I’ve treated my body like a step-child,
With the subtle abuse of polite neglect –
Dealt with it like some unknown garage band
Opening for the main event, my mind …
Joanne Hart (2007)
My conscience has been plagued – a gnat constantly buzzing in the background of my mind – for a long time: I am neglecting my body. Of small build, I have never had to diet, and I’ve never given much thought to taking on an exercise regime. And there’s the smoking …
An untimely bout of flu hit me yesterday; a frightful nuisance at this busy time. I self-medicated and got on with my work, but this morning I felt too dreadful; shaky, chest pains and a burning sensation in my left arm. I rang old Doctor Neighbour and he told me to come over right away.
A thorough examination and an ECG (which he announced was EXCELLENT!) revealed that I was not on the verge of a heart attack; instead he uesed some fancy name that means a back and neck muscle have been compromised/stressed and they take it out on the muscles of the chest and left arm. The kindly man then proceded with a lecture; said I needed to walk for at least 25 minutes a day and that it was time to toss the cigarettes. Good fellow that he is, he stressed the benefits of red wine…
… and so to lunch …
My five ingredients this week were:
Elephant garlic (see below)
I made the simplest spaghetti Marinara, and added a splash of wine (not truly an ingredient, I wanted to take the afternoon off, have a glass and eat outside). In accordance with Tandy’s rule that “these 5 ingredients do not include the pasta, olive oil or seasoning”, I used salt, pepper and dried oregano to season.
Elephant garlic (Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum) is a plant belonging to the onion genus. It is not a true garlic, but actually a variant of the species to which the garden leek belongs. It has a tall, solid, flowering stalk and broad, flat leaves much like those of the leek, but forms a bulb consisting of very large, garlic-like cloves. The flavor of these, while not exactly like garlic, is much more similar to garlic than to leeks. The flavor is milder than garlic, and much more palatable to some people than garlic when used raw as in salads. – Wikipedia.