32 Flavours

Vanilla, chocolate, or something else entirely?

Coconut, really come on. It can be used in sweet and savoury and it’s great in rum-based alcoholic beverages πŸ™‚

There is also great fun in acquiring the raw material.

Coconut ice-cream float using cream soda is one of my favourite summer indulgences, but my favourite coconut recipe is:

Coconut Chutney

Ingredients
1 cup grated coconut
2 small green chillies , chopped
1 tsp grated ginger (adrak)
1 tbsp roasted chana dal (daria)
salt to taste

For The Tempering
1/2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
1 red chilli , broken into pieces
2 to 3 curry leaves (kadi patta)
1 tsp oil

Method
Put the coconut, green chillies, ginger, roasted split gram and salt in a blender with a little water and grind to make a fine paste. Keep aside.
Prepare the tempering by heating the oil and adding the mustard seeds, red chilli and curry leaves and stirring till the mustard seeds crackle. Pour this tempering over the chutney and mix well.
Refrigerate and use as required.

This makes a wonderful confection especially when the coconut is freshly grated.

I can spend a whole evening eating this with just poppadoms πŸ™‚

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Quote me

Quote Me

β€œDo you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?”

‘When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.’
Mark Twain

This is the tag line for my main art blog and a signature in a few forums. I’ve been using it for a few years now and feel that it still really describes how I feel about late-stage capitalism and the rush to be better, richer, more popular than everyone else and how we exteriorise this competition in the purchase of consumer good.

I’m not immune to this competition, I honestly don’t believe anyone can be completely immune to it with the 24 hour immersion to comply and consume that is prevalent in our culture. There are more norms, including gender stereotyping, that need to be challenged, as these set up an artificial scale of value to our activities.

What I realised from this quote is that we are all mad for this disease of consumerism and acknowledging it help us to see where we can occasionally step away from the race that we are all running and watch from the sidelines or even take a different path if we are brave and have the energy to keep this up against the societal pressures to conform and not be different.

I wake every day with the intention to live my life fully in harmony and peace with the world and the people in it.

Having worked in special education (working with children on the AS) for almost thirty years I hope that I can pass some of this resilience to the children I work with and teach them to accept themselves in a society that tries to make them conform to the ‘norms’ around them.

We have challenge these oppressions of non-conformity to societal norms on a daily basis otherwise they will become more entrenched and destructive to our society and the individuals in it.


Truth or Dare

Daily Prompt – Truth or Dare

Is it possible to be too honest, or is honesty always the best policy?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRUTH.

His life was a lie
From the age of 22 to the day he died, his life was a lie
He lied about love, which he didn’t feel
He lied about hate, which wasn’t there
He lied so often he got depression from the believed lies
He lied casually, he lied seriously
He sometimes even enjoyed his knavery
He lied no matter what
His lies were small, his lies were large
His death was the only truth he had left


Word of the Day

Across at my main blog, Wicked Words, I’ve just added a Word of the Day widget to the sidebar and I am going to try and include that word (and/or it’s synonym) into the daily writing task.

It would be completely reprehensible for me to make such a statement and then not follow it through.

So look forward to my deplorable shoe-horning of random words into my writing.