First off, check out this article about the Estonian Bank of Happiness. Freakin’ awesome! For what it’s worth, I’m *all* about the bartering – if you’re an electrician, or a carpenter, or have a sweet place in an awesome location that’s sitting empty in the summer, I’m psyched to build you a frame in exchange…
My favorite part is that it’s not a straight exchange – if you do a lot of good deeds, the idea is that someone will do one for you without asking anything in return. Call me a hippy if you want, but this kind of thing makes me smile. Post-capitalism, baby!
And no, I’m not being patronizing. I didn’t know where the heck Estonia was either. So now you’ve learned something, you ignoramus.
Now, another thing that makes me smile: tasty, spicy food. I made this recipe with seitan, but I think (based on my hazy recollections of eating meat at age 14) that chicken would work well too if you swing that way.
1 tbsp oil
1 small onion, chopped
8 oz seitan or chicken, chopped into 1/2″ cubes
1/2c pineapple juice
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
3 tsp curry powder (the hot kind – thai curry paste will work in a pinch)
1 tsp grated fresh ginger or powdered if you don’t have fresh
1 tbsp lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
Fry up the onion for 3-5 minutes, then add everything except the lime juice and yogurt and cook until the pineapple juice is all absorbed/boiled off. Add lime juice, serve in tortillas, taco shells, or over rice with a dollop of yogurt.
Easy, delicious, moderately healthy. What else can you ask for?