Ninotchka: Bela’s Jeweled Tofu “Eggs” with Coconut Milk: Modified Camel Pose
Often we hear the phrase “pearl of great price”. Anything can be that pearl-the prize-the treasure that we are trying to obtain. For our handful of unfortunates in this classic film, which reincarnated on Broadway as Silk Stockings, the pearl of great price is an egg. That’s right. One ordinary egg. A rationed egg. That’s for all that the delightful characters in our movie yearn. We’ve got classic screen gem, Greta Garbo and some other exciting cast members, with one desire-to whip up a scrumptious French Omelet, then to chase away the rest of their blues by spending the night singing Russian songs. We learn a couple of great karmic lessons in this movie; sharing, pooling resources, trust and loyalty, as well as staying optimistic during challenges. Good Yoga stuff! I don’t eat eggs and Bela really wants to feature more Tofu in her recipes, so this classic recipe of Bela’s, in it’s former incarnation, used hard boiled eggs, which you can substitute for the revamped version below, if you desire.
Bela’s Jeweled Tofu “Eggs” with Coconut Milk
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 3” long strips, ½ inch wide
½ cup frozen peas
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
1 tablespoon all purpose oil
1 tablespoon butter or ghee
1 small piece of fresh ginger
1-2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon Garam Masala or Curry Powder
1. Puree the ginger, garlic, Garam Masala or Curry Powder and add enough water to allow for a puree-about ¼ cup.
2. In a medium saucepan, heat oil and butter. Sauté’ pepper for 1-2 minutes.
3. Add blended spices, then coconut milk, tofu and peas. Bring to a boil on high heat without covering for about 15 minutes.
Serve with Saffron Rice.
Modified Camel Pose
The Camel Pose is excellent for correcting upper body strain from sitting in a forward position all day at work. This version is a lot easier and will achieve the same basic results without the demands of the classic version. Here’s how:
Kneel on a soft surface with knees about 1 foot apart. Place the palms of your hands at the back of your waist, with thumbs in front. This will support your spine during the pose.
Breathe in as you slowly raise your head upwards and slightly backwards so that you can see the ceiling. Slightly arch your spine backwards. Exhale and return to the beginning. Don’t hold the pose, merely pause for the moment that you are shifting the breath. Perform 3-7 times according to your comfort level. Finish by laying on your back with your knees loosely up to your chest, with arms wrapped around them and slowly rock yourself from side to side for a few times. This is great for bringing energy up to the brain and correcting upper posture problems.
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