Drumming Up A Quick, Delicious Meal

SHIRLEY'S KITCHEN

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Hello Payson:

Have you ever heard of, or participated in, a Full Moon Ceremony? Since moving to Arizona, it has been one of my things to do and experience.

Drumming has been around since the beginning of time and it is practiced all over the world, and it does not always involve a drum. You can use two sticks together, sticks on hollow trees, metal, gourds, etc. Depending on the culture, certain tribes do not allow women to drum; men drum and women sing.

Drumming can be done any time of year, for different reasons. Many tribes have ceremonies for a good crop, abundant hunting, birth, death, etc. or to give thanks, say prayers, sing and dance, a celebration of life.

We got together on a Saturday night, dressed warmly, as the air was crisp. The moon was full and brilliant. The setting was outdoors on a large redwood deck overlooking the beautiful forest, with the sound of running water from a creek below. It was a perfect night.

There were 14 of us, a mixture of faiths and ethnic backgrounds getting together for the same purpose: "Drumming for peace of the entire universe."

We begin by choosing a simple instrument; gourd, rattle, sticks, tambourines, etc.; some of us have our own buffalo hide drums. We gather in a circle (sitting); presiding over the ceremony, dressed in Native American attire, is my dear friend and teacher Eagle Medicine Woman, also known as Rev. Annelle; beside her is her friend Miles. (On previous occasions, her husband Hal drummed beside her.)

Annelle passes a ceremonial talking stick which gives each person an opportunity to speak while the rest are silent. We drum to the beat of our heart. We have come together in a circle of unconditional love to give thanks to the Creator, Mother Earth, and for peace. There are four drummings: for world peace, thanks and blessing for our family and friends, for our pets -- past and present and all animals, and blessings for ourselves.

It was an amazing and mystical evening. You could feel the peace, love and joy being shared all around the circle, and what better way to end a beautiful evening than with a potluck prepared by the loving hands of all who participated. It was 10 p.m. Right now we are trying to find out who we are, our purpose on this earth, and following our spiritual paths and if getting together like this helps us bring these goals closer, then so be it.

Remembering the potluck made me hungry, so how about a quick and tasty sandwich tonight:

Toasted Tuna and Egg Sandwich

Toasted Chicken Sandwich

Served with a side dish of applesauce for sweetness, so good!

Enjoy!

Shirley

Toasted Tuna & Egg Sandwich

2 white-bread slices

Butter or margarine, room temperature

1 hard-cooked egg, chopped

1 green onion, chopped

Salt

Freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons tuna

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1. Preheat broiler. Spread both side of bread with butter or margarine.

2. Place 1 bread slice on a broiler-pan rack.

3. In a small bowl, combine egg, onion, salt, pepper, tuna and mayonnaise.

4. Spread egg mixture evenly over bread on rack; top with remaining slice. Press sandwich gently together.

5. Broil sandwich under preheated broiler 4 to 5 minutes, turning sandwich once.

6. Serve immediately. Makes 1 sandwich.

Toasted Chicken Sandwich

2 whole-wheat-bread slices

Butter or margarine, room temperature

1/2 cup chopped cooked chicken

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

2 tablespoons corn relish

1 tablespoon finely chopped celery

Salt

Freshly ground pepper

1. Preheat broiler. Spread both sides of bread with butter or margarine.

2. Place 1 bread slice on a broiler-pan rack.

3. In a small bowl, combine chicken, mayonnaise, corn relish, celery, salt and pepper.

4. Spread chicken mixture evenly over bread on rack. Top with remaining slice. Press sandwich gently together.

5. Broil sandwich under preheated broiler 4 to 5 minutes, turning sandwich once.

6. Serve immediately. Makes 1 sandwich.

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