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Mar. 1st, 2006

I have been enjoying reading other people's entries so much that I haven't gotten around to updating mine--but here goes.

First, I am going to put a recipe for

2 tbsp. butter (recipe says unsalted, but I don't like unsalted butter)
1 large onion
2 medium leeks, washed and chopped
1 1/2 cup vegetable stock (or 1 1/2 cups water and 1/2 cube vegetable [or other] boullion)
3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon curry powder or chili powder, or to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
8 oz peeled, cooked shrimp or prawns
1 cup milk
(this recipe is for 2 to 4, so increase as necessary--I increased it big time, so I could feed all the forest creatures that gather round my rustic table)

1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and leeks and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the vegetable stock, potatoes, curry or chilli powder, and salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are very soft, 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Add the shrimp and milk and gently heat. Serve w/crusty bread.

It's a very simple recipe because it's from a kid-oriented cookbook. You can make it more difficult by doing things like making your own stock or your own curry powder--but you don't need to.

under an LJ cut. The recipe comes from The Redwall Cookbook, by Brian Jacques... and I have to return it to the library soon. But, as I said in an earlier entry, I intend to buy it.

Something that was on my mind earlier today: the story of Hercules and Atlas. Hercules gets tricked into holding up the heavens and Atlas skips off. But somehow (I forget how), Hercules manages to trick Atlas back into holding the heavens up. I can just imagine how Hercules must have felt--woah! THIS IS TOO HEAVY! Hmm, I just checked out the story online, and I had it not quite right (it's here)

Doing something difficult--like holding up the heavens--is one thing for a Very Short Time and another thing if you keep on having to do it. <-- I guess that observation is an action version of "it's a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there."

Jesus was up on the cross with two thieves. One mocked him, and the other scolded that one and said, basically, we deserve what we're getting, but this poor guy doesn't. Then he turns to Jesus and says, "remember me when you enter your kingdom," or some such, and Jesus says something like "you will be with me in paradise." So this becomes the story of the "good thief" and the "bad thief."

(I'd argue with that "we deserve what we're getting" angle. But that's the charming human race for you--always keen to think up fun new ways to kill people, and always eager to kill them for pretty trivial reasons.)

My sacrilegious thought is... the good thief might have thought Jesus was a complete lunatic crackpot, and just felt really sorry that this poor crazy guy was dying for his craziness. So he might, out of compassion, just have wanted to comfort Jesus--so said, "remember me when you come into your kingdom," to go along with Jesus's version of reality.

But to me, that's better than having it be that the thief believed in Jesus, because if *that* were the case, the thief wouldn't have any choice but to be all respectful and awestruck, whereas if he doesn't think Jesus is anyone special and just wants to be kind to another person in a way he thinks that person will understand--well, that's pretty altruistic, especially under the circumstances. ...okay, that's all the sacrilege for the night.

Oh, and I've been meaning to say: Many of the Kazakh apples are up now--most prolific right now are GMAL 4309.f and GMAL 4051.u, but I think all of them are going to have *some* seedlings.


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Mar. 2nd, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
"It's so heavy, I'm so tired -- it's just heavy weather"
Words of wisdom from one of my first Japanese T-shirts (like when I was about 16). Maybe straight from Atlas's mouth? The thief who spoke to Jesus - I think you've got him pretty much right, no? He can't have _known_, and what was there to believe in? Nothing evident. But behind his human (altruistic) compassion followed some sort of belief, even an unknowing one. I think you see that pattern in Jesus' interactions with people: they recognise something right about him, even if they don''t realise the magnitude of it, and they allow themselves to acknowledge it. The full realization can come later.
Ouf. Sore back. Back to work. Back home soon but later than I'd hoped.
Mar. 2nd, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)
Re: "It's so heavy, I'm so tired -- it's just heavy weather"
I never really gave this story much thought before, but it is yet again another reason why I love Thomas the Doubter. The guy keeps holding Jesus accountable. He's all like "Really, you really died? You're really alive again, no sh*t huh?" "I mean, really, you didn't really die, and get back up after three days of not rotting?" And then Jesus, still a bit grumpy from the whole thing takes the poor guys finger and jams it into his transfigured wounds. "See, I was dead and now am restored!" Thomas remains skeptical, but steadfast in what he thought is faith was before. Somehow manages to keep on keepin on with this wierd walking dead guy.
Mar. 2nd, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
Re: "It's so heavy, I'm so tired -- it's just heavy weather"
I love your Thomas. I want to meet him.
Mar. 2nd, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)
I'll have to try that recipe: I'll let you know how it goes with paprika rather than curry or chilli powder. I'm sensitive to both. Fortunately paprika goes with just about everything else in the recipe, so we should be OK.
Mar. 2nd, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
I think it should work--basically this recipe is leek and potato soup, with shrimp as a special treat, and then some extra flavor of some sort to give it character. Paprika is a great flavorer.

Can't wait to try your nori chicken recipe. I was getting hungry just reading it.
Nov. 24th, 2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
Being a non believer in Christianity, I still think the stories and parables have meaning. I also think that the meanings only have truth when linked to the personality of the person contemplating the stories. In my case, I don't believe in Jesus, I don't think the good thief does either, but I despise the nasty guy who I also cannot believe is a believer, and so is just inflicting hate and doubt.

I think the good thief being a good person, generously gave Jesus, his fellow human being, a ray of hope, a life raft in a sea of pain. Maybe He would think about me, a caring person that could have been a friend, is a friend, as His lights go out, instead of the fear that all are thieves, all are cruel, that the lazy, hateful, bad thief succumbs to. The good thief is always alive, the bad thief is always dead. That's life.
Nov. 24th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
I'm in a Heisenberg uncertainty state myself regarding my state of belief or nonbelief, and I agree that the stories can have meaning even if you have no belief whatsoever.

The good thief is always alive, the bad thief is always dead. --I really love that way of putting it.
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