I do one thing at a time, I do it very well, and then I move on. ~ Charles Emerson Winchester, III (M*A*S*H)
Since my early 20s I’ve been making a delicious edible called Mung Beans and Rice. The recipe comes from a book written by Yogi Bhajan. When the Love of My Life and I came together, he was retired while I worked full-time. Knowing how much I enjoyed this, he’d make me a large pot following the recipe … to the letter. I’m more laid back when it comes to cooking. Over time this recipe has evolved. I now call it “making a Pot.” Said Pot includes legumes (favorites are mung beans or lentils), rice, vegetables and spices. It keeps well. Is transportable. (We even made a batch or two during our cross-country trek.) Tastes great. (Admittedly some Pots are tastier than others, but never have I had to toss a Pot for being inedible. lol)
The LoML subscribes to the above quote. I don’t. Case in point is this tale of the most recent Pot I made. On that fateful day, I …
~Decided to make a Pot.
~Went to the bathroom.
~Noted we were low on sea water. (Used when possible to conserve fresh water.)
~Headed towards gangway.
~Noticed the LoML chilling on settee. (He generally wakes up 2-4 hours before me. That day was a planned day of rest for him … with no projects!)
~Decided to spend time with him.
~Remembered to check fridge as it had been defrosting overnight.
~Thumped cold plate to rid it of ice hidden in back. (LoML had taken care of ice in front of plate.)
~Wiped up fridge bottom.
~Continued to settee to visit with the LoML.
~Made it up the gangway into the pit.
~Noticed it was warm.
~Opened the pit to allow air-flow.
~Filled the seawater “bucket.” (After three buckets lost their handles, the LoML created a makeshift bucket by cutting down a gallon jug and attaching a rope to it. It’s still going strong a year later. Go figure!)
~Poured seawater into household “jug.”
~Noticed bird poop on the cabin top.
~Fetched deck scrub brush.
~Filled seawater “bucket” multiple times to wash off cabin top and environs.
~Filled final time and tied into position on aft deck.
~Brought full “household jug” below deck.
~Noticed cabin was warm.
~Opened stern hatch.
~When the LoML went topside following his attempted-mid-morning nap, I opened the forward hatch.
~I placed the pillows topside (through the hatch) to air.
~Made the bed.
~Realized I was hungry.
~Washed the dishes. (A F-I-Q [foible-ism-quirk] of mine — having a clean kitchen before cooking.)
~Scrounged. (As we were coming up on our monthly restock, provisions were sparse.)
~Decided on bread (homemade sourdough) with sesame butter (aka “tehini”).
~Opened last jar.
~Dumped into bowl.
~Stirred to mix in the separated oil.
~Realized sesame nut-butter balls (another edible I’ve been making for years) would be a treat.
~Poured some of the tehini back in its jar.
~To the remainder in the bowl I added powdered milk and honey.
~Rolled into bite-size balls and refrigerated.
~Realized (1) I still hadn’t begun Pot and (2) was still hungry.
~Laughing at self, I decided to memorialize “making today’s Pot.” Hahaha
~Wrote in a notebook (to be transcribed later).
~Got up to get Pot fixings.
~Noticed the LoML’s beverages needed refilling.
~Reached to refill my water bottle. Noticed it needed cleaning.
~Cleaned water bottle.
~Added this little escapade to notebook.
~Filled my water bottle.
~Grabbed the cooking pot.
~Noticed I missed a hatch.
~Went topside to open, taking with me: (1) dish towel to hang up to dry, (2) water bottle to stay hydrated and (3) first batch of vegies to chop for Pot.
~Wind kicked in and temperature dropped so I zipped below deck for fleece jacket and headband.
~I grabbed phone and earphones.
~Went back topside to continue chopping while listening to recorded book. (The first Agatha Raisin mystery.)
~Returned below deck to sit with the LoML while he ate.
~Hooked self into TENS unit. (Lower back was being a buggar butt.)
~Checked lentils for stones.
~Put lentils into pot.
~Realized — again — I was still hungry and now tired as well.
~Fixed food, finally! (Slice of homemade sourdough bread, homemade cultured buttermilk, homemade peanut butter balls and a banana.)
~Joined the LoML for an afternoon nap.
~Cooked the Pot. Finally. And it was still daylight!!!!! *smiles*
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