I decided to make James Wong’s Watercress and Pear soup.
1 large bunch spring onions 5 garlic cloves 1 thumb-size piece of ginger 2 tbsp olive oil 2 small potatoes 750ml vegetable stock 2 pears 2 bunches watercress Salt and pepper, to taste Sprinkle of crushed chilli and extra slivers of pear (optional) to garnish
1. Chop the spring onions and garlic. Peel and finely grate the ginger (or use a garlic press) to extract the juice.
2. In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil and gently fry the spring onions and garlic for 10 minutes. Slice the potatoes and add to the pan with the stock. Squeeze in the juice from the grated ginger, discarding the fibrous pulp. Simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Dice the pear. Wash and chop the watercress. Put the pear and watercress into a blender, add the potato stock mix, and purée.
4. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve the soup garnished with pieces of pear and chilli, plus a dash of olive oil.
USE: Good nutrition is all about balance, and I think of this soup as being a nutritional booster - it’s a healthy move if you can incorporate it into your diet once or even twice a week. On other days, eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables, beans, lentils, cereals and nuts, which are also good sources of iron.
STORAGE: This makes about 3 bowls. Best eaten within 2 days.
I am sober because I don’t need to rely on substance to live my life . I have anxiety, but I don’t use marijuana to calm me down. I work to find what makes me happy instead of using a crutch. I don’t need to “open my mind” with the help of drugs. My mind is already open because I learned how to use it, and the only thing that taught me to open it was myself. When I am having fun I am not drinking alcohol. I am not hiding behind a bottle hoping that the alcohol will do all the work for me. I am creative and I use that creativity to have fun instead of going into auto pilot and letting the alcohol control me. People who use drugs are blind to the real world. They think that they are nice and put together but in reality they are falling apart. Self-destruction never appealed to me. I accept that my mind is the way it is. I don’t need to fix it. You don’t need to fix your mind. Your were created to think on your own without the aid of substance. The great director Stanley Kubrick once said when asked why he didn’t do drugs “when everything is beautiful nothing is beautiful”. Drugs desensitize you to reality. They take you away from what is real and let you find what you wish was real. What you wish was real is real, but you just have to find it. Life is full of ups and downs. You are human. If you weren’t supposed to face the hardships in life by yourself than we would of evolved with the fake mind set that drugs give you. Grow up. Open your own mind. Find what really makes you happy. Beauty is out there. You just have to find it yourself.
I recently stumbled upon Grow Your Own Drugs, a TV documentary series aired by the BBC in 2009. Ethnobotanist James Wong presents recipes for home-made and entirely plant-based remedies, treating all kinds of problems from dry skin or insomnia to constipation or the common cold. There’s two seasons with six episodes each and a Christmas special. Big plus: You can get all the recipes in written form at http://www.bbc.co.uk/growyourowndrugs and the episodes can be found online with just a short search. So far, I’ve only watched the first two episodes, but it already got me hooked - not only are the recipes fun and easy, but it’s all backed up with scientific information on why the ingredients work the way they do and tips for how to grow the plants in your own home or garden.
An absolute must-watch for all you herbalists out there!
1. Break drug laws with impunity with your buddies throughout your teens.
2. Leave the “lesser pleasures” of drugs behind of your own volition.
3. Grow up to be a wildly successful writer.
4. Pen a column lifting up the good moral work those very same drug laws you scoffed at as a young person are achieving, despite the stated fact that you did drugs and emerged to become a mostly normal, hugely wealthy member of polite society.
5. Profit, all while black kids smoking pot the same way you and your high school pals did are arrested for marijuana possession at four times the rates of their white counterparts.