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everything is my teacher...not as ot as it seems

updated sat 27 sep 03


John Niehaus on fri 26 sep 03

I had a breakthrough experience in cooking tonight
that has clear connections to my clay life. To paraphrase
Ben Franklin..."Curry is the clearest evidence I know
that God loves us and wants us to be happy". I love
curry too much. I (almost) always use too much. Well,
tonight was different. I got the balance right and WHAM...
you could taste everything...peppers, rice, curry...I was in
heaven. Then it hit me. This is just like clay. All of the
elements have to be in balance. In my forms I have often
placed too much emphasis on features I am drawn to rather
than seeking to achieve a harmonious whole. Can't wait to
get my hands in clay tomorrow night to try to put this lesson
into practice.

The recipe:
John's Curried Rice
1 cup Jasmine rice
1-1/2 cups water
2 fresh chile peppers, seeded, chopped into thin rings
(I used chiles of medium heat...from a friend's garden)
2 dried Tabasco chiles, finely ground
1 tsp hot madras curry powder

bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes