Sewing For Relaxation… Do It

Sewing is meditative, mentally stimulating (usually includes simple math) gets you in touch with your body (you have to fit it to yourself) and stimulates the creative part of the brain. It’s ego building and relaxing… what’s not to like? And guess what? Guys do it too.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon, B&N and Ocean-Hose.

http://www.pacificsites.com/~oceanhose/

Turmeric is Rumored to Prevent Alzheimers. Good News for Curry Lovers

In my home we’ve learned to love curry, a mixture of spices, one of which is turmeric. I developed a taste for curry in London. As a vegetarian it was difficult to find meals but the Indian restaurants always came through. When you’re far away from home and you walk into a restaurant and order warm golden-colored curry, it leaves an impression. To me, curry means anything with curry spice in it. It can be rice and vegetables with curry or a soupy curry with legumes. I think of it as “comfort food”, especially when I hear statistics showing Indians who eat curry regularly show fewer signs of Alzheimers. And curry is a good way to use what’s in the fridge needing to be eaten. Sometimes I make curry with lentils and sometimes it’s black-eyed peas. Every pot of curry is different. Today’s curry started with a base of dried split peas. After they were cooked at a low temperature I added carrots, celery and zucchini and simmered. I threw in a handful of uncooked brown rice and added a teaspoon of curry powder and left it for hours on the back burner just below the simmering point. Soy sauce will flavor each bowl.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

eBook or computer download through Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260122

eBook through Barnes & Noble:

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Use Cast Iron for Fat-Free Cooking

It takes practice but a cast iron skillet is a fabulous way to cook without oil. You can add a tiny bit of water or broth to the skillet. For example, frozen corn and onions on the skillet with a tiny bit of water – cover and simmer a few minutes Before all the water gets cooked out, crack a couple of eggs on top, piercing the yokes. After a brief heating from the stovetop, stick the skillet in the oven and “broil” to cook the top. After removing from the oven, use a firm metal spatula to lift it out. The trick is to not let the food stick to the skillet, which it shouldn’t if you don’t let it get dry. Add some fat-free salsa and voila, a delicious omelet!

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

eBook or computer download through Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260122

eBook through Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/poor-jonnys-cookbook-suellen-ocean/1102338251?ean=2940016618609

The Recession Is Like a Fire

For those with a steady income, they watch the fire from a distance. Yes, it burns away at their investments and can cause sleepless nights, depression, divorce, etc. Bad news all the way around. But for those who have no financial cushion, they feel it in their flesh. Some already have third degree burns or worse. When a fire ravages a neighborhood and the authorities demand everyone evacuate their homes, many make the decision to run while others chose to stay and fight, armed only with a garden hose.  Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River. Available here:

Gold River: http://www.amazon.com/Gold-River-Suellen-Ocean/dp/1484094042

eBooks and computer downloads available through Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ocean

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