May 13

Oh what a dream…

THE DREAM SONG
(Written by Joan Baez and Ron Davies)

I had a dream I was following a barefoot girl
Beside a stream that flowed around the world
And we spoke of many things though her mouth never moved
As the most peculiar scenes were disappearing into view

Oh what a dream beyond the realm of why
Pretty little beings beneath the yawning sky
Speaking of God as though they could define
Music to the deaf and color to the blind or God to man

And then the leaves became a thousand tears
And I was on my knees in a crazy house of mirrors
I couldn’t find my face but a voice was drawing nearer
Hush baby, sweet baby, hush don’t you cry

And I thought I woke and my mother was standing there
And my heart broke as the ribbons in her hair
Turned into highways surrounded and swirled
Like a crown come down around a not so perfect world

In the corner of the dream was the man with the blue guitar
It had no strings but the music touched the stars
And his long dark curls turned to gold before my eyes
And the barefoot girl smiled off to the side and it was real

Then a thousand birds took flight with a joyful noise
And I heard the angels up on high rejoice
I could see my face and I recognized the voice
Hush baby, sweet baby, hush baby hush

It’s just a dream, one of those that goes on and on
Scene after scene with the rhythm of a gypsy song
When I really woke I was frozen in between
I didn’t know who I was, it was a dream inside a dream

It’s all a dream
Oh what a dream
I had a dream

© 1992 Gabriel Earl Music (ASCAP), Music Corporation of America, Inc. (BMI)

November 11

Humanity I Love You

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Humanity i love you
because you would rather black the boots of
success than enquire whose soul dangles from his
watch-chain which would be embarrassing for both

parties and because you
unflinchingly applaud all
songs containing the words country home and
mother when sung at the old howard

Humanity i love you because
when you’re hard up you pawn your
intelligence to buy a drink and when
you’re flush pride keeps

you from the pawn shop and
because you are continually committing
nuisances but more
especially in your own house

Humanity i love you because you
are perpetually putting the secret of
life in your pants and forgetting
it’s there and sitting down

on it
and because you are
forever making poems in the lap
of death Humanity

i hate you

 

– e.e. cummings

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February 9

Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 300g basmati rice
  • 25g butter
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • small cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
  • 4 tbsp red curry paste
  • 85g raisins
  • 850ml chicken stock
  • chopped coriander and
  • toasted flaked almonds to serve
Instructions
  1. Soak the rice in warm water, then wash in cold until the water runs clear.
  2. Heat butter in a saucepan and cook the onions with the bay leaf and other whole spices for 10 mins.
  3. Sprinkle in the turmeric, then add chicken and curry paste and cook until aromatic.
  4. Stir the rice into the pan with the raisins, then pour over the stock.
  5. Place a tight-fitting lid on the pan and bring to a hard boil, then lower the heat to a minimum and cook the rice for another 5 mins.
  6. Turn off the heat and leave for 10 mins.
  7. Stir well, mixing through half the coriander.
  8. To serve, scatter over the rest of the coriander and the almonds.

 

February 6

Paleo Pumpkin Soup

Paleo Pumpkin Soup
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Type: Soup
Cuisine: Thai
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Spicy creamy pumpkin soup
Ingredients
  • 500 grams pumpkin
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1" knob fresh ginger
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 vegetable bullion cubes
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 dl water (or more as needed)
Instructions
  1. Wash & peel pumpkin and carrots, cut into 1" pieces
  2. Peel the garlic and onion, chop into rough bits
  3. Grate ginger
  4. Saute the onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil, be careful not to burn the garlic!
  5. Add the pumpkin and carrots
  6. Add the bullion cubes, chopped ginger and curry paste, stir well
  7. Add the coconut milk (save a bit for garnishing) and 5 dl of water, stir again
  8. Let the soup simmer until the pumpkin & carrots are soft (15-30 minutes) stir every few minutes so the bottom doesn't burn
  9. Mix the soup with a hand blender until smooth
  10. Salt and pepper to taste
  11. Garnish with fresh cilantro, thin slices of fresh chili pepper, scallions or lemon grass as you prefer
  12. Swirl a bit of coconut milk over each serving