Saturday, December 22, 2012

Clean shirt, steeping scarlets

"Home again, home again," goddy help us. To take one's bearings: years of negotiation, reduced to one or two intact, untouched, unruined customs, conduits of vestiges of dreams in their entirety. If anything holds, it's bread, and it's butter, some impossibly undisplaced sweetheart, in plain sight.

So, "Jack is having his break-fast, eh?" No one bothers much, but an apron blocks the view, just in case. "Well, he has to meet us all later, but he can get there by himself."

Quietly, a lady, whose job has been his growing strong and bright, takes her Christmas bonus in his eyes, guarding through the ages, Mr Jack.

A pint of very ripe strawberries, hulled
A tablespoon of soft green peppercorns, drained
A quarter cup of simple syrup: of 2 cups sugar, 1.5 of water, a lob     of liquid glucose, reduced and skimmed and strained
A half lemon, only its juice

Macerate and slip through a blender. Then mash the precious cargo through a tamis at least once; and let it barely simmer in a bain-marie until he bounces down the stairs. Let him inhale it, for his spank, and let him spread it on a wedge of spoonbread muffin that you dipped into the Normandy butter from that holiday, he never saw you take.

Michel Roux
  Sweet and savoury,
  classic and new
Kate Whiteman, translation
Rizzoli, 1996©

Friday, December 21, 2012

Clean shirt smoothie

You should always rotate the green 
leaves that you add to your smooth-
ies. Almost all greens in the world 
contain minute amounts of alkaloids. 
Tiny quantities of alkaloids cannot 
hurt you, and even strengthen the 
immune system. However, if you keep 
consuming kale, or spinach, or any 
other single green for many weeks 
without rotation, eventually the 
same type of alkaloids can accumu-
late in your body and cause unwant-
ed symptoms of poisoning.

            thé sauvage

                                et déchiré

Victoria Boutenko
Green Smoothie Revolution
  The Radical Leap Towards
  Natural Health
North Atlantic Books, 2009©