ROSANNA’S NEWS AND VIEWS©
MAY 25, 1999
We thought you might enjoy this January photo of Rosanna in Rome. Piazza di Spagna, the famous Spanish Steps, is the background as we were shopping in one of the more interesting districts of this intriguing city. Click here for another shot as Rosanna was window shopping at Georgio Armani’s elegant store. We will again be visiting this area this September, when we take our annual tour group to Italy with a few days in Rome (sightseeing and shopping) and then a two hour ride to the coast, where we will spoil our companions with Rosanna’s Macrobiotic cooking, interesting antiquity and a beautiful beach.
Care to join us? Drop us a line. We are also intrigued with Costa Rica and have friends who are scouting for us there now. Perhaps later this summer we will do an expedition there, if we find sufficient interest. Rosanna knows how to get around, having grown up in her family’s hotel business. We try to keep our trips reasonably priced and we know where to go to do that effectively.
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In this issue we are featuring an article by Warren Wepman, an accomplished attorney, macrobiotic counselor, organic farmer and inn operator. We hope Warren will be a regular contributor and we invite you to check out his website through the links in his article.
We had a request from our discussion group for information about fibroid tumors. We called on Lenny Ferro, an accomplished consultant, chef and lecturer. His comments were interesting and informative.
6 cups Spring Water
Wash Rice and soak it overnight in the Spring Water. In the morning, cook it 45 ® 50 minutes in your pressure cooker. Turn the Rice into a large stainless steel bowl. Use a large wooden pestle to pound the Rice for at least one half-hour. (Bring plenty of energy for this job and somebody to help won’t hurt. You will taste and feel this energy when you eat the delicious product!) When you prepare this often, you will see your strength increase.
Note: This recipe is for plain Mochi. There are many variations and the place to add flavoring or enriching ingredients is just before you start pounding the Rice. Examples of this are a combination of two Tablespoons Cinnamon and a cup of raisins or a half-cup of Mugwort powder. Garlic and other spices may also be added, use your imagination.
As you pound the Rice, it becomes elastic and gooey, almost like bread dough. It is essential to have the consistency elastic and a little runny. Rosanna turns out this well-pounded rice (or mixture if using flavors) onto a wooden board (she uses veneer plywood), that has been sprinkled with Rice Flour to dry. She spreads it out with a wooden spoon to even thickness, about ¼ inch. The spoon must be kept wet with water or the Mochi will stick to it.
When the Mochi has set up and dried a little (usually the day after it is poured out) she cuts the Mochi into strips about 2 inches wide and 8 inches long. She then turns the Mochi with a wide knife to assist in breaking it loose in one piece and dries the other side, turning frequently for another day or two until she is satisfied with the texture.
The weather conditions and outside temperature have much to do with this process. Sometimes, in damp conditions, a fan is required to move the air and assist with drying. In the winter she puts it in front of the wood stove and it comes out just right every time, drying in half the time it takes in warmer weather.
When it is dried, anything that is not eaten within a day should be put in the freezer where it keeps as well as fresh.
There are many methods for serving Mochi. Here are two:
|TAMARI SOUP WITH PLAIN MOCHI|
1 small Onion, cubed
1 small Carrot, julienne cut
1 cup Mung Bean Sprouts
1 Broccoli stalk, chopped fine
2 dried Shitake Mushrooms (soaked in water for ten minutes and sliced thinly)
2 cups plain Mochi cut into one-inch squares
2 Tbsp. (or more to taste) Tamari Soy Sauce (or Shoyu Sauce, if preferred)
Scallions for garnish
Heat up a large cast iron skillet for the Mochi. Use no oil.
In soup pot, bring Water, Kombu, Onions, Shitake and Carrots to a boil, lower heat to medium and continue to boil, uncovered, for ten minutes. Remove and set aside Kombu, add Bean Sprouts and Broccoli and simmer for three or four minutes. Finely chop Kombu and put back in the pot. Add Tamari Soy Sauce.
While the soup is cooking begin cooking the Mochi squares, which will be used as croutons. Cook them covered, but watch them closely. As soon as they puff up, turn them and re-cover, but continue to watch them closely until they are crispy and golden. Put a few in each soup bowl just before serving.
Ladle out the Soup and serve.
|CINNAMON AND RAISIN MOCHI WITH CHESTNUT CREAM|
Organic Apple Juice as needed.
3 to 4 Tbsp. Almond Butter
2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup or 4 tbsp. Rice Syrup
Pinch of Sea Salt
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
Throw away soaking water and remove all remaining skins from the Chestnuts. Rinse and put into pressure cooker with enough apple juice to cover. Bring to pressure and cook for one hour.
Remove and reserve the juice and add all other ingredients to Chestnuts and mash them with a large wooden pestle while they are hot (if they cool they will stay lumpy and won’t have the right creamy consistency). While mashing, if too dry add a little of the reserved liquid to reach a creamy texture, but go sparingly with the liquid until the Chestnuts are thoroughly mashed.
Refrigerate (it will keep for up to a month in a cold refrigerator) and spread on Mochi to serve. Even better, when you have learned to handle the Mochi cooking, as the pieces of Mochi puff up, split them and stuff them with the Chestnut Cream. Serve with hot Bancha Twig Tea.
Getting on a plane, I told the ticket lady, “Send one of my bags to New York, send one to Los Angeles, and send one to Miami.” She said, “We can’t do that!” I told her, “You did it last week!”
I was just in London – there is a 6 hour time difference. I’m still confused. When I go to dinner, I feel sexy. When I go to bed, I feel hungry.
The food on the plane was fit for a king. “Here, King!”
A doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn’t pay his bill, so he gave him another six months.
My doctor grabbed me by the wallet and said “Cough!”
The Doctor called Mrs. Cohen saying “Mrs. Cohen, your check came back.” Mrs. Cohen answered “So did my arthritis!”
The Doctor says “You’ll live to be 60!” “I AM 60!” “See, what did I tell you?”
A doctor says to a man “You want to improve your love life? You need to get some exercise. Run ten miles a day.” Two weeks later, the man called the doctor. The doctor says “How is your love life since you have been running?” “I don’t know, I’m 140 miles away!”
The patient says “Doctor, it hurts when I do this.” “Then don’t do that!”
The doctor says to the patient, “Take your clothes off and stick your tongue out the window”. “What will that do” asks the patient. The doctor says “I’m mad at my neighbor!”
A doctor has a stethoscope up to a man’s chest. The man asks “Doc, how do I stand?” The doctor says “That’s what puzzles me!”
“Doctor, my leg hurts. What can I do?” The doctor says “Limp!”
Doctor says to a man “You’re pregnant!” The man says “How does a man get pregnant?” The doctor says “The usual way, a little wine, a little dinner….”
A man goes to a psychiatrist “Nobody listen to me!” The doctor says “Next!”
A man goes to a psychiatrist. The doctor says “You’re crazy” The man says “I want a second opinion!” “Okay, you’re ugly too!”
“Doctor, I have a ringing in my ears.” “Don’t answer!”
Nurse: “Doctor, the man you just gave a clean bill of health to dropped dead right as he was leaving the office”.
Doctor: “Turn him around, make it look like he was walking in.”
I know a guy who had his doctor say “take some weight off, go to a health club.” This man lost 20 pounds in one week! The machine tore his leg off!
A drunk was in front of a judge. The judge says “You’ve been brought here for drinking.” The drunk says “Okay, let’s get started.”
Another drunk goes up to a parking meter, puts in a quarter, the dial goes to 60. The drunk says “Huh. I lost 100 pounds!”
The other day I broke 70. That’s a lot of clubs.
I was playing golf. I swung, missed the ball, and got a big chunk of dirt. I swung again, missed the ball, and got another big chunk of dirt. Just then, 2 ants climbed on the ball saying “Let’s get up here before we get killed!”
Hollywood called me, asking me “How much to do a movie with Farrah Fawcett?” “$50,000″ They called back “How about $20,000?” I said “I’ll pay it!”
Farrah’s dressing room was next to mine. There was a little hole in the wall. I let her look.
I’m now making a Jewish porno film. 10% Sex, 90% guilt.
A bum asked me “Give me $10 till payday.” I asked “When’s payday?” He said “I don’t know, you’re the one who is working!”
A bum came up to me saying “I haven’t eaten in two days!” I said, “You should force yourself!”
Another bum told me “I haven’t tasted food all week.” I told him “Don’t worry, it still tastes the same!”
Another bum asked me “Can I have $300 for a cup of coffee?” I told him “Coffee’s a quarter!” The bum said “Yeah, but I want to drink it in Brazil!”
I was walking down the street, and I found a man’s hand in my pocket. I asked “What do you want?” “A match” “Why didn’t you ask me?” “I don’t talk to strangers.”
A woman says to a man, “I haven’t seen you around here.” “Yes, I just got out of jail for killing my wife.” “So you’re single.”
Take my wife, please!
I’ve been married for 49 years. Where have I failed?
I’ve been in love with the same woman for 49 years. If my wife every finds out, she’ll kill me!
My wife and I have the secret to making a marriage last. Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, a little wine, good food….. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.
Someone stole all my credit cards, but I won’t be reporting it. The thief spends less than my wife did.
I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back.
I asked my wife, “Where do you want to go for our anniversary?” She said, “Somewhere I have never been!” I told her, “How about the kitchen?”
We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.
My wife has a black belt in shopping.
My wife will buy anything marked down. Last year she bought an escalator.
All my wife does is shop – once she was sick for a week, and three stores went under.
She has an electric blender, electric toaster, electric bread maker. Then she said “There are too many gadgets, and no place to sit down! So what did I do? Bought her an electric chair.
My wife loves to shop at Bloomingdale’s. I bring her mail there twice a week.
My wife and I went back to the hotel where we spent our wedding night. Only this time, I stayed in the bathroom and cried.
My wife drives the wrong way on a one way street. The cop pulled her over and asked, “Where are you going?” My wife said, “I must be late, everyone is all coming back!”
My wife told me the car wasn’t running well, there was water in the carburetor. I asked where the car was, and she told me it was in the lake.
My wife and I went to a hotel where we got a waterbed. My wife called it the Dead Sea.
My wife is on a new diet. Coconuts and bananas. She hasn’t lost weight, but can she climb a tree!
She was at the beauty shop for two hours. That was only for the estimate.
She got a mudpack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off.
She ran after the garbage truck, yelling, “Am I too late for the garbage?” “No, jump in!”
I bought my wife a little Italian car. A Mafia. It has a hood under the hood.
Three weeks ago, she learned how to drive. Last week she learned how to aim it.
I came home, the car was in the dining room. “How did you get the car in here?” “Easy, I took a left at the kitchen.”
2 Guys in a health club, one is putting on pantyhose. “Since when do you wear pantyhose?” “Since my wife found it in the glove compartment!”
If I had blood, I’d blush.
A tough guy told me “I’ll bet you $10 you’re dead.” I was afraid to bet him.
I had a nightmare last night. I dreamed Dolly Parton was my mother and I was a bottle baby.
I know a man in Ft. Worth with 100,000 head of cattle. No bodies, just heads.
I just finished my income tax forms. Who says you can’t get wounded by a blank?
| Chief Seattle, Suquamish
1786 – 1866 A frameable print of Chief Seattle’s speech may be obtained by mailing to:
Suquamish Museum, PO Box 498 Suquamish, WA 98392
|Chief Seattle, a hereditary leader of the Suquamish Tribe, was born around 1786, passed away on June 7, 1866, and is buried in the tribal cemetery at Suquamish, Washington. The speech Chief Seattle recited during treaty negotiations in 1854 is regarded as one of the greatest statements ever made concerning the relationship between a people and the earth – that speech, published in the Seattle Sunday Star , Seattle, Washington Territory, October 29, 1887, is reproduced here for you.|
|Yonder sky that has wept tears of compassion
upon our fathers for centuries untold,
and which to us looks eternal, may change.
Today is fair,
tomorrow may be overcast with clouds. My words are like the stars that never set.
What Seattle says the Great Chief at Washington can rely upon
with as much certainty as our paleface brothers can rely upon
the return of the seasons.The son of the White Chief says
his father sends us greetings of friendship and good will.
This is kind,
for we know he has little need of our friendship in return
because his people are many.
They are like the grass that covers the vast prairies,
while my people are few
and resemble the scattering trees of a storm-swept plain.The Great, and I presume, also good,
White Chief sends us word that he wants to buy our lands
but is willing to allow us
to reserve enough to live on comfortably.
This indeed appears generous,
for the Red Man no longer has rights that he need respect,
and the offer may be wise, also
for we are no longer in need of a great country.There was a time when our people covered the whole land
as the waves of a wind-ruffled sea covers its shell-paved floor.
But that time has long since passed away
with the greatness of tribes now almost forgotten.
I will not mourn over our untimely decay,
nor reproach my paleface brothers for hastening it,
for we, too,
may have been somewhat to blame.
When our young men grow angry
But let us hope that hostilities
True it is, that revenge,
Our great father Washington,
His brave armies will be to us a bristling wall of strength,
But can that ever be?
How, then, can we become brothers?
Your God seems to us to be partial.
No. We are two distinct races,
The ashes of our ancestors are sacred
Your religion was written on tablets of stone
Our religion is the traditions of our ancestors
Your dead cease to love you
Our dead never forget the beautiful world
Day and night cannot dwell together.
However, your proposition seems a just one,
It matters little where we pass the remainder of our days.
A few more moons, a few more winters,
But why should I repine?
We will ponder your proposition,
Every part of this country is sacred to my people.
The sable braves,
And when the last Red Man
At night, when the streets of your cities and villages
The white man will never be alone.
|Dr. Maynard, sub-Indian Agent, became good friends with Chief Seattle and later suggested that the new town be named after him, but the guttural sounds used in Chief Seattle’s real name could not be reproduced by English speaking settlers, so they smoothed it out by changing it to “Seattle.”Today there are many monuments that honor Chief Seattle: