Monday, May 17, 2010

From Soup to Nuts with Helsingborg Pictures.

Santa Clara University recently held special event for Julia Child.  Kellie and some of the students from her dormitory were lucky enough to get tickets.  Two very special prices were given out.  Kellie was chosen to receive one of those gifts, a Julia Child cookbook  entitled "The Way To Cook", she was thrilled!  I think Kellie too is going to turn out to be a real "cooker", like her Dad John, our Maria and Fredrik  as well.

When Kellie was little she would often spend time helping me cook, in Mariposa, when she came to visit. There is a recipe for Lentil and Potato Stew with Spiced Oil she especially liked to cook as she could do the entire thing all by herself practically and she actually also ate it.  The recipe is from a favorite cookbook of mine called "The Occasional Vegetarian" written by Karen Lee. We eat it often, I never get tired of it, it is easy and healthy and here is the recipe for the rest of you to try. You will like it I think, perhaps it will become one of your favorites too?

here goes:                                                 ( one cup = 2 deciliter )

Lentil and Potato Stew with Spiced Oil:

6  cups water
1 1/2 cups lentils
1 red or yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
2 medium potatoes, peeled or unpeeled cut into cubes
2 big carrots cut into 1/2" rounds
1 large Spanish (red) onion cut into 1" pieces
2 celery stalks cut into 1" pieces
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf

ADD above ingredients to a large pot.  Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer for 45 min.

Spiced Oil:
1 teaspoon ground cumin, roasted in a small pan over low heat until fragrant. Add 2 tablespoons olive
oil. Heat over low heat 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and  add 1 teaspoon turmeric and 1 teaspoon
ground ginger, stir and set aside.

When stew is cooked, add the spiced oil. Season with additional pepper if needed add salt to taste. Remove bay leaf. Serve hot. By adding additional water this stew can also be served as a SOUP!

Bon appetite!

Bosse our cat has been in a cat fight. As luck would have it he could not have done that on a week night, absolutely not. It had to happen on a Friday night. Veterinarians are harder to find and much more expensive on the weekend naturally.  He was sitting here Saturday morning, holding up a leg. Our first thought was that he had gotten caught someplace and had twisted or sprained it. Off to the Vet we go, discover he has been bitten.  In the joint of course to make the injury harder to deal with.  Joint has to be flushed, he has to be sedated, must spend the day at the Vet. Comes home with a drain installed, has been wearing an E collar and is bumping into every table and chair leg several times. Tomorrow we go back to the doctor with him.

Then on Sunday Ralle has a problem, is in obvious pain is walking with his head down. This after running along the fence after a jogger.  Off to the vet we go. Wait from around 11 AM to close to 5 PM to see somebody.  Finally ............ he is sedated, gets X Rays, gets painkillers and anti inflammatory medication. They felt they needed to keep him in the hospital as he would be needing morphine.  It is now nearly 2:30 PM Monday, we are waiting to hear from the orthopedic doctor who would look at him today.  It is difficult waiting, it is difficult not knowing, it is difficult being without him.  So far we only know he has a condition called SPONDYLOS between the two first vertebra in his neck.  Not good! Hold your thumbs and cross all fingers, say a prayer please!

We had a letter from Michigan, filled with beautiful note cards with Great Pyrenees from Brigitte at Oneida Acres go astray.  It finally did arrive here two and a half months after she had mailed it.  It went via Zimbabwe where I think it had been opened.  It was taped back together by Zimbabwe Post. Glad it did not contain money!

Now lucky us, we are waiting for a package of coffee from Panama.  A gift from The Gamboas formerly of Three Sisters Restaurant  in Oakhurst.  It will be fun to receive, we look forward with great anticipation. The countdown has begun!

Hilary of Muir Trail and her husband Luke are the proud parents of a BIG little boy, named Benjamin Thomas Painter.  It is Hilary who at 13 years old wrote, edited and published her delightful book "Never a Dull Moment" (with a bit of help from her parents) a book we sold many copies of at the store.  We extend many good wishes and know that their life will never be dull now, not that it ever was!!

Here the magnolia trees are blooming and the mustard fields are due to explode! It is exquisite!

Lars Vilkes is in trouble again! Goes off to hold a lecture at the University in Uppsala to talk about homosexuals within the Muslim culture.  Is he trying to start a fight.  Seems he can not let well enough alone!  He lives very near us, not far from Krapperup Castle. You who have been visiting know........  He is provocative and controversial to say the least.  Two American women have been accused of plotting to kill him, Jihad Jane as I think one of the women was called.  Al Qaida supposedly have offered $100, 000 to have him killed.  One would think he would stop inciting so much trouble.  He calls it a matter of free speech.  Personally I think his actions are divisive.  I don't understand what point he is trying to make.   He is now being visited by kids throwing Molotov Cocktails at his house.  So, on it goes.  In my book he is a bit of a Nut Case.  Hence my heading today. From soup to nuts!

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