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International Thanksgiving Feast

Friday, November 27th, 2009 by Marie

This year we decided to do away with gringo-traditions and make an international Thanksgiving feast.

Inspired by our extremely internationally diverse crowd at the moment.  And also because we will be hosting a harvest dinner in a week that will have the more traditional fare.

Our current crowd includes people from Mexico, USA, Canada, England, Germany, France and Italy - wow!  Our feast featured foods from Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, Mexico and USA.

From the United States: Ants on a log (celery stuffed with homeground peanut butter and topped with raisans - yup.)
Agua de jamaica (cold hibiscus tea with honey) from Mexico.
Sauerkraut from Germany (fermented for a week!).
Gazpacho from Spain.
Vegetarian sushi rolls from Japan.
And from Italy: homemade gnocchi with a simple tomato sauce.

We give thanks to the forest and the wonderful people!  Happy Thanksgiving from the Bosque!

Pro cibo inter esurientes, pro comitate inter desolatos, pro pace inter bellantes, gratias agimus.
For food in a hungry world, for companionship in a world of loneliness, for peace in an age of violence, we give thanks.

Carrot peanut soup

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 by Marie

This soup is awesome.  If you like things spicy, add some more chiles. The first time I served it I added *way* too much chile for my crowd - oops!  Since then I’ve mellowed it down a bit, and I serve minced chile peppers on the side for folks who want more kick.

carrot

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 chile perrón (if you don’t have these, a serrano or a jalapeño would work fine), de-seeded and minced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons oil (vegetable or olive, though peanut oil would probably be awesome - or sesame - but I can’t get those…)
  • 10 carrots, chopped
  • 2 potatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup of peanuts, blended with 1 cup of water
  • 1 handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Sauté the chili, garlic, and ginger with the oil in a large pot for 5 minutes
  2. Add carrots and potato. Cover with water.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes
  4. In a food processor or a blender, puree the carrot mixture until smooth. Add water to get desired thickness.
  5. Just before serving add salt, peanuts and cilantro.

Serves 4-6 for main course (add some nice bread!)

Serves 8 for first course

Goodbye Goldie

Saturday, November 21st, 2009 by Marie

Goldie died this morning. She was a very good dog for many years, but had been getting skinnier and slower this last week, and it was time for her to go.

She lived with us in the forest for five years. She had two litters of puppies - 9 pups total - 6 of which still live here in the Bosque.

She loved to run around the woods, dig for things, and roll around in the sun. She was a very sweet and happy dog and very polite when she wanted love and attention.  We love you Goldie!

Day of the Dead Mural

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 by Marie

Every year we put together an ofrenda for Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos.  An ofrenda is a shrine we build to honor friends and relatives (and, in Bosque style, altering the traditions a bit to include pets, body parts, or whatever else seems right).  This year Margret painted a mural on the Casita to serve as a backdrop to our annual ofrendas and a real piece of art to admire for the rest of the year.

She started by repairing a crack in the wall with cement:

Below Dennise, Margret, and Forest are working hard to get the mural ready for Day of the Dead:

Margret adding finishing touches:

And the mural at night, with the candles lit on the ofrenda:

Thanks to Margret, who volunteered here for a month.  Amazing work!

Giant Medieval Tables of Greatness

Sunday, November 8th, 2009 by Marie

Trevor and Forest are so great.  They designed and built an incredible table for the terraza, where we eat lunch and dinner as a community.  It is HEAVY, super sturdy, strong enough to dance on, and will last a hundred years.

Below, Forest on the left and Trevor on the right.  They are putting together the legs of the first table.

Then, after they were done with the giant medieval table of greatness, they built another one, a little less gigantic but amazing nonetheless.  It will be used for extra seating when we have larger groups.  Trevor and Forest cranked out these two tables (which we have wanted since the Bosque was born) in just about 4 days.  Incredible.  Thanks guys!

Thinking…:

The tables in use:

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