Any Way You Want It Rice

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Anyway You Want It Ricesource: Miikka H

This dish is very loosely based on the Curried Rice recipe in Louise Newton’s Good Recipes For Hard Times. I’ve used the same basic proportions and concept but changed everything else.

The main recipe is for the plain version. Variations are listed below.

Ingredients

1 cup raw rice

2 tablespoons oil

1 large onion

1 green pepper

1 cup flavored tomato sauce

2 cups onion soup  or 2 cups water plus onion soup mix

1 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

extra water

Directions

Saute onion and green pepper in hot oil till just soft. Add rice and cook till slightly transparent. Add liquid and seasonings. Cover.

Important

You will probably need to add additional water. So check  and stir periodically or the rice will stick to the bottom of the pot.

Variations

Indian Version: Add curry and thyme to taste.

Italian Version: Skip the pepper. Add oregano, garlic and basil to taste.

Mexican Version: Add garlic powder, a small amount of chili powder, and a small amount of cumin.

 

Bat Yam Beach Trip

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Bat-Yam-500x375source: Eran Sandler

I took a trip to Bat Yam beach yesterday with a few friends. Bat Yam is located on Israel’s Mediterranean Sea coast and is very beautiful.

Bat-Yam1-500x375source: philrieberer

I was afraid to take my camera because the sand might have damaged the lens so I found a couple of photos on Flickr that show exactly what it looks like.

Bat Yamsource: Or Hiltch

You might be interested to learn that Bat Yam has “ladies only” days each week.  Except for the life guards, a large portion of the beach is restricted entirely to women (and young children). This is done for religious reasons, as many Israeli women will not show their bodies to men.

On a side note, having lived in Israel for almost ten years, I knew better than to spend an entire day exposed to the harsh sun. Instead, I made myself an impromptu beach shelter. Everyone was amazed at how well it worked.

No pictures are available but here are instructions:

1) Gather several beach towels, 1 large sheet, 4 strong rubber bands and 4 screw-in broom/mop handles with holes at the top.

2. Attach two of the handles together using the rubber bands so that they make a v-shape. Repeat with the other two handles.

3. Push each of the upside down v-shapes into the sand, about 3-4 feet from each other. These are your two walls. They should look very similar to the two ends of a swing set.

4. Drape the sheet across the walls. Since there is no “roof support” that sheet will drag slightly in the middle.

5. Use the beach towels to create the floor of your shelter.

Once the materials were gathered, the entire process took about 5 minutes and stayed up the entire day.

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Tangible Things Class: How To See The World Differently

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This Is Not A Chairsource: Maureen Didde

I am currently participating in a free, online class called Tangible Things. It is given by Harvard University and it is about truly seeing and understanding the objects around you.

We did a exercise today that I would like to share with you. The exercise consists of stretching your mind by looking at an object in your home in as many ways as possible.

For instance, a telephone is a form of communication, but it’s also an artifact of modern design, a scientific invention, a retail commodity, a method of relaxation, etc.

To do the exercise yourself, follow these instructions:

1. Watch the video called This Is Not a Chair located on Youtube.

2. Complete the template This is not a _________; it is a __________.

3. Photograph the object, if desired.

Here is my finished exercise

This in not a plate. It is a decorative object. It was purchased for the pleasure it brings to the eye.

This is not a plate. It is a method of eating. It allows the user a simple way of enjoying food away from the immediate area of the stove.

This is not a plate. It is a part of a cooking technique. Food is placed on the plate and then heated in a microwave oven.

This is not a plate. It is small bit of American culture. Corelle became popular about 35 years ago and is still sold today.

This is not a plate. It is an example of modern science. This plate is made from Vitrelle, a substance first invented in a lab.

If you decide to do the exercise, please send me your results. I would love to read them.

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