Archive for May, 2021

Lest We Forget: A Memorial Day Poem by Harvey Paul Davis

Monday, May 31st, 2021

Note: Harvey Davis is in the Creative Writing Class that is held virtually from New Horizons, the local senior center. We both belong. This is his Memorial Day poem, which I want to share with you, since I believe he hits the nail on the head! Harvey, in his mid-nineties, also authored a book I reviewed around election time called We the People. Go to the Search Box on my website, www.menupause.info, and type in We the People and that posting of the review will pop up.

Photos are my choices from the Internet.

Lest We Forget

Memorial Day is coming up; let me ask you, what do you plan to do?
I see a stack of papers on your table; will that give me a clue?
That barbecue grill I see circled, is that something for you to buy?
Are you planning on this Memorial Day to barbecue and give it a try?

Perhaps you are planning a trip to visit a relative you have not seen for a while.
Perhaps a trip to the familiar Jersey shore, while the weather is still mild.
Perhaps lounging around with neighbors you have not chatted with recently.
Perhaps just taking it easy, planning nothing as all (your hope secretly).

On past Memorial Days the things listed above would have been my approach.
Ideas like honoring martyrs of the wars would not on my plans encroach,
Until last year when sickness, isolation and death were out of control,
And families were separated by disease and death; no one there who could console.

 

On the last Memorial Day, I sat in my wheelchair, lonely and ill at ease.
A pandemic was raging, and I could do nothing that would please.
There would be no celebration on this day; other things were on our minds.
To think of anything but ourselves was not the way that we were inclined.

I am determined that this Memorial Day will be different; take me at my word.
I plan to make up for what happened last year, believe me, I’m not being absurd.
I want you to join with me to make this a real and authentic celebration,
Once again to remember those who gave their lives without any hesitation.

 

 

A short history lesson might be important before our celebration will begin.
After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, perhaps something done on a whim,
Flowers were placed on his grave – one thought on how Memorial Day began.
There are other stories, no one is sure, and I’m really not an historian.

It was around the end of the Civil War that the tradition took hold.
A day was set aside when the heroism of our fallen soldiers was told.
Honor was properly given to the sacrifice that all of them made.
It did not matter the land of ancestry, their skin color or its shade.

Unfortunately, there were many wars to follow; I will name just a few:
The Spanish-American War, World War l, and of course World War ll.
Then the more recent wars, where our children and grandchildren died,
Who went off to fight; sadly, we really did not have time to say good-bye.

This Memorial Day we will honor each and every one with sincerity and grace.
Together let us all take a moment, on this day at this time and in this place,
To think about the great sacrifice that all of them made, with our deep regret.
It is fitting, and they certainly deserve this honor and respect, lest we forget.

Osteoporosis Month & Mental Health Month Recipes from ZOOM Cooking Class

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

MY NOTE: Last Friday I had a ZOOM cooking class to explore foods to keep our bones and minds healthy. Here are the recipes based on the importance of eating more alkalizing foods (ex. green veggies) and fewer acidic foods (meat, dairy, grains, too much fruit) with photos and some links to more information on Acid/Alkaline foods. You can Google Acid/Alkaline charts for your own guide to which foods are best. Also, there are many articles on this topic, which correlates to the yin/yang concept in macrobiotic cooking.

 RECIPES with Alkalizing Veggies

P.S. Having difficulty with Word Press format, so the type may be different in some of the recipes. Apologies!

Here are 3 cooking-by-the-strings-of-your-apron recipes that embrace more alkalinity and less acidity, with the idea of 80% alkaline foods and 20% acid foods, which is also the profile of each of our cells. I told the class that I now double the amount of (alkalizing) veggies with whatever acidic food I might make, such as pasta, even gluten-free. Fresh foods without sugar or too much salt, with emphasis on green veggies is good for the brain, the bones, and the rest of the body.

The highly alkalizing foods are: grasses, cucumber, kale, spinach, parsley, broccoli, sprouts and sea veggies, plus green drinks.

More recipes from: https://www.balance-ph-diet.com/alkaline_recipes.html

Cucumber Salad

(High Alkaline Food)

Ingredients

One large org. cucumber or two small

Leek or onion slices

Lemon juice (moderately alkaline)  or plum vinegar

Olive Oil Spray

Sesame seeds

Spices of your choice (S &P), parsley (high alkaline)

Sprouts (optional) (high alkaline)

Directions

  1. Wash and scrub organic cucumber and cut into thin slices.

  2. Slice leek or onion rings

  3. Toss both in a bowl with olive oil spray and lemon juice. Add spices of your choice or chopped parsley. Toss again.

  4. Right before serving, add a dollop or sprouts to the top off the dish. Enjoy!

For my recipe of Dilly of a Cucumber Soup, go to this link: https://www.menupause.info/summer-2007-sun-kissed-foods/

 

 Broccoli (high alkaline food) with Tofu (alkalinity is 7.5 pH once digested)

(Think about having twice as much broccoli as tofu, still less alkalizing than broccoli, although some charts may vary.)

 Ingredients

2 large stalks of organic broccoli

½ container of org. tofu

Ginger, tamari soy sauce, garlic

Sesame Seeds

Avocado Oil Spray

Directions

1. Wash and cut broccoli into smaller pieces lengthwise, removing thick stalk at the

bottom and use for soup stock.

2. Set aside broccoli and put up a pot with steamer basket, filling pot with

water to just under the basket.

3. While water is coming to a boil, spray a fry pan with oil and place 1” thick

slices of organic (and sprouted is available) tofu. Cook over medium heat and turn,

allowing the pieces to become brown-edged.

4. While cooking tofu, add broccoli to steamer and cook about 5-7 minutes,

fork tender but not mushy. Remove and place in the center of a platter.

5. Cut tofu into bite-sized pieces and place around the edge of the Enjoy! Can be eaten

cold, but I prefer hot.

(Spray again with oil, sprinkle on sesame seeds and use tamari as needed.)

 

Quinoa “Tabouli”

Tabouli is traditionally made with cracked wheat (bulghur). This is a gluten-free version high in alkalinity.

Ingredients

 One cup cooked (sprouted) quinoa (Mildly alkaline)

Soup stock or filtered water (or directions on pkg)

Two cups raw veggies of your choice

Lemon juice (Moderately Alkaline)

Olive oil spray

Parsley (washed & chopped)

Salt & Pepper other spices of your choice

Org. Lettuce for platter

Directions

1. Rinse quinoa well and prepare according package directions. (My sprouted quinoa says Bring 1 1/2 cups

water to a boil  and add 1 cup quinoa, well rinsed. But this makes too much  so I cut the recipe in half.)

Cook 10-15 minutes until water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy. Spray on some olive oil and set aside to cool.

2. While quinoa is cooking, mince 2 cups of veggies of your choice. (The acid/alkaline charts are my guide.)

Add minced veggies to cooled quinoa. Add a small amount of lemon juice to taste, plus chopped parsley.

Toss well.

3. When Quinoa mixture is chilled, place washed, organic lettuce on a serving platter, spoon on “tabouli,”

and top with  sprouts or micro-greens of your choice. (I used arugula.)

Summer Squash Stir Fry

I picked up this recipe from my brother, who made it for me several years ago on one of my visits to R.I. to see him and my sister-in-law. I like making this because it brings back fond memories of being with my brother and his wife (my high school girlfriend), especially now that my brother is gone. There are no specific amounts, so this is a truly cooking-by-the-strings of your apron dish. I also added some of my own ingredients. As yellow and green zucchini are more available, it’s a very quick (alkalizing) dish to make for summer weather.

 

Ingredients

1 small org. green zucchini, washed

1 small org. yellow zucchini (also called summer squash), washed

about 1/2 cup pure water or soup stock

one leek

one slice of ginger, minced

fresh parsley or dill or other herb of your choice, minced

Directions

1. Wash zucchini, rim the stem and top and grate on large setting.

(I used the large openings of a hand grater.)

2. Wash & Slice the leek, slice the ginger, and if you wish, add a small piece of garlic.
(optional)

3. Place about 1/2 cup of liquid in the bottom of a wide saute pan. Place all

ingredients,except the dill or parsley, in the pan; stir fry for about 5 minutes.

Add minced parsley or dill.

4. Mix the minced parley or dill (or both!) into the dish and serve,

using a slotted spoon to avoid any liquid. (The zucchinis themselves create liquid.)

Serve hot. Garnish with a red grape tomato or red radish. (Optional)

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