28 December 2004

Photography : Lonely asphalt 6

Have you ever seen a photo, that inspired you to write a verse or two, or three? I saw this and was hit with a sense of immediacy, that I must pen my thoughts.

Lonely asphalt, originally uploaded by joaobambu.
I have walked down streets like this, shrouded in sunlight and shadows. 
If I could see lonely spirits, they might be suspended here 
- on gossamer strings.
                                                 - Amber © 2004. All Rights Reserved.

24 December 2004

For people who are compulsively photographing food 1

Are you looking for a flickr group of like-minded foodieophiles who can appreciate, no, sympathize with your food picture taking habit?

White Raspberries and Fig by libraryman
White Raspberries and Fig by libraryman

About I Ate This

Warning: Licking your computer monitor may be hazardous to your health.

Post images of a meal on a plate (or otherwise!) that you ate. Meals you were particularly happy with would be nice. Everyone eats; lets see who eats what! The food must be the primary subject in the shot. 

Two notes about this:

- Please show the food, not the wrapper or container of the food. (That is, unless you actually ate the wrapper.)
- Especially keep people's faces and eyes out of the photo, as our attention will inevitably be drawn to them, instead of the dish. (Unless, you ate the face and eyes...Actually, No, We'll None of That!.)
If you are nice enough to provide the instructions for making the dish in the description, please also add the word "recipe" as a tag.

So the next time you find yourself alone in the kitchen admiring your latest culinary creation , whilst you revel in that moment of Triumph grab your camera, capture it and post it Here!..


Link: I Ate This

18 December 2004

Hazardous Bread ? The Inquirer strikes again.... 1

Hazardous Bread

© 1 9 9 7 - 2 0 0 0 . H E L L F I R E . C O M . A l l . r i g h t s . r e s e r v e d .

by Bryan Johnson

A recent Cincinnati Enquirer headline read, "Smell of baked bread may be health hazard." The article went on to describe the dangers of the smell of baking bread. The main danger, apparently, is that the organic components of this aroma may break down ozone (I'm not making this stuff up).

I was horrified. When are we going to do something about bread- induced global warming? Sure, we attack tobacco companies, but when is the government going to go after Big Bread?

Well, I've done a little research, and what I've discovered should make anyone think twice....

1: More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread eaters.

2: Fully HALF of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score below average on standardized tests.

3: In the 18th century, when virtually all bread was baked in the home, the average life expectancy was less than 50 years; infant mortality rates were unacceptably high; many women died in childbirth; and diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever and influenza ravaged whole nations.

4: More than 90 percent of violent crimes are committed within 24 hours of eating bread.

5: Bread is made from a substance called "dough." It has been proven that as little as one pound of dough can be used to suffocate a mouse. The average American eats more bread than that in one month!

6: Primitive tribal societies that have no bread exhibit a low occurrence of cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and osteoporosis.

7: Bread has been proven to be addictive. Subjects deprived of bread and given only water to eat begged for bread after only two days.

8: Bread is often a "gateway" food item, leading the user to "harder" items such as butter, jelly, peanut butter and even cold cuts.

9: Bread has been proven to absorb water. Since the human body is more than 90 percent water, it follows that eating bread could lead to your body being taken over by this absorptive food product, turning you into a soggy, gooey bread-pudding person.

10: Newborn babies can choke on bread.

11: Bread is baked at temperatures as high as 400 degrees Fahrenheit! That kind of heat can kill an adult in less than one minute.

12: Most American bread eaters are utterly unable to distinguish between significant scientific fact and meaningless statistical babbling.

See more about this article here

17 December 2004

One of my favorite Cake books! 0

IF you are looking to begin making cakes, this is one of my favorite books, The Cake Bible. It has won The International Association of Culinary Professionals "Cook Book Of The Year"

Rose Levy Beranbaum includes recipes, equipment lists. But she also has included some very well written trouble shooting tips --- great for beginners. From a simple 8 inch cake , to 3 or 4 tiered wedding cakes, it is all covered. She combines her years of cake making 'trial and error' to produce a book that benefits both the novice & the baking pro.

I reference the book when ever I have a baking project. It is always somewhere handy!

16 December 2004

Umpa Lumpa - Google that shit!! 0

So after my little post about feeling "umpa lumpa-ish", I decided to Google the shit. Here are a few links that came up. I picked them to show the array of people using "Umpa Lumpa-isms" or related subject matter.

Willy Wonka - Great Movie

This link contains Adult themed Language:

One man's opinion Hilarious stuff! Delve into the unknown but heavily joked about.

You can see the new "Charlie & The Chocolate Factory" trailer here, and read some interesting thoughts on the new flick.
They have an awesome flash animation of an Umpa Lumpa in a MIG flight getup! Just to see the animation is worth clicking on the link...;)

You've reached the home web site for Wonka's Umpa Lumpas Mechwarrior 4 Clan. Anyone interested in joining our clan please send and e-mail to =UMPA= Warrior .
We will be happy to meet with you in a game a see how well you play.

: Why be an =UMPA=? :
There is a big difference between our clan and many of the others you may have seen, or even been part of - we only want to have fun! No strict practice regiment, no bumping out clan members because someone 'better' arrived, and no hard feelings! The main reason to be part of a clan is to get together whenever possible and play the game we all enjoy with people that we know. Communication is the key. Every player is better when they know what there teammates are doing and where they are going. Many of us have been in other clans that were obsessed with ranks and scheduled practices - enough is enough - we do have lives. We play to have fun, and having regular teammates means we play and WIN. Think about what you really want out of the clan: Rules, Schedules, Ranks, Work? Not us, we want to relax and enjoy the game and most of all HAVE FUN.

Here is another blog, read the comments made about the new film.
A Weblog I really liked perusing, pictures and all kinds of stuff - plus an entry about snowboarding.Here is the home page: Brainside out|a website by Dane Petersen©.Photo Dane's take on "Wonkism".

Well I am not going any further...You will just have to Google the shit!

15 December 2004

Poetry : Truck Stop 2

Written In third person ... as viewed from a haughty, Corporate world dwelling, upper class gent :

truck stop || Tankstelle

I, HAVE...

probably in years.



He may be sick...
HE still is a man.

---Amber ©All rights Reserved. Jan. 4, 1997

ESBN 15680-060223-739370-86

14 December 2004

Recipes of interest : stuff me! 0

I have created another stuffing as follows :

gluten free cranberry apple stuffing
Image credit elana's pantry
1 whole yellow onion loosely chopped
2 TB of minced garlic.
4-5 stalks of celery, chopped into small pieces

melt 3 TB unsalted butter, in a saute pan
on high heat, turn down to medium, toss
in onion/garlic/celery. Saute.When onions are transparent and celery soft - remove from heat. Transfer to large heavy bottomed pan. Add a small amount of Porcini Mushroom oil
After 3 minutes add :

1 bag (8oz) dried cranberries.
16 oz. of Chicken stalk
2 Tb thyme, or other herbs

In same saute pan ad :

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup finely hazelnuts

1 TB butter
A bit more porccini mushroom oil

Brown the nuts for 2-3 minutes ( you will smell a slightly toasted aroma). 

Add to the larger pan, put the pan on medium heat, stirring ingredients.Add plain stuffing cubes (dried bread crumbs (day old, oven toasted cubes of bread), Stir , ad another 16 oz of chicken stock, lower heat, cook until crumbs thoroughly saturated.

13 December 2004

J O A O � S (W E) B L O G ( I C ) 0

I stumbled across this blog. Very interesting photos and entries!

 Link:  J O A O � S (W E) B L O G ( I C )

11 December 2004

collectives, medical hell and the pursuit of happiness! 0

Double Happiness
Image credit dennis.tang
囍 is composed of 2 characters of 喜 (xi), which translates to happiness or joy, therefore, 囍 (shuangxi) literally means double happiness.

I think about all the times in my past that were happy, and it is all related to the people I met along the way, who were creatively inclined. Jam sessions and pen & ink fights these were good times. I used to be so passionate about my writing and culinary arts. That all fell through when I got involved in the medical field. There is no room for creativity. Precision, Protocol, regulatory practices. My creativity had been condensed into obligatory matter.

Until now! I will untangled my creativity from the suffocating tentacles of conventional medicine practices -- and emerge a free spirit!

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