The humorist is a direct descendant of the great French Emperor Napoleon. Actually, that explains a lot of things. Paul ran for President of the United States in 2016! Woo hoo! On the Bacon & Chocolate ticket. Estimates of Bacon & Chocolate’s share of the votes range from 3 to 1.5% of the total. El Candidato also lost a contentious campaign to be El Presidente of Venezuela. In late 2013, Chef Paul participated in the International Bento Competition.

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This recipe calls for a medium onion. Onion mediums help us, the living, communicate with those who have gone to the Great Beyond. This differs from musicians communicating to the great Beyoncé. They do that by cell phone.

Anyway, the most commonly question asked of the dearly departed was, “Our are missing socks over there with you?” The answer was always, “Yes. you’ll soon see them again.”

Unfortunately, people asked that question so often that the onion mediums became unable to channel any other questions between our world and the next. So, frustrated truth seekers took to eating the mediums. The onions proved to be tasty. This is why they are in so many recipes. But do try to cook with medium onions, they’ll leave you more than enlightened than will the other sizes.

Bananas with split peas

Makes: 4 bowls
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Ingredients
1 3⁄4 c Dried Split Peas
4 c Water (Enough to cover split peas)
4 Ripe Bananas
1⁄4 t Cayenne Pepper (or Black Pepper)
2 T Palm Oil (or Peanut Oil)
1 Onion (medium sized)
Utensils
  • Mandoline

Add split peas and water to large pot. Bring to boil using high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour or until peas soften. Stir occasionally.
Peel bananas. Place entire bananas on top of mushy peas. Cover and simmer on low for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep peas from burning. (Stir gently so that bananas don’t break into pieces.)

While bananas and peas simmer, use mandoline to cut onion into slices ⅛” thick. Add onion, palm oil, and onion to pan. Sauté at medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until onion softens and browns. Add cayenne pepper and salt. Ladle onion and oil over bananas. Stir gently until oil blends in with the peas.

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