Monday, June 9, 2014

Caffeine's Indian Mulligatawny

Soups should never be simply a Winter trend. Packed with protein, if done right, can provide you with tremendous energy while keeping in line with many diets. Ask around. Soup and salad is still a popular menu item at my house. This recipe is sure to become a favorite - even my fifteen year old, junk food loving daughter comes back for seconds. Plan ahead. This recipe takes considerable time to simmer and reduce. All seasoning is to taste. If you find you need salt, use a boullion cube instead. The Caffeine Kitchen is now open.
Ingredients
4 quarts water
6 cups all natural chicken stock (make your own!)
2 potatoes peeled & sliced
2 carrots peeled & sliced
2 stalks celery chopped (including tops)
2 cups peeled & diced eggplant (about half of an eggplant)
1 medium onion chopped
1 cup frozen corn
2/3 cup canned roasted red pepper diced
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cupshelled pistachios
1/2 cup roasted cashews
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup butter
3 tbs sugar
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
Dash marjaram
Dash nutmeg
Directions
1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot - easy, right?
2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer for at least 4-5 hours. The soup should reduce by well over half. It should be brownish in color and have somewhat of a chili consistency. Stir occasionally in the beginning. Stir often towards the last hour or so. Potatoes should be rounded and nuts softened.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's the Culture Stupid

Does it baffle anyone else why 1) politicians can't / won't address the underlying cause for mass shootings in this country and 2) why it takes numerous mass killings to even have this discussion in the first place?

I don't typically get into politics, but I'm not seeing anything posted or reported referring to the underlying problem.

While folks are concerned about the size of their clips (all guns kill people), a lovely smokescreen is being cast on the fact that without cultural change, no change will be accomplished. What causes the phenomenon that breeds people like this? Answer: It has nothing to do with guns - and this is coming from me, and I consider myself quite the liberal. Any culture that uses violence as a means to an end instead of negotiation and cool headedness has horrors like we saw in recent days. Nothing has changed much since we white Americans began colonizing. Granted, we have not always been the aggressor. However, we are still the only country that has dropped not one.. But two atomic bombs. We have gone to war to protect oil interests. We have become the next empire of the world without the land rights. Other countries who's leadership and laws promote agreesion breed homegrown terrorists, suicide bombers, and pussies in general who could stoop to the lows we saw late last week. As most countries demonstrate, when a position of being civil is created at the top through both foreign and domestic policies, the Culture follows. Mahatma's goal was to teach the culture to be strong in the face of opposition without violence. Where has the progress been all these years later? Love, tolerance, forgiveness.. Using our strongest muscle in our entire body, our minds.

Change must start at the top as any quality change management and Six Sigma approach teaches us. It will take generations to change provided we stick to this vision.

My heart goes out to all the kids that lost their lives due to cowardess violence especially at this time of year. All violence is cowardess. It is my hope that our voice will be heard that violence, war, agreesiveness, is never an acceptable answer from anyone within our country. I hope that each reader will always remember, vote, act, teach, and live seeking non-violent intelligent solutions.