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Recommended Reading

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What books are currently being read is a favorite conversation Adventure Associate travelers engage in. What are we reading? Below are recent recommendations from our travelers.

Title: The Time Traveler's Wife
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Suggested by: Sheryl Myers skiing in Banff '06.
What is it about? A sci-fi long-distance love story; separated by time rather than physical distance, Henry and Clare meet at various important moments in each other's lives.

Title: In The Company of Cheerful Ladies
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Suggested by:Maria Mayer while on safari in Tanzania '06.
What is it about? The newest edition to one of our favorite series, the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. We return to Mma Ramotswe's beloved homeland, Botswana, to follow this super-sleuth as this time, she faces her own past.

Title: Harvest for Hope; A Guide to Mindful Eating
Author: Jane Goodall
Suggested by: Karen Cebreros, women's coffee tour - El Salvador '06.
What is it about? In a realistic and passionately optimistic look at our earth's most precious resources, Dr. Goodall sheds light on the steps we must make towards building a sustainable society. As always, it is impossible to emphasize the importance of her words.

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Relishable Recipes

Meals served by new friends in distant countries result in recipe swaps. Here is a favorite.

North African Lentil Stew

  • 1-2 Tblsp olive oil
  • 1 Cup chopped Onions
  • 3 Jalapeno peppers (seeded and minced)
  • 4 Garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 Tblsp Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 Cup dried grey-green lentils, rinsed
  • 3 Lg tomatoes peeled
  • 3 Cups vegetable broth - organic
  • 2 lbs winter squash, peeled, cubed (butternut or buttercup)
  • 1 bunch red or green swiss chard, chopped (including stems)
  • 2 Tblsp Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Salt and Pepper to taste * Substitute Jalapena with a Pasilla peppers. Large darker green peppers that are sweeter and not as hot as the jalapeno. Be certain to take the seeds out.

    Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed soup pot, over medium heat. Add onion, chilies and garlic. Saute for about five minutes, until tender. Add chili powder, cumin and coriander and cook for one minute more. Add lentils, tomatoes, veggie broth and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes...until lentils are soft and tender. Add squash cubes and a little water (if necessary) and simmer an additional 10-15 minutes or until the squash is tender. Add chopped chard, pushing it underneath and cover the pot. Shhh. Simmer about 5 minutes or so - do not overcook - long enough for chard to wilt but is still brightly colored. Add lemon juice, salt, pepper and serve. Just as delicious on day 2 and 3, carefully reheated and not allowed to cook again. **This stew is also wonderful with fresh beets added. As it thickens add a dollop of sour cream for a pseudo borscht.

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