Up Your Game-Vegetarian Chili and Steel Cut Oats with Yogurt
My daughter mistakenly used steel cut oats instead of the rolled variety in a batch of oatmeal cookies many years ago and we devoured them. Ever since, I’ve been trying to find different ways to incorporate this healthy whole grain into different recipes. We love the crunch it adds.
My first adventures in safely eating street food outside the United States took place when I was in college traveling in Greece. I was a pretty green traveler and happily ate souvlaki, salads and yogurt from street vendors on a student’s budget without incident. The only time I saw the inside of a doctor’s office was when my friend badly chipped her capped tooth, and after the treatment she got, I’m not convinced the man was even a real doc. Can you believe there was a translated phrase in our guide book: my artificial tooth needs replacing? I can still hear the THWACK of the rubber band he used to get the cemented tooth off her gums! As you can imagine, it was not a pleasant experience, but I digress….
Lately, I must admit that a dark cloud had come over my thought process. All the bad news and divisive rhetoric I was hearing put a heavy weight on my shoulders. I felt paralyzed when I sat down to write; why does sharing what I’m posting on Green With Renvy even matter amongst all this negativity? With everything going on in the world and more importantly in our country, why is it more important then ever to travel now?
The screech of a hawk is a distinctive and unusual sound for the suburbs of Boston. All week, several of the birds have been flying circles around the tall cedar tree outside my workspace. I feel sure their cry was foreshadowing the call of the raven, the revered bird of the Tlingit. In a few days I will leave to explore the wilds of Alaska, and the raven is just one of the many animals I might encounter. Salmon and kayaks and glaciers-OH MY! When I heard I would be traveling with AdventureSmith exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage I could barely contain my excitement about reaching this bucket list destination. The company is an award winning, small ship cruising expert and this particular itinerary is brand new for their clients. It is exciting to know I will be one of the first to experience the route and share that adventure with all of you.
Can anyone else raise a hand and say they are glad the weekend is here? Phew, it’s been a crazy week and I’m glad the nightly news is off my schedule for a while. It’s positively exhausting being an American these days. Too much emotional energy. So here’s a bit of armchair travel and weekly finds to take your mind to another place, at least for a short while.
- Have you heard of Stellar? It’s a pretty sweet story making application that harks back to before Instagram got all commercial on us. You can travel anywhere on it, and find terrific journeys told by talented storyteller and photographers. Here’s one from Greece with love.
- In case you missed it, I shared a great cooking hack for grilling littleneck clams. Once you try it, you’ll never look back.
- Richard Bangs talks about why he’s taking a group to Burma despite objections of the treatment of the minorities in the country. Controversial hotspots don’t stand in the way. I was feeling pretty simpatico with him as I worked on a post about why it’s so important to Travel Now.
- I’m not really getting the whole Pokeman craze, but this is an interesting read about how people are falling in love with their own cities.
- Documentary photographer Edward Thompson shows us a different view with infrared film and WOW!
- Patagonia examines our broken food chain in this short documentary Unbroken Ground from TreeHugger.
- Loved being a part of Irene Levine’s post on using Repurposed Buildings and converting them into hotels around the world.
- And now for a little pretty-I love everything Green Kitchen Stories manages to creatively come up with. Turning sunflower seeds into tuna-that is a new one for me and I can’t wait to give it a try.
Have a wonderful weekend my friends, enjoy the armchair travel and I’ll see you again soon!