Meat Free Monday: I Want to be this Man … in 58 Years

In terms of health.  In terms of attitude, I want to be more like him now. Too often,  I substitute worry and feeling for real best effort, and that causes me to be both stressed and much less effective.

I had my daughter pretty late in life (age 38), so I’m  really trying to do all I can to stay alive and healthy for as long as I can. 

Let’s just say I can identify with a certain replicant.

Please Support Trans Lifeline

The video is a couple of years old, and they’ve expanded since then, but the point is the same: trans people, especially trans youth, are more at risk for suicide than almost anyone else. 

And no matter how well- intentioned, a cisgender person can’t help them as well as another trans person. 

We’ve donated in the past,  and we will do so again. I hope you will consider something as well. 

This is literally a matter of life and death. 

Meat Free Monday: Emilie Eats’ Vegan Cajun Red Beans and Rice

So I finally took the time to make this recipe.

I won’t reprint the recipe (just follow the link above), but I will give my impressions:

First,  this took a lot more time and attention than I’m used to putting into my cooking. 

It had a lot of ingredients, several steps, and took a long time to cook. This is no problem for a true foodie, but I mostly cook so I’ll have something to eat.

The result was pretty good, but all I can really taste is the hot sauce, the bay leaves, and the dried beans, which I can never seem to get just right. 

So my verdict is: this is not a quick, easy, or lazy recipe. It requires more skilled hands than mine to really shine. Foodies only: for someone like me, it isn’t worth the effort as written.

I may try it again with canned beans. That will cut the cook time way down and remove my main source of error. 

I’ll also use less Tobasco, so it doesn’t overwhelm the other seasonings.

I really think this is a good recipe, but I’ll need to cut it down to my skill level for it to work for me. 

Moana and the Temptation of Good Advice 

One of my favorite things about that song (and about Moana in general) is that the temptation she has to overcome to save her people and fulfill her destiny is good advice.

I mean,  what advice could be better than “you can find happiness right whet you are?” 

Don’t most of us get into trouble when we forget that? Isn’t that a great corrective to our consumerism, our fear of missing out, our endless anxious status- seeking? 

And it was good advice for everyone on the island except Moana. She had a vocation,  a literal divine calling,  and to fulfill out,  she had to walk away.

Sometimes we have to do that, to turn away from good advice in order to do what’s most important. 

But most of the time I should be listening to the good advice around me. 

Meat Free Monday: Spinach Sandwich!

Growing up in the South, I’ve eaten a lot of yummy tomato sandwiches, just sliced tomatoes, salt, pepper, and mayo on soft white bread (or toast).

But just last week I discovered you could do the same thing with spinach.

I’ve been devouring them like the end of the world is coming ever since. 

You should give it a try. You can also combine them into a spinach and tomato sandwich, if you think you can handle it 🙂