The Light of the Sukkah was almost a physical thing, alllmost. Zelda closed her eyes and raised her face up, feeling slivers of light on her eyelids & nose, whatever sun came through the narrow slats of the temporary roof. Meticulously constructed in thorough joy, meditative energy imbued in every step of the process, there was nothing- no, nothing like it. A little shift of wind & the strips of light danced on her eyelids. "Yes," she thought as she smiled "I could almost spread this on challah!" Her smile grew large enough to break her reverie, and her eyes opened. She glimpsed the men briefly, who were engrossed in the morning prayer. She raised her eyebrows to herself as she stretched, surprised at her relief at lack of responsibility, well, of that particular kind. Women didn't need to pray nearly as much as the men. She peered at them again, admiringly, and pulled her coffee to her lips. She felt much warmer just then; she also felt it was not attributable to that tiny sip. She wondered also if she was blushing, but didn't really care. She thought just then to dip her toes in the pool and resolved yes, to do it, but later. She breathed very deeply then, closing her eyes and catching the scent of tree branches overhead. She was happy. She held who she wanted to be.
Jimble hearty through, & please
Altogether land & trees
Hold as Holy, True, & One
The Loving Bond, all other Ones
Move together, rush to help
Don't forget you're living well
See each other, bright & true
You see, you're not the only you
Sweeten wounds & soften blows
All for better knowledge, though
All for what each one can do
To bring about the truest Brew.
FOR THOSE WHO DON'T LIKE BROCCOLI - How to eat a mountain of broccoli. A Public Service Announcement
I made this sauce as a part of a vegan meal recently. I decided it could could also work for vegetables only, & broccoli soaks it up & delivers it to tastebuds admirably. You can add more stuff, whatever you want, but remember if you add things that contain a lot of water (like bell peppers or round onions) you will need to add more of the other flavored as well.
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup orange juice
1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated (I put mine through a garlic press, worked out fine, chop it first)
1/8 tsp cayenne powder
Mix that all together & set aside
4 cups broccoli. Yeah, you heard me.
1 green pepper
1 bell pepper, your choice of color (or 2 halves)
1/2 medium white onion
1 bunch green onions (8 or so)
2 or 3 garlic cloves, through the garlic press with them, chop everything else coarsely, whatever bite size is for you.
Put the veggie mix in a pot with a bit of oil on the bottom, medium heat & cook for just a few minutes.
Mix 1 tbsp corn starch into the sauce mixture thoroughly, add to the pot & cook a few more minutes.
It goes really quickly after everything is prepped, and super tasty. I plan to add my usual favored options, bamboo & water chestnuts & see how that goes.
I adapted this recipe from one I found on the Gardein website: http://gardein.com , which is full of vegetarian recipes to use with their products.
Try it! Share if you love it. Have a beautiful week, month, year. 😀