"We have to practice remembering the Lord always, twenty-four hours a day, by chanting His names and molding our life’s activities in such a way that we can remember Him always.

"How is this possible? The ācāryas give the following example. If a married woman is attached to another man, or if a man has an attachment for a woman other than his wife, then the attachment is to be considered very strong. One with such an attachment is always thinking of the loved one. The wife who is thinking of her lover is always thinking of meeting him, even while she is carrying out her household chores. In fact, she carries out her household work even more carefully so her husband will not suspect her attachment. Similarly, we should always remember the supreme lover, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, and at the same time perform our material duties very nicely. A strong sense of love is required here. If we have a strong sense of love for the Supreme Lord, then we can discharge our duty and at the same time remember Him. But we have to develop that sense of love. " - A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita As Is Is, Introduction


Thursday, December 22, 2011

braised brussel sprouts

On busy days at home (which day isn't?) the subjis are often simple. Here's a prime example and a family favorite:

  • 7 c brussels
  • 4-5 T ghee
  • 1/4 hing
  • 1/2 t ground coriander
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  •  1 1/2- 2 c water
  • salt, as desired
  • a squeeze of lemon (optional)

  1. In a frying pan on high, chaunce in the hot ghee the hing and then the coriander and pepper.
  2. Add the brussels and stir fry a few minutes until they begin browning.
  3. Add water and cover. Cook on high heat until the water evaporates and  brussels are tender and a little brown at the bottom, but moist, not dry.. If not fully cooked, add more water and keep cooking  until done. (the brussels pictures are half way done. They usually shrink more and brown a little more)
  4. Add salt and a little lemon juice as desired and offer.