Friday, July 31, 2009

The Consolation of Philosophy

Lest we forget too... "And it is because you don't know the end and purpose of things that you think the wicked and the criminal have power and happiness. And because you have forgotten the means by which the world is governed you believe these ups and downs of fortune happen haphazardly."

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Wise Woman:

To be concieted of doing one's duty is then a sign of how little one does it, and how little one sees what a contemptible thing it is not to do it... Until our duty becomes to us common as breathing, we are poor creatures.

Cheesy Veggie Omelet for Two

2T olive oil
1/4 c onion (green onions are also good)
1/2 a zucchini
1/2 a squash
1/2-1 carrot
3 eggs
2-3 T cream
salt and pepper
grated cheese

Heat oil in pan. Chop onion, zucchini, squash into thin triangles. Shred carrot with peeler. Cook over medium heat until tender, and remove from skillet. Whisk together eggs, cream, salt, and pepper. Drizzle skillet with more oil and add eggs. Keep eggs from burning by lifting edges to let uncooked egg flow to bottom of pan. When cooked, sprinkle with cheese, add veggies, and Vwa-laa.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Eggplant Rounds with Balsamic Soaked Tomatos and Feta

Well Ruth, you talked me into it. Here is the first recipe!

1 eggplant
1 lg. tomato
Balsamic Vinaigrette
4 oz Feta cheese (I used Athenos chunk traditional)

Balsamic Vinaigrette:
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
1/3-1/2 c oil, blend of olive and canola
3T chopped red onion
salt and pepper
crushed garlic clove, optional

Marinate tomato slices overnight or for a few hours. Preheat oven to 450. Slice eggplant, baste with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and stack with tomato slice, and Feta slice. Cook for 8 min, or until eggplant is tender. Better the next day after stack has had time to harmonize flavors, reheat at 450 until feta is sizzling.

P.S. The vinaigrette is a guess. I seem to make it different every time and never measure.

Mr. Raven:

"But indeed the business of the universe is to make such a fool of you that you will know yourself for one, and so begin to be wise."

Graham Greene's priest:

"I know-- from experience -- how much beauty Satan carried down with him when he fell. Nobody ever said the fallen angels were the ugly ones."

Friday, July 24, 2009

It was too easy to die for what was good or beautiful, for home or children, or a civilization-- it needed God to die for the half-hearted and corrupt.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Books I've read since I've been married

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
2. Scipio Africanus
3. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
4. Lilith by George MacDonald
5. Brother Bartholomew and the Apple Grove
6. Alice Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
7. The Wise Woman and other Stories by George MacDonald
8. Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy

Mom wanted to know what I was reading, and here is the summary. Makes it look like all I've done is read. But I assure you this is driving time, with an occassional night-time reading. I do do other things ;)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Deep thoughts in Esther's living room

I was watching a mosquito fly to the South Pole and flap its wings at Brazil as it went. And when it flew back I killed it. Then my thoughts turned to: the politics of America, Phil, and traveling nurses. I liked lying on the carpet listening to Matthew and Susie talk.