Friday Freebies: It’s a Birthday

Well the birthday is not actually today but it is being celebrated today at the university where the university library is named in his honor.  His birthday is tomorrow, March 2.  But hey, it’s Friday, party time and I am sure he would not mind.  He most probably would have loved it today, being surrounded by young folks, many of whom must have Continue reading “Friday Freebies: It’s a Birthday”

Friday Freebies: Necessity is Mother of Invention

Friday morning started cold and rainy. The thought of going down to the cold garage to make some breakfast leaving a warm bed, certainly was not inviting. Now you may be thinking why I make breakfast in the garage. We started renovation work on our kitchen and so temporarily the kitchen was set up in the garage. As the garage was not originally designed to be used as a kitchen, we have our stove in one corner and the microwave in another corner, the space in between filled with knick knacks and furniture from the living room that also being worked on at the same time. Unfortunately there is no drainage in the garage and no water connection, so the sink and the dish washer could not be hooked up. This old body is getting quite a lot of exercise going up and down the stairs to get water and do some small washing and cleaning. We had to be inventive to reduce use of water as much as possible. Unfortunately it results in unwanted wastes of paper plates, paper towels and plastic cutleries that none of us like. But I digress. As I said, we try to be resourceful to manage with the existing situation. We moved the coffee machine and the toaster to our bedroom so I could have some breakfast on my bed. The eggs can wait.

As I was sipping my coffee in bed, some thoughts came to my mind that I jotted down quickly and sharing below.

Necessity is the mother of invention.
She married poverty and produced frustration.
Dejected, she separated and married wealthy and gave birth to consumption.
Not satisfied, she had a live-in relationship with greedy and fostered corruption.
Now all of us live in confusion and waiting for destruction.

I posted it in a few Whatsapp groups and pat came a response back from my nephew in India : necessity is the mother of invention and obesity is the father of starvation.

Not sure if he was referring to my growing mid-riff. Now I am scratching my head, to starve or not to starve is the question.

I can see the sun through the blinds. Time to get out of the bed. Friday is beckoning to fry some eggs.

Impromptu Lunch: Soup for the Soul

I am not someone who is comfortable writing about food. Don’t get me wrong, I love food.  I love to eat, love to read about food and love watching food channels in TV.  That love shows quite well on my midriff. I do cook reasonably well.  It’s just that I am not organised enough to write a recipe or plan a meal.  I just make do with whatever is in the pantry and the fridge and cook up a reasonably savory dish.

After my visit to the dentist yesterday, I was pampering my teeth with soft foods to ensure that the temporary crown stay in place till next week when the permanent crown would be in place.  So for lunch today I had bought a carton of butternut squash soup from Trader Joe’s.  I opened the carton and poured a cup of soup into the bowl. One look at the color of the soup and my appetite went south.  I knew I had to do something.

I did not have much time on my hand.  My tummy was growling.  Some frozen and fresh ingredients from the fridge, added spices here and there and about 10 minutes later I had a hearty bowl of soup ready.  It tasted really good.  It soothed my appetite and calmed down my soul. I hope my readers will indulge me in my endeavour in penning the recipe.
impromptulunch_2 The ingredients were ( in order of cooking):
1. Four medium size frozen shrimp
2. Half cup frozen mixed vegetables ( carrots, sweet peas, cut beans, corn)
3.Half cup vegetable broth
4. Fresh ground black pepper and pinch of salt
5. Heat all of the above in  microwave(1100 watts) for eight (8) minutes in 50% power.
6. In a separate bowl, mix one diced large baby bellas mushroom, one half diced roma tomato, quarter cup thin sliced onion, one green chilli diced and a handful of baby kale with one and half teaspoon of soy sauce.
7. Once the shrimp and the mixed vegetable is done, mix the mushroom, onion, baby kale etc. into the shrimp and mixed vegetables.
8. Mix quarter cup of pre cooked barley ( pearl barley ).*
8. Pour a cup of butternut squash in the bowl and heat everything in the microwave for two and half (2 1/2)minutes.
9. Soup for the soul is now ready to be enjoyed with few pieces of thinly sliced french baguette.*1

Note:   Ingredients were based on what was available.
*  Barley was pre-cooked in a slow cooker for breakfast
*1 Thin slices were to favor my temporary crown so that I did not have to bite hard.  I am sure the soup will taste good with any other bread.