Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tomorrow's News Today (No Racing Results)

I have a very early and long drive tomorrow (Monday), so these are a few of the things I looked at and thought about on Sunday. I’m never certain how to order things correctly in this template, so I suspect the order I choose will come out approximately right, which is all we can hope for in these variously straitened times.

Petrarch's “Rime 190” ("Una Candida Cerva" -- “The White Doe”):

A white deer appeared to me on the green grass
With two horns of gold, between two rivers in the shade
Of a laurel tree, as the sun was rising
In the bitter season.

Her appearance was so sweetly proud
That I left off every labor to follow her,
As the miser for whom hunting
Treasure with delight makes less bitter the distress.

"No one touch me" was written in diamonds and topaz
A around her beautiful neck; "Caesar wants me free."
The sun had already revolved to midday; my eyes were
Wearied from gazing, but not satiated when I fell
Into the water and she disappeared.
Una candida cerva sopra l'erba
Verde m'apparve, con duo corna d'oro,
Fra due riviere, all'ombra d'un alloro,
Levando 'l sole, a la stagione ascerba.

Era sua vista sí dolce superba,
Chi'i lasciai per seguirla ogni lavoro;
Com l'avaro, che 'n cercar tesoro
Com diletto l'affanno disascerba.

"Nessun mi tócchi--al bel collo d'intorno
Scritto avea di diamanti e di topazi--
Libera farmi al mio Cesare parve".

Et era 'l sol giá vòlto al mezzo giorno;
Gli occhi miei stanchi di mirar non sazî,
Quand'io caddi ne l'acqua, et ella sparve.

Sizzled Ginger Rice
• Fast
• Healthy
• Vegetarian
1. 1 1/2 cups sushi rice
2. 2 cups water
3. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4. 1/4 cup julienned fresh ginger

1. Put the rice in a small saucepan, rinse well and drain. Add the 2 cups of water to the rice and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat for about 13 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff the rice and cover again.
2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the ginger and cook over low heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir the ginger into the rice and serve.

As the punch-line of a joke I like (from SCTV, I think) goes, “use it if you like”.


  1. Aliki:

    The rice dish is indescribably good. May I please send you my basic basmati rice recipe, which you liked so much. It's a little bit more work than some other methods, but really worth it and once you get the steps down, it's easy to incorporate it into normal meal prep rhythms.

    ACravan's Batman (and cook)