Most Ecuadorians keep a machete by the door. Why? Not for them. But for the robber. It’s okay to have an equal weapon with the robber, but not a better one. So that they can use their machete on the robber, but only if he has one. Evidently the law states that you can use an equal weapon on the intruder, but not a greater one. “So,” I asked, “Is it better for no one to have a weapon, or both?” No one knew the answer. “And don’t we need a list of weapons in order of greatness? He can use a sword, and I can use a knife? He can use a knife and I can use that… or chopsticks? Do I need to leave an equal-sized dog at the door to leave Tiko free to attack?” There’s something not right about leaving the decision in the hands of the intruder.
1 chayote squash
2-3 cloves garlic
1 T. coconut oil
water to cover the vegetables
1 tsp. each of salt, pepper and seasoning salt
2 bay leaves
sprinkle of parsley
Directions: Wash and peel the vegetables. Cut into bite-sized chunks. Heat the oil in a cooking pot, and stir-fry the onions and garlic until brown. Add the vegetables and just barely cover with water, Cook for ten minutes on medium heat, until tender when poked with a fork. Add spices to taste. Let the bay leaves sit and remove before serving. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.
Word of the Day – machete – machete
Tip of the Day – You could keep no weapons, but then you’d be at the disposal of the robbers. It’s up to you.
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