Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Of Waves and Winter

Every now and then
someone comes a long and knocks you off your feet
in all the best ways.

I had posted this image and a few others from last weeks
trip to the big lake over on FB.  Much to my surprise a beautiful poem was
waiting for me in the guest comments underneath this image.  I was moved,
in all the best ways.

Good things must be shared.


Of the waves

washing, washing,

the land away,
slowly, slowly

an island make.

in summer light

surging, surging

a mist refresh

in fall twilight

foaming, foaming

a bitter crest.

cold winter comes,

sweeping, sweeping

snow and ice

tossing, tossing

onto rocks.

flowing, flowing

over again

a sheath of cold

swirling, swirling

petrified smooth

against rocky shore

holding, holding

the shape, of the coastline

like a glove.

Written by Emily McFarlane

One Love. One Peace. Always and all ways.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Emeril Lagasse's Southern Brasied Greens wtih Bacon

Let's face it ...
Slow cooked greens aren't all that photogenic when finished.  
So you're not going to see the end result.  I will tell you, they're fantastic.
So is this recipe.



* 3/4 pound sliced bacon
* 3 cups sliced onions
* 8 cloves garlic, mashed
* 3 teaspoons salt
* 3/4 teaspoon cayenne
* 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
* 1 quart water
* 1 (12-ounce) can beer
* 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
* 2 tablespoons molasses or cane syrup
* 5 pounds fresh greens, such as mustard greens,
collard greens, turnip greens, or kale, rinsed well,
picked over and tough stems removed


In a large, heavy pot cook the bacon until it has rendered most of its fat, about 5 to 6 minutes.
Add the onions, garlic, salt, cayenne, and black pepper and cook until the onions are wilted, about 4 minutes.
Add 1 quart of water, the beer, vinegar, and molasses and bring to a boil.
Begin adding the greens in batches, pressing down with a wooden spoon
to submerge them in the hot liquid and adding more as they wilt.
When all of the greens have been added, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the greens,
partially covered and stirring occasionally, for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until tender.

One Love. One Peace. Always and all ways.

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