of the cottage and set to work, fluffing and smoothing the bedcovers.

And just then, another knock came at the door. (rap rap rap)

The old woman rose from her chair and went to the door. She heard a voice from the other side say, “Open the door, old woman,open the door! If you'll only let me in, you'll work no more!”

Of course, the old woman found this impossible to resist and she opened the door. In bustled an old woman even older than the old woman herself. She bustled right past the old woman of the cottage and set to work, sweeping the floor.

And yet again, a knock came at the door. (rap rap rap)

The old woman rose from her chair and went to the door. She heard a voice from the other side say, “Open the door, old woman, open the door! If you'll only let me in, you'll work no more!”

Of course, the old woman found this impossible to resist and she opened the door. In bustled an old woman even older than the old woman herself. She bustled right past the old woman of the cottage and set to work, knitting away.

The old woman sat down, quite happy to watch the woman working. Boy, were they thorough! And they took so long. Soon the old woman became bored, and started to get up to help. Just then, the old women stopped. The old woman of the cottage was relieved and got ready to say her thank-yous and goodbyes. But one of those old women clapped her hands in the air, and they switched jobs, and started over from the very beginning. The old woman of the cottage went to the sink to help with the dishes, but the old woman strongly pushed her back into her chair, saying, “Oh no! You'll work no more!”

She went to help fluff the bedcovers, but the old woman there strongly pushed her back into her chair, saying, “Oh no! You'll work no more!”

She tried to help with the sweeping. The little old woman pushed her back into her chair again, saying, “Oh no! You'll work no more!”

And even the woman who was knitting would not let her help.

The old woman of the cottage was by now not only bored, but angry, so she set off to town with a hop, skip, and a jump to consult the town wise man.

The town wise man listened patiently as the old woman threw up her hands in exasperation and explained the situation. He nodded his head wisely and asked, “Did you let them in after you made your wish?” The old woman said, “Yes, I did indeed.”

The wise man sighed and said, “You have invited fairies in. You will never be rid of them. Here is what you must do.” And he whispered into her ear his instructions.

The old woman went back home with a hop, skip, and a jump, and she snuck in quietly through the front door. She looked into her house, and the fairies were still working away, as if she had never left. So, she opened the front door, cupped her hand around her mouth, and shouted, “The hill is on fire!!!”

The fairies stopped what they were doing and left in a rush, for the hill is where their children were kept while they worked.

The old woman wasted no time while the fairies were away, for she knew they would be back and she had to break their magic. She turned the broom upside down. She unraveled the knitting and took out the needles. She knotted the bedcovers. She placed all the dishes upside down in the sink. Soon, she heard a knock at the door. (rap rap rap)

“Open the door, old woman,open the door! If you'll only let me in, you'll work no more!”

The old woman stood silently, arms crossed.

Again: (rap rap rap)

“Open the door, old woman,open the door! If you'll only let me in, you'll work no more!”

The old woman stood silently, arms crossed.

The fairies called, “Broom! Come open the door now!” The broom replied, “I cannot movefor I am upside down!”

“Then dishes! Come open the door now!” The dishes replied, “We are upside down and can hardly move!”

“Bedcovers! Let us in! Open the door now!” The bedcovers replied, “We are in knots and can't move!”

“Knitting! Let us in now!” The knitting replied, “ We cannot find our needles and we are all unraveled.”

With a “harumph!” the fairies said something that sounded like “Now you will just have to work!” and tripped away, back to their hill.

The old woman smiled and set about putting her house in order. She tidied her dishes, fluffed her bedcovers and smoothed them just so, swept her floor and swept the dust out the front door, and then sat down to patiently untangle and set her knitting right. As she placed the yarn on the needles, she was humming and rocking, and then she started to say to herself....”Work, work, work, oooooohhhhhh....

HOW I LOVE IT!”


Monday, August 27, 2007

Breakfast Rice

Put brown rice in a crock pot in a 1/3 ratio with water. (2 cups rice, 6 cups water, for example)
Leave on low overnight to cook (8 hours is a good time)
In the morning, serve topped with walnuts, butter, cranberries, cinnamon....anything you would top oatmeal with.
(I am not completely certain of the water ratio. You may have to play with it a bit...but at some point the rice becomes soupy and sticky and incredibly delicious)