25 December 2020

Zucchini and Pepper enchiladas


Vegetarian - except when you have husband insisting on the visible protein (beans or meat) The photo I took is with a version that had 1 pound of minced meat (husband insisted), and a bit more cheese than the recipe required because I just wished to use up all the cheese I had left...



Tortillas

Green sauce

2 cloves of garlic

1 medium onion

1 green pepper

1 zucchini

1 cup of grated cheddar cheese

1 cup of minced meat - optional

Cumin, oregano, basil, cayenne, and black pepper


Preparation


1. Sauté garlic and onion (and meat if you put it)

2. Add peppers, zucchini and herbs stir, and cook over medium heat for another 5-8 minutes

3. Remove from heat and stir in half of the cheese.

4. Allow filling to cool before filling tortillas.

5. Put a bit of sauce in the pan, arrange enchiladas, 

6. Pour remaining sauce over them, sprinkle the remainder of cheese

7. Cover with Al foil and bake for 30 min at 325

Twice Baked Butternut Squash



Vegetarian dish. A mixture of a sweet and sour taste. Sorry, no photo. I was too busy eating.


1 medium butternut squash

3/4 cup of plain greek yogurt

3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper


Steps:


1. Cut and clean Squash, 

2. Drizzle with oil, salt, put in the oven, bake in preheated oven on 425 until fork tender (between 30 and 40 minutes)

3. let it cool down so that you can handle it, scoop out meat leaving 1/4 inch border, leaving the shell intact, 

4. mix with yogurt, 1/2 cup of cheese, season 

5. fill shells and sprinkle with the remainder of cheese.

6. return to oven for 10 more minutes or till top goes golden brown.

Lemon-Basil Chicken

The photo is before I served it. I ate mine with millet, my husband ate his with rice. He refuses to eat bird seeds. 


1 medium onion

4 cloves of garlic

1.5 pounds of chicken breasts

5 cups of baby spinach

2 cups of basil leafs

2 tbs lemon juice

Oil

Soy sauce

Black pepper, lemon zest



1. Sauté onions and garlic

2. Add chicken and brown on all sides, stir in soy sauce and black pepper, cook till chicken is cooked

3. Stir in spinach, few handfuls at a time, add lemon zest, juice, and basil, cook till basil is wilted, season per taste


Serve with rice.

Sto-Plain Slumpie



Nice one, I used minced venison for this particular photo. And my mash contained equal amounts of turnips and potatoes. What can I say, age...




500g minced meat

3 cloves of garlic

100 g. Fresh mushroom

375 frozen spinach

1 tbsp tomato puree

1 tbsp of cornstarch

oil

1 cup of stock

1 cup dark ale

Sage, mustard, salt, and pepper


Preparation


1. Brown the meat with garlic in oil, 

2. Add mushrooms, stock, and ale and bring to boil

3. Add spinach and the rest of the ingredients and simmer for half an hour.

4. At the very end, add cornstarch mixed with a bit of cold water and bring back to boil


Serve over mash.

Overnight oats

Quick sweet breakfast. Vegetarian. Loads of fiber.


Mix everything the night before in a closable container, put overnight in the fridge, eat in the morning.


No photo this time, I put it in Tupperware, it doesn't look as good as the ones with jars. But the food didn't leave the container!


BASE:

1/2 rolled oats (or any other grains)

1/2 milk (I go with soy)

1 tsp Chia seeds

1 tsp flax seeds


DIFFERENT FLAVOR MIXES


Almond Joy


1 tbs cocoa powder

1 tbs honey/or similar liquid sweetener

1 tbs shredded coconut

1 handful of chocolate chips

1 handful of almonds

1/4 vanilla extract


Blueberry muffin


1/2 blueberries

1 handful walnuts

1/2 cinnamon

1/4 vanilla extract

1 tbs maple syrup (or whatever sweet)


Pumpkin Chocolate


1 tbs Cranberries

1 tbs pumpkin puree

1/2 tsp cocoa powder

1/4  tsp pumpkin pie spices

1/4 vanilla extract

1 tbsp maple syrup 

1 handful of pecans (or any other nuts)

Annoying recipes sites



Sometimes, I end up writing blog posts that contain a reference to something I need and it is extremely annoying to find on the internet. 

Right now, I’m starting with recipes. 

It is extremely handy to find recipes online and read them if only the sites that contain those recipes would not be so ANNOYING. 


So I will put recipes I use a lot here with a short description of the dish at the beginning and that’s it. Maybe I will include a photo of the finished dish. If I remember to take one before I eat the food. 

Feel free to try them. 


My diet has no restrictions of any kind, and I attempt to use food rich in nutrients and low in calories.



Breakfast


Main dish


18 October 2020

No Justice, at all

In one of my previous posts, I said that your average dictatorship usually has lovely, complete, and just laws are written. When you read them, they are marvelous. For example, in my country of origin, there are written laws and procedures on how to deal with the inheritance so that nobody can con no heirs after losing the loved one. By those rules, courts, when the person dies, will start the inheritance procedure and inform all the heirs about the procedure. The statements of each heir will be taken, and the judge decides what is the fairest distribution of the deceased’s property. That’s what lawmakers wrote.

The catch is that law, as all others are simply not enforced as they should be, so something different happens. 

But I will backtrack a bit, pointing out what was going on in Poland in the last few years, and let you draw the parallels with the situation in the USA. So you probably heard that in Poland the current ruler is doing his best to remove old judges and install new ones. His argument is, he needs to remove judges from the old regime. The catch is the previous dictatorship did the same, removed old judges, and installed new-regime friendly ones. That is the standard approach in every dictatorship. After the second world war, when my country of origin transferred from Kingdom to socialism, all old judges were killed, and the new regime put new judges. The government informed people that the government is doing its best to remove remains of the old oppressive system who considered ordinary people unacceptable to live or decide for themselves and put the new judges who respect ordinary men and put the needs and wishes of the ordinary men first. 

That was an excuse. Every new judge was carefully vetted to show loyalty to the dictator and new leadership. If they were not supporting the “great leader”, they could not even get nominated for the position. Oh, there was a sham process to choose judges. I say sham because the last thing anyone was worried about was merit. No, who cares can the nominated person do the job and actually be a judge. It was important that the nominee supports the government and dictator. 

This results in no justice for the average citizen. Every court decision is made to support the dictator and government, and anything else is ignored or botched up. So now, let us go to the above example about the inheritance laws. For the average person, courts do not start the procedure. It waits till one of the surviving heirs requests it. Because courts do not care about the law. The person who requests it is the one who names other heirs, and I know about the case where the name of the other heir is spelled wrong, so the court does not inform them. After several times of no-show up, the judge usually just gives everything to the heirs who appeared and ignores the heirs who did not. So the very law, made to prevent trickery of the heirs, is in fact used for effective cons. 

Meaning, courts in a dictatorship are not there to help citizens but to ensure everyone stays in their places and follows the prevailing ideology. 

That’s what is behind Mitch’s court-packing during this presidential term and refusing to confirm any judge during the previous presidential term. In a real representative democracy, merit, not ideology, and political leaning should lead judges picking.