Never So Few: Jungle Lentil and Spinach Stew: Shoulder-Wrist-Ankle Rolls
Never So Few
Pack up your mess kits and mosquito netting, we’re heading into the deep jungle of Burma along with a stellar cast; Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Hans Conreid, Steve McQueen and film beauty, Gina Lolabridgida, the movie’s gold digger. They’re fighting the enemy in this movie filmed in Technicolor, in 1959. Sure the plot is predictable, but the scenery is beautiful and authentic. The movie is filmed on location in beautiful Nani Tal. The splendiferous ruin of sleeping Buddhas and lush hills of this idyllic place won’t let you down. And, there are plenty of great Karmic lessons available about trust and loyalty. Gina and Frank fail in that department, but the fabulous water scenes in the oriental boats are worth putting up with their ridiculous flirtation. The movie will hold up quite nicely if you shore yourself up with something good to eat and some relaxing Yoga moves.
Jungle Lentil and Spinach Stew
1 large onion, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 small piece of ginger root, grated. (no need to peel)
2 cups of dry lentils, rinsed and soaked for 1 hour
8 cups of vegetable broth
2 Tablespoons of Tomato paste
1 10 oz package of chopped spinach, thawed out
1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium to high heat.
Add the onion, garlic and lentils. Cook stirring often for 10 minutes.
Add Vegetable broth, tomato paste. Cover. Simmer 30 minutes, until lentils are tender.
Add spinach, carrot and parsley and cook for 5 minutes. Serve hot with pita bread.
Shoulder, Wrist and Ankle Rolls
Great to do while watching a fun film, I’ve chose these three “rolls” to really relax the body and circulate the energy.
Shoulders: Inhale, draw your shoulders up towards your neck, without pinching or pushing. Just let them float upwards. Exhale and let them float back down again. Repeat 3 times. Begin to roll the shoulders lightly forwards and backwards 3 times, while breathing deeply. This is really a lovely move.
Wrists: Clasp your left wrist with your right hand and slowly rotate your left wrist 3 times left, then right.
Ankles: Slowly rotate your ankles in an outward direction for about nine times then reverse inwards. Don’t forget to breathe!
These three performed together will both invigorate and relax you at the same time and they will feel great even if you haven’t been trekking through the jungle all day.
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