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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Majadra and Other Frivolity

My friend Will at DesignerBlog and his sporty husband Fritz had me to their home in New Hampshire a while back. Fritz fixed a simple, but truly delicious, meal for me. I loved it so much that I'm reprinting it here for you:


1 cup uncooked lentils
½ cup uncooked brown rice
I large chopped onion
½ cup olive oil
½ to I teaspoon ground cumin to taste
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Salt to taste
4 cups water

Boil lentils in the water for 25 minutes over medium heat. Do not drain. Sauté the chopped onion in the olive oil with the cumin, salt and pepper. Combine onion and rice with the lentils (for variety, add raisins, sultanas, chopped walnuts, almonds, and/or chopped dried apricots—use your imagination). Cover and cook over low heat for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

I found numerous recipes for Majadra on the internet...one of which called for a little paprika.....so mine received a half teaspoon of paprika if you like. I served it alongside halves of acorn squash baked in the oven with a little butter and maple syrup added ten minutes before they're done. The plate also looked rather dashing with quick-sauteed red pepper strips and sliced zucchini. Absolutely easy and delicious. Thanks, boys, for turning me on to this hot, sexy dish!

Updates on Other Comings and Goings

My sister is incarcerated and will be there until April sometime. She is doing well and seems as relaxed and "at home" as one can be living in a cell block with 62 women (two showers)....sounds kind'a kinky if you ask me. She's got one hell of a long road ahead of her. In some ways, this is the easy part. The good thoughts, prayers, and energy of you...my friends....has been the key here.

If you're in Portland, or near Portland, or want to be in Portland on January 30, we'll make it happen for you.....it's the March in front of our US District Courthouse in protest of the temporary restraining order placed on issuing civil union certificates in the state of Oregon. Check out this link and make your plans to bring ALL of your friends and join us.

We're all of a twitter about a possible upcoming trip to an unknown destination. We've found quite a bargain basement price on Lufthansa (does that give you a hint??). The price expires this coming week. If you're thinking about spending any time in Europe this winter, this is the week to book it....hit me up for details and I'll point you in the right erection....er, a.....direction.


D-Man said...

What are you planning for when she gets out? Is there a set date in April, or is that a conditional release date?

Troy's Mom should be LEAVING in April, as well... so we should be doing some celebratin' ourselves...

When are your Europe dates? Point your erection right at me.

Dave2 said...

Lufthansa? If you're going to be in Germany later this month, I'll see you there!

Though, I'll be in Poland on the 30th, so I'll be missing out on your Portland protest. :-(

Lemuel said...

If you need a translator,... *wink*

Java said...

Thanks for the update information on your sister. I've been wondering about her, but forget to ask you when I'm online.

WAT said...

Is that you in the pic as a kid with tha glasses?



Nathan said...

Look at that adorable boy on the top of your page :) hehe

Glad to hear your sister is hanging in there. April will be here before you know it!

savante said...

Majadra. Even the name sounds exotic. And delish!

tornwordo said...

It does kinda sound porno - 62 women 2 showers.

bardelf said...

Continuing good thoughts for your sister.

As for the cute photo of you -- you are a cutie, but also look like a mischievous boy who would wrestle another to the ground and bite! LOL

Palm Springs Savant said...

I love lentils. not sure why I felt compelled to share that. but anyway your sister is in prison? yikes, poor thing. I hope she does OK.

Will said...

Thanks, Lewis--you know we loved having you here. The secret of Fritz's cooking is it's absolute simplicity. He takes great ingredients combines them and then gets out of the way. His swordfish is positively the best I've ever had.

I'm glad your sister is making the best of things. It must be heartbreaking for all of you who love her.

Laurie said...

I may try that majadra.

I'm really proud of your sister.
She is a strong woman and will make
it through. Only 3 more months.
That's not to bad.
I can't handle one shower with
two other people! I don't know how
they can get away with 2 showers
and 60+ women.

I wish I could be in Portland to
protest with ya. Would you mind
protesting for two?

Ur-spo said...

i imagine Will would be a super cook with several exotic specialites. you are a fortunate man to have met him.

dbv said...

tell me it's not too late, i need to go somewhere and germany sounds great right now!!!