There are three things that I’ve learned recently. Vegetarian dishes can be tasty. Haiku is easier than I thought. Today is “Make up your own Holiday” day. These three things have absolutely nothing in common. Except that I didn’t know them three months ago.
For the next two weeks the Friendly Friday Challenge is to post about SOMETHING LEARNED recently or during the last year.
In my case, the revelation on vegetarian dishes came through experimentation. I’ve concluded that the best vegetarian dishes are those celebrating their own flavor and texture. The awful ones are those trying to simulate meat. Especially those using the granulated-soy-mince product which should be labeled “Nothing at all like Meat” and “Shame on You for Thinking So”.
My favorite flavor bomb dish is Cumin Potatoes from the Woks of Life website. It’s a dish which is good as a main, as well as a side. In China, potatoes are treated more like a veg than a starch, so it’s no surprise that Cumin Potatoes are eaten with rice. Packed with flavors from cumin, garlic and onions this is a dish that I highly recommend.
Haiku is literary style that I’ve not dabbled with before. Poetry in general, is not my forte. But I wanted to try it out, resulting in my first ever haiku to accompany the Cheroot Smoker post. The haiku rules are deceptively simple. A haiku consists of three lines with seventeen syllables.
That’s my haiku on haiku rules. It’s the second haiku that I’ve ever written! As I said, it’s easy to write. The syllable rule follows a very natural rhythm. Harder though, is writing good haiku. But that’s not a concern for dabblers like me.
Finally, on my third thing learned recently: Today is “Make up your own Holiday” day. It is also “Wear a Hat” day, “National Nougat Day” and “Spinach Day”. All of this I learned from NationalToday.com which lists remarkably obscure and unknown holidays.
If you’re stuck for inspiration on the Friendly Friday Challenge, feel free to “Make up your own Holiday” and post about it. Assuming of course, that this holiday is one you’ve only recently learned about 🙂
I look forward to seeing your post on SOMETHING LEARNED. Remember that you have two weeks to post your response to this challenge. Full instructions on Friendly Friday can be found here.
Toronto, Canada. March 2021