Tag: Feast Fast Famine

Lighter Feasting for the Holidays

 

CornbreadI clipped two dessert recipes from the November 1982 issue of Chicago Magazine, “Best of Dines, Worst of Dines.” Four decades later, they are still in my recipe file. One is complex and very rich, while the other is true simplicity and light in both preparation time and calories. I further simplified the simple recipe to universal acclaim this past week. For Thanksgiving, I will prepare a cranberry relish, made from scratch, that is both flavorful and ridiculously healthy. I suspect I will also make cornbread muffins, relatively healthier than general-purpose flour breads. What tasty, tempting recipes have you enjoyed with Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts and parties?

When I first carried the two restaurant dessert recipes away from school in Chicago, I took the first occasion to wow home audiences. The first was a flourless chocolate cake, that requires a springform pan. This was gluten-free before gluten-free was a thing. The volume of the cake is created by six egg whites beaten stiff. The substance comes from finely chopped nuts. The chocolate is semisweet. For garnish, either dust with powdered sugar (perhaps with a pattern/stencil) or follow the original recipe for another level of chocolate ganache. If you like chocolate, if you really like chocolate, you will love this.

The other recipe, even in its original form, is far simpler, far quicker, and far lighter. Pears, poached, with fresh berries, reduced to a sauce over low heat, that is all. Now the details.

A Feast of Books

 

When I was growing up, I read like I breathed. I remember reading an entire book (or close to it) during church one time (before my parents stopped letting me read during church, haha). I told one of my parents’ friends about it after the service and he did not believe me, but that’s who I was. I read all the time.

Then, college and the Internet hit, and I stopped having a lot of time to read. After that, I found my attention span had been greatly affected, and so I just chose not to read much.

Cargo Container Feast and Famine

 

America (and likely China) is experiencing a cargo container feast and famine. Ryan Petersen, CEO of Flexport, deserves an “A” for effort with his influential Tweetstorm. He gets the problem, the choke point, right. Peterson is able to be a catalyst for discussion leading to real solutions because he is not in one of the positions being blamed: shipping companies, dock managers and workers, trucking companies and truckers, or government. However, Peterson shows the limits of his knowledge in his suggested means to the end of getting trucks to the cargo terminals with empty trailers. Let us consider what he wrote, how things work, and who is actually in a position to lead an integrated solution to this short- to medium-term logistics problem. Hint: politicians touring and talking “infrastructure” spending are not part of the solution.

Prelude for context

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In a small Danish village, a small group of pious Protestants gather to practice their faith. The average age is likely in the 60s or perhaps 70s. Two sisters administratively keep the group going but the life, vitality, and vision died with their father who had lit the original spiritual fire. The years together brought […]

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A Feast Long Avoided: Gluten-Free No-Bake Fruitcake

 

Preliminaries

As I may have mentioned a time or ten thousand here on Ricochet, I have certain auto-immune problems which include celiac disease and food allergies that preclude my eating anything with most grains. The only grain that I do not have adverse reactions to is corn (maize). But corn is definitely not wheat with its wonderful gluten properties that allow for good breads and many other baked goods.

But not all baked goods are the same. I was in a conversation here on Ricochet the other day, and the subject of fruitcakes came up. Admittedly, we started out talking about the human sorts of fruitcakes, but the holiday season is approaching. Someone threw a picture of a non-human fruitcake in that conversation, and I thought, “I bet I could make a fruitcake with corn.” If there is one thing that corn can manage just fine, it’s creating a moist, dense cake. Thus, I started on this adventure.

Famine in America

 

You might be asking yourself, what cave have you been living in that you missed a famine in our own country? You haven’t missed it at all; the famine we’re suffering through, however, does not cause ordinary starvation as we see in Burkina Faso, Congo, Nigeria, or South Sudan. We don’t see the desolation of hunger and deprivation. Instead, America is going through a famine the likes of which we’ve never seen: it is the famine of the mind, the heart and the soul. And unlike the famines in other countries that we watch with heartache, we try to turn away from the ugliness, or blame others for what has occurred here. To some degree, we are all partly responsible for what is happening: there are perpetrators but there are also the silent witnesses.

What is this famine in America? It is multifaceted–

We have a famine of meaning.

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Sometime after our unsuccessful stint with chocolate bar sales, my sister and I decided to go door to door collecting non-perishable pantry items for a Thanksgiving drive our school was sponsoring.  It was another little school rally that convinced us to participate: boys were pitted against girls.  Our attention was weekly directed to the growing […]

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Group Writing: Intermittent Fasting

 

I just stepped on the scale. I weigh 295 pounds. That probably sounds like a lot to you, but it sounds like a minor victory for me. For several years, I have weighed over 300 pounds. I have had a lot of health issues over the last 30 years that have led to my being fat. The history doesn’t matter much, but another recent physical challenge had me ready to consider new measures. One measure that I have heard can sometimes “reset” the metabolism is fasting.

I had already been thinking about fasting when someone posted formulae in the PIT for calculating one’s basic metabolic rate (BMR). This is, according to the site where it was referenced, the absolute bare necessity for doing things like breathing and maintaining a heartbeat. Here are the formulae:

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This month’s theme playlist is pretty lean, more famine than feast, as my brief search turned up few songs that fit in some sense, outside of liturgical music. Jump in and fill the lacuna if songs come to mind. I look forward to the comments and your posts through this month.  This November’s theme is Feast, […]

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This November’s theme is Feast, Fast, Famine. The origin story of Thanksgiving involves all three, as the first Thanksgiving feast came after the previous winter’s cruel culling of the company. The second Thanksgiving feast observed by the Pilgrims followed a religious fast in response to a severe drought, threatening the harvest and health of the […]

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