Wednesday, January 27, 2016

ICE BERG LETTUCE AND INK BLOTS - Recipes and Writing Prompts

I hope you've been enjoying the Recipes and Writing Prompt series of blogs. Look for many more Author Guest Blogs in the future, as well as, an additional new series of blogs starting in February entitled Spot the Lie Mondays . ~Lynda~

Photo Credit - Ernesto Andrade 


Iceberg lettuce has the reputation of being low in nutrients, that's not exactly correct; it's just lower in nutrients than many other types of lettuce. Iceberg lettuce serves as a good source of vitamin K. Each 2-cup serving contains 35 micrograms of vitamin K. Use in mixed green salads, tacos and lettuce wraps..

Recipe: Ice Berg Lettuce Stir Fry
Have you ever wanted to make a skillet of stir Fried Vegetables and discovered you didn't have any of the common ingredient, cabbage? Well, don't worry. Grab that head of Ice Berg Lettuce, it's a great substitute. I've done this several times and my family honestly doesn't realize the difference. 

I use a bag of frozen stir fry vegetables, any variety will do and one head of lettuce.
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 3⁄4 teaspoon sweet soy sauce
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes 
Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat until very hot. Add olive oil. Add garlic, green onions. Saute until green onions begin to change color, add package of frozen vegetables. Stir every so often. Cook until vegetables are slightly crunchy, not mushy. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the lettuce. Once the mixture has heated through and all elements are blended, add the lettuce and cook until the lettuce wilts and combines nicely with the vegetable.

Photo Credit - Chris Gerrard

Writing Prompt Theme:

Ink Blots - An inkblot test is a personality test which involves the evaluation of a subjects response to ambiguous ink blots.

Writing Prompt:

Your a famous archaeologist who's just been kidnapped and brought blindfolded to an unknown location. A voice tells you to remove the blindfold. When you do, you find yourself alone in a small room devoid of any furniture or other objects except for a large framed ink blot hanging on one wall. The voice now says, "Tell me-what is the meaning of the ink blot? Your life depends on your answer..." 

You're shocked. Why? Because you've been searching for this very item. It's a map of an underground cave formation, one that is supposed to hold a very unusual ancient tomb with unimaginable treasure. Your captors are not stupid. To stay alive, your answer must be convincing without giving away the ink blot's real secret. How do you answer...

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you for visiting today, Susanne.

  2. Your prompt is fascinating. However, I'm stuck recalling the hate-hate relationship I have with Iceberg lettuce left over from my youth. In high school, our Home Economics teacher insisted we serve lettuce wedges (of course, Iceberg) with Thousand Island dressing. I still have nightmares of my first time chasing that blasted wedge all over the salad plate. :-)

    1. Hi Barbara,
      You must have been in the same HE class as I was. And I detest Thousand Island Dressing. Thank you for sharing.