Another successful mission


After last night’s quick patrol of the courtyard of the Sanctum Sanctorum, I decided that I would patrol the neighborhood.  I spent the day  assessing the needs of the people, and housing the poor.  Then I met my contact, the Professor for dinner.  I left and prepared for the evening patrol.  

As I inspected the neighborhood, I found the tell tale signs of Trash-heap and her minion, Litterbug.  I was surprised to find so many signs of their presence near the Sanctum.  Collecting one bag full of Litterbug’s remains, I found that another few patrols will be needed.  Apparently, Litterbug travels often through the back alley of the Sanctum Sanctorum.  Litterbug must face a reckoning!  Trash-heap will also be relocated to the city dump before long, I swear.

Upon returning to the Sanctum’s Annex, I found myself engaged in another battle.  I found myself taking Mother Nature down a few pegs.  In fact, she lost a limb tonight and was cut down to size.  This will also require another battle to clean up the debris left from this battle.  Before I complete this battle, she will lose another limb or two and we will have fuel for a few fires.


Lahana Dolmasi Zeytinyagli


The dolmas are in the oven.  Tomorrow we say goodbye to one of our coworkers.  As she is vegan, our party is meant to honor her.  To those unfamiliar, a vegan is a vegetarian who doesn’t eat milk or dairy products.  Does this sound limiting?  It can be but if you are familiar with this type of food, you can come up with a lot of food options.  I chose to make my vegetarian grapeleaf recipe.

They are a lot of work, but in the end I think it’s worth it for a special occassion.  The recipe comes from “Classical Turkish Cooking” by Ayla Algar.

The filling is made of onions, rice, pine nuts, currants, olive oil.  The spices are mint leaves, dill weed, cinnamon, nutmeg cloves currants, salt, lemon juice.   This mixture which smells amazing, is then rolled into grape leaves.  The rolled grape leaves are put side by side in a pan and then slowly simmered in a bath of water, salt and lemon juice.

That’s were I’m at right now.  The dolmas are in the oven and I have about another 40 minutes to finish these.  Then I can cool them and go to bed.  They are going to be great!