Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Reading - Food for the Soul. Eating - Food for the body

Not too long ago I discovered I could read Spanish for pleasure. There is no better way to improve ones vocabulary. I’m reading “Tras Las Huellas de Dios en la Historia” (The Footsteps of God in History) It’s the stories of the holy land, and it’s giving me a Catholic perspective on the places we visited in Israel.

My English reading has been Christopher Hitchen’s book, “God is not Great.” The contrast between the books is interesting.

I’ve lost weight. Sixteen pounds to be exact. I’d like to lose six more pounds, then I’d be the same weight I was when in my thirties. (Although most of us, myself included, gain weight with the years I’ve found no evidence stating this is what is suppose to happen.)

What’s my secret to weight loss? Eating seven servings of fruits and vegetables per day. It’s not an easy thing to do. It’s not that I only eat fruits and vegetables, I eat whatever I want. However, once I’ve figured out which fruits and vegetables I’ll prepare the rest of the food groups take a back seat.

Do you know what a tomatillo is? Some people think it’s a green tomato, but it isn’t. I make tomatillo soup. Here's how I do it. Brown chicken pieces in a sauce pan. Set aside. Put chopped onion, garlic, jalapeno and tomatillo in the pan. Stir fry for a while. Add chicken broth and cook. Puree in a blender. Put chicken pieces in the puree mixture. Reheat. If you want you can add a little sour cream to the top of each bowl just before serving. That’s about as close as I get to following a recipe.

If you live outside of Latin America I don’t know if you can find tomatillos.

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