I thought to come back and write more about things that uplift me, happy things that don’t involve death and ectoplasmic soda pop. As such, I’m going to list some of my uplifters here. A few I’ve referenced before, so I suppose this could be a compendium of those songs, foods, etc. that are happy makers. Guaranteed. I can put on the song below and instantly grin, or make the cauliflower dish and bask in internal sunshine.
Maybe something below will do the same for you?
First, please try not to be Little Miss Happy Skirt while watching this video:
Upendo means love in Swahili and this song IS lyrical agape (I’m mixing languages like a true woman of the world). To the max.
“`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.”
Each time I navigate Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, I am delighted and bedazzled. I adore this poem with every kid cell I have left.
And so now here we have:
You heart Moonstruck too, right? It doesn’t matter how I feel when this movie starts, I am in love at the end. It’s funny and loud and boisterous and sad and perfect.
(My recipe book uses “grams” and I have no idea how to convert that into cups, so I completely wing the measurements. (It still turns out lovely.)
Also, I forgo the potatoes. I like it better that way. (And I’m a potato person.)
Cauliflower Bake of Awesomeness, Rainbows and Non-Extinct Unicorns
450g Cauliflower, broken into florets
2 large Potatoes, cubed
100g Cherry tomatoes
2 tblspn butter, or vegetarian margarine
1 leek, sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
25g plain (all-purpose) flour
75g mixed grated vegetarian cheese (parmesan!)
1/2 tspn Paprika
2 tblpsn chopped, flat-leaf parsley
Salt & Pepper
Chopped fresh parsley to garnish
1. Cook the cauliflower & potatoes and then drain well.
2. Melt butter (or margarine) in a saucepan and saute the leek and garlic.
3. Add flour and cook for a further minute.
4. Remove pan from heat and gradually stir in the milk, 50g cheese, the paprika and parsley.
5. Return the pan to the heat and bring to boil, stirring. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
6. Spoon the cauliflower into a deep ovenproof dish. Add the cherry tomatoes and top with the potatoes.
7. Pour the sauce over the top and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
8. Cook in a pre-heated oven at 180*C (350*F) for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbling.
9. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.
Onto a Wrinkle in Time.
Mmmmm mmmm mmmm mmm mm. I can cry (happy tears) just thinking about this book. It’s the one that inspired me to want to write children’s books and each time I read it, I am transported.
More recently, I once met a boy whose mom neglected him. Each time she picked him up from daycare she smelled like booze and yelled at him until he cowered. The only respite he seemed to have was reading and so (among other things, like alerting the proper people to his mother’s behavior), I bought him The Wrinkle in Time box set.
I’ve never seen him again, but I hope he was transported too. And that his mother is a mother.
Finally, I’ve saved the most improper thing for last.
Oh but how it makes me laugh.
Meanwhile, anything you’d like to share?
I’m all ears and inappropriate laughter.