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Mondays with Melitas – December 15, 2014

LENTIL BACKLASH                                             DECEMBER 15, 2014

 

Last week I neglected to mention a few items for the LENTIL RECIPE. Chopped green onions are great also just before you serve it. I also forgot about Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wa,) which somehow came up to the Northern Hemisphere from Peru. The Peruvian Indians have been living on that for hundreds of years, it’s been their mainstay; but now, because it is popular in our neck of the woods, they are suffering because of the popularity. The growers can now sell it at a much higher price, and the natives can’t afford it. If you haven’t tried Quinoa, you should do so as soon as possible. It is chuck-full of vitamins, fiber, and such. Much better for you than rice. I talk about these things because I want you all to get onto these various foods so you will eat much healthier

Boil the Quinoa like you do rice, but it is rather bland to my taste. We sauté it with sliced onion and mushrooms. Then, it is s-o-o-o-o good. The box or bag it comes in may give you some ideas. Another idea when you have some leftover Tilapia, throw in some capers. You just go ahead and make up your own conglomeration

The Readers were restless last week, and the Replies they posted need some conversation.

For instance, in Marge Crouter’s Reply this past week she asked about the cilantro since it doesn’t tickle her taste buds, so I say to Marge: “Just leave out the cilantro – maybe you would like some parsley, or don’t even bother. Put in stuff you like, and it will be delicious.” Then, on the other hand, the Reply from my niece, Roberta, “just loving the idea of the cilantro-YUM” (her words.) You all should experiment, and let me know if you find something daring and delightful.

Vickie Adams said she is going to try it, and I wish her the luck she asked for. You can do it. Jamie Forrest loves the recipe, and will be cooking up a batch next week — can’t do it this week because she has to do a big pot of gumbo to serve to some friends.

Joan Chase doesn’t care much about what’s in it, just make a lot of it. She loves to eat.

Now there’s Rebecca Epley, who reads my drivel over in Arizona. Rebecca, I don’t know about that recipe of yours. Maybe it’s a good thing you only make it once or twice a year. Those jalapeño peppers will get you. I wouldn’t be able to eat it at all, so please don’t serve it when we come over to visit. As one advances in age, you may end up with the GERD, then no more jalapeños and the food like we both grew up with.

There was one more Reply. It was from the daughter of my great team mate, Bertha Petinak Tickey when we played championship softball for the Orange Lionettes. Janice always stays in touch, and here she brought me up to date about Bertha’s great granddaughter, Angela Gardella, a senior at Sonora High School, and they just won the Div. 4 State Championship held at Orange, over in Orange County where we played our softball. Angela’s sport is volleyball. (I almost forgot that – caught it just in time, thank goodness.)

 

THE MORAL TO THIS STORY: EACH WEEK, YOU SHOULD GO BACK TO THE BLOG TO READ THE REPLIES. THEY ARE USUALLY BETTER THAN THE STORY.

 

MELITAS FORSTER                                       MONDAYS WITH MELITAS

 

9 Comments to “Mondays with Melitas – December 15, 2014”

  1. HI HOPE YOUR MONDAY IS A GOOD ONE . WE ARE GOING SHOPPING FOR A COUPLE OF THINGS . WE WILL BE MAKING TAMALES ON FRIDAY .
    ON QUINOA SORRY MELITAS I TRIED IT AND DIDN’T LIKE IT AT ALL . I HAVE A FRIEND IN TUCSON , ARIZONA THAT LOVES IT . NO NOT ME . ON MY LENTILS I DON’T MAKE IT SPICE JUST TASTY . LIKE ONLY ONE JALAPENO . I HOPE YOU CAN MAKE THE TRIP TO ARIZONA SOMETIME . WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU . I WILL TELL YOU HOW THE TAMALES CAME OUT . YOUR WARDEN PARENTS MADE THE BEST TAMALES EVER . I DON’T KNOW WHY THE WARDEN NEVER LEARNED ” LAZY ” I SUPPOSE . HUGS AND PRAYERS .

  2. Hey Melitas! Didn’t mention it last week, but your blog prompted me to make up some lentil soup in the crock pot and we ate it all last week. One way we enjoy the soup is with fresh avocado on top and hot sauce too. We like Cholula!

  3. I don’t like to cook so I don’t cook even though I have a cookbook on the shelf……mainly because it has a pretty cover and holds up a couple of decorative jars. So…………when I return from my 10 day trip to Canada, I’ll look forward to your usual completely fascinating stories of days gone by. I’m sure, however, that many many appreciate lentils.

  4. ANYONE WHO COOKS AND WANTS TO SEND A SERVING OR TWO AND I WILL BE GLAD TO GIVE A LITTLE

    TASTE FOR THE MASSES AND LET EVERYONE KNOW HOW GOOD OR BAD IT TASTES.

    MELITAS SHARE THE WEALTH!

    JOAN

  5. Hi Melitas! Melba and I went to the Timberwolves/Lakers game last night and saw Kobe pass MJ on the scoring list. We wanted the T-Wolves to win but I knew you would be watching so I’m happy for you that the Lakers won. Hope you’re doing well. We’ll come visit next time we go to the desert.

  6. Hi Melitas, it’s Janet from the physical therapy office. Your Warden just left but I think she’s too wonderful to be a warden. I think it’s cute you call her that though. I was just thinking of you when Kobe passed up MJ! I could just see you sitting there in your Lakers jersey! Love you, little Mighty Mouse!!!! Xo

  7. The only way to appreciate these lentils is to come to your home and enjoy them the way I have. The Warden, Alba, has the magic touch. If everyone ate the lentils and two shots of Tequila at 5 p.m. they would be in as good shape as you are at 96. Love and miss you and the lentils.

  8. Melitas

    I love the fact we were all mentioned in your blog! We are somebody! My gumbo came out pretty good too. I think I’ll tackle the lentil soup this week. And, I love quinoa, although I didn’t serve it with the gumbo, somehow it just doesn’t “make the cut” when it comes to gumbo.

    Thanks for another great write-up!
    BESOS,
    Jamie

  9. Lentils, celery and spices purchased. Next step is to cook. I will do it. Thanks for the encouragement. Love Monday with Melitas!

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