Wednesday, January 13, 2010

MeanMesa: A Winter's Afternoon

Of course we can all stand shocked, mouths agape, as we listen to some dirty shirt preacher tell us that the Haiti earthquake disaster -- and the poverty and despair there already -- is the result of the country's close association with voodoo. Egad. Just what we need.

Didn't hear it on The Randi Show?

So, stepping away from MeanMesa's usual ranting session, we'll just move on to a little something more local -- an account of this winter's afternoon in New Mexico.

We began with a nice winter's bike ride to visit a grad student friend to help out with a few recipes. He's just recently moved in with his girlfriend and, although he is now officially a Latin teacher at UNM, he's a bit rough on good recipes for home cooked meals.

Upon returning home, Randi Rhodes shared the audio of the creepy christian preacher on her afternoon radio show. After that, MeanMesa changed the schedule a little.

Haiti: 20,000 or more dead in the streets.

The pot roast went back into the freezer. We will get by just fine with a nice rice and vegetable casserole for our dinner entre this evening. After adjusting the weekly menu and the grocery list a little, a $10 "surplus" suddenly surfaced. After all, the roast can get added back later.

So, MeanMesa will get aboard the old bicycle and ride down the few blocks to the American Red Cross headquarters. They will be able to work wonders with just a few dollars more! Plus, they are all so nice when MeanMesa drops in with a skinny little (Social Security funded) check for $10!

You'd think that just this little dab of extra cash was going to correct all the social ills in the entire continent.

Hey, MeanMesa visitors! Getting any ideas?

Just in case anyone is interested in the recipe for the vegetable souffle, here is a copy for it -- lifted right out of Laurel's Kitchen.

1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup diced celery
1 cup grated carrots
2 tablespoons minced onions
a few cloves of whole garlic
1 cup vegetable stock (we use chicken broth)
4 tablespoons margarine
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup of milk
3 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
2 teaspoons brown sugar


Cook carrots, celery and onion in 1 tablespoon of margarine and 1/2 cup of stock for 10 minutes. (MeanMesa saute's this mix in olive oil first.)
Make a cream sauce with the remaining 3 tablespoons of margarine, the flour, the remaining 1/2 cup of stock and the milk.
Preheat oven to 375.
Mix vegetables, rice, seasonings, sauce and egg yolks together. (MeanMesa adds grated mozzerella and a small can of mushrooms.) Beat egg whites until stiff and gently fold into the mixture. Pour into a deep, well greased (sprayed) baking dish and bake for 30 or 40 minutes. Serve at once.
Serves 6.

(Laurel's Kitchen. Nilgiri Press. Petaluma California. 1976 ISBN: 0-915132-25-7)

Sit down and enjoy a nice, sensible cold weather dinner. Think about the people in Haiti who are having such a bad time. Think about joining in to try to help them out.

So, Pat Baby, here's MeanMesa's call. Our ten bucks against your medieval voodoo. Happy Holy, buddy.

1 comment:

  1. Chad add my $50.00 to yours and I think we're about ready to "Buy Us a Devil" for dinner. that recipe btw looks luscious. I'll have to give it a try.