Meditation – 13 April 2020

Mark Bittman’s Tomato Jam

  • 1.5 lb. ripe plum tomatoes, cored & coarsely chopped
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 T. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 T. freshly grated or minced ginger
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • 1/4 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. ground cloves
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/8 – 1/4 t. red pepper flakes or cayenne
  1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture has consistency of thick jam, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings then pour into hot sterilized jam jars. Store in refrigerator or process in a traditional hot water bath for longer storage.

Makes approximately two 8 oz. jam jars… and a little bit more.

I know, I know… not really a Meditation but I love this tomato jam… it’s funny… sweet and savory at the same time.

March has been a Rollercoaster

… and we’re not done yet!

I was listening to Terry Gross’ interview with RuPaul on NPR’s Fresh Air the other day when I was brought to a standstill by RuPaul’s insight into the human condition.

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“Being youthful is about being flexible both literally and figuratively. In this life, if you can stay flexible, you have a really good chance of navigating a really rich experience for yourself on this planet.”

Wise words we all would do well to remember during these tumultuous times.

(Portrait of a Sktchy muse in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie A5 Sketch Book)