From Parade, 2004 October 24
1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot over low heat. Wilt the onions, stirring occasionally, about 10 to 15 minutes; add the garlic and the ginger to mellow for the last 3 minutes. Add the curry powder and cook, stirring, for an additional 2 minutes.
2. Add the vegetables, broth, honey, cloves and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas and cook another 10 minutes.
3. Discard the cinnamon stick and cloves. Add the cilantro, sprinkle with the chopped mint leaves and serve.
Notes: Haven't tried it yet. "For the most dramatic effect, the vegetables are cut into large pieces. A fresh mint garnish brightens the curry flavors."
We were young and our happiness dazzled us with its strength. But there was
also a terrible betrayal that lay within me like a Merle Haggard song at a
French restaurant. [...]
I could not tell the girl about the woman of the tollway, of her milk
white BMW and her Jordache smile. There had been a fight. I had punched her
boyfriend, who fought the mechanical bulls. Everyone told him, "You ride the
bull, senor. You do not fight it." But he was lean and tough like a bad
rib-eye and he fought the bull. And then he fought me. And when we finished
there were no winners, just men doing what men must do. [...]
"Stop the car," the girl said.
There was a look of terrible sadness in her eyes. She knew about the
woman of the tollway. I knew not how. I started to speak, but she raised an
arm and spoke with a quiet and peace I will never forget.
"I do not ask for whom's the tollway belle," she said, "the tollway
belle's for thee."
The next morning our youth was a memory, and our happiness was a lie.
Life is like a bad margarita with good tequila, I thought as I poured whiskey
onto my granola and faced a new day.
-- Peter Applebome, International Imitation Hemingway Competition
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