New Year’s Time Warp

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My thoughts of late have been rather strange (nothing new), involving parallel lives and how nothing is impossible if we have many simultaneous existences, right?  I’ll spare the details and just mention I have climbed at least one mountain (Mt Fuji from the visitor’s center in this life does not count), have walked some insanely long distance over many months as an explorer, have been a marine biologist studying starfish in the San Juan Islands, been outrageously happy in love, and have helped a ton of people by just being me.

My current life in which my physical body resides is instead posted close to a computer moving only my hands, straining to listen like a UN translator to words from a multitude of people from many lands (medical providers in the US) and transcribing them dutifully.

What does any of this have to do with 2013?  Nothing.  Except that one of these days some part of a non-local self may intersect with my local self and Blammo!  A new life.  See?  Quantum living (Many Worlds Theory) is so much easier than laboriously reworking my resume with help of kind consultants to land a dream job that requires more of me than moving fingers and hearing loss.  So much easier than online dating (ugh, enough material for a novel).  And so much healthier than antidepressants.

Now, to write about some New Year’s Eve celebration and probably the last blog of 2012 unless I get inspired.  For some odd reason, it has become customary for my daughter and niece to celebrate with a dance party in my home each year for the past 6 years.  They jam to the “Just Dance” Wii videos until midnight when we watch the ball drop on TV.  The crazy thing is, they even got me dancing a few times, and now that I’ve told you, I might need to go into permanent hiding.  My moves can best be described as flailing.

One New Year’s, we made together a tremendously tasty feast of a dish, which I am hoping to make again as a team this year if I can accumulate all the ingredients in time.  I am posting it here.  Translation:  Aubergine is eggplant, and courgette is zucchini.

PERSIAN SWEET AND SOUR “RATATOUILLE”

INGREDIENTS
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 very large onions, sliced thickly
2 teaspoons salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 aubergine, peeled and thickly sliced
2 large quinces, peeled, quartered and thickly sliced (or 2 large green apples)
2 medium courgettes, diagonally sliced
3 medium carrots peeled and diagonally sliced
2 large tomatoes, sliced
2 large potatoes, peeled and sliced
16 dried apricot halves, coarsely chopped
12 prunes, pitted and coarsely chopped
1 1/4 teaspoons Persian spice mix *
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon lime juice
250 ml tomato juice
2 tablespoons parsley, very finely chopped
NOTES:
Cookbook – Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian (the best cookbook ever!!)

*1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground cardamom, 1/4 tsp ground cumin; she says you can add rose petals, but who has those lying around?  If you do, feel free.

We made this work in a 10 x 12 Pyrex pan, but a tall casserole dish could work in the round.

You start with a layer of onions and keep building layers of thinly sliced overlapping vegetables, sprinkling salt, pepper, and garlic between layers, ending with a layer of potatoes, and dried fruit on top.

Oven at 350 degrees.

Combine Persian spice mix, turmeric, and lime juice in a small bowl.  Add tomato juice and mix.

Put the pan over medium heat on stove top (or in oven) for 10 mins, and then pour tomato juice mixture over.  Cover pan and put in oven for 1-3/4 hours.  Let cool 10 mins, then sprinkle with parsley.

That’s a lot of dance time.

Here’s hoping you all have a gentle transition to 2013.

About Erin W

A sensitive plant, bamboo strong.
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One Response to New Year’s Time Warp

  1. ” Except that one of these days some part of a non-local self may intersect with my local self and Blammo! A new life.” Hear here.

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