sung by the students of St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School of Watertown, MA Tonight was the graduation ceremonies for my nephew and their rendition of “mer hayrenik” was quite moving so I thought I’d share it.
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Sauce making hint: I don’t give exact amounts of spices because you’ll figure it based on your taste…add a bit of each and keep adding as the sauce simmers…but don’t put too much oregano or cayenne as those will overpower everything else.
Heat oil, chop up the garlic cook add to oil. A minute later add beef, salt, pepper and fennel and oregano. the fennel will give it the kick as if you had sausage in it. once meat is close to cooked, add the two cans of tomatoes, get to it boil slightly and then simmer. Once it is simmering steadily, add the parmesan cheese (oh about a 1/4 cup) and basil and stir it in well.
Now boil the water (add a little salt and a drop of olive oil).
While waiting grate Mozzarella. set aside
Mix the Ricotta, Egg and Parsely well in a bowl.
Get a pyrex 9×13 pan. put some of the sauce on the bottom of the pan (just enough to wet it).
Reserve 1/3 of your sauce for serving at the table.
Layer the following:5 pieces of lasagna noodles (3 across, then 2 covering the seams) Sauce 1/2 Ricotta 1/4 of the Mozzarella 5 pieces of lasagna noodles again Sauce Rest of Ricotta another 1/4 of the Mozzarella Lasagna Noodles that are left Sauce the rest of the Mozzarella More Parmesan
Put it in the oven uncovered for 30 minutes or so @325 degrees (until the cheese on top is melted a bit)
Today we took part in the AHS/Arlington Food Pantry 5k Run
As the article in the link above points out, the guys in the AP history class did this as a final project to raise awareness for a local charity. Other teams are doing other events and concerts for the rest of the month. Although Daniel was helping run the event with his classmates, the rest of us ran in the race.
We had a lot of fun, although it was POURING while we were running. I was soaked through to the skeleton…Here’s a photo of the family afterwards
It was a great morning and for a great cause.
OK so those who are into stats. 5k 29:36 for me…about 9.5 minute miles. The fastest person was 18 minutes. The last was 48 minutes. In my 30s I used to run this in closer to 23 minutes, but my number pinned to my chest was, by coincidence, my age deterioration metric 🙂
Visited Canobie Lake Amusement Park yesterday. We had our 2 and their 2 cousins along with us. It was a great day. The kids got soaked, we enjoyed the hot sun and ended the day with a great meal at the Chateau Restaurant in Andover…
The Flume was great also:
So I was looking outside my window this morning and I saw the neighborhood rabbit…this is probably the 3rd sighting for me and on this overcast day, watching him chewing on tall grass in my backyard I got all philosophical. Several thoughts popped in my head…
1) Maslow…wondering if this rabbit is self-actualizing…
2) What a life, hiding and eating in tall grass
3) There used to be a coyote in our neighborhood…amazing the rabbit hasn’t run into a predator
4) I wouldn’t mind a simpler life…college cost would be less…
5) Don’t rabbits have lots of bunnies…how come I keep seeing just this one?
6) I thought we had cats in the neighborhood?
7) RABBIT STEW…from the original bugs bunny…
Then I came to work…