Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Getting un-stuck

Image 'Lucifer' by Franz Stück, from Bierbaum’s Franz Stück.       Found at:  Tumbler
and at:   Franz von Stuck

There are spaces that feel comfortable because we've gotten used to them.
Just because we've become accustomed  to them doesn't actually mean that they ever fit at all.

They've felt too tight, short, uncomfortable, or like they've been borrowed from someone who didn't want to loan them to you in the first place. But you wear them anyway. Because they are there, or there are no other options or whatever reason makes it bearable at the time.

There have been attempts to force a fit, change to fit what is there, and even negotiate for some new duds - but it just didn't click.

That day that it smacked you in face - the "unfittingness" of it all, should have been evidence enough that it was time to take it off for good. Those words, "I can't do this anymore." escaped from your lips, before you had the time to stop them up inside you throat.

So, you let go for a moment - a day - a week - but kept coming back to that familiar ill fitting thing, putting it on and trying to make it work. You tried accessories: scarves, jewelry and shoes to see if it would pass; but it didn't. Each time you tried to force it, it caused you pain. Pain for what was lost and pain for knowing it needed to be let go of.

You packed it up and set it in the corner for a while. Vowing to never try it on again. But then someone asked you where it was and why you don't wear it anymore. So you went looking for where you had stashed it. For memories sake, you took it out of the corner, unwrapped it and tried the misfit on once again.

It just didn't fit, and that familiar pain stung your heart once more. This just can't go on.
For the last time, back into it's wrapping and out the door it had to go.

This time you knew it couldn't stay with you. It needed to go back to where it should have been living all along - apart from you. There is someone that it fits, and they can't try it on for size until you send it back.

It's time to return what doesn't fit and get ready to wear what does.

All this time it's been waiting, hoping, praying that you could let go of ill-fitting to be free to wear what was made for you all along.

It's time for a change.

T.L. Eastman 2013

"Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."
Matthew 19:17

Trying tofu at home...

Fresh Broccoli (in a steam-able bag)
Firm Tofu
Tandoori Paste
Brown Sesame Seeds
Red Rice Noodles/Pad Thai
Liquid Aminos
Olive oil spray
Olive Oil

I love tofu, but have been hesitant to try it at home. This recipe was quick and turned out great. Not too bad for a first effort. Extra tips: keep the heat steady for the tofu to achieve a crispy exterior for the cubes.Also, be sure to rinse the rice noodles well to avoid them becoming sticky.Steam the broccoli in a microwave. Put water on to boil for the noodles. Cut tofu into cubes, spray pan with non-stick spray, drizzle oil oil in pan, drop a tablespoon of tandoori paste into oil and mix well. Drop tofu into hot oil and spices and cook each side till golden/red (from spices). Add sesame seeds towards end of browning tofu. Add a dash of Soy or Liquid Amino to browned tofu and sesame seeds. When water boils drop in noodles and remove from heat. Let soak for 5-10 minutes, drain and rinse well. Plate noodles, steamed broccoli and tofu. Enjoy! Cooking time 10-15 minutes from start to finish.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cooking up some tandoori spring...

Tropical Tandoori Carrot Quinoa Soup:

I bag frozen Goya tropical veggies. 
1 bag baby carrots
8 cups of water
3 tablespoons Garam powder
Red/yellow peppers
Sun dried tomatoes 
1 cup salsa
Tandoori paste to taste
Fresh basil
Sea salt
Olive oil
Cream cheese
Skim Milk
Quinoa cooked

Boil Goya veggies, carrots in water and garam powder till tender. Sauté peppers and tomatoes in oil. Cook Quinoa.

When veggies and pepper mix are done, purée in food processor till smooth. (Do about 3 cups at a time to get quite smooth.) Mix all blended veggies together with remaining water, one cup of milk and 1/2 cup of cream cheese. Drain quinoa and add mix. Add desired salt, pepper, cinnamon and tandoori paste to taste. Chop fresh basil and add right before serving. Enjoy!

Take a moment and check out the video blog of me telling you a little more about this soup. Hopefully, it will bring a little a little warmth your way - no matter if spring has arrived where you live. ;)
A special thank you to Gorilla Shark Pictures for making this video segment possible.