Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Guess Who's Waiting For You

Hi Guys, 

A few weeks ago, I was reading Isaiah 30 (NLT) and it dawned on me that I tend to act like the people of Judah did, SELF-CENTERED. Quick back story: the people of Judah at this time were being attacked from every side and were looking for refuge. Disobedience and the worship of false man made gods were keeping them separate from God and were keeping them trapped in His anger. Instead of turning to God, repenting, and asking for help, they chose to go to Egypt... the place in which they were FREED from decades before. (I'm sure you know the story of Moses, the book of Exodus, and Joshua 21: 43-45).

Reading it I've wondered "Why would anyone want to go back to the place they've begged to leave and get freedom from? A place that left scars and heartache, not to mention a miserable life? How can God still love and want them?" At that moment I remembered that I have been there. I've begged God to help me get out of something, remove a hardship from me, or help me to not entertain a thought or person anymore and He has always come through; but then I go back to it. I stay there hiding and enjoying my foolishness that displeases God because deep down I believe that it is better then trusting God and His plan, all because I do not see the outcome I desire. However this fallacy, false sense of security, is doing nothing but building a self made barrier between me and the one who LOVES me.

I've realized in reading Isaiah 30, that God still LOVES me and is WAITING on me to come to him in repentance of my sin with the very thing/person I hold on to that displeases Him. In doing this, He can continue to show me His love and compassion while removing that thing/person from me and from my destiny. In this time He's giving me more then I could imagine, peace and rest, all while gradually changing my desires to His desires for me. In addition to all that He's done thus far, He's making me more like Him and taking care of ALL OF MY NEEDS consistently.

I encourage you to go back to God, repent, and let him restore and fill you while showing you His compassion and His LOVE for you. He is waiting for you, He must wait for you.....

Isaiah 30:15 & 18New Living Translation (NLT)

15 This is what the Sovereign Lord,
    the Holy One of Israel, says:
“Only in returning to me
    and resting in me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength.
    But you would have none of it.

18 So the Lord must wait for you to come to him
    so he can show you his love and compassion.
For the Lord is a faithful God.
    Blessed are those who wait for his help.

Till Next time,
Happy Manjé

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It's Lamb time

Hey Guys!
 I had to come over and share the recipe to these Pan Seared Lamb Shoulders with Garlic Roasted Eggplant a very delish and filling combination. Which so happen to also be ingredients to a couple popular dishes in different countries such as Lamb Moussaka in Greece, Tas Kebap a popular soup in Turkey and an equally favored tasty Matzo Pie from Morocco, to name a few.

Oddly enough I am not a big lamb eater, only on occasion and whenever I am at a Greek restaurant, so this was a treat for me. The icing on the cake was that the lamb pieces were on special at my favorite meat market. Quick tip: if you can, walk around your grocery store and glance at the meat section early in the week like Monday-Wednesdays, sometimes there are reduce prices on great quality meats left over from the huge weekend crowd that shop.

The recipe goes as follows:
Garlic Roasted Eggplant
  •  1- Whole Eggplant cut into thick slices
  • 2-3 Pieces Garlic smashed and minced
  • 1/4c Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
 In a pan place eggplant and toss salt on top, let it sit for 30 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 350. In a bowl toss in olive oil, pepper and crushed garlic then mix with a fork, brush the pan with oil then brush both sides of the eggplant. Roast for 30 minutes or till tender. Remove from heat and set aside.

Pan Seared lamb Shoulder
  •  Lamb Shoulders
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/2t Oregano
  • 1/2 c Chicken Stock
  • 1/4c White Wine (can omit) or use Chicken Stock
  • 1/4c Olive Oil + 1/4c
  • 1/2 Onion Sliced
  • 1/2 Red Pepper
  • 1/2 Orange Pepper
  • 2-3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2tbs Flour
In a bowl place lamb shoulder, salt, pepper, oregano, 1/2 the garlic, 1/4c olive oil toss and refrigerate over night. Heat a skillet add oil & garlic and toss till aroma, add onion and peppers then remove vegetables from pan. Sear both sides of the lamb shoulders in hot oil, about 3-5 minutes on each side, remove and set aside. Stir in white wine and scrape the bottom of the pan, turn up heat till a slight boil starts, reduce heat then add and flour and mix till paste forms. At this point add in chicken broth and slowly stir till smooth, heat should be on medium. Add in salt &pepper, taste bring to a slight boil then put lambs shoulders back in pan. Place heat on low for about 20 minutes, tossing half way. Add vegetables back into the pan. Once warmed grab a plate and enjoy.

Till Next Time,
Happy Manjè