"When you realize that nothing is lacking in your life~~the whole world belongs to you."

Lao Tzu

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

DUSK......................................


Dusk is the most perfect time of day...
The bees have done their work
The birds have temporarily ceased  their songs


The ripples in the bird bath have faded to just a stir

It feels as if the earth has just taken its last inhale of the day and let its breath out slowly and ever so silently..as though to say.  Ahhhh...all is well


Now the night can do the work it does while the sun
does its work somewhere else.


Rest will come knowing rhythms and cycles continue on 



Day to night
Night to day

Nothing complicated....just simplicity...
and continuity

Be restful sweet friends

Jo

Sunday, February 16, 2014

"LOVE AND COOK WITH ABANDON"..........the Dhali Lama


This post is about the cooking part.....LOL LOL.

I love to cook.....in fact I probably am one of the few women in the area where I live that ACTUALLY does cook.

Wanted to share  two incredibly simple recipes with you today.

This one uses a crock pot.  Here goes:

Small pork tenderloin
 (I usually buy a large one at Costco and cut it in thirds and cook one third at a time..freeze the rest for later use)

One small can green chili enchilada sauce (mild or hot) to your taste

one-half large onion...sliced

Garlic , salt and pepper....that's it.....

Place sliced onion in bottom of crock pot
Place tenderloin on top
Salt and pepper to taste add garlic
Pour can of green enchilada sauce over the whole thing.
Cook on high for approximately 5-6 hours.

When done shred meat to be used in burros.  Or  over-chips...corn...not potato.  I often top the whole mess with cheese and salsa and sour cream.

Couldn't be easier.

Left over meat and salsa can be used to make tortilla soup.
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We eat A LOT of mexican food where I live which means we eat a lot of beans.
Black, pinto, navy....any kind.  Here is what I'm making tomorrow.

One package of beans.....soaked overnight
sliced onion and garlic as much or as little as you like.
oil for frying onion garlic mixture
One can stewed tomatoes w basil and oregano.
Fresh kale sliced in small pieces
Vegetable broth or chicken broth as much as you need
I rarely measure anything...I just throw stuff together.


First:  saute onion, garlic and kale in oil
until soft.  Set aside
Cook beans in broth till done... keep liquid in pot
add onion, kale garlic mixture
add can stewed tomatoes.
salt and pepper to taste

You can either make this more of a soup or more of a bean stew....which ever you prefer

Simple, hearty meal.

This too...could be cooked in a crock pot although I have not done so.  Might try it this time.

I like simple one pot meals that make enough with left overs for tomorrow.  We try to go meatless several days per week...these dishes above are both filling and satisfying.

hugs from me to you,

Jo