April 16, 2014
Speaking from my soapbox PDF Print E-mail

My soapbox this week is a double-decker. I wonder how many of you watched the President’s speech last week? I wasn’t going to, but it was on most all of the stations and on the one I watch the most. I just left it on and picked up a book I had been reading about the end of the Civil War.
I started watching the speech because of the speaker of the house. I like watching the vice president because he always has such a nice smile on his face, and seems to really be involved in what’s going on. He was that night too, standing with the rest, or leading the stand, and clapping.
The speaker caught my eye and I couldn’t stop watching him. I don’t think he rose more than three or four times, and rarely clapped, unless he was clapping in his lap where you couldn’t see it. His facial expressions were puzzling to say the least, and most of the time looked like a smirk! Maybe he was sick or getting sick. I’ll give him that because at the beginning, he was blowing and wiping his nose. His face did look a little darker, but then again he’s darker complected than Biden. Anyway, I just wondered if anybody else caught the speaker of the house’s actions.
I’m down one step, and wanted to talk about the case where the cafeteria personnel threw out the children’s lunches because (they assumed) they were out of money, which turned out to not be the case in all. I found that shocking and sad, and don’t think it doesn’t happen in a small town. Ten or so years ago it happened in your own small town. My granddaughter was in jr. high, and had chosen a salad for her lunch. When she got it back to her table and started eating, it had a worm in it. She took it back up to the ladies, and asked for a replacement and they refused to give her one, threw it away and she had no lunch that day. Yes, folks it happens! I wanted to go out to the school and tell somebody off, but  I knew from past experiences you get nowhere. Yes, she was on a lunch program, because at that time my son and his wife’s income wasn’t very high. There is still prejudice in this country and don’t you forget it.
I hope this weather stops before long so we can get into the greenhouse, and start planting. I don’t want to turn on much heat, because of the shortage and high price of propane.
Well, I’m off my box and down to your recipe for the week. Roasted Sweet Potato Soup: 6 cups, peeled, cubed sweet potatoes (cut into 1-inch cubes); 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped onions; 1 Tbsp. olive oil; 5 cups veg. or chix broth; 1 Tbsp. grated gingerroot, or 1/2 tsp. ginger; 2 tsp. grated orange zest. 1/2 tsp. each, ground cumin and salt; 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper; pinch dried cloves; 6 tsp. sour cream; fresh cilantro, optional.
Spray a roasting pan with cooking spray. Add sweet potatoes, onions, olive oil and 1 tsp. garlic. Mix well. Roast, uncovered at 425 for 25 minutes. Stir once halfway. Transfer mix to a soup pot. Add broth, gingerroot, orange zest, cumin, salt, pepper and cloves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to med.-low and simmer, covered for 10 minutes. Working in batches transfer soup to blender and puree until smooth. Serve hot with a swirl of sour cream in center. Garnish. Stay in and enjoy soup.
See you next week, behind The Garden Gate.