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Small Bites

On one of many hot dates I've had with my wife we went to a new restaurant (several years ago, it's gone now). I had been wanting to try it. It was very trendy. They even had booths where you sit on a big pillow, like eating in bed, I guess…. They served very "Small Plates". If you ordered the shrimp, you got one shrimp for $1, just a bite. It was kinda cool because you could taste a bunch of different things. If you didn't like it, no big deal, you've only got $1 in it. It would be good to take about 6 people then you could just order everything on the menu. We sometimes don't make reservations, most restaurants say they start serving at 5pm or 5:30pm so that's usually when we show up. When you walk in they all look at you like "what are you doing here now?". The girl that waited on us was setting tables in shorts and she rushed back to change clothes before she came to our table, we probably messed up her whole night.

We left there and went to an Ice Cream place. One of those places where you get one scoop on a cone, it's really about a pint of ice cream, kinda the opposite of the small plate idea. We were going to a movie eating ice cream on the way. It was a mess! PK (my wife) did better than me, but we both had ice cream all over us when we got to the movie. We had both dropped half of our cone in our lap and on our shirts several times. We walked up to the ticket place, the girl was looking at us like "What now? .. Here's Ferd and Freeda Farkle up from Frogcrotch Mississippi to see the moving picture show ….". She smiled, I said "Two to War of the Worlds" she said "Ya I bet!" We looked at each other and started laughing. I thought I was going to have to give PK mouth to mouth, she was laughing so hard. The girl looked at us like she was ready to run,  like we might return for her later, then and she would be like us. I guess she had seen the movie.

God's like that: We look like Ferd and Freeda every day, the things we do, the things we think. All you can do is laugh. But God still loves us. Things happen to us that seem so big and so important, but really it's just a little bite. You may not like it or you may love it, don't dwell on it too long, there's lots of other things that God has for us to try… Could get messy!

I wonder if they can do 20 little bitty scoops of ice cream in one of those cones …


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

Curry is one of the great flavors of the world.  A little sweet curry powder goes a long way to making a great meal. Here's one that's all vegies.
If you're doing Keto try adding a little Sweet Curry powder to anything. It will give you a different taste that's really good.

Vegetable Stew

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons finely julienned peeled fresh ginger

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 Serrano chiles, finely chopped

1 teaspoon sweet curry powder

1 cup frozen pearl onions, thawed

Salt & Pepper

1 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes(Keto=use any veg you like, zucchini would work well.)

2 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice

1/2 pound green beans, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1/2 cup vegetable stock or broth

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

In a large saucepan, heat the canola oil. Add the ginger, garlic, curry, chopped chiles,1/2 cup of the pearl onions. Season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened, about 8 minutes.

Add the potato cubes, diced carrots, green beans, vegetable stock and the remaining 1/2 cup of pearl onions and bring to a boil.

Add the coconut milk and simmer, partially covered, until the vegetables are tender and the coconut milk is slightly reduced, about 30 minutes.

Taste! Taste! Taste!
Re-Season with salt and pepper. Serve over rice. (Keto= Serve over frozen riced cauliflower, cook it in the bag in the microwave. Use it just like rice) 

Basic Rice:
1 1/2 cups of white rice any will do (Jasmine is my favorite. Buy it in a big bag. You can get it real cheap at oriental markets. Don't buy those plastic jars of it for $5… at the oriental market on Winchester across from New Direction church you can get 50 lbs for $15) …
2 1/ 2 cups of water
1 Tblsp Butter
Salt and Pepper

Every time you make rice you need to wash it. Put it in a big measuring cup and run cold water over it. Swish it around and pour the water out, holding the rice back. The water will be cloudy.

Wash it several times until the water stops being cloudy. Put it in a saucepan and pour in the water. The rule of thumb, if you don't want to measure, is to put enough water so that there is one Knuckle (on your finger) depth of water above the rice for every 2 cups of rice. It won't hurt if you put too much water, you can always drain it off.

Bring the rice to a boil and then cover it and put it on the lowest burner you've got. (I have a big burner and a small burner on my stove. I put it on the small burner with a "Flame Tamer" on the burner. That's just a piece of cast iron that sits on top of the burner to make it cooler. If you don't have one, put any skillet on the burner and then put the saucepan in the skillet.) Let it cook for 18 minutes (check it at 15).. fluff it up at 10 and be sure it's not sticking or burning on the bottom.

Take it off, fluff it, add the butter, salt and pepper… smell it, taste it.. what did you smell? Flowers? What flavor do you get? Nutty? See how white it is? See how the grains are all separate, not stuck together like paste.

It's a great thing!!!


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!


Posted by Mack Oates at 1:07 PM