Monthly Archives: March 2008

365/74 – Life imitates art – Pastourelle (The Shepherdess) by

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And here is the one today.

I <3 Fractals

Fractals.

Really, I mean it.

In college I had a friend with whom I was able to discuss such arbitrary things. He was the one that introduced me to them, and I became intellectually engaged by the thought or idea of them. No benefits other than I was therefore able to be geeky and notice the fractal imagery in The Matrix…

sigh.

I have not thought about them in a while. Until I happened upon these. Now please, go look at them.

They are so beautiful the commentary (which I only glanced through quickly) invoked the things such as faith, evolution, God.

Four Foods on Friday #22

I am starting to really enjoy doing these a lot more than I thought I would! And, I think that this is number 6 for me!!!! If you participated, you would know that I have graduated from FFOF-n00ben3$$.

#1. What’s your favorite form of potatoes?

I have to pick one? I love everything potatoes and everything sorta considered potatoes… but here is a favorite recipe of mine (actually my grandmothers or as she would want me to say a friend of my grandmothers… but I associate it with my grandmother) for spicy mashed potatoes.

#2. Pie crust. Premade or from scratch?

Depends on the pie, usually frozen.

#3. Vegetables. Fresh, frozen or canned?

I like frozen, though fresh is a treat when you live in a desert like I do. Canned… I like canned tomatoes, potatoes, and then there is hominy (that’s a vegetable right?).

#4. What one dish do you wish you could prepare better?

I have no fear in the kitchen, everything is usually palatable… I think though, if you asked my husband it would be the ability to follow a recipe… I can’t, I never have, and when I try, my heads spins around really fast and smoke comes out my ears.

Durante el pase del niño

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Durante el pase del niño, originally uploaded by Angel Gualán.

Easter, or any religious holiday really, has always seemed a bit empty in some ways. As I perused this series of photos I realized that it was not so much that something was missing but that the rituals I was exposed to changed. I suppose I was saying that for the main formative years of my life Easter involved people nailing themselves to a cross, being carried through town, along with dressed dolls representing Jesus. It meant dancing, and parades (or processions along the lines of a pilgrimage), food (there is a fillet of guinea pig there too). As I looked through these pictures I thought about how much I miss those rituals (and it is OK if you think they are barbaric and done by heathens, though know I disagree completely), how much these events fed my faith, how much I loved those times.

This year I went to mass with my Schatz and to my family church afterwards. The closest I came to repeating those was the smell of incense at one church and the Ethiopian choir at the other.

I will take what I can get.

365/67 – contemplating the Desiderata, putting it in action

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Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons;they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others you may become vain or bitter, for there will always be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is ; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

-Max Erhmann, 1927

A TCHO

Bless me

I was super lucky to be able to get a sample of this fabulous new chocolate in development through an online giveaway of sorts.

The chocolate is TCHO

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The giveaway-er is Blake Makes

Just look at that color

Now here is my review of the chocolate:

I loved the TCHO chocolate, I loved the packaging, I love the dedication that is indicated by the effort to research and develop the chocolate.

I am looking forward to TCHO‘s growth. I only wish I could have sampled other varieties, but the one I did was superb and inspiring (in terms of how to incorporate into some dishes. I would have loved to try some in some savory dishes like mole but there was not enough left (especially after my taste test).

I also decided to try the two together (meaning the TCHO chocolate and the Blake Makes peanut butter dulce de leche). And the results were…

just the two of us

Fabulous!

The slight bitter notes of the TCHO chocolate were a nice foil for the sweet taste of the Blake Makes PBDDL. I think TCHO’s dark chocolate is a nice contrast for the Blake Makes PBDDL and vice versa. Which means they would work very well together in my mole recipe… IFF I had enough. I did the math on the Blake Makes PBDDL and I would have to cut my recipe by over 3/4. I don’t think it would even make half of one serving. It goes the same way for the TCHO chocolate. So, I will enjoy what is left of my Blake Makes PBDDL on some french bread toast
for breakfast and sprinkle a few shavings of the last square of TCHO chocolate on top.

Thank you to both companies, I am thrilled to be your friend!

I am thrilled this happened.

About 2 years ago, in an effort to preserve a letter to my mother from Moritz Thomsen, I uploaded it to my Flickr account. I was looking at it the other day and noticed it had some links. This was one (below). It is interesting that the people who used it in the annotated bibliography, without permission I may add, NEVER asked how I came to have it. I have stories, plenty. Apparently there is a conference about him in the summer… frankly, while it interests me, I can’t help but think that Moritz might have been horrified.

Image above captured without permission but hosted responsibly.

Found at this site. Linked without permission.

Here is where I blogged about it before.

Here is the post with the photo about the sushi incident mentioned in my previous post

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