Friday, November 30, 2012

Desiderata ...

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.


Max Ehrmann 1927

And ... to eat.

The dish.

Spirit warming chicken soup...

Here is what you need:
  • stewing hen or baking chicken
  • 2 chicken carcasses
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 large sweet potato
  • 3 parsnips
  • 2 turnips
  • 11 large carrots
  • 5 stalks celery
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • Sea salt and cracked pepper     

  • Here is what to do:

    1. Super easy and so, so good. Wash your chicken and carcasses and chicken put them in a large pot and cover it with cold water. Bring the water to boil. Then, add the onions, sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots (not the celery). Bring to a boil again and simmer for about 1.5 hours. Remove fat (and scum if you want a clear broth, my Dad says "leeve eet een, eet had all theee flavour!") from the surface as it accumulates. After 1.5 hours add your parsley and celery and cook for about 45 minutes longer. Then, voila, chicken soup magic. Oh ...and I add sliced red jalapenos to it. If you can't find red, buy green ones and let them ripen. Or eat green...
    Now I know most recipes say to "take the chicken out because it's no longer needed in the soup" but I'm like What are you talking about?! It's amazing! Leave it in the soup! I', in that camp. So leave it in and enjoy.

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    Life on toast ...

    The words still hesitate, but photos peek through.

    The tomatoes for the sauce ...

    The spirit of Fall. It warmed my heart as people passed by, stopped and smiled for a moment in their day. I would watch them from the window...

    Lunch one day ...

    A peek through the houseplants ...

    Roasted tongue sandwich on pumpernickel ...


    Sleeping angels on earth ...

    More sleeping angels on earth ...

    Crystal chandeliers that let in the prism every day ...

    Peace and love and hot tea ...

    Lunch another day ...

    Life on toast ...