Friday, December 24, 2010

2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Winners

2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Winners

Argentina : Siete Fuegos, Mallmann, Kaminky (V-R Editoras)
Australia : Bentley (Murdoch Books)
Austria : Sacher (Styria)
Bangladesh : Sasto Sochaton Ranna, Keka Ferdousi (Anannya)
Belgium : Dix Petits Doights Pleains de Chocolat, Pierre Marcolini
Bhutan : Foods of the Kingdom of Bhutan (Bhutan Foundation)
Canada : Glutton for Pleasure, Bob Blumer (Whitecap)
Chile : Gastronomia del Mar (Gourmet Patagonia)
China : Official Health Food, Master Chef Du Guang Bei
Colombia : Secretos de la Parrilla, Bernardo Gomez Cortazar (Gama)
Costa Rica : Saberes y Sabores de Boruca, Leila Garro Valverde (Gama
Czech Republic : Czech Home Cook, Jitka Rakoskikova (Mlada Fronta)
Denmark : Paul Food, Paul Cunningham (Politiker)
Ecuador : Cocina de Autor, Santiago Chamorro (Sesos Creacion
Finland : Olo (Teos)
France : 1 Canard, 2 Daguin (Sud Ouest)
Ghana : Ghanaian Cook Book, Sophia Manu ((Adaex Educational Publication -
Germany : JW4 (Wissler Group)
Greece : Every Day , Argiro Barbarigou (Liberis)
Hong Kong : Grandma, Grandpa Cook (MCCM Creations)
Hungary : Segal Viktor - Colours and Taste (Book Publishing)
Iceland :Silver of the Sea, Volundar Snaer Volundarsson (Salka)
India : Byriani-Pratibha Karan (Random House India)
Ireland : Catherine's Italian Kitchen , Catherine Fulvio (Gill McMillan)
Italy : Food Designing, Marti Guixe (Corraini)
Japan : 12 Roads and Stories of the Foods, Chieko Mukasa (Heibonya)
Latvia : Est Ir Tava Daba (Zvaigzne)
Laos : Food from Northern Laos - The Boat Landing Cookbook (Galangal
Luxembourg : Henri Schumacher Patissier (Guy Binsfeld)
Lebanon : Mouneh (Barbara Abdeni Massaad)
Malaysia : Kulit Manis, A Taste of Terengganu's Heritage. Puan Rosita Bt
Abdullah (My Viscom)
Malta : Pippa's Festa , Pippa Mattei (Miranda)
Mexico : Los Top Chefs de Mexico (Larousse)
Morocco : Le Figuier de Barbarie (Alwifak)
Netherlands : Toscanini Venticinqe (Toscanini)
New Zealand : Me'a Kai, Come Eat, Robert Oliver, Dr.Tracy Berno, Shiri
Ram (Random House NZ)
Norway : Ekte Mat, Andreas Viestad (Cappelen Damm)
Peru : History, Anecdotes, and Some Recipes from Peruvian Cuisine,
Berit Knudsen (Iandu)
Philippines : An Invitation to Malacanan (Art Post Asia)
Poland :Nature of Polish Cuisine - Woicieh Modest Amaro
Portugal : 2780 Taberna (Bertrand)
Russia : Larousse Gastronomique (Chernov)
Singapore : Above and Beyond, Singapore Airlines (Marshall Cavendish)
Slovenia : Ljubezen Skoz Zwloswx (Vale Novak-Gorenjski Tisk)
South Africa : Koekemakranka Khoi-Khoin Kultuurgoed en Kom-Kuier-Kos
Renata Coetzee (Lapa)
Spain : Las Cocinas del Camino de Santiago (Al Gusto)
Sweden : Syrat -Sour (Informationsforlaget)
Switzerland : Fusion Pur (Betty Bossi)
Trinidad Tobago : Ah'Len - Welcome (Syrian Lebanese Woman Association)
Turkey : Tadi Damagimda Kaldi, Mehmet Soykan (Food in Le Gastronomy)
UAE : Arabian Dreams, Aaron Maree (Motivate)
Uruguay : Gastronomia de las Costas de Rocha, Juan Antonio Varese
(Cruz del Sur)
UK : Noma, Rene Redzepi (Phaidon)
USA : The Essential New York Times Cookbook, Amanda Hesser (WWW Norton)
Venezuela : Las Recetas Olvidadas, Gamal El Fakih Rodriguez (Speedread)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Some workout ideas

Some of Mark Wahlberg's workout

Micky Ward Trains You for the Ring
By Bryan Payton

You need a strong core to be a strong boxer, says Ward, the pugilist Mark Wahlberg plays in The Fighter. "That's where all your power comes from. When you twist to throw a punch, you throw your hips and entire core into it." Follow his routine.

1 Pushup
15 reps

2 McGill curlup
15 reps each leg
Lie faceup—right leg straight, left leg bent so your foot is flat on the floor. With palms under your lower-back arch, lift your head and shoulders (don't bend your lower back). Pause, then lower.

3 Side crunch
15 reps each side
Lie straight on your left side and brace your feet against a wall or a heavy object. Rest your left hand on your chest, and place your right hand behind your head. Crunch your torso toward your hip. Pause, and then return to the starting position.

4 Hip-up
10 reps each side
Lie on your left side, propping your upper body up with your left elbow and forearm and keeping your knees straight. Raise your hips so that your torso is beyond parallel to the floor and your body forms a straight line from your head to ankles. Pause, and then lower.

5 Medicine-ball twist
15 reps
Hold a medicine ball at chest level, arms straight out. Without moving your torso, rotate your arms far to the left, then far to the right. That's 1 rep. Continue back and forth as fast as you can.

Do 2 or 3 circuits total.

McGill Curlup
Side Crunch
Side Plank
Weighted Russian Twist

Friday, December 03, 2010

Inception Stuff

Wired interviews Christopher Nolan about Inception

Inception Theory

Inception and Catharsis

Six Interpretations and Five Holes

Wedding Ring Theory

Nolan's Dream Layers

Inception Ending Blog

Possible track order for Inception soundtrack from some dude on the Hans Zimmer message board...
1. Half Remembered Dream
2. Projections
3. One Simple Idea
4. Radical Notion
5. Mombasa (first half)
6. One Simple Idea [again]
7. Paradox [first 3/4s]
8. Mombasa [last half]
8. Dream Within A Dream
9. Don’t Think About Elephants
10. 528491
11. Waiting For A Train
12. 528491 [again]
13. Paradox [last quarter]
14. Time
15. Dream Is Collapsing

Although I gotta say, I like finishing with Elephant > 528491 > Time

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Plumbing Fun

Fix A Running Toilet
Drain Repairs

If you have a moderately clogged drain, try this homemade drain cleaner: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar. Be careful. The two ingredients interact with foaming and fumes, so replace the drain cover loosely. Let the concoction set for about three hours before running water.

If you know the slow drain is from grease, try this treatment: Pour in 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of baking soda followed by a teakettle of boiling water. Allow to sit overnight.

You can keep your drains clog-free and odorless by using the following homemade noncorrosive drain cleaner weekly. Combine 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup table salt, and 1/4 cup cream of tartar. Stir ingredients together thoroughly and pour into a clean, covered jar. Pour 1/4 cup of mixture into drain, and immediately add 1 cup boiling water. Wait 10 seconds, then flush with cold water. Flushing weekly with a generous amount of boiling water also works well.


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Friday, September 03, 2010

Early Tomatoes

ideas for early tomato varieties from the Oregonian...
I talked to Josh Kirschenbaum, who does product development for Territorial Seed Co., and was astonished to learn that of the 300 varieties growing in the trial gardens at London Springs near Cottage Grove, only about 10 had ripened by Aug. 25. And they know what they're doing.

The tomatoes that had come along were cherry types such as 'Gold Nugget' or ultra-early varieties like 'Glacier' and 'Stupice.'

In a last-ditch effort to get the red on, Kirschenbaum suggested:
  • Cut back on water to twice a week. If you've got plastic mulch, go down to once a week.
  • Pinch off flowers and some of the smaller fruit.
  • You can go to the trouble of building a plastic tent, but that seems like a lot of work ... and iffy at this point.
comment: what we do is plant a variety of types, always including some of the "Russian" types - which in my experience do better in cooler weather years than the hot-blooded Mediterranean varieties... this year that strategy has paid off admirably for us.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Timbers Tunes

Elvis - I Can't Help Falling in Love
White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
The Toasters - Two Tone Army
The Offspring - Neocon
Loretta Lynn - Portland, Oregon
The Expoloited - Barmy Army

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Oregon Fishing Reports

Tredewinds Depoe Bay

Looking forward to getting some albacore and these folks seem to keep their reports up to date. Sounds like they are coming soon, maybe next week!


Timbers vs. Sounders provides a preview of what's to come

Monday, June 07, 2010

World Cup 2010 schedule

England 6/12 Sat 11:30 ABC
Slovenia 6/18 Fri 07:00 ESPN
Algeria 6/23 Wed 07:00 ESPN

Uruguay 6/11 Fri 11:30 ESPN
Mexico 6/17 Thur 11:30 ESPN
RSA 6/22 Tue 07:00 ESPN

Denmark 6/14 Mon 04:30 ESPN
Japan 6/19 Sat 04:30 ESPN
Cameroon 6/24 Thur 11:30 ESPN

Friday, June 04, 2010

Went to the dentist yesterday, again, boo.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Friday, February 05, 2010

Moqueca or Mokeka

Brazilian Shrimp Stew

Gourmet | December 2002

Moqueca de camarão

Dendê (palm) oil brings to the cooking of coastal Brazil what drums bring to samba: an insistent underlying sensuality. It transforms the coconut milk with its deep orange-red color and makes the flavor of the shrimp sing. But it is as perishable as it is seductive, so smell it before you use it.

Active time: 25 min Start to finish: 45 min

Yield: Makes 6 servings
Active Time: 25 min
Total Time: 45 min
1 1/4 lb large shrimp in shell (21 to 25 per lb), peeled and deveined
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 (14- to 15-oz) can diced tomatoes including juice
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
5 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup well-stirred canned unsweetened coconut milk
1 tablespoon dendê (palm) oil*

Accompaniment: cooked white rice

Toss shrimp with black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt, garlic, and lemon juice and marinate, covered and chilled, 20 minutes.

Purée tomatoes with juice in a blender until smooth.

Cook onion and bell pepper in olive oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add cayenne, 1 tablespoon cilantro, and remaining teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add tomato purée and simmer briskly, stirring, until mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes. Stir in coconut milk and bring to a boil, then add shrimp mixture and cook, stirring, until shrimp are just cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Stir in dendê oil and remaining 4 tablespoons cilantro and season with salt and pepper.

* Available at Brazilian and West African markets and Kalustyan's (800-352-3451).