Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Lost Cymbal

Something's up. One day it's hot, then it's cold, then it's hot and windy, I mean gusty windy and today it's cold and blustery. Palm fronds in the street, greenhouse plastic in the power lines, bad hair day all around. The rhythm is gone. We have lost our ride cymbal.

In more ways than one CA needs to get it's groove back. You already know that because you see the news. New leadership is lining up to take over in 2010. I spent about an hour researching the candidates for CA Governor after hearing a pitch by Meg Whitman on the radio on my way home from the Philosophers. You know Meg Whitman, she's the woman who ran eBay. She has competition: Tom Campbell, Stephen Poizner, Gavin Newsom and Jerry Brown. Yes, 71 year old Jerry Brown. It will be interesting.

A quick trip north today for a little business. Then I headed to the Philosophers house with my cooler filled with vegan lunch. Nothing fancy. A cold brown rice salad with a vinegarette dressing on a bed of herbed greens and some sliced watermelon. She brought out her fancy green tea and we got down to the business of comparing notes on the new Dan Brown book, The Lost Symbol.

Brown Rice Salad - Serves two

In a bowl, stir together:
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup green grapes, cut in half
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup scallions sliced
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Whisk together:
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup EVOO
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Fold dressing into brown rice mixture and refrigerate 2 hours or better yet, overnight. Serve on a bed of salad greens, garnish with orange slices.

Dan Brown's book is about a lot of things, one being the power of thought. Nothing like food to demonstrate that. Whatever you believe, you know that if you're upset you either eat more than ever or you can't swallow. Food is a mood marker. So thinking, eating and health connect quite easily. Dan Brown says nothing about food in his book. It's all symbology, history, religion, codes, secrets and drama. For me, food fits. Think about it.

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