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My Magnificent Salad of the Moment

saladMy mother’s idea of a salad was a floppy lettuce with one sliced tomato and one sliced hard-boiled egg. Salad dressing was mayonnaise and oil. So I like my salads to have plenty of ingredients and per definition no lettuce.

Lately I’ve been making the following salad a lot. It’s a big, beautiful jolt of healthfulness and tasty, too. I’ll make a huge bowl full and we all have it whenever during the day, until it’s gone and I make it again. And it’s not getting old yet. I chop up almost everything that needs chopping entirely and keep what I don’t use in fridge containers for the next time. For example, I’ll chop up a whole bunch of celery, even though I only need a handful for one salad. That way I only have to do a lot of chopping once every three salads or so.

I was talking with someone about life recently, and he pointed out that there’s no recipe for life, no certain amounts of the right ingredients for being successful–you just have to make it up as you go along. Well, that’s actually how I’ve always approached recipes. So no exact amounts of the ingredients here, and you can do lots of variations.

1 box or bag arugula (or arugula and spinach mix)
1 handful coleslaw
1 handful chopped celery
1 handful carrot sticks
1 handful chopped spring onions
1 handful chopped cilantro
1 chopped avocado
1 can black beans (or chickpeas, or navy beans, or kidney beans…)
1 handful slivered almonds (or pine nuts, or pecans, or sunflower seeds…)
1 chopped apple (or mango, or jicama, or mandarin orange sections…)
Some curry
Some herbes de Provence
Some flax seed powder (in case you don’t feel healthy enough yet)
A good extra virgin olive oil (or walnut oil…), about 4 or 5 times around the bowl
Lemon juice, also about 4 or 5 times around the bowl

Stir it all up and enjoy. Or do it with kale, and cherry tomatoes… In other words, just make a salad, with lots of ingredients!

America, Your Democracy Just Got Fired

Image: businessinsider.com

Image: businessinsider.com

The March for Women’s Rights was nice and all, and it’s encouraging to see so many people flock to airports around the country to protest the Muslim ban, but overall I’m extremely pessimistic right now. Today we saw how easy it is to replace a democracy with a dictatorship, checks and balances be damned. Continue reading

Me, Forging Empires

forge of empiresA while ago I started playing Forge of Empires. It’s the first time I’ve ever gotten involved in any kind of digital game, at least not since getting addicted to Pong when I should have been studying, back in library school. Continue reading

Good and Evil

image from offclouds.com

image from offclouds.com

The writing prompt of the week asks what evil means to me.

Well, I don’t believe it’s a thing, something that exists on it’s own. As an atheist/humanist I obviously don’t believe that the devil makes people do things. That would be  very convenient, but no, people do bad things because we’re human. We are responsible for our own values and rules and behavior. Continue reading

From Waterphobe to Swimmer in One Day


Setting: The beach at or near Dee Why, New South Wales, Australia. Year: Late 1965 or early 1966. I’m five, I think, and we recently emigrated here from the Netherlands. Continue reading

If I Had a Semi

image: terrain.org

image: terrain.org

The daily writing prompt asks what skill I’d like to have in my back pocket.

Well, years ago I saw a truck driver back a semi into a parking space between two other semis, straight as a ruler and with about a foot to spare on both sides. Now that’s clever. Continue reading

The Evening Picnic

image: theguardian.com

image: theguardian.com

Today’s prompt for NaPoWriMo was to write a poem including words from this list of seashell names:

Peruvian Hat, Snout Otter Clam, Strawberry Top, Incised Moon, Sparse Dove, False Cup-and-Saucer, Leather Donax, Shuttlecock Volva, Striped Engina, Tricolor Niso, Triangular Nutmeg, Shoulderblade Sea Cat, Woody Canoebubble, Ghastly Miter, Heavy Bonnet, Tuberculate Emarginula, Lazarus Jewel Box, Unequal Bittersweet, Atlantic Turkey Wing. Continue reading