Congress and the President are bailing a screen-bottom canoe with leaky china teacups while it's headed for Angel Falls and they're arguing about which teacup pattern is best; the Canton, OH finest and second-finest purveyors of street justice turn out be singing the same tune as the President of their friendly local City Council;* people are still starving en masse in Africa and en retail in S. America, Russia, N. America, Asia, Australia and assorted islands -- and your hometown, probably, same as mine.
It's all pretty awful. There's dammit-sai all I can do about it but point it out and drop some bucks in the collection plate -- for the hungry, the fed.gov can -- and will -- fend for itself.
So I made chickpea salad. Pretty much this recipe, only I did half a red bell pepper and half a green pepper, half an onion (I wept and wept, the darned thing was packin' Mace) and one can of chickpeas. Did about 1.5x on the olive oil and red wine vinegar, skipped the hot red pepper flakes, faked the celery, garlic and rosemary with some Penzy's mixed spices ("Fox Point" and "Sunny Paris") and served it garnished with thinly-sliced radish: yum, yum, yumm!
* The jernt must be similar to Paris, since Council President S------'s motto for the place appears to be, "See Canton, OH while armed and die." Thanks, bub, but I b'lieve I'll pass.
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