I got this glass jug yesterday for a great price;
I'd been wanting a glass container with a lid
for my orange juice for years
so I was really happy to finally find one
that was of good quality and affordable!
A good friend of mine made this great
vegetarian chili when I was visiting her
I modified it as I did not have the same ingredients on hand.
It turned out very well. :)
2 cans Kidney beans
(I would of had red but the store
was out of them)
1 can tomatto (28 ounces) with juice
1 zuchinni chopped
2 onions chopped
some frozen corn
1 bell pepper
I put in a few frozen carrots; my friend used
3 carrots chopped
(I would of too but was out of them)
chopped onion (and celery if you have it, 3 stalks), carrots,
diced bell pepper and two minced garlic cloves -
sautee them in olive oil until softened.
Add ground cumin (I also added some whole cummin seeds
for good measure), paprika (and gound garlic if you did not
have any garlic cloves on hand).
Sautee a bit more.
Add two cans of drained and rinsed kidney beans.
Heat through for a bit.
Add can of diced tomattoes plus water to get rest of juice
out of can.
Then add chopped zucchini and, to quote my friend exactly,
"a generous pince of oregano" and bring it to a simmer.
the zucchini will add more moisture so no need to add more water.
Simmer for around 20 minutes (I think I did less but don't know,
I tend to start reading when waiting for things to simmer and time
in cooking for me is always quite fluid...).
Add frozen corn at end (my friend rightly taught me that this
will keep the corn's sweetness) and cook for about 5 minutes
(no more) longer.
For non-fasting seasons and days, add
(real if you can find it affordably priced)
a generous portion of grated
mozzarella cheese to
the individuals bowls.
My dear sweet good friend's chili is made
and ready to eat!
It has been named 'Rainbow Chili as it is quite colourful!
I've been enjoying the weekend.
Saw my library friend and her cute cat.
Washed my dishes. This my friends is always a feat in my house hold.
I swear, I turn around and the dishes have multiplied while
I was not looking.
Cleo had been a bit sick but I think she is getting better.
I am not too worried,
as I just now turned around and found her sprawled out on
the forbidden coffee table top.
So hopefully she is surely on the mend.
Just to be sure, I have not kicked her off the coffee table...
I got a book from our church library
(I have a few books out from it, I tend to dip into books and
then go to others and then back again...)
and this afternoon have been reading the introduction to
contemporary ascetics of Mount Athos
and as per usual, loving it.
For a few reasons the introduction has been an enjoyable read:
1. I get to learn a bit more history about Greece and
how St. Paisius collected manuscripts that eventually
became the Philiokalia
which I have not read yet as I have some in between reading
to finish before even considering it...
but of course I am a librarian and that Saints collected
books to create new books is right up my alley.
2. The introduction as it is giving me
not only a sense of the time period
and of what Orthodoxy can offer to us,
but the names of many others to learn about
and other books that have been published.
I was please to get volume I so I could familiarize myself with it;
and I think I am going to get it with some of my
Agatha Christie money (from selling my collection for
the reason of building an Orthodox library).
If it works out, will report back.
Have to figure out how much shipping will cost
and whether I should send it to my parents in the States
or pay the international rate to me in Canada.
Meanwhile, back to Cleo care, cleaning and