Monday, December 14, 2015

Banksy love, life as a refugee, and wise words from James Baldwin!

THIS is the reason Bansky is still one of my favorite contemporary artists!
 "The son of a migrant from Syria" (yes, that's Steve Jobs people).

Migrant Life in Calais' Jungle Refugee Camp is a brilliant photo essay that should not be missed.

Below is my tribute to Bansky-- Chicago, circa 2007. 

And lastly, a wise word from James Baldwin: "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

Monday, December 7, 2015

Neat list-December

                                      I took these photos at a Day of the Dead celebration 
I attended here in Providence RI Nov 2015
I recently saw THIS sweet short student film celebrating Dia de los Muertos

I've been thinking a lot about the current Paris climate talks and the ways in which climate change is threatening ALL of us. These features were specially moving: 1. The Marshall Islands are Disappearing 2. Facing Rising Waters, a Native Tribe Takes Its Plea to Paris Climate Talks 3. Rising Sea Levels Threaten Tiny Islands Home Indigenous Panamanians

I was heartened after seeing Brandalism's Campaing HERE AND HERE

THIS commencement speech by John Waters made me so happy!! (I, too, belong to Waters' tribe of "filth elders")

And then, Nina Simone! Need I say more?!

This list from the Ace Hotel Blog :)

Check out Down the Stream about the "hopes and dream of children growing up in boats in Vietnam's Mekong Delta"

Leo Babauta on "The Joy of letting go of stress"

My friend Julia turned me on Nneka's Book of Job  

I've been following stories on teaching grit and found this awesome report about the Menominee Nation 

Finally, we were enthralled looking at THIS performance by Das Triadische Ballet :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Blown away! Wendell Berry's "The Pleasure of Eating"

Wendell Berry's essay "The Pleasure of Eating" articulates many of the things I often think about. Berry articulates these ideas brilliantly, of course! Here are a few of the sentences/ideas that just blew me away!

"I begin with the proposition that eating is an agricultural act. Eating ends the annual drama of the food economy that begins with planting and birth." 

"The specialization of production induces specialization of consumption."

"When food, in the minds of eaters, is no longer associated with farming and with the land, then the eaters are suffering a kind of amnesia that is misleading and dangerous." 

"There is, then, a politics of food that, like any politics, involves our freedom."

"The condition of the passive consumer of food is not a democratic condition."

"One reason to eat responsibly is to live free."

"The trap is the ideal of industrialism: a walled city surrounded by valves that let merchandise in but no consciousness out." 

"How does one escape this trap? Only voluntarily, the same way that one went in: by restoring one's consciousness of what is involved in eating; by reclaiming one's responsibility for one's own part in the food economy."

" we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used." 

"The industrial farm is said to have been patterned on the factory production line. In practice, it looks more like a concentration camp." 

"The pleasure of eating, then, maybe the best available standard of our health."

"Eating with the fullest pleasure--pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance--is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world."

**P.S. Just the other day I watched with delight "Cook it Yourself" --a short video narrated by Michael Pollan.



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Still cooking! Veggie shepherd's pie

The chilly temperatures of fall require hearty, warming, and nutrient rich foods. With this in mind, I prepared my own flavorful shepherd's pie recipe. Shepherd’s pie is one of those dishes that will taste different (in a good way) every time you make it. This time, I really packed in a lot of different veggies, grains, and even added Seitan. It was delicious!  First, I stewed the veggies and cooked and mashed the potatoes. Then I layered everything and baked it at 425 degrees for 45 minutes.

Stewed Veggies
Olive oil
Tomatoes (3)
Baby eggplant (2)
Fresh, mashed garlic (4 cloves)
1-cup small pink beans
1-cup sweet peas
1-cup corn
Oyster mushrooms (1 bunch cut into small pieces) (we have been growing our own oyster mushroom from a small kit like THIS one and they are TASTY!)
Kale greens (cut in small pieces)
Garlic powder to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1-tablespoon liquidaminos
1-teaspoon oregano flakes
1-teaspoon red pepper flakes and/or siracha (this depends on the level of heat you want to add to your stew)

-3 pound bag
-add olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and mash

Layering & baking
-Add olive oil to your baking dish
-layer mash potatoes
-layer with veggie filling
-layer with mash potatoes
-beat two eggs and add salt and pepper to taste (*non-vegan option) 
-pour eggs over the top potato layer 
-cover with aluminum foil and bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes

Saturday, October 17, 2015

In progress: St. Germain Liqueur (part 1)

I am currently in the process of making elderberry flower (elderblossoms) brandy (aka) St. Germain Liqueur with this recipe (see above) from my friend Malgosia. It all started when my elderberry burst into so many flowers that it looked like fireworks (see below).
Elderblossoms and elderberries are known for their medicinal properties and so I am thrilled to use my bounty to make this fanciful spirit! (a second post will follow once the liqueur is ready!). 


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Neat List - October

I am highly irregular in putting these lists together... nevertheless, here are some things I've been thinking about and/or have seen recently that I think are too awesome and/or interesting not to share here. 

1. Don Miguel Ruiz' "The Four Agreements" (good to remember from time to time).

2. Portraits of Unseen Domestic Laborer's  

3. The Painter of Jalouzi

4. Francelías Lancheros Parra 

5. Garden of Eden

6. The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Findland

7. Strandbeest (Khalil and I got to see a small strandbeest in Boston recently--can't wait to get to PEM to see the exhibit!). Check THIS out.

8. Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey

9.  Why it was easier to be skinnier in the 1980s

10.  Mr. Roboto (Khalil's current fav...haha)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

"Happy Colonials" @ La Muestra Nacional, San Juan 2015

The piece titled "Happy Colonials" was without a doubt one of my favorites, if not my favorite piece at the 16th Muestra Nacional Art Show in San Juan, PR. The piece offers a powerful commentary on the fate of "cultural foods" in the era of fast, fake, and processed foods and about the power of the market. These "foods" are sold back to us as if they were the "real-thing" and we (seemingly) happily accept this fate and consume these beyond-recognition foods. A follow-up to this piece should be a rendering of the most popularly prescribed medications on the market today for the very diseases (i.e. diabetes, hypertension, depression, etc) that these pre-packaged processed foods help cause in the consumers. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Prince Edward Island (PEI)

                                                  Indian Pipe
                                           North Rustico, Green Gables Route