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Posted in Food on October 4, 2010 by Patrick

Lunchables . . . are not.



Posted in Food on November 1, 2009 by Patrick

So for Samhain my partner and I had a dinner party.  It started with “we should have some people over” and ended with the moving of furniture and the building of a trestle table in the living room while I translated the menu into my poor French.  Things have a way of growing in my house — all but my houseplants.

We had a “dumb” course (potage de pomme de terre) and then we passed a cup and poured a bit of our drinks into it and remembered a person important to us.  Even though relatively few of us were pagan, we all kind of got into it and I at least found it moving.  Many of us spoke of old teachers (that’s what happens when the host goes first, and the host is a professor).  It was really wonderful to hear how people who have passed live in, in a real and physical sense, among the living.

I haven’t been to a circle or thysia in — oh my, almost a decade.  But it’s kind of cool that I could still get spiritual nourishment out of a meal with my Christian, Jain, and even atheist friends.  And I think they enjoyed it too, even though I did finally give up on trying to find a French equivalent for “Mattar Paneer.”

Today’s Lunch

Posted in Food on February 19, 2009 by Patrick

A Taste of Thai Red Curry Noodles.

The noodles are thin and long, and sink into the water slowly as you microwave it, which means they can be crunchy on one end and done on another.  One of the packages looked like marijuana, but was sadly just seasoning.  The sauce had no particular flavor, other than kind of sweet, kind of spicy.

Resemblance to dogfood on first inspection:  10% (sauce packet)

Complexity to prepare:  six envelopes, but only two steps.  Package nearly too tall to fit in  microwave.

Guilty pleasure:  2  (mostly toward the end)

Cost:  about $2.00

Calories:  280 (60 from fat)

Still hungry:  Yes?  No?  I don’t know.  It was Thai.  Ask me in an hour.  Strangely, I now have a craving for Thai food, which doesn’t really bode well.