Mami Lilia’s Arroz Con Pollo

Feeds 6.

—2 cups of rice
—Half of one small chicken, use everything, shred it small
—Green peas, half a pound, 3-4 minutes in boiling water, then drain
—Onion. Cut into rounds, just a little bit
—Black pepper, whatever you like
—And ketchup. That depends. It’s up to you. In the end, you know how you like it
—Fresh parsley, chopped, just sprinkle it
—And olive oil

The first thing is, you cook the rice. 3 cups of water. Every cup of rice needs 1.5 times as much water. Salt the water to taste, but always use a little bit. It’s no good without salt. Olive oil also, probably 6 spoons of olive oil.

I put the oil, the rice, the water, the salt.

When the water is completely dry, you lower the heat and put the lid on the pot. Stir with a spoon, leave it for 10 minutes, stir again, leave for 10 minutes.

Now all the ingredients are ready, you know. The chicken, the peas, the parsley, the onion, you mix in a bigger pan. You put all the ingredients, then you mix. You put the ketchup, ¡picante no! If you want that, you have to put it separate. After the ketchup, you put more olive oil, to make sure the rice is not dry.

Fry an egg and put it on top before serving.

Then next day, when you fry, it’s even better than the first time.

19 October 2011, 12:07

Your Turn


How I Like To Remember Him

Steven P. Jobs, 1955-2011.

6 October 2011, 11:23

Your Turn


The Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules For Living

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs: respect for self; respect for others; responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Via Deborah Lee.

30 September 2011, 09:18

Your Turn



You see flag-lions playing in the wind,
leaping about, but you don’t see wind.

You can say if it’s an east wind or a west,
healthy or destructive, but little else.

The body is like the lion of the banner.
Vital weather blows and makes it dance,

and then die down. The flag-lion
drops its haunches and looks up.

There is an invisible reality
the closed eye sees in dream,

a sun and a moon. Spirit, a perfection,
shines inside our nights and days.

Sleep is death’s brother, but there are
many varieties of sleep. Learn about them!

Some people behold, sleeping, representations
of an awareness they will not reach, awake,

for twenty years. They run to scholarly
dream-interpreters, more out of curiosity

than anything else. Stay in the root
of your dream.
Don’t climb out on

intellectual branches. We need robust elephants
who lay down lost in a vision of Hindustan.

Remember and return are not pulling everyone,
just those deep-desiring elephants.

Donkeys never dream of India. But you can become
an elephant, even if you’re a donkey now!

Unseen alchemists speak of this in your ear
every moment. Listen to them. Feel

their touchings. Discover the new healing
plants that come up at dawn. Study

the life of Ibrahim, who changed suddenly
because of what he saw in his sleep.

He cut the ropes that held him and began wandering,
as Muhammed said, somewhere between the sad

attachments of the senses and a pure
union with light. Your own transformation,

like the play of wind with a flag, moves
in you now, that near, that simple.

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī, 1207-1273

28 September 2011, 18:20

Your Turn


The Mouse and The Cheese

A little more than a year ago, when The Republic moved to Chelsea, I was looking for supplies to make some Mechanicals.

I wandered into a small, impossibly cluttered stationary store around the corner called Boro Art. The place predates the influx of affluence and commerce to the area, and rests quietly beside one of the largest trees on the block. The owner was sitting at his desk, surrounded by papers, and beckoned me to come in and sit with him.

We (he, really) talked for an hour, and I was not at all prepared for such an intense encounter with wisdom. Beyond the fact that I was on a mission for double-sided tape, my worldview was such that I simply wasn’t available at all times. It pains me to type those words, and this marks them as true.

A lot of the conversation I took in a comical way; the fire in his eyes threw me off. But one story in particular stayed with me, a parable about a mouse. I repeated it to anyone that would listen in the days afterwards, so taken was I with it.

Today, I took a lunch break from packing the office (the shop is moving at the end of this week) to eat at La Taza de Oro, easily my favorite lunch spot in the neighborhood. Strolling back, I saw the green awning of Boro Art and flashed back to that conversation.

I considered the distance between then and now, and marveled at how long—and short—one year can be.

And for the life of me, I couldn’t remember how the parable went. I’d lost it. I looked in the open door of the shop, and through a narrow aisle between shelves bent and groaning under the weight of haphazardly stacked stationary supplies, sat the owner. Just as he was, a year prior.

The parable is still worth sharing. The rest of our conversation, I’ll keep within.

28 September 2011, 15:43

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