Thursday, July 08, 2010
It takes a lot to get some things through my head. Today was a case in point. I really thought that justice would prevail in the Oscar Grant trial. It didn't.
Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for shooting Oscar Grant in the back. Mehserle is a white cop and Grant was a young black man.
And now there are thousands of people in the streets, sad and angry, trying to make sense of a situation that has repeated itself too many times in this country. You would think in the Bay Area where there is such a melting pot of cultures that we could get beyond the issue of race when it comes to justice....when will it come!?
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
I've been visiting the farms in the area and getting some great deals on fresh produce!! After bringing home crates of goodies, I've started prepping and cooking up a storm...wouldn't do this except I have a deep freeze and many hungry friends and family members!!
After making some spectacular freezer jams, breads and stir fries, I decided to make a soup that I found some time ago online. Here it is:
Spiced Parsnip and Red Lentil Soup
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
2 1/2 pounds parsnips, peeled and in chunks
1 onion, peeled and quartered
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/4 cup olive oil (not extra virgin)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups red lentils
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons Maldon sea salt or 1 tablespoon table salt, or to taste.
1. In a food processor, chop parsnips, onion and garlic together until reduced to consistency of grated cheese.
2. Place a large soup pot over medium-low heat, and warm olive oil. Stir in cumin, coriander, turmeric and cinnamon. Add parsnip mixture, and stir well until coated.
3. Add lentils, lemon zest and juice and 3 quarts water. Bring to a boil, then simmer until lentils are soft and mixture is thick, about 1 hour. Season with salt. Add more water to adjust thickness of soup to taste; soup will thicken on standing. Serve hot.
Yield: 14 cups (8 servings).
It's low cal, healthy, and tastes great!! I'll serve it with the home made naan and have fresh white peaches with blueberries for dessert...keep you all posted on how people liked it!!!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Well, I'm finishing up my first week of swimming laps...rough start, but I'm starting to get used to it. I've got a system in place that's working.
I was going to keep lugging my gear on my back while working, but there is no locker room at the pool, so I am going home after work and my swimming buddy is picking me up. We have our suits on under sweats and just get ready poolside. We towel off after getting out andd slip our sweats back on and sit on garbage bags on the way home!!
I feel sore, but not injured sore...mostly in my back, neck ,and arms. My legs are pretty used to miles of walking every day, so they don't seem to have as much soreness. By next week we'll be using weights while doing laps...who knows what will come next!?
I was going to change this class from pass not pass to a grade so I would be allowed to sign up for it again, but the times it takes place during the schoolyear are during the middle of the day, so I will have to find another way to continue this exercise....just hope I can afford it!!
I am proud of myself though, I have been keeping up, swimming to the very end after having gone thirty years or more without swimming!!! And it's so beautiful at night, swimming under the stars ...kind a feel like Ariel!!!
Friday, June 18, 2010
I've taken in stray cats for over 30 years. Most recently, I adopted two brothers from an animal rescue organization., Timo and Dante. They were very spooked for some months, but now they never leave my daughter's side.
My first relationship with a dog came for me when I befriended my landlady's dog, Ailka. This little boy used to bark, growl and snap at the sight of me! Over time, he started to watch my comings and goings with interest until the day he invited himself in to see me. We've been best buddies ever since!
It was a sad day when I moved out. I had become so used to seeing Ailka waiting for me when I got off work, going for walks in the park together, or having him climb into bed with me when his mommy was out of town and he was frightened.
This week will be my first sitting job with Ailka. I've missed him so much! I'll be staying at my landlady's house for 10 days while she is out of town. There will be much celebrating to make up for our time away from each other!!!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
When I was a young girl, my mom had me take my sister Eileen with me practically everywhere I went. It made me mad that I had to take my big-mouthed little sister because she would invariably snitch on my activities with my girlfriends to my mom. This would result in me getting some pretty awful thrashings with whatever my mom could get her hands on!!
Well, one day when my sister said for the umteenth time that she was gonna tell, I decided that something had to be done. I convinced my girlfriends to help me tie Eileen to the garage door and lift it. She hung there for a few hours before my parents found her. They whipped me to within an inch of my life, while I kept hollering, "She had it coming!!!"
Eileen and I have not lived near each other in many, many years, but we still laugh over some of the antics that we engaged in during our phone conversations. When she last called, she thanked me for the birthday present I sent her...a remote garage door opener. And again, I told her how much and I loved her and she had it coming!!
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