Based on the Boston Globe, 2005 August 21
In a large flameproof casserole, melt the margarine. Add the onion and carrot and cook over medium heat, stirring often, for 10 minutes or until the vegetables soften.
Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for half a minute more. Stir in the zucchini, stock, water, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Turn the heat to medium-low and simmer the soup, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the mint leaves.
In a blender, puree the soup several ladlefuls at a time, returning the pureed soup to a clean saucepan. Reheat the soup just until you see bubbles at the edge of the pan. Ladle the soup into small bowls and garnish with mint leaves. Serve at once.
To serve the soup cold: Let the mixture cool completely and store in a plastic container in the refrigerator. Before serving, let the soup sit out for 30 minutes. Ladle into bowls, and garnish with fresh mint.
Notes: Haven't tried it yet. It might be good garnished also with a spoonful of soy yogurt.
Well, anyway, I was reading this James Bond book, and right away I realized
that like most books, it had too many words. The plot was the same one that
all James Bond books have: An evil person tries to blow up the world, but
James Bond kills him and his henchmen and makes love to several attractive
women. There, that's it: 24 words. But the guy who wrote the book took
*thousands* of words to say it.
Or consider "The Brothers Karamazov", by the famous Russian alcoholic
Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It's about these two brothers who kill their father.
Or maybe only one of them kills the father. It's impossible to tell because
what they mostly do is talk for nearly a thousand pages. If all Russians talk
as much as the Karamazovs did, I don't see how they found time to become a
major world power.
I'm told that Dostoyevsky wrote "The Brothers Karamazov" to raise
the question of whether there is a God. So why didn't he just come right
out and say: "Is there a God? It sure beats the heck out of me."
Other famous works could easily have been summarized in a few words:
* "Moby Dick" -- Don't mess around with large whales because they symbolize
nature and will kill you.
* "A Tale of Two Cities" -- French people are crazy.
-- Dave Barry
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