Ted has been my friend for well over thirty years. But curiously, I have never met him. I get a very gentle magazine called “Fellowship in Prayer”, and once long ago they asked if subscribers would like to correspond with prisoners. Of course, I said yes. And that is how Ted and I got connected.
I have never asked my friend what he did to land himself in prison. I felt it was not important unless he wanted to tell me. He never has. And I respect his privacy and dignity in this matter. So, Ted and I relate on more hope-filled dimensions than the mistakes of the past.
We have written letters off and on pretty much continually all these years. When Ted did get out of prison, much to his dismay, he was promptly deported back to the land of his birth. Since he was not an American citizen and had a criminal record, he no longer had the right to live in the USA.
Ted had gone to America as a young child and had no real ties with his home country at all, including the language. But off he went. He knew no one, was unskilled, and had no real work experience. Likewise, his folks, both in the USA, were just making ends meet, so a trip to the “old country” seemed nearly impossible. The situation was dire at best.
Fortunately, Ted hooked up with the church, where priests took care of him, as they do even now. He also made friends in the congregation. They still give him love and support, which he desperately needs.
Added to Ted’s list of woes is that he has developed Parkinson’s disease to the point that he is now in a wheelchair. Yet, in a relatively recent photograph of his, I saw that his mother had indeed managed a visit, which I am sure was a crowning event in her son’s life.
What makes Ted a beautiful person in my mind is that despite his many problems and his tremendous loneliness, depression, and fear that seem to engulf him at times, he has never, ever closed his heart. He feels very deeply, yet is never defensive. Also he humbly notices things that are truly life affirming.
He might write to me and say, “I didn’t feel so great this week, but friends helped me out. “ Or “I can’t write anymore, but I dictate letters to my priest friend and he sees to it they get sent.”
And another arena that shows Ted’s connection to life is in his love of cooking. Every time I hear from him, he sends me a recipe he has either found or created himself. I am not a great cook and have minimal time for the kitchen, but he urges me to send him recipes, which I shamefully seldom do.
The other day he asked if I would get some of his recipes online so others could enjoy his culinary creations. I thought that was a great suggestion, so here are a few of his recipes, just as he wrote them himself.
Fish With Selery
Here is a recepie for fish curry with selery:
30 grams fresh fish cut small
30 grams selery fresh cut in small pieces
pinch of hot pepers fresh
soy sauce, bulion chicken a little chives
fresh parsley, fresh garlic pinch fresh and small pieces of tofu.
Stird-fried cucumbers with chicken
35 deco chicken brest cut to small pieces
25 deco fresh cucumbers garden cut tinnly in halfs
5 deco fresh parsley sprinkled with lemon juce lithly
1 smalla amount of chicken bulion
pinch of cholendra fresh
pinch of fresh garlic
small spoon of sweet cream
salt, peper pinch of oregano
First stir-fried chicken sprinkled lightly with lemon juice fresh cookied ad cut in half fresh garden cucumbers add to the chicken.
Cooking it first add chicken bulion, pinch of cholendra, fresh garlic, peper, salt, pinch oregano. Mixed lightly add small spoon sweet cream. Make sure that lemon sprinkled chicken do sour the sweet cream. Add last fresh parsley.
Served with wild rice.
Fish in celery salad
35 deco white fish fresh cut in squers so they cooked in stir-fried for a seconds cooked fast.
30 deco celery stacks fresh cut in to squares
1 spoon small chives fresh, small amount of curry sprinkled lightly, small amount of fresh basil and
˝ teaspoon of mustard, normal hot mustard,
home made fresh mayonaise add salt peper
˝ teaspoon sweet red pepers mixed lightly to tick salad look not runny
Served french bread baked daily in stores or home made backed.
Stired fried shrimps in whisky sauce
35 deco fresh shrimps medium size not large
sprinkled with whiskey lightly, don’t go aflemed cover the wack fast so don’t flames up, light up. Vegetable bulion small amount,
salt pepers fresh pinch, thicken it with flower.
Served with curry rice.
To make curry rice, rice coked rice with small amount of curry, so the rice is not overcooked.
Fresh dill salad
2 eggs hard boiled cut to squares
˝ spoon red onions fresh cut to squares
1 medium size (fresh) boiled parsley root cut to squares, don’t overcooked so it cut to squares
1 spoon dill fresh cut small pinch of fresh ginger salth peper, yogurt mayonaise mixed lightly. Served on rye bread.
Bread home made or garlic.
Bambu soup with fresh spinach and tofu with shrimp in chicken broth bullion
30 deco bambu water chestnuts sliced tinnely
20 deco shrimps fresh
2 deco ginger root fresh cut into small pieces
1 spoon chicken
bulion leveled spoon
5 cups water
pinch of fresh garlic
small amount 15 deco
15 deco fresh spinich
1 ˝ grams cholendra, parsley fresh
20 deco tofu
First take 5 cups of water, put in boil add chicken broth and shrimps so it cooks in the broth. Add bambu water chestnuts, ginger root fresh, pinch of garlic fresh, salt, peper. Cut small spinich. Add rice noodles. Add tofu, lastly cholendra and fresh parsley and served.
Read bean salad
1 can red bean without water dry beans cooked
1 large spoon sweet pepers
1 spoon mustard (french) dark
1 spoon of red onions
1 large spoon of cheddar cheese cut to squares
pinch of fresh garlic
sprinkle with sweet orange juice lightly
small spoon of parsley
1 large spoon of smoked ham
1 ˝ spoons of mayonaise
salth,peper, pinch of cumy and ginger mixed first all the vegetables add mustard and mayonaise. Refrigerate.
Garlic hot peper chicken in yogurt sauce
1 lg chicken breast cut to squares (or beef)
5 grams fresh garlic
1 hot peper fresh cut out the seeds thinly sliced.
Salt, chives (pinch) fresh 1 ˝ large spoon of plain yogurt, oriental season mix (pinch) cooked the chicken. Add garlic fresh, hot peppers salt seasoning oriental mixed and yogurt served with rice.
Spigeti noodles in bacon cheese sauce (warmed) served
1 package noodles rice or regular noodles
30 deco cheddar cheese
35 dkg beacon, not fat beacon lean with meat cut squares
1 spoon red onion cut squares
pinch of fresh garlic
drain fat away dry from bacon when cooked lean bacon in pan with onions. Add after bacon cooked drain dry add cooked onions still to the bacon cooked together. Add butter (little) milk meting, cheddar cheese in milk and little butter when the sauce in made poor over noodles toped lightly fresh baisl leafs.
Stir-fried Brussels with beef
15 large (medium) brussels cut in halfs or thinly fresh
20 deco beef tinnly sliced good tenderly, pinch of fresh garlic, salth, peper, oregano pinch, pinch of chicken bulion
pinch cholendra cookied in a wack till tender is beef crispi brussels served with curry rice.
Stuffed hot pepers with ground beef and cheese and bacon
4 large hot peppers fresh without seeds
15 deco ground beef lean without fat
pinch of garlic, pinch of salth
4 large lean slices bacon, pinch of red onion
10 deco cheddar cheese ground up
pinch of parsley
Take 4 hot peppers fresh, wash them with water. Take a pan cook ground beef with garlic. Red onions seson cookied till is cooked cool it for a whitle 10 minutes in plater mixed the ground up beef with cheddar cheese and parsley. Stuffed the bacon first then ground beef with cheddar cheese. Bake it in oven for 8 minutes till peppers are soft and cheese melted cooked lean bacon.
Served with baked potatoes.