there once were five queens who ruled a land of (raw) milk and (coconut) honey. one queen loved too much and became sick. he slowly withered and died. the other queens were swept up in a constant cycle of producing and sharing. many lovely gypsies, jesters, and healers passed through their kingdom. the queens grew weary and chose a boy king to rule the land. the people did not love him so he threw gold coins at the throngs and spoke in a sparkly tongue. the land grew bigger and richer but the queens suffered from evil spells. one queen’s mind grew dark and her breast betrayed her. another queen succumbed to winter and lost her hearing. the third queen was plagued by a rash that itched day and night. sometimes the last queen could not be found in the counting house counting all the money because her feelings were too hurt and she couldn’t leave her bed. the queens selected favorite useful people and built a circular maze for everyone to dance through in the hopes of getting somewhere. a new year begins in a few days with hopeful beautiful folk wearing garlands in their hair and dancing in endless circles.
are there cultures where asking how are you is not considered polite? because those are my people. up north, i would often get the what’s new query. answer being: i live in fort bragg, absolutely nothing new, duh. and if you know me at all, how i am is determined by the weather. we are either sunny or not at all sunny. every once in awhile i succumb to the popular trend of self-improvement through diet. but, sadly, i never come to any rays of godlight problems solved now and forevermore conclusions. instead, i always bump up against the same small sensible reminders . . . moderation is good, balance is key, portion size matters, and being fueled by food is the goal. also i find that even though eggs are a go-to food for many, i don’t think they sit well with me. best if i just include them in cake batters. and chocolate, high-quality and tasting of earth adventure & life itself, is awfully binding. again, best for me in cake form.
but today i think i lighted on a perfect personal health adventure . . . a capricorn inspired menu! i already know the tail end is a power food source for me; i can never have enough tinned fishes, smoked salmon, ceviche, sashimi, and seafood dishes. i like goat meat and cheeses. my very favorite cheese is drunken goat from spain with a wine washed rind. today i picked up to taste-test goat gouda, goat yogurt, goat milk, and goat butter. and we all know, as always, the butter will be key.