Corn ‘n Bean Chowder with Coconut Milk

Hey, lately I was wondering if I should be sitting in front of the Juice Factory, resting and having a smoothie, getting out in public. Because I do spend money I don’t need to.

 But here’s what happened today to make me re-think,….or re-heart.

First, I couldn’t pay my electric bill (usually $8+) because their system wasn’t ready. So I went to sit in front of the Juice Factory and have a chocolate smoothie.Then…

I learned there is a very beautiful Buddhist monk who lives here the last few months. I was thinking I would probably meet him by chance, if it was meant to be.  Well, I was sitting there this morning when someone introduced us. Nice! I was hoping that would happen! He shook my hand and a long tingling sensation went straight up to my heart, making me happy. My heart opened. I told him what happened, and he said, “That must be because of your practice.”

Next….

This lady stopped to stare at a poster behind my head. She talked about learning to laugh: holding your heart and saying, with long breaths, the words, “appreciation….care….compassion…gratitude” over a period of 6 hours whenever you think about it. That’s all you do, to open the heart, and start thinking with the heart,
instead of the mind, she said.

I needed someone to fix my brakes on my electric bike. The left one was so bad, and the roads were wet. I was getting a little worried.  Only the bike shop didn’t have my brake pads. So I was still sitting there in front of the Juice Factory when a return traveler in town sat down with me. I was mentioning my bike situation and he said, “I’m a bike mechanic. I’ll look at it for you.” He pointed to his bike-shop company T-shirt. And he fixed my brakes! Took over an hour of recalibration. He actually rode his own bike down to the bike shop to borrow their tools. He only wanted a “V-8” juice in return, which I put on my account to pay later, but I slipped him the $10 I was gonna use for electricity, when I heard him tell the taxi driver he didn’t have the money for a taxi.

That was all this morning.

There is a reason to sit mindfully in front of the Juice Factory.

Recipe of the Day – Corn ‘n Bean Chowder with Coconut Milk Nutmeg and Potatoes

Ingredients:

2 T. coconut oil
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. grated ginger
1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. each crushed coriander and cumin
1/2 tsp. each cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice

2 c. coconut milk
4 c. water or vegetable stock
2 c. potatoes, cut pieces
2 c. your choice of squash cut into 1 inch pieces
2 red peppers, diced
2 c.  corn
1 c. cooked garbanzos
1 lime
Parsley or cilantro, chopped to garnish

Directions: In a large pot set over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook until softened. Add the spices. Stir about 30 seconds. Then add the coconut milk and vegetables. Cook covered for 15 minutes. Add the peppers, corn and chickpeas. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or until peppers are tender. Right before serving add the juice of 1/2 a lime. Serve with a wedge of lime and chopped fresh cilantro or parsley.

Word of the Day – mecánico – mechanic

Tip of the Day – Add sweet potato, yum!

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