This past week maybe my busiest week so far; work deadlines, other scheduled tasks, church commitments and domestic errands that filled my weekdays but the sad thing is I’ve catch the flu virus that’s around the islands of American Samoa this season. So I’ve had no other choice but to take a day off from my job and rest from other activities that’s screaming out loud trying to get my attention. The hardest thing to happen when you are living alone is when you get sick. That’s part of our struggles as overseas workers for we are far from our families and loved ones. So even if your whole body is aching you have to move and do everything for yourself. But I cannot tell my stomach to stop longing for food. So I have to get up from my bed and find something to eat. I didn’t want to cook, I just wanted to eat sandwich and drink a glass of fruit juices. Thankful I had a box of cheese, a half can of leftover condensed milk, a small amount of butter and two pieces fresh red bell pepper. I wrote this instructional poem in hope that you’ll not just learn to do homemade cheese pimiento spread which is very simple and easy, but at the same time maybe enjoy the poem. Here it is;
I crave for this while on my sickbed
A homemade cheese pimiento spread
This was the one I love to eat
Since I was just a little kid.
Though my whole body ached, I should get up
Because nobody was with me around
No other choice but to move up
Prepare my food, the one I want.
I looked inside my refrigerator
I have two boxes of cheese and butter
I’ve got condensed milk and red bell pepper
I grabbed them to make the spread I was craving.
Some people use pimiento in can,
But I prefer for bell pepper, a real fresh one
I put it on my steamer pan
I steamed it hot, until it’s done.
I peeled it taking away the thin skin,
And then I chopped as fine as I can,
I grabbed the milk poured it out from the tin
Set them aside to mix them all later.
The usual way they do the cheese, it’s being shredded,
But I was weak so I just did it using another means
I just melted the cheese instead of slicing up by a grater,
Put some butter in pan over low heat and that’s better.
Then I mixed all the ingredients together,
Condensed milk and the chopped bell pepper,
Poured into the mixture of cheese and butter
Behold I’ve got my homemade cheese pimiento here!
Aside from its great taste, cheese pimiento is a nutritious sandwich spread because the ingredients are rich in vitamins and minerals. Cheese is high in protein and calcium. Milk is a good source of vitamins A, B, C, protein and calcium. Bell pepper contains Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin B6 and Folate. Butter contains butterfat. These ingredients are good when eaten separately but it’s better when mixed together, the result is a great tasting sandwich spread.
I was pondering on this as I was mixing these ingredients. Though God gave us abilities, skills and talents, we still need other people to sharpen and improve what we already have. We cannot strive alone, we cannot rely just on our own. We need other people. I realized this more when I got sick alone. I also see this in blogging, in arts, in other facets of life and in my spiritual walk. We can improve more by learning from other people. In the same way that when all our God-given attributes have flourished and been enhanced, we have to also share it with others. As these quotations says “No man is an island”, “People needs people”, we cannot live by ourselves for we are created this way by God, just like the cheese pimiento’s ingredients that tastes better when mixed well together.
THANK YOU FOR READING!