Vegan Walks into a Bar

Not really. But this line kept popping into my head as I was trying to come up with a lunch menu for Sunday, when I had a group of my students over for a meal and a review session. (Oh, and horse walks into a bar. Bartender says "why the long face?" Is it not terrifying what is in our heads?)

But guests for lunch: one vegan, at least two vegetarians, and a person with health reasons for not eating spicy foods.

We ended up with an amazing soup based on a wild mushroom stock from The Greens Cookbook. Incredible. Worth buying the book just for this stock, which starts with dried porcini mushrooms and ends up having several layers of flavor.

And a pasta salad, and a green salad, and bread, and a fruit salad and chocolate chip cookies for desert, during which we bandied about Sanskrit terms and wrestled with the five ways of thinking (Sutra I.6 - correct perception, incorrect perception, imagination, deep sleep, and memories - or pramana, viparyaya, vikalpa, nidra, smritti) and examples of how each can be beneficial or not (aklista and klista).