First Day of Spring – Spring Gathering
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If passion drives, let reason hold the reins.
– Benjamin Franklin
#1 Noh Mask
#2 Zo-Onna Mask
#3 Hannya Mask, represents a female demon
#4 Hanakobu Akujo
These masks can be currently and readily admired at the V&A Museum, East Asian gallery.
Masks are used for protection, disguise, performance and entertainment.
The above masks were Japanese and were sculpted from wood. They were based from the 14th century classical Japanese theatre called Noh which was much loved and patronised by the Shogun, supreme military leader.
Having grown up in the Philippines, we call these delicious crustaceans as shrimps rather than prawns. Apparently prawns is the term used in the UK and Australia while in the USofA they tend to use the term shrimps.
I further found out that both the words: prawns and shrimps are English in origin. The prawns are supposed to be larger than the shrimps. But to really tell a prawn from a shrimp is to look at their legs. The first three pairs of legs in prawns have pincers while in shrimps, only the first two pairs are claw-like.
Well I don’t think I would be really bothered whether I was eating a prawn or a shrimp as they are both manna from heaven. They are both a cause for taste-buds jubilation. 😉
Pakam apparently is a very old recipe which is almost unique to Bulacan, a region in the Philippines which is north of Manila.
I love chicken! I eat the meat almost everyday. Therefore a new recipe is always welcome. 🙂
1 chicken, cut at the joints
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp butter or margarine (or even lard if easily available)
2 onions, sliced
1 tbsp fish sauce (patis)
2-3 radishes, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 ripe tomatoes chopped
1 cup water
Method of preparation:
Arrange the chicken pieces into a large casserole pan.
Add the vinegar, salt and pepper and cook until the liquid had evaporated.
Deboned the chicken and cut into bite size pieces.
Using a large frying pan, add the butter and to it saute the garlic and when brown (not burnt) put in the onions, tomatoes and fish sauce. Also add the chicken pieces.
Let it cook for a couple of minutes before adding the water.
Bring the water into a boil. Add the radishes and continue cooking until the radishes are soft and tender but not mushy.
Enjoy this piquant tasting dish with some beer or go Korean with some Soju!
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin or not 🙂
2 cups cleaned and shelled oysters
Salt and pepper to taste
Using large frying pan, heat the oil and saute the garlic until golden brown and fragrant. Don’t burn as it will leave a bitter taste.
Add the onion and saute until translucent, add the tomatoes and cook for 3-5 minutes.
Add the oysters and leave to simmer for a few minutes.
Season with salt and freshly grown black pepper.
Serve with buttered sliced baguette.
Elizabeth Tower was formerly known as the Clock Tower. It is part of the imposing, one of the most famous landmark of London, the Palace of Westminster.
The tower is often identified by a misnomer, Big Ben. In actuality, Big Ben is the huge 13 tonnes Great Bell located at the top of the 360 feet high tower. The four-face clock became operational on 7 September, 1859.
The Clock Tower has been renamed as Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
Rooster, photo by PH Morton
To everyone, let us wish you a Happy Chinese New Year.
2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster.
The fire rooster symbolises fidelity and punctuality. I can understand the latter one as rooster will cock-o-doodle-do at the crack of dawn serving as an alarm clock to early risers especially farmers and field workers.
We used to keep roosters and chicken in our farm in Marag. As peacocks, they are really stunning lookers compared to the hens.
Who are the roosters?
They are those born in 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2015, 2029 (Year of the Rooster comes every 12 years)
Have a piri-piri chicken. We hope this New Year is full of trips to KFC, Jollibee and McDo and have a lovely chickenjoy! 🙂 🙂 😉
Happy New Year!
Thought for the Day
God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but (also) on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.
– Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Thought for the Day
29 January 2017