release these flavours

friend: hey what’s u-

me: it’s been exactly one year since the groundbreaking release of the forever refreshing, colourful and energetic bop aju nice, the masterpiece created by a self-producing group of 13 young men who perfectly captured the essence of summer and the inexplicable wonder that cradles a first love. it’s also been exactly one year since this godsend of a group did NOT receive a win for their relentless efforts, despite the summer song being a complete sensation not just within the nation, but around the globe, garnering mass attention due to its hard hitting beat, eccentric build up near the chorus, diverse range in vocals, and its sharp yet fluid choreography. prior to the release of this flavourful arrangement, the boy group blissfully scored their first ever music show win with another *insert 10 thousand adjectives* bop labelled as “pretty u” which was deemed as their big break and a chance for them to truly express the seventeen style that CANNOT ❌ BE 🗣 COPIED 💎 though their hot streak was possibly expected to continue, aju nice did not receive a win, resulting in one of the world’s biggest mysteries, and here, on this elegant summer’s day, i say to thee, NEVER 👏 STOP 👏 SHOWERING 👏 THEM 👏 IN 👏 LOVE 👏 IT’S 👏 20SEVENTEEN 👏 GIRLIES 👏

friend:

friend: fuckin TRU 📢📢📢

Lip Balm

Title: Lip Balm

Summary: Dan and Phil leave the next Danisnotonfire video up to the fans and they vote for the lip balm challenge. 

Relationship: Phan

Characters / Pairing: Dan Howell, Phil Lester

Word Count: 2,139

Warnings: M/M, some serious swearing (I mean, come on guys… It’s Dan we’re talking about here), some bants (meaning banter - lmao it just looks some weird ship name for pants), we got a little bit o’ making out (dayyuuuum but I guess you can kind of assume from the summary??), FLUFFFFFFFF, humour (well idk it depends on if you think it’s funny - personally i think i’m fukin hilarious but idk that’s probs just me), friendstolovers yo

AU where Dan and Phil aren’t married.

Or the one where Dan gets distracted by kissing Phil and forgets to guess the flavour. #friendstolovers

**

There’s a long pause before Dan finally breaks the silence.

“This is actually happening.”

The camera is on a tripod and rolling, the lights are focused on their faces, and there’s a bag beside each of their feet.

This is actually happening.

They’re sitting on Dan’s bed next to each other and Dan can’t help but feel extremely nervous.

“Hello internet! So last week, we had just returned from New York and couldn’t think of any video ideas. Instead of making an incredibly generic overdone video, we turned to you guys!” Dan explains enthusiastically.

Phil is just nodding along and glancing at Dan every now and then, adding another layer of extra pressure.

“We asked you all to come up with an idea for my next Danisnotonfire video, and the percentage was overwhelmingly outweighed by one specific idea. You’ll never guess what it was…” He trails off, giving the camera an extremely annoyed expression. “A generic, overdone video.”

Phil chuckles from next to him, causing the corner of Dan’s mouth to twitch but he stills it mentally and keeps talking. “We asked you guys for an idea to avoid a generic video, and you guys voted for a generic video.”

“You might want to tell them what we’re doing, Dan.” Phil reminds him patiently, a hint of laughter still in his voice.

Dan shoots Phil a look and retorts, “Calm your titballs there, Lester! I’m getting to it.”

Phil shakes his head and Dan ignores this.

“Today - because an overwhelming 76% of you asked for it - Phil and I will be doing…”

His flatmate drums on the post of Dan’s bed.

“The lip balm challenge!” Dan announces as Phil ends his reckless drumroll.

“I think I’ve seen this before,” Phil comments, looking curiously over at Dan. “Isn’t this for couples?”

“It is indeed,” Dan agrees with a sigh. “Basically, how this will work is person A will put on a blindfold, then person B puts on a chosen flavour of lip balm and locks lips with person A. Person A will have to guess which flavour it is that person B has on.”

“Dan and I went to the dollar store because Dan’s cheap and-”

“I am not cheap!”

“-We bought five different flavours of lip balm.” Phil explains, ignoring Dan’s interjection.

Dan huffs and goes to pull the lip balms out of one of the bags at their feet. “But - of course - we couldn’t go to a bath & body store without Phil buying
a thousand bath bombs and facial moisturizers.”

Phil crosses his arms indignantly. “That’s not true! Besides, you like them too.”

Dan smirks as he holds up the lip balms and prepares to name the flavors for the camera. “Touché.”

He holds the lip balms up higher so they are definitely in the shot. “These are the five flavours we chose.”

He hands two to Phil and takes three for himself. “Here I have Rosemary Eucalyptus, Tangerine Lime, and Cocoa.”

Phil checks his lip balms too. “I have Grapefruit Clove and Cinnamon Mint.”

“So - with that in mind - I guess we will begin. Are you ready Phil?”

“I’m ready!”

“Then let’s get started.” Dan turns and grabs the familiar red blindfold from the bag at his feet and looks at Phil. “Who wants to go first?”

“I want to go last,” Phil says quickly. “I want to know what each one tastes like on my lips before I go.”

Dan sighs and his heart starts to pick up pace. “I guess I’ll go first then.”

He hands the blindfold to Phil and turns so that Phil can tie it around his head.

As soon as it covers his eyes, Dan gets a lurch of panic that sparks through his body.

No matter what, there’s no going back now.

He can no longer see anything coming so he has no time to prepare.Taking a deep breath, Dan sticks his palm out with the lip balms he has in Phil’s general direction until he feels their weight relieved from his hand.

Folding his hands in his lap (because what the fuck else is he supposed to do with them), Dan feels his other senses kick into hypersensitive mode.

He’s aware of Phil’s presence, of the racing of his heart beat, of the the blood pumping through his body, he can taste the saliva in his mouth, he can smell the lack of fresh air caused by not opening a window in a while.

Everything is beginning to overwhelm Dan from all of the information his senses are sending his brain.

“Do I just show which one I chose to the camera?” Phil asks suddenly, startling Dan by his spontaneity.

“Er, yeah sure. I’ll edit in a count of how many points we have after we finish filming.” He adds.

Phil goes quiet again and Dan just assumes that he’s showing the camera his choice of lip balm and putting it on.

“Alrighty Daniel, pucker up!” Phil exclaims cheerily.

Dan’s heart trips over itself at the childish words.

He can literally feel the space between them getting smaller and smaller.

His last fleeting thought is, ’fuckity fuckity fuck’.

Then a pair of soft, warm lips wrap around his top one and his brain goes white.

He is too shocked to react, but Phil’s lips move at a perfectly paced tempo, slowly coaxing Dan’s body into reacting.

Woah.

Dan’s lips twitch against Phil’s and suddenly they’re moving in sync, harmonizing in the beautiful symphony Phil has started.

And fuck this is so good.

Somehow, his hand finds its way to his best friend’s cheek and Dan stabilizes the kiss, relishing the taste and feel of Phil’s lips on his own.

They’re so soft and delicate and Dan’s almost afraid Phil’s bottom lip will just slip right out from between his own, but it doesn’t.

The next thing he knows, Phil’s pulling away and Dan makes what has to be the most mortifying noise of disappointment he’s ever made in his life.

His cheeks flush crimson and there’s just no point in hiding it now.

“What’s your guess?”

“Huh?”

“What flavour do you think it was?” Phil repeats.

Oh.

Oh.

Dan was supposed to be guessing what flavor of lip balm Phil was wearing.

But he was too caught up in actually kissing Phil than guessing what flavour the bloody ChapStick was.

“I didn’t really get that great of a taste.” Dan admits awkwardly. “Could I get another go?”

Phil laughs and Dan’s ears perk at the sound.

He opens his mouth to speak again when he’s cut off by Phil’s lips connecting with his own.

And he’s sucked right back into Phil’s addictive lip-lock.

Focus Dan! You want to win this thing, don’t you?

Forcing himself to stop twirling in the high that is Phil’s kiss, Dan tries to focus on tactics to get a better taste of the lip balm.

Lick it off.

His stomach flutters at the thought, but it does make logical sense.

Here goes nothing.

Dan slowly lets his tongue venture out and glide innocently along Phil’s lower lip.

And the whine that Phil makes is so fucking hot.

Swallowing a groan, Dan gently sucks Phil’s bottom lip into his mouth, licking it with long, precise strokes.

He definitely recognizes that flavour.

A small moan - so small Dan almost can’t hear it - is released from Phil as Dan sucks skillfully on his lower lip and Dan literally has to pull himself away so he doesn’t jump Phil then and there.

Their lips disconnect with a soft popping sound and Dan resists the powerful urge to lean back in.

That can wait for another time.

Instead he clears his throat and says, “That was definitely eucalyptus. Whatever that eucalyptus flavour was, it was that one.”

“Rosemary Eucalyptus?” Phil muses.

“Yeah sure, whatever.” Dan waves it off.

He holds his breath as Phil is silent for a moment.

“I… I think you’re right…?”

“I’m right. I know eucalyptus when I taste it.” Dan says confidently.

“Should I move onto the next one?”

“Mhmm.”

“Alright. How many am I doing again?”

“Three.”

“Right. Well, I’ll tell you when I’m done, okay?”

“Fine by me.”

And Dan’s forced to wait again.

He can’t help but wonder why he’s always refrained from kissing Phil.

He knew deep down he was scared. Not because of sexuality or fans or anything like that, but scared of losing Phil.

Before Phil is anything, he is Dan’s best friend and Dan would cry himself to sleep every night if Phil left him.

It’s sad, but it’s the truth.

“Phil, I- mmfph.” Dan begins to express these thoughts to him when he’s - again - cut off by Phil’s lips and he nearly passes out.

How does this get better every single time they do it?

He goes for the tongue quicker this time, opening his lips against Phil’s and gently tugging his lower lip into his mouth, the slow suction releasing a strong flavour of cinnamon.

Dan immediately pulls away and gags, coughing as he turns to face away from Phil.

“Are you alright, Dan?” Phil asks worriedly.

Dan doesn’t respond, instead attempting to swallow away the overwhelming flavour.

Once he can speak again, he chokes out the word, “Cinnamon.”

Phil gives him the point.

Eventually - by the time they’re switching - Dan’s blindfold is untied and he flinches at the bright lighting, giving his eyes a moment to adjust.

Phil offers him the blindfold and Dan smiles and takes his, tying it gently around Phil’s head and securing the knot.

“Fifty shades,” he says in a false husky tone as he finishes.

Phil barks out a laugh and Dan chuckles as well, mentally going through his lip balm options.

Which will Phil not guess?

He settles with Cocoa and holds it up to the camera to show the viewers. He is then uncapping the lid and putting it onto his lips until they’re slick and flavourful.

Dan turns to look at Phil and warn him of his advance, but his eyes soften when he sees the sight presented to him.

Phil is sitting in front of him with his knees pulled up underneath him in a cross-cross position and a cute smile spread across his lips.

For this reason, Dan has no trouble crawling forward on hands and knees and connecting their lips softly.

Phil squeaks in surprise and Dan chuckles breathily through his nose.

After a few seconds, Phil gets more adventurous and rolls Dan’s bottom lip between his teeth to get the flavour off of it.

Dan moans.

He literally moans.

Like… Sexually.

And his cheeks flush with embarrassment, but Phil doesn’t seem bothered by this at all, instead continuing the action with more confidence, leaving Dan in a wrecked state when he pulls away to answer.

“That’s chocolate,” Phil announces, wiping his lips on the back of his hand.

Dan pouts. “You weren’t supposed to get that.”

“I thought it was cinnamon at first, actually. Then I realized it was richer and I knew it was chocolate.”

Dan nods, tasting some off of his lips. “Alright Phil, I’m about to choose the next one so I need you to be quiet, which I know is quite challenging for you.”

Phil sticks his tongue out at Dan and the brunet laughs.

Holding up the Grapefruit Clove flavour, he makes sure that it’s focused and visible.

He applies it to his lips and crawls forward to press them to Phil’s.

Phil - clearly not expecting this - turns his head and they bump noses.

Fuck!” Dan exclaims, clutching it as he retreats.

Phil cringes and grabs at his own too. “Ouch! You could’ve warned me, Dan.”

“I wasn’t expecting you to turn your head, you acorn!” Dan retorts, pinching the bridge of his nose.

Phil sighs and Dan softens a bit.

“… I’m sorry,” he says quietly.

A small smile finds it’s way onto Phil’s lips and Dan’s heart stutters.

“It’s alright, Dan. I should’ve waited for your cue to move anyway.” Phil consoles, reaching out for Dan’s shoulder blindly.

Dan snickers and moves so that it does.

“I’m going to go for it now, if you’re cool with that?”

“Yeah.”

“Okay.”

And Dan leans forward, colliding heaven and Earth once again as their lips meet.

He melts into the kiss and they slowly begin to morph into more lip-sucking (purely for the tasting aspect of course…) and lip-rolling.

Dan even gives into the urge to lean back in and peck Phil’s lips a last time before pulling away.

They play this game again after the video is finished, as well.

They claim it’s to taste all of the flavours, but they both know very well that this is a load of massive horseshit.

Fuck cherry lip balm, Dan’s new favourite flavour is Phil.

**

 How to dry Chili Peppers, 5 health benefits and a remedial use for them!

To sun dry

  1. Pick good quality peppers and give them a rinse in cool water
  2. Cut them in half lengthwise and remove the seeds (you can dry these separately if you like)
  3. Place them down on a baking tray/tin making sure to put the skin side facing up. Ridged bottom trays are best as they let air get underneath more easily.
  4. Dry them in direct sunlight for at least 8-9 hours and cover them at night with a cloth so no flies or bugs get to them.
  5. When they break apart easily in your hands they are ready to be put into a clean sterilized jar. (You can sterilize a jar by gently boiling it in a pan of water)
  6. You can keep them as they are or rehydrate them before using them with water to help release more flavour. They can also be cut into smaller strips, diced or ground into a powder.

To oven dry

  1. Rinse the peppers in cool water
  2. Cut them in half lengthwise and remove the seeds
  3. Place them down on a baking tray/tin making sure to put the skin side facing up. Ridged bottom trays are best as they let air get underneath more easily.
  4. Simply preheat the oven on a low heat, 45 Celsius on a fan oven, 80 Celsius on a gas oven. 104 Fahrenheit - 176 Fahrenheit
  5. Place the trays in the oven and cook for 6-7 hours, drying time may vary though however once they start to turn brown they are done. Keep a close eye on them every so often to make sure they do not burn!
  6. They can be kept in a brown paper bag or in a clean jar

5 Health benefits of Chili Peppers such as Cayenne 

  • Very high levels of Vitamin C, 100g Gives 240% of your daily recommended allowance. This helps to boost the immune system and keep colds and infections at bay and to fight them once they occur.
  • Capsaicin  the compound that gives a chili it’s strong spicy flavour and pungent smell has been shown to be anti-bacterial, anti-diabetic, anti-carcinogenic and to reduce bad cholesterol. It also has anti-inflammatory effects.
  • The antioxidants present in Chili peppers help to reduce damage caused by free radicals especially those that occur from stress and disease. This not only helps to reduce aging but also general deterioration and reduce the risk of cancerous cells developing. 
  • Certain minerals and compounds found within them can help to regulate and lower blood pressure along with improving poor blood circulation.
  • Chili’s can greatly aid in weight loss by stimulating the metabolism due to it’s Capsaicin content.

A remedial use for Cayenne Chili Peppers - Sinus pain & congestion remedy

  • Boil water for one cup
  • Pour the water into a cup once it has settled a little
  • Add ¼ of dried ginger (or a ginger teabag if you prefer)
  • As much fresh lemon juice as you like, I recommend half a lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon of dried Cayenne pepper
  • You can add honey or infuse it with some lemon rind if you like
  • Sip it slowly as it can leave a burning sensation in the back of the throat for a while. To help this consider eating some fresh mint to help soothe it and get even more cold fighting properties!

Cautions 

Avoid this if you allergic to Cayenne or other spices as it may contain the same allergen. 

If you have any notable conditions it may be worth checking with a Herbalist or Doctor before trying this remedy as it may interfere with certain medication due to the Capsaicin.


Just a few quick words, sorry I haven’t been as active this last couple weeks, I hope you are all well or as well as can be and as always feel free to drop me a message if you have a request for a herb/spice/plant overview or remedy.    Also my ask box is always open!

(:

Surprise Road Trip

Jungkook x Reader

Genre: Filth Smut

Summary: Jungkook likes how your lips curl around that lollipop, but he’d like them better on him.

Word count: 5,536

A/N: You might want to have a fresh, clean pair of panties handy.


You chuckled as you got out of the car, but quickly stopped as strong chilly night wind blew across your face, sending a deep shiver through your body.

“Woah…” you shuddered, regretting your stubbornness about leaving without a coat.

Completely on a whim, you and your boyfriend decided to take a quick vacation just the two of you. After a nice warm bath together, you thought you both well deserved a private vacation, so without his managers and his group mates knowing, you packed a small bag and left in the middle of the night. Luckily, tomorrow (or today since it was about quarter past midnight) his schedule was empty and you planned to be back by the afternoon the next day, perfect time to escape to a resort on the country-side of Korea.

You shivered your way to Jungkook who was reading the instructions on the rest stop’s gas pump, a frozen red finger to his lips. You crashed onto the side of his body, wrapping your arms around his right arm. He smiled and looked down at you.

“Give me your coat.” you said, tugging at his sleeve.

He giggled devilishly.

“What did I tell you before we left huh?” he said, sliding the arm you weren’t clinging onto out of his coat. “But noooo! Noona won’t listen to me.”

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Weekday Dinners: Stir-fried Garlic Broccoli with Peanuts and Couscous (Vegan)

The weekday dinners series is a collection of #whatheatetoday recipes that take 30 minutes or less. As a new vegan I struggled to find interesting recipes after a long day at work so I have collated nutritious and simple recipes that don’t require too much energy or too many pans.

I live opposite a Chinese takeaway. Less than 50 steps from my front door and I’m at the counter ready to collect. My whole street smells of it by the time I’m home from work and the temptation was extremely hard to resist. Especially after growing tired of potatoes and a frozen vegetable bake waiting for me for the fourth time in a week.

That all changed when I started really thinking about altering my cooking style to suit a time constraint and remain balanced. This new approach combined with the smells of the shop opposite lead me to create this quick stir fry, celebrating simple ingredients. This stopped the cravings for satay tofu, saved me a bit of money, was healthier and even tastier!

Stir frying broccoli brings out the green colour to it. I love watching the brightness develop in the pan. Served with a spicy, sticky sauce from the garlic, soy sauce and garlic, the elements of this dish come together and pair wonderfully.

I finalised this recipe with couscous as opposed to the conventional rice as it is easier to make, still wholegrain and has a lighter texture.

Weekday Dinners: Stir-fried Garlic Broccoli with Peanuts and Couscous (Vegan)

Ingredients:

280g broccoli florets (half a head)
45g raw unsalted peanuts (0.3 cups)
85g wholewheat couscous (0.5 cups)
8 T. soy sauce (divided)
2 t. olive oil (divided)
1 t. agave nectar
¼ t. jalapeño powder (any chili powder will do)
1-2 cloves of garlic (according to taste)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Method:

1. Pre-heat a frying pan on a medium-high heat. As the pan is warming up, boil the kettle before adding one teaspoon of the olive oil into a bowl along with the couscous. Pour 175 ml of boiling water (¾ cup) into the couscous and oil before quickly seasoning with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cover with a small plate and place to one side.

2. Chop the brocolli into florets before peeling and finely slicing the garlic colve/s (I prefer two). Add the remaining teaspoon of olive oil into the got pan then throw in the brocolli, coating it in the oil. Keep it moving for 3-4 minutes to prevent it catching.

3. By now, the brocolli will have brought four a much greener colour than when raw. Next, add in 4 tablespoons of the soy sauce, one tablespoons at a time. This stops the broccoli becoming soggy as it will absorb the soy sauce one at a time.

4. Add in the garlic and peanuts to toast them for a moment while mixing the agave in a small glass with the remaining soy sauce and jalapeño powder. While the peanuts are toasting they will release some of their natural flavours and begin to cook. Once gently toasted, add in the soy, agave and chili mixture to the pan.

5. Keep the sauce moving as the agave will begin to thicken due to the heat while the soy reduces.

6. Once the sauce has thickened and coated the peanuts, garlic and brocolli, tase before seasing with salt and pepper if desired. Remove the plate from the couscous bowl before fluffing with a fork and serving the stir fry ingredients on top.

Simple flavours ready in 15 minutes.

If you have made your own Stir-fried Garlic Broccoli with Peanuts and Couscous m, submit a photo to feature on #whatheatetoday.

BASIL MOJITO

Ingredients:

1 lime (half juiced, and half cut into wedges)

½ oz, Simple syrup

1 oz. White rum

6 - 10 Basil leaves

soda water

extra slices lime for garnish

Preparation:

Place the sugar / sugar syrup, rum, basil leaves, lime juice and wedges in a tall sturdy glass and bash with a muddler to release the flavour. fill the glass with a lot of ice, and top up with soda water. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and slices of lime.

anonymous asked:

I don't understand why you and other 'famous vegans' are supporting and promoting Ben and jerrys new vegan ice cream. Ben and jerrys, although they might be selling some vegan ice cream now is through and through a DAIRY ICECREAM BRAND. Their sole business is using dairy in their ice cream. By buying their vegan ice cream, you're literally just supporting and giving more money to another greedy corporate company that is just using the vegan name to make more $$$ & doesn't actually give a shit.

Hey anon, I’m really glad you sent me this ‘question’. The reason it’s important to support these larger companies in their cruelty free endeavours is because of supply and demand. In order to increase the demand for vegan products or processes and decrease the demand for non-vegan ones, we have to show them our support. If we don’t show them (by using our dollar) that we are all willing to buy more ethical varieties, they have no incentive to change their ways and make them. Their old formula was incredibly successful, so if they release a vegan line of something and nobody gets excited or purchases it, they’ll scrap the idea and go back to focusing solely on cow’s milk. By showing our enthusiasm and letting them know we want to buy cruelty-free alternatives, it lets those big brands know that there is profitability in more ethical pursuits. 

I, and many other “famous vegans” also support the little guys and will always recommend doing so. We have been buying Coyo and So Delicious for years, eating Bio Cheese, using Hurraw lip balms and helping to promote DIY vegan organic skincare. We aren’t turning our backs on the smaller companies. We are letting the bigger ones, the ones who have far more money and control over the animal agriculture industry, that we would prefer vegan alternatives. The more vegan products we buy from any brand, the more they’ll have to produce to meet our needs. If we encourage people to switch from their non-vegan products, they’ll produce fewer of those. This is great for the animals, our environment and our culture. I have abundant choices when it comes to vegan ice creams, because I’m lucky enough to live in a large city where veganism is popular and our health food stores are diversely stocked. However, a large percentage of vegans (or people wanting to make more ethical decisions) don’t have this privilege, and their only options are the big companies found in grocery stores, like Ben & Jerry’s. For them to release even just 4 vegan flavours, this means it can be bought from even the normal stores, not just specialty hippie locations. This spreads the accessibility and availability, as well as exposing non-vegans to the idea of trying the dairy-free options, through seeing how widely available and enjoyed it is.

To quote The Vegan Scholar: “As mainstream companies begin to offer vegan options, the concept of veganism is introduced to the masses. It makes vegan food cheaper, more accessible, and more popular. This is all good news. We don’t want veganism labelled as unusual, difficult and obscure; we want it to be seen as ‘normal’. If ‘normal’ companies offer more and more vegan options, veganism will gradually ease its way towards that same label.

I understand why some people choose only to buy from vegan companies. This is also a good move to make. We should be supporting ethical, cruelty-free companies as much as possible, since they’re going out of their way to make sure the highest moral standards are met. The thing is - we want all companies to take this path as soon as possible. That’s why we should support any effort an otherwise non-vegan company makes to avoid cruelty.

In Cadry’s Kitchen’s words, “The goal to me is not to get a gold star for purity.  It is to save lives.  And which one saves more?  Making veganism more and more exclusive, and limiting, with an ever-expanding aim of finding the purest choice for everyday minutiae?  Or trying to create a world in which veganism is easy and attainable?” The only way to be 100% ethical would be cooking your own meals with organic produce sourced from a local farmer’s market. Even then, what if the sellers also sold animal products? Or also owned a wool factory? There will always be something seen as not good enough or not vegan enough, but all we can do is our best, to try and create a world where eating and living cruelty-free becomes the norm. It’s about intention, not perfection.

The tiny sips spread inside her mouth and released a mélange of organic flavours. The milk seemed to taste of bone and blood, of warm flesh, or hair, saltless as chalk yet alive as a growing embryo. It was hot through and through to the bottom of the cup, and Therese drank it down, as people in fairy tales drink the potion that will transform, or the unsuspecting warrior the cup that will kill.
—  Patricia Highsmith, The Price of Salt
You will never have a cup of coffee the same way again!

A young woman went to her mother, told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as though every time one problem was solved, a new one arose. 

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. 

In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. 

Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”

“Carrots, eggs and coffee,” she replied. 

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. 

The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity, boiling water. Each reacted differently. 

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. But after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. 

“Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?”

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt, become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a break-up, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside, am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? 

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavour. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. 

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Hey hey! I love this blog, so many good ideas! Thought I would share one of my favourite recipes that I grew up on and still eat today, my dad’s chili! This recipe is great because it can be vegetarian or not, uses only one large pot and make a ton a food that freezes well.

You’ll need:

  • olive oil or other frying oil
  • 2 cups beans - black beans or kidney beans work best but really any beans work, either use canned or soak them in warm water the night before
  • 2 small or 1 large onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 4 fresh parsley sprigs or about 2 tsp dried parsely
  • 3 to 4 basil leaves or about 1 tsp dried basil
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano or a largish pinch of dried oregano
  • pinch of thyme
  • pinch of cayenne
  • ketchup
  • 1 to 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • some kind of veggies, I usually use a couple stalks of celery, a green pepper, some mushrooms and a couple carrots, you can also use frozen veggies like corn and peas

optional: ground beef or pork or even chicken I guess? Whatever kind of meat you want, you’re the boss.

Start by pulling out the largest pot you have, because this recipe is big. On medium/highish heat fry the cloves of garlic whole in quite a bit of oil, then when they’re soft and browning mash them up to release the flavour. If you’re including meat, fry it up in a separate pan while you do this.

Add the chopped onions and cooked meat to your large pot and cook until the onions are just starting to brown.

Then add all your veggies, and all the spices. Stir it all up and let it cook for a few more minutes.

Add your beans, a liberal squirt of ketchup, and the canned tomatoes. I usually use about a can and a half but you can use less or more depending on how much you like tomatoes, I guess. Just make sure that there’s enough liquid in there so that it’s not going to burn when you cook it down.

Turn down the heat to medium/low and let it simmer for at least 2 - 3 hours, until the veggies are all soft and the liquid is mostly gone.

Then enjoy! I like it best in burritos with chopped cucumber, lettuce, cheese and sour cream, but it’s also good by itself, on toast, you name it!

This recipe is a bit of work but it will make a huge pot which will feed you probably 6 - 8 times if it’s just for you and 3 - 4 times for a couple people. When it’s cooled down portion it into plastic containers and freeze, then when you’re hungry and tired all you have to do is pull out a container and heat up you chili!

Happy cooking!

father to father

Ray had just finished with a hunt and figured he deserved a little relaxing time. Just him, his folder and a nice cold beer. He chose a bar on the edge of the town, it was a little run down but there was a nice bustle of people in there. Almost made him feel sociable… almost. Ray claimed the table at the back of the bar, lit only by a small sconce on the wall. Even that was flickering in and out like a candle. He set his folder on the table beside the new maps he printed off at the library, and his beer just above them on a mat. He had already ruled out the middle east as a possible burial site and had started to focus on the states more. He had found evidence of Eve visiting America before it was official discovered by the rest of the world. Perhaps she buried her kid here somewhere? it would make Rays life a hell of a lot easier. He gulped a large mouthful of beer, humming softly as it cooled his throat and released that flavour in to his stomach