August 25, 2009

A dedication...

I came to the computer early yesterday morning to write a post about our first week in Seattle, but instead, I received heartbreakingly sad news that a dear, old friend had died in a bicycle accident in Colorado. Everything suddenly became trivial compared to this. I can barely process this information and understand it. He was so full of life and adventure that it's impossible to imagine he's not kayaking a wild river, running a marathon somewhere, playing his violin in the community orchestra or tending his extensive gardens.

I'm going to put up a short post that I wrote previously but never used, and dedicate it to Stanley, a wonderful and compassionate man who enjoyed life, and who will be terribly missed by everyone who knew him.

We used to have a great Ethiopian restaurant within walking distance of our house. We were really disappointed when it closed, as it was so convenient and delicious and had lots of great vegetarian food. Plus the restaurant emphasized healthy cooking, which was a real bonus. Thinking about this restaurant recently, my husband started craving Ethiopian food and decided to make some. His first attempt was, shall we say, forgettable, but his second try was really good.

Berberé Stew (Ethiopian Lentil Stew)
He made a lentil dish and a green bean and potato dish and served them with brown rice. Both were excellent and not too difficult. If you'd like to try these recipes, they can be found here. The link will take you to the lentil recipe, and you will find the link to the green beans and potatoes on the same page.

Ethiopian Green Beans and Potatoes


14 comments:

  1. I'm sorry you lost a friend.

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  2. So sorry to hear about your friend--my thoughts are with you and his family.

    I am happy to hear you arrived in Seattle safely :-)

    Courtney

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  3. Oh, Andrea, I'm so sorry! It must throw your world upside down to hear something like that. Sending much sympathy your way.

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  4. Andrea, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. Somehow it seems much worse when it's an accident, and therefore avoidable. He sounds as if he led a full and happy life and it's so sad that it's had to end. I'm thinking about you.

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  5. I'm so sorry Andrea!

    I hope your move is going well.

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  6. My deepest sympathies about your friend. You will be in my thoughts. *hugs*

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  7. Andrea, I am so sorry to hear about your friend. What a terrible loss. Best Wishes.

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  8. Oh my gosh! I just got around to reading yesterday's paper and I saw an article about your friend... I didn't know you knew him, but it sure was sad! I'm very sorry.

    xo Claire

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  9. I am so, so sorry for your loss, Andrea! And I am thinking of you.

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  10. My heart goes out to everyone affected.

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  11. I'm sorry to read about your friend. It's always hard when someone is taken from us and confusing when they're young and healthy. I'll have you in my thoughts.

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  12. Thank you all so much for your kind messages. My thoughts are with my friend Ginny, who lost her life partner and soul mate.

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  13. I'm so sorry that your friend passed away. My thoughts are with you.

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  14. Andrea, I'm so sorry to be so late in seeing this post, and am terribly saddened to hear that you lost your friend Stanley. Your dedication is so sweet ~ he sounds like a wonderfully adventurous spirit who enjoyed such an active and interesting life ~ and his untimely death such a tragedy. The world can ill afford to lose compassionate, active, caring people like him. My heart goes out to you and to Stanley's other friends and family.

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