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Cabbage Fan

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Wow. I am a bad person. That was a really long silence because the world is conspiring against me school started. I have been thinking about things. I have decided that I am going to shift my focus a little, or maybe a lot.

chicken butt

My friends are reading a book called Not a Fan. It’s about Jesus.

And you say, hold it. Aren’t we supposed to like Jesus? The book is about the difference between a fan and a follower. A fan cheers at the sidelines, buys souvenirs, and smiles a lot. A follower drops his or her fish net and/or pomegranate and/or fancy walnut oil and follows. A follower is not an automaton- this is a different kind of following. This is the kind that results in friendship, to say the least.

I stopped to think- what am I a fan of, and what am I a follower of? Am I a follower of cabbage, or of Jesus? And where is the line?

Food is so not bad. Food is really great. If you’ve ever read a Bible, you know that food plays a big, big part in it. Jesus uses food in his parables. He knows it’s something we can relate to. What did he use to show us how much he loves us? Bread and wine! Bread and wine! Or grape juice, if you prefer.

See, just like this bread here! He’s telling us that represents his body! Yeast be honored! Flour be blessed! Vital wheat gluten be- uh- revitalized.

Lisa's NK bread, on pizza stone

My running tally of the situation is that our interests do not have to “get in the way” of our relationships with God. C.S. Lewis once wrote that there must be Christian carpenters, Christian lawyers, Christian chefs… you get the picture. Just because you’re a Christian doesn’t mean you have to be a monk. Love for God and interest in cooking, or art, or whatever- are not mutually exclusive. They are mutually inclusive. Seriously.

So, I am a murderer of cabbage, and a follower of Jesus. And a maker of slaw. But where do these mutually inclusive things overlap perfectly? Jesus himself said that you can’t preach the message of joy and love to the poor if they’re starving to death right under your nose- you can’t tell them to go and be comforted, sending them home to no bed, no heat, and no supper. Maybe that’s where they overlap. Maybe that’s how a little hobby can turn into a help.

More on this later, I’m thinking. I hear vegetable curry is excellent food for thought. This stuff is not too spicy, and perfectly balanced. It looks like a jungle in a bowl. It tastes complex, but it’s really simple. Or is that the other way around? That’s the dilemma of life, friends. Complex+simple=complex. Simple+simple=complex. Complex-complex=cabbage.

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Invictus: I am the master of my fate, and the captain of my soul.

Every good and accepted philosophy needs challenging. I’m starting with potatoes.

Curry Jungle

The spices in this dish are not that subtle, but if you’re a spicy sort of person, you may want to add more. I mix them together in a little dish before sprinkling. Also- I pulled random elderly vegetables out of my fridge to make this, as always, so your random elderly vegetables will work too. Sweet potatoes, broccoli, peppers, onions, garlic, go for it. Don’t have pomegranate? Serve with orange wedges, or without. Anything goes- it’ll still be amazing. Amazing. Such a cliché, you know. It will be… See, this is why we use dictionary.com have dictionaries.

4 cups diced potatoes, preferably red

2 cups chopped cauliflower

1 cup thinly sliced carrots

½ cup chopped leeks

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tsp curry powder

A large pinch of cardamom

2 tbsp sesame seeds

¼ tsp salt

Ground pepper

½ tsp dried mint

Plain yogurt, for serving

½ cup pomegranate seeds

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400. Place the vegetables in a large plastic bag, add oil, salt, and pepper. Shake until the veggies are well coated. Line a large baking sheet with foil, then add veggies and spread evenly. Roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Sprinkle the spices onto the roasted veggies and stir to coat evenly. Sprinkle on the pomegranate, and serve with yogurt.

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