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Not really. I have an inflammation of the inner ear, and it just FEELS like I’m aboard a ship sometimes. If I had some of those eyeglasses with the faceted lenses, I could sail this boat right back to the 60’s. Whoa, man, far out!
Had a great time at the Friends of Harrison County Book Box and OF COURSE bought some books: Alexander McCall Smith’s MIRACLE AT SPEEDY MOTORS, Ruth Benedict’s THE CHRYSANTHEMUM AND THE SWORD: PATTERNS OF JAPANESE CULTURE, Barbara Michaels’ OTHER WORLDS, BASIC CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH (with instructions on HOW physically to pronounce the sounds and diagrams of inflections) and a magazine called SPEED COOKING. The magazine has pictures of way cool kitchen gadgets I MUST HAVE, like a rolling pin designed to roll, shape, and cut lasagna all in one roll. AWESOME!
Speaking of quick and easy cooking (my favorite kind–if I’M the one doing it), I made this pretty salad the other night:
This was bok choy, Romaine lettuce, sesame seeds and carrots cut into flowers. You do that by cutting wedges out of the sides of whole carrots, then slicing as usual. We had this with blue cheese dressing, and it was very juicy and crunchy and tasty.
Lots of friends came into the Book Box today–Margaret Harris’ youngest daughter, Jeannine, my husband and lots of people we didn’t know but were very pleasant. Carolyn B and Pancho took over for us, and I got to try out my Spanish on Pancho. He said, “Muy bueno!” so I left happy.
We stopped by Amazing Glaze, a donut shop that just opened in Corydon. We got a lemon-filled, a cream-filled and a CUSTARD-FILLED, which is another way to say HEAVEN. We’ll have them with our tea tonight while we’re watching Monk on DVD.
Well, the ship is tossing, and I need to lie down before I do, too. Ya-har, maties!
Writing prompt: You go to sleep and wake up aboard a pirate ship. Is it realistic or silly? What kind of donuts do the pirates like?
We went to the Community Unity Christmas party and I took Alu Mattar. This is the dish I posted about where I started with making ghee, then grated the ginger and garlic to make the curry…. I’m not usually so painstaking; I can’t think what got into me.
Anyway, here’s the recipe, and it’s really quite easy. It must be, or I wouldn’t have made it.
Curried Potatoes and Peas (Alu Mattar)
1/4 cup (60 ml) ghee (see recipe below)
1 Tbs (15 ml) finely chopped fresh ginger
1 Tbs (15 ml) finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup (125 ml) finely chopped onion or shallots
Salt to taste
1 tsp (5 ml) ground cumin
1/2 tsp (2 ml) turmeric
1/4 tsp (1 ml) cayenne pepper, or to taste
3 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
2 10-ounce (280 g each) packages frozen green peas
1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch (1 cm) cubes
1 cup (250 ml) water
3 Tbs (45 ml) finely chopped cilantro (coriander leaves)
1/2 tsp (2 ml) garam masala (see recipe below)
Heat the ghee in a heavy pot over moderate heat until it is very hot.
Add the ginger and garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the onion and
salt and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft and golden
brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in the cumin, turmeric, and cayenne,
followed by the tomatoes. Cook, stirring frequently, until most of
the liquid has evaporated and the mixture forms a thick paste, about 5
minutes. Add the peas and tomatoes and stir to coat them with the
tomato mixture. Stir in the water and bring to a boil, stirring
frequently. Reduce the heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes, until
the potatoes are tender. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and garam
masala and serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.
Our dear friend Jackie was there. She’s undergoing chemo and all her hair has fallen out, so she brought a bag of Christmas bows and invited us to give her some holiday hair. Here she is, all festived up.
LOVE YOU, JACKIE!!
Then, on Friday, I went to lunch in Louisville. We were going to Bourbon’s Bistro, but they’re only open for dinner, so boo-hoo for us. We went to Crave, instead, which we LOVE anyway.
They have the BEST home made soups and sandwiches! Jane got a cheesy broccoli soup and a Creole sandwich called something like Bamm, I’m Good. I got cream of chicken and rice soup and a veggie sandwich–just a few raw vegetables on sourdough bread with Benedictine spread, but it was SO GOOD! This is on Frankfort Avenue, across the street from Bourbon’s, Java Brewing coffee shop and my beloved Irish Rover.
While we were waiting to cross the street, I met these ladies who claim they were doing a tree survey. If you ask me, they were casing the joints, but they say they were surveying trees. huh! I’ve never had a tree answer so much as ONE QUESTION I’ve ever asked, and they want me to believe they’re getting trees to take whole surveys? I don’t think so.
Anyway, on Saturday, Mom and I worked the Friends of the Library Book Box book sale and then Southern Indiana Writers had a book signing. Most members were sick and only three of us showed up, but we had a great time, as always, and sold some books. Here are Jeannine Baumgartle, Joy Brown Kirchgessner, self and The Mysterious Mr. B, who said, “You’re not going to put this on the internet or anything, are you?” I assured him I was, but you never know when somebody might be on the lam, so I blurred his face for his own protection. Of course, it might just be that he didn’t want to be seen in our company…. Nah!
Writing prompt: What questions would you ask a tree?
I have no idea if that’s right or not. I’ve been listening to RUSH HOUR SPANISH, trying to pick up enough to give my new El Salvadoran sister-in-law some comfort and companionship, and the title of this post is supposed to mean, “no time to breathe”.
That’s today–and I don’t know the Spanish for “running sideways to keep from flying.”
Mom and I are working in The Book Box, the Friends of Harrison County Library book sale building, from 9-12. From 1-4, the Southern Indiana Writers and I have a signing at the library. From 7 to ?, there’s a FREE Lorinda Jones concert at the Presbyterian Church to benefit Community Services. There’s a Move On meeting in there, somewhere, but I have to pee sometime.
Writing Prompt: concoct a busy day for your least favorite character of your own or of somebody else’s. TV characters count.