Bread, silent word of a gesture of friendship

. Bread, which fundamentally unites men and for which they wage war .     The history of bread goes back at least 30,000 years. The first bread produced was probably cooked versions of a grain-paste, made from roasted and ground cereal grains and water, and may have been developed by accidental cooking or deliberate experimentationContinue reading “Bread, silent word of a gesture of friendship”

Bitter, sharp, packed so neat

  LEMONS By Samy Stein Bitter, sharp, packed so neat Whose for a lemon treat? Suck it slow, your mouth contorts Eat it quick, you might feel sick But add it little to a drink or whip it in some cream and sink your spoon into the lemon-goo I bet , like me, you likeContinue reading “Bitter, sharp, packed so neat”

getting the monk drunk …

. My version of Besoffener Kapuziner … Walnut-Apple pudding, soaked in lightly spiced and sweetened Muskadet Wine, served with vanilla ice cream and a brandy sauce . Back home in Austria, especially in Vienna, we like to blame, or credit, the Kapuziner Monks for a range of alcoholic delights. Not least the Kapuziner Kaffee, which ultimately becameContinue reading “getting the monk drunk …”

it had to be …

. Opéra cake is a French type of cake. It is made with layers of almond sponge cake (known as Joconde in French) soaked in coffee syrup, layered with ganache and coffee buttercream, and covered in a chocolate glaze. According to Larousse Gastronomique “Opéra gateau is an elaborate almond sponge cake with a coffee andContinue reading “it had to be …”

delicious opulence and comfortable luxury

. Ma’amoul are small shortbread pastries filled with dates, pistachios or walnuts. They are popular in Levantine cuisine and in the Gulf countries. They may be in the shape of balls or of domed or flattened cookies. They can either be decorated by hand or be made in special wooden moulds. There is a moreContinue reading “delicious opulence and comfortable luxury”

or to permit the production of the opium poppy

. § 3 of The Opium Poppy Control Act states It shall be unlawful for any person who is not the holder of a license authorizing him to produce the opium poppy, duly issued to him by the Secretary of the Treasury in accordance with the provisions of this Act, to produce the opium poppy,Continue reading “or to permit the production of the opium poppy”

For the truth is the truth, and no lie can prevail

. Leadership by Jean McGivney Boese (Louisiana State Senate Poem adopted 1999) It is easy to bend with the wind and be weak, Wrapped in silence when it would take courage to speak, To do nothing when crises demand that you act; To prefer a delusion to unpleasant fact. But the easy evasions that dreamersContinue reading “For the truth is the truth, and no lie can prevail”

only the chosen ones can be admitted into the realms of the beautiful

. “But beauty is of higher value than all this,” said the apple-tree branch; “only the chosen ones can be admitted into the realms of the beautiful. There is a difference between plants, just as there is a difference between men.” excerpt of The Conceited Apple-Branch By Hans Christian Andersen (1852) Many, many years ago, ….Continue reading “only the chosen ones can be admitted into the realms of the beautiful”

the more sense it makes

. “Cooking is not a particularly difficult art, and the more you cook and learn about cooking, the more sense it makes. But like any art it requires practice and experience. The most important ingredient you can bring to it is love of cooking for its own sake.” Julia Child, Mastering the Art of French Cooking .Continue reading “the more sense it makes”

associated with a goblin …

. Pumpernickel is a very heavy, slightly sweet rye bread traditionally made with coarsely ground rye. It is often made with a combination of rye flour and whole rye berries. At one time it was traditional peasant fare, but largely during the 20th century various forms have become popular items of delicatessen. A folk etymologyContinue reading “associated with a goblin …”