“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ― Clare Boothe Luce
How can one be sophisticated, yet simple? How can one be a part of modern society, but not be trapped by it?
I found ten beautiful tips I would love to share. Their source and further reading for peace, simplicity and discovery are available by clicking on the photo below.
Peace be with you and yours!
Gerald M. Sliva
I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup. -- Jerry Seinfeld
Pumpkins are plentiful and inexpensive this time of year. In the past I have made Curried Pumpkin soup, and loved it. But this time, wanting to experiment, I perused the internet for pumpkin/sausage soup recipes. There are several, many of them asking for significant amounts of sugar, maple syrup, cream and other ingredients that might be delicious, but not necessarily healthful. SOOOOOOOooooo, I started from scratch and invented a new recipe. I dub it Experimental Pumpkin Soup. It turned out to be delicious and I will make it again. If you decide to try your own variations of this experimental soup, please share your results. Thank you.
8 cups cubed raw pumpkin flesh
375 grams (about 13 ounces) sweet Italian sausage (preferably not in the casing)
1 medium cooking onion, coarsely diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 bell pepper diced (any color)
1 cup split red lentils
4 cups (about 1 liter) chicken broth
6 cups water
2 cloves garlic grated or finely chopped
½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
Seasonings and Flavorings: I like to experiment with flavorings and seasonings. These are the ones I used this time:
½ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon chicken soup base
½ teaspoon curry powder
2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon salt
Dash of black pepper
If the sausage is in casings, remove the casings before use.
In one tablespoon of cooking oil, brown the sausage meat over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Then tilt the Dutch oven slightly to drain and dispose of any excess fat.
Leaving the sausage in the Dutch oven, add the onion, celery and bell pepper. Sauté over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Add all other ingredients except the seasonings and the whipping cream. Sauté another 3 minutes.
Add chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil; then lower heat to a slow simmer; add all seasonings.
Stir, cover and simmer on low heat for 1 ½ hours.
Cool slightly. Remove bay leaves. Puree with submersible or regular blender.
Reheat the amount you wish prior to serving.
Place a small cream server on the table, allowing each guest to add the amount of cream desired to their own bowl of soup.
Serve with croutons, black pepper and salt as desired.
This recipe will serve 12 to 16 people, but any excess may be stored in glass sealers in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days and used for lunches or quick snacks.
Gerald M. Sliva
Are you a REAL Person?
If you were a female living in Canada before October 18, 1929 you were not a REAL person. It took five determined famous women to change that.
I just checked my genitals. I’m not a woman, but if I were I would be mighty upset. Most places in the world, even in democracies, still do not have equality for women in status, wages and basic human rights. In non-democratic countries the situation is often much more deplorable.
Canada now commemorates five famous women who helped make things better for all women by celebrating Person's Day on October 18.
Happy Person's Day to all women!
Click on the photo below to take you to the website. Be sure to watch the one minute video at the end.
Gerald M. Sliva,
"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers." - Nikita Khruschev
Some of our politicians and bureaucrats think they are plastic surgeons. According to them Canada needs a facelift, a little cosmetic surgery, maybe some boob implants. Canada doesn’t have enough natural beauty. They will make it better.
Pristine Canadian lakes are one of Canada’s most precious natural resources. The total number of lakes in Canada has not been counted, but is estimated to be over three million. That’s not enough. One more lake was needed. For the G8 and G20 conferences in June of 2010 the Canadian government of the day decided to spend two million dollars to create a fake lake, showcasing Canada as a world leader in artificial lake manufacturing. Read about it HERE.
Building a new lake was not enough; so an astute Ontario Provincial Parks bureaucrat made things right. He spent public money to put some fake trees and Astroturf into four provincial parks. You can listen to his flawless reasoning in this brief CBC radio interview by clicking on the photo above.
Nature is not doing a proper job. It appears to need some help from taxpayers. Continuing on this path, Canada is destined to become the Disneyland of the North. We only need use our imagination. Let’s go camping. We dream of pitching our tent on the Astroturfed shores of a fake lake surrounded by artificial trees. In the afternoon we can don our swimsuits for a fake swim, and later in the evening we can grab our fishing rods. If we get lucky, we’ll catch some imaginary fish.
Maybe a couple of plastic deer grazing on the Astroturf would add to the ambiance.
I’m waiting for the pink flamingos.
Don’t you love nature?
Gerald M. Sliva
"Laugh at yourself. It keeps you from going insane - that and whiskey." - Gerald M. Sliva.
I’m going squirrelly. You might be too. Check for clues.
It is autumn, a time to store things, a time to replenish the larder for the tough upcoming winter. But are you going overboard? If you are, it could be a sign of aging and going squirrelly. Older folks love to hoard, stock up, replenish and store things to prepare for the winter, the hard times ahead or the upcoming apocalypse.
It’s happening to me. Yesterday I went to the local supermarket. Wandering through the dental care aisle, I noticed dental floss on sale with a saving of 35% off the regular price.
“Time to stock up,” I said to myself.
I was going to buy 80 rolls of the stuff, but the cheap bastards had a limit of four purchases at the reduced sale price, and there were only four left on the shelf. I snapped those up right away. But how do I get 80 rolls at the sale price? Well, the sale is on all week. The shelves will be restocked and I will return. I can buy four more every time I enter the store. If I make 20 trips between my car and the store I will have the 80 containers of dental floss I need. Don’t laugh. It will be a great investment. I save 35%. Dental floss doesn’t rot, expire or deteriorate with age. Where can you get 35% return on your money these days? Banks give you one half of one percent if you are lucky.
If I live to be 175 years old and don’t lose all my teeth before the dental floss runs out, I’ll have received a great return on my investment. Then Warren Buffet will be coming to me for hot investment tips.
I’m getting older. Maybe you’re aging too. SOooooooooo, what are you stocking up on?
I might be squirrelly, but I’m not nuts.
Gerald M. Sliva
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