"I cannot live without books: but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object." -- Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, December 31, 2020

From Old to Old to New

January 1

From Old to Old to New

The oft-quoted whakutauki states, "Ka pa the numa, ka hao te rangatahi"—as the old nets pile up on shore, the new net goes fishing. The tauira [pattern or model] of the old provides the basis of formation for the new. The new line dictates changes in both the structure and form of the new net, and also in the choice of fishing ground. By casting it to sea, the old net may tell us even more than we dare hope for. The care taken is reassuring. It is the fishing exercise that now commands our attention, and this must be executed in the same spirit in which the old net was prepared and made.
—Pin Sciascia, Maori Writer

We are in a time of changing nets. The old scientific world paradigm is thrashing, groaning, and lashing out as we hear the constant message “This hasn’t worked. It’s time to change.”

It is the time that we return to the knowledge and wisdom of the old net—ancient Native cultures and the wisdom of our Elders—while recognizing that “the new time dictates changes in both the structure and form of the new net” as well as in the “choice of fishing ground.”

As we have become more and more willing to cast the old into the sea, we must take care to recognize that a time of change requires that we be present, that we learn from our past, that we do not cling to a “known” that is not working. We need the courage to make new nets and cast them onto new fishing grounds.

Native people’s wisdom helps me move into a new way of being on this planet.
—Native Wisdom for White Minds by Anne Wilson Schaef

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Movie Review: Dil Se

As a Shah Rukn Khan (SRK) fan, I love many of his movies but Dil Se is one that holds a special place in my heart. It is an eloquent story about the sorrow and unnecessary pain and death resulting from prejudice, divisive politics, war and poverty.

Also, SRK performance is one of his most authentic and emotional.


Reprint from Bollywood Talk

Dil Se -- A War Protest Movie

It has only been 73 years since India gained independence from Britain in 1947. There were many bloody struggles in India’s war for independence and millions died during Partition when Muslims and Hindus either traveled to the newly created nation of Pakistan or from Pakistan into India. Kashmir is still in dispute and India has been fighting terrorism since independence as the subway bombings in Mumbai illustrate.

There are many movies that illustrate the horrors of war in attempts to suggest peaceful alternatives. While war is fought by nations, it is carried out by individuals. Mani Rantam wrote and directed Dil Se as a sensitive portrait of two people with different views of war based on personal experiences.

Dil Se is a story of Amarkanth Varma, an idealist radio journalist, who meets and falls in love with a lonely young woman, Meghna, on a railroad platform. At first, their stories diverge as she catches the next train while Amar has gone to get her some hot tea.

I was enthralled with the movie from the opening credits. The director added small details that not only added texture to the story but later you realize he is also giving the viewer and the characters information that foreshadow the depth and complexities of the emotional conflicts to come. Little touches like in the opening scenes where Amar is dressed in a black shirt and red sports jacket and Meghna is dressed in a red dress but covered with a black shawl, almost as if to say Amar wears his heart on his sleeve and Meghna keeps her heart hidden from view. Another example is when Amar goes to fetch Meghna some tea, he jokes and tells her not to move because he has a bomb in his suitcase and it could explode. Later, this joke seems prophetic.

As part of his job as a radio producer, Amar (Shah Rukh Khan) gathers various man-on-the-street perspectives for a program about the upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations of Indian Independence. He hears from some that they have suffered more since independence and from others that India has prospered since independence. To expand his research, Amar seeks out the leader of a revolutionary movement. The leader’s main complaint is that the smaller outlying states of India were forgotten after the war for independence and many villages have suffered and continue to suffer in a multitude of ways. For Amar, whose father and grandfather served in the Indian army, he struggles to understand the dissents’ evaluation of their current treatment at the hands of the Indian government.

When Amar returns, he runs into Meghna (Manisha Koirala) but she claims she never met him before and they part. As you can imagine, Amar is confused. He is certain she is the girl he met on the train platform. Another day, he spies her making a phone call and follows her. Again, she rejects him but this time he hitches a ride on the back of the bus she is on and lands in her village. Here, Amar declares his love for her; again she rejects him claiming to be married. When Amar seeks to apologize to her, she sends several men to convince Amar that his pursuit is futile but in the ensuing fight, Amar learns she is not married and his hope is renewed.

While covering festivities in Lucknow, Amar glimpses Meghna in the crowd. He searches for her and finds her on a bus. As the police go down the aisle asking about identification and travel purposes, Meghna says she is Amar’s wife. Amar is more amused than suspicious by her change in attitude.

The bus travels north to the mountains. After it breaks down, the passengers gather their belongings and walk toward their destinations. Amar follows Meghna. Amar has been open and ardent about his feelings about her. She has continually rebuffed him but she appears to warm up a bit but not without visible internal emotional struggles that leave Amar and the viewer puzzled.

Late into the night, Meghna leaves while Amar is sleeping. She leaves a mysterious message in the sand. Amar returns to the city feeling he has lost her. He agrees to marry Preeti, a woman of his family’s choosing.
Preeti (Preity Zinta) is a bouncing, cheerful girl. They find that they both have loved and lost, but it does not take her long to realize that Amar’s thoughts are elsewhere.

Amidst their wedding preparations, Meghna appears at Amar’s house with a girlfriend asking for temporary shelter and a job at All India Radio where Amar works. He agrees. Watching the emotional struggles play across their faces as Amar and Meghna participate in the wedding festivities pictures two confused, unhappy, young people. Both Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha capture the pain, confusion, and regret of their lost love just as Preity expresses the joys and hopes for her future.

Soon the festivities are disrupted when Amar discovers Meghna’s true purpose for coming to the city and working at All India Radio. Because he is still loves her, he thinks he can stop her. It is chaos from here on. Amar tries to piece together information of Meghna’s whereabouts before the police find her. He locates her near the parade route. When he confronts her about her treachery, he learns about her tragedies. He offers to give up everything for her and begs her to run away with him. She wants to go with him. She wants those dreams of love and family, but she also wants justice for her people. She refuses. He attempts to physically stop her but police intervene. Later, the police release him but thugs lay in wait and beat Amar up.
When he returns home, Preeti confronts him as she bandages his wounds. She asks, “Should Meghna’s name be on these wedding invitations rather than mine?” He evades her questions. He is intent on stopping Meghna. The police raid the home and he dragged off to be questioned and drugged to elicit information but he escapes.

The action in these scenes is fast-paced and the emotions of all involved are heightened and intense. Amar still wants to save Meghna and she is tempted but his love can not offer her the solace she seeks. Amar makes the ultimate offer. He loves her and has accepted her pain.

For me, this is a well-crafted movie. Shah Rukh Khan’s and Manish Koirala’s performances are among the best I have seen. The choreography is incredible and inspiring.

I may have read somewhere that Amar’s love represents India’s pain over the loss of the territory of Pakistan, the horrible death and cruelty inflicted on so many Indians, and its longing to make amends. Meghna’s pain, desire for justice and love represents the desire of Pakistan to heal its rift with India because while war was initiated by governments, it was individuals who were affected.

1998, Color, Hindi, 163 minutes
Director: Mani Ratnam
Story/Screenplay: Mani Ratnam
Producer: Shekhar Kapoor, Ram Gopal Varma, Mani Ratnam
Cinematography: Santosh Sivan
Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta and more.
Music: A.R. Rahman
Lyrics: Gulzar
Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, M.G. Sreekumar, Kavitha Krishnamoorthy, Sonu Nigam, Mahalakshmi, Udit Narayan, A.R. Rahman, Anupama, Anuradha, Sapna Awasthi, Sukwinder Singh

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

DIY: Jewelry Cleaner

More from my DIY adventures. 

I may have gotten this idea from this DIY YouTube Video - How to Remove Tarnish from Silver Jewelry, not sure, but I don't use the suggested aluminum foil and my process is different.
DIY: Jewelry Cleaner


Small glass jar or bowl
1/2 Cup hot water
1 Tspn Baking soda
Several shakes from salt shaker

Add ingredients to a small glass jar.
Stir well.
Add silver jewelry.
Stir occasionally after several minutes.
Wait a few minutes and stir again.
Check jewelry to see if they need to remain in the cleaning solution longer.
When ready, scoop out pieces and place in a cup of water.
Remove then dry and rub pieces with clean cloth.
Let items air dry before returning to storage.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Guest Recipe: DL and her Hen's Eggs Quiche

This is my friend, DL's Quiche Recipe. 
She says, "I am focused on using all the eggs our hens produce so have included a quiche recipe that is easy and delicious."

DL and her Hen's Eggs Quiche
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 medium onion, diced (about 1/3 to 1/2 a cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 bunches of broccoli, chopped (about 4 cups)
3/4 cup of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
3 Jumbo Eggs or 4 Large Eggs
1 cup milk of choice (I used plain Almond Milk or Soy Milk)
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Use premade crust to keep things simple. A deep dish pie crust works best as the recipe makes enough to fill a large pie crust.
  • In medium saucepan, add 2 Tbsp. olive oil over and warm up on medium heat.
  • Once warmed, add diced onions (I don't include onions) and cook until just starting to turn translucent, about 6 minutes.
  • Add minced garlic and let cook for one minute longer.
  • Add diced broccoli, a simple twist of salt and a sprinkle of pepper and cook until bright green about 6 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let rest.
  • While the above is resting, whisk together eggs, milk and spices: 3/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, garlic powder, dry mustard, paprika, and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and red pepper flakes in a small bowl or directly in your measuring cup if you like to save on dirty dishes.
  • Add the sautéed broccoli, onions, and garlic to the prepared quiche crust.
  • Top with 3/4 a cup of sharp cheddar cheese. I always buy a block of cheese and shred it myself because I think it makes a difference, but then again, I’m a cheese snob.
  • Pour egg and milk mixture over top. It’s perfectly ok if the liquid mixture doesn’t completely cover the broccoli. In fact, the broccoli poking out the top will get nice and crispy and might just be your favorite part.
  • Put in 350 degree oven and bake until top just starts to turn golden brown, about 40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and enjoy.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Project Gutenberg - The First Internet eBook Library

Project Gutenberg

One website I frequent a lot is Project Gutenberg. Their inventory of over 60,000 eBooks has a lot of classics and surprises. It also has cookbooks.
Basically, after searching their inventory, you can download your selection in various formats like: HTML, ePub, Plain Text and more.

In conjunction with Project Gutenberg, I use iBooks.

These are a sample of some of the classics available:
  • The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson
  • The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  • Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral by Phillis Wheatley
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Persuasion by Jane Austin
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Mother Goose and other children's books
There are also dictionaries, histories and more.
Some of the surprises I found are: you can post your self-published eBook on Project Gutenberg but it will be free to Project Gutenberg visitors and find unusual books like:
A General History of the Pyrates by Captain Charles Johnson
Hindustani Lyrics Rendered From The Urdu by Inayat Khan and Jessie Duncan Westbrook

Six Months in Mexico by Nellie Bly

Of course, I searched for Cookbooks and these are just two of many I found:

The Suffrage Cook Book complied by L.G. Kleber

The California Mexican-Spanish Cookbook by Bertha Haffner-Ginger

 According to A History of Project Gutenberg, Project Gutenberg (1971-2008) by Marie Lebert, Michael Hart created Project Gutenberg in June 1971 at the University of Illinois. At first, he typed in each book as eText (ASCII) and stored it on the mainframe for others to access. The first book he typed was the Declaration of Independence. Over the next few years, Hart continued to type and store other classic books. In essence, he created the eBook.
Hart defined Project Gutenberg's mission as:
“...to put at everyone's disposal, in electronic versions, as many literary works of the public domain as possible for free....We consider eText to be a new medium, with no real relationship to paper, other than presenting the same material, but I don't see how paper can possibly compete once people each find their own comfortable way to eTexts, especially in schools.” --Excerpt From: Marie Lebert. “Project Gutenberg (1971-2008).” Apple Books.
Reading about the changes in computer technology in parallel Project Gutenberg's adaptations to these changes is a fascinating read. From 1 book a year to 1 book a month, by 1994, Project Gutenberg had published 100 eBooks. Today, its inventory is over 60,000 eBooks, in English and other languages.
Also, Project Gutenberg invites volunteers to help proofread the text of books in process for uploading as an eBook.
 A History of Project Gutenberg, Project Gutenberg (1971-2008) by Marie Lebert
Project Gutenberg
University of Illinois

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Microwave: Mug O'Vegetable Timbale

 At times, trying the Use What You Have method of "cooking" gets great results.
Believe it or not, this recipe stems from my attempt to make "Chicken Timbale" from:
Cook Book of Left-Overs
P54/60 physical page no.
"Chicken or Turkey Timbale with or without Mushroom Sauce
"When no more slices can be cut from a cooked chicken or turkey, take the bits of meat near the bones, chop fine, and to two cups of such meat allow one cup of soft, white bread-crumbs and one- half cup of hot milk. Mix the crumbs and hot milk together, then add the chopped meat and yolks of two eggs. Season with one teaspoonful of salt and one - quarter teaspoonful of pepper. Beat the whites slightly—they must not be frothy —and mix them well in. Turn the mixture into a buttered pan or mold, cover with a greased paper, and steam; or set in pan of hot water and cook in moderate oven about one hour. Carefully unmold on a hot platter, and serve with or with- out mushroom sauce (see page 69)."
 Until I found the recipe Chicken Timbale, which is similar to a bread pudding, in The Cookbook of Leftovers, I never realized how flexible a bread pudding recipe could be. There are so many variations you can make to a bread pudding recipe.

This recipe is a marriage of a Mug O'Frittata and a bread pudding.

Plus, this recipe includes sources for grain, vegetables, diary, and protein.
Mug O'Vegetable Timbale
(Adapted from: Chicken Timbale, The Cookbook of Leftovers, published by Harper & Brothers, p60)

eBook available on Project Gutenberg

Olive oil
1-3 Drops Hot sauce
A Dash of Ground black pepper.
1-2 TBspns Pickle Juice (Optional)
A Dollop Milk
1 Egg
2 TBspns Canned mixed vegetables
1 TBspn Canned mushrooms (Optional)
1 Slice of multi-grain bread, torn into tiny pieces.
1 slice of Turkey lunchmeat, torn into pieces (Optional)
Optional Sauce: 1/8 Cup Mushroom soup mixed with a bit of hot sauce and ground black pepper.
For Toast Topping:
1 Slice Toast, multi-grain.

Add a dab of oil to mug.
Swirl oil to coat bottom and sides.
Add hot sauce.
Add ground black pepper. 
Microwave mug and contents for 10 seconds.
Add pickle juice.
Add milk.
Add egg.
Stir and whip ingredients thoroughly and rigorously.
Add vegetables and mushrooms.
Add bread pieces.
Stir to make sure bread is soaked in liquid.
Add turkey pieces (Optional)
Stir and mix ingredients thoroughly.
Place mug in microwave.
Use a saucer as a cover.
Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
Check to see if liquid has been cooked off.
If not, microwave for 30-45 seconds more.
Use a knife to separate mixture from the side of the mug.
Tip mixture onto a plate.
Heat mushroom sauce in separate bowl.
Pour over mixture.

Variation Toast Topping:
Place toast on plate.
Coat toast with a bit of mayo.
Spread some of the mixture over toast.
With or without the toast, this is a substantial meal.
Updated 1/16/21, text added, process changed, picture added.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Guest Recipe: Mom's Potato Casserole

While Mom can not join us for the holidays, she is with us in spirit.
 This is one of her recipes we love. 

Mom's Potato Casserole

2 lbs. frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
1/2 c. melted oleo
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 tbsp, dried onion
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pt. sour cream
2 c. grated cheddar cheese


Mix potatoes, oleo, salt, pepper, minced onion, soup, sour cream and grated cheese together.

Spoon into a 2 quart or 9 x 13 x2 inch buttered casserole.

In a skillet, melt 1/4 cup butter and stir in crushed corn flakes. Spread on top of casserole.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Gina's Dream
An Environmental Manifesto Wrapped
in a Science-Fiction Romance
Now Available as an Audio Book (English)

MERIDA, MEXICO -- Expat, Ria Stone published her first Smashwords fiction eBook, Gina’s Dream in 2013. 

In Gina’s Dream, Kit Brennan, SETA’s (Space Exploration Through Astronomy) Assistant Director, meets an unusual woman at a convention. She claims she is an alien. What is he to believe? What is he to do?

Kit’s co-worker sees her as a threat, first to his friend and then to humankind. The co-worker seeks to discover Gina’s secrets and to stop her. 
Gina has broken the emissaries’ primary rule by telling Kit who she is. But, she is here to defend her world from a future invasion by humans. As Gina’s safety is threatened, what will she do to defend herself?
Caught in the middle between his co-worker’s fears and her defense, Kit has few choices but to let Gina follow her dream.
What would you do if you met an alien?
Now, You Can Listen to Gina's Story!
Find Gina's Dream Audio Book at:

Michael Hardemann narrates Gina's Dream.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

A Tostado Bowl

They say necessity is the mother of invention.
Maybe. When I found myself without any "baked" corn tortillas or toast to make a tostado, a light bulb went off, make a tortilla-less tostado, make it in a bowl. I have avoided Bowl recipes for some reason but this Tortilla-less Tostado recipe works great as a Bowl recipe.
While in my Tostado phase, you will see various Tostado recipes and the ingredients will vary slightly.

A Tostado Bowl

DIY Sour Cream
In a refrigerator container with a lid,
Add 3 TBspns of cream.
Add 1 TBspn of apple cider vinegar.
Stir cream and vinegar together.
Cover and store in frig for 10-30 minutes. 
Tostado Table of layers / Ingredients:
"Baked" corn tortilla / tostado (Optional)
1-2 TBspns Frijoles mashed or Canned black beans
1-2 Shakes Garlic powder
1 1/2 TBspns Canned or cooked chicken, diced or 1 Slice of Turkey Lunchmeat, sliced
2 Shakes Onion flakes
1 TBspn Canned Salsa
Black pepper (Optional)
1-3 TBspns Lettuce slivers, Salad, or coleslaw mix, or cabbage slivers
1-3 Avocado slices or guacamole (Optional)
1-2 TBspns Cheese, shredded or grated
1 -2 TBspns DIY Sour cream
If you don't have a "baked" tortilla, use a bowl.
Add ingredients in the order of the table above.


Monday, December 21, 2020

Coming Soon! My Interview with Antoinette G. Lane, Author of Guy Williams: Man Behind the Mask

I am excited. I am going to interview Antoinette G. Lane, author of Guy Williams: Man Behind the Mask. Guy Williams was the actor who played Zorro in Walt Disney’s 19050s TV show.
When I watched Zorro in 1958, I was too young to understand much about TV production or the profession of acting. I just loved adventure stories. The show, Zorro, was exotic with its late 18th century Spanish-Mexican political setting, horses, sword-fights, and a handsome, masked hero saving the day. 

Later in 1965, I recall, I was happy to see Guy Williams on the show, “Lost in Space.” I know I watched the show just because he was in it. 
But, as life went on, I forgot about Guy Williams. 
Then, I found Zorro reruns on YouTube. Watching those shows brought back wonderful memories, and I wondered, “What happened to Guy Williams?” A few internet searches later I found Ms. Lane’s biography. 
What a treasure trove of information and she spent 19 years doing research for the book. 
In our interview, Ms. Lane will talk about the art and skills needed to write a biography, and about some of the wonderful experiences she had, as an author, during her years of research and more. 
The interview and other materials will be available around April 30, 2014. 
For more information on Ms. Lane's book go to: Antoinette G. Lane -- Facebook page

Note: Due to Blogger.com coding changes, this post had to be redone and reposted.

Microwave: Mug O'Frittata

Over time, I shifted from making a Mug dish and eating it straight from the mug to using the recipe as a Toast Topping. Now, I am using various recipes as a Quesadilla filling.
Also, over time, I have moved away from frying foods. Plus, I hardly every use salt in my recipes because often many of the ingredients already contain salt.
I do attempt to make my recipes GERD-friendly. This can not be labelled GERD-friendly primarily because it contains cheeses.
Mug O’Frittata 


1 Slice Multigrain toast or “fried” Tortilla*
1 Dab of Olive oil
1 Egg
1 Dollop of Milk (lactose-free)
1-2 Drops Hot sauce
1 Tspn Parsley, dry
S/P to taste
1-2 TBspns Hard or mixed cheeses, grated
1 Slice of Turkey lunchmeat, torn into pieces
2 Heaping TBspns Canned mixed vegetable, drained & rinsed, or frozen mixed vegetables
Mayo (Optional)
Topping: 1 TBspn Canned Mushroom slices / bits, rinsed (Optional)
Garnish: parmesan cheese (Optional)


Add oil to mug, swirl to cover bottom and sides.
Add egg, milk, spices and S/P.
Stir and whip thoroughly.
Add cheese, vegetables and turkey pieces.
Stir and mix well.
Top with mushrooms.
Microwave on high 2 minutes.
Check to make sure all liquids have been cooked off, if not microwave 60secs or more.
Remove and garnish with Parmesan cheese.
Spread some mayo over toast or "fried" quesadilla.
Mash and spread the mixture over toast, or a tortilla and fold (It will be stuffed).

I did not use the mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, or put mayo on the "fried" quesadilla and it was fabulous and filling.

*Note: I microwaved the tortilla for about 60sec on high to "fry" it. A microwaved tortilla is not as good as a fried tortilla but I am just not frying much these days.
To fry a tortilla, put a bit of oil in a skillet and brown the tortilla on both sides and then while still in the skillet fill one side of the tortilla, fold over and cook a bit more. Then remove from skillet to plate.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Stovetop: Canned Mushrooms and Mixed Vegetable Soup

I love the Star Trek Cookbook by Ethan Phillips (Neelix from Star Trek Voyager) and William J. Birnes. I have bookmarked several recipes, this is one, Jeri Ryan's Wild Mushroom Soup. But, as you will see, my recipe does not resemble the original recipe.
Where I live, many powdered spices absorb moisture and harden. I decided to try and use up my hardened onion and garlic powders in this recipe. I used a bit too much. But, the end result was tasty, not a knock your socks off flavor, but tasty.
Most of the time, I never have all the ingredients recipes call for, so, I am usually in “Use What You Have” mode.
In this recipe, I did not have fresh mushrooms or potatoes, so I used canned mushrooms and canned mixed vegetables.
I did not add specific measurements, I just eye-balled it.
Canned Mushrooms and Mixed Vegetable Soup
(Inspired by: Star Trek Cookbook, Jeri Ryan’s Wild Mushroom Soup p30)

Olive oil
Garlic powder
Onion powder
1-2 Drops Hot sauce
1 14oz Can of Sliced Mushrooms, drained & rinsed
1 vegetable or chicken bouillon cube
1 14oz Can of mixed diced vegetables, drained & rinsed

Note: my skillet is small, a larger skillet would have been better or I could have cooked the mushrooms in the pot, first.

In a skillet, add olive oil, garlic and onion powders, and hot sauce.
Cook at medium heat, stir and cook until ingredients are thoroughly mixed and heated.
Add mushrooms.
Add oil as needed.
Stir and cook ingredients until thoroughly mixed and heated.

In a pot, add 2-6 cups of water.
Add bouillon cube.
Add vegetables.
Add mushroom mixture.
Stir well.
Bring to a boil.
Simmer 20 minutes.

Serve with crackers.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Microwave: Mug O'Mixed Fruit Bread Pudding (Non-Dairy)

I started out thinking I'd try making different Mug Recipe, then, I switched to thinking about my recipe Mug O'Diana's Bread Pudding which used raisins.
I thought, I have raisins. Hmmm, I have apples. I have blueberries. Let's see how this goes.
Then, I realized I didn't have any milk, at the moment. Then, I thought, hey, use the crema de coco (Cream of Coconut) which is cream-like. Then, I thought, try using the condensed Horchata. So, here is the result.

Microwave: Mug O'Mixed Fruit Bread Pudding
A Dollop of Olive oil
A palmful of Raisins
A palmful of Dried blueberries
1/4 Apple, diced
A Tspn Crema de Coco
A Tspn Horchata
A Dollop Water
A Capful Vanilla flavoring
A Drop of hot sauce
A Grind of Black pepper
1 Slice of Multi-grain bread, torn into small bits
1 Egg
Add oil to bottom of mug.
Swirl oil around to coat bottom and sides of mug.
Add fruits.
Add Crema de Coco and Horchata.
Add a dollop of water.
Add Vanilla and spices.
Add bread.
Stir and mix ingredients thoroughly until bread has been mixed well with the liquids.
Add egg.
Stir and mix well.
Cover Mug with a saucer.
Microwave 2 minutes on high. Check, if mixture is still too liquidity, microwave another 30-60 seconds.
Note: saucer may pop off as mixture heats and rises.
I ate it straight from the mug. It was delightful and surprisingly substantial.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Guest Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

As part of the Guest Recipe Posts, S sent this one.
Butternut Squash Soup

20 oz Butternut squash, cut up
1 Medium - large onion, chopped 
3 cups Carrots, cut up
3 Tbspns butter (or olive oil)
1 Container of Vegetable broth
Vegetable base
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Topping (Optional): Roasted Pumpkin seeds
Sauté onion 5 minutes or until soft not brown.
Add carrots, cook another 5-7 minutes.
Add butternut squash.
1 container vegetable broth.
Salt & pepper to taste.
Cook on high until boils then to medium high for about 30 minutes.
Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable base.
After a short cooling (while still hot), mix in blender until smooth.
Add some roasted pumpkin seeds to top before serving. 
Note: Vegan if you use olive oil.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Guest Recipe: Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy

This is one of the Guest Recipes from my family and friends. 

The following is from D, a friend, who sent pics and notes for this recipe.
I made a vegetarian mushroom gravy yesterday and I think it would be good as a "cream" of mushroom soup, too! Here is the recipe I used and below are the adjustments I made!

Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy

  • Used a little butter with the olive oil
  • Whole onion (instead of half)
  • White Mushrooms instead of portobello
  • Instead of straining it, I blended it up with an immersion blender (regular blender or food processor are probably fine too)