March 27, 2011

The Bumble Bee Happiness

This time I am not posting anything related to culinary or food sciences, rather just  about food as a basic need for all living beings.

Alot of people  really dont know ( including me sometimes) how lucky they are to have food on the table everyday for atleast 4 times.
We really dont know how lucky we are that we can actually taste and have safe , healthy and delicious food.
We really dont know how lucky we are we can enjoy eating wherever we go.
I am not going to turn this post into a drama because the title indicates " happiness".
This wont be an article that will tackle food insecurity.
Neither will I  list the countries and number of people suffering from hunger, drought and food borne diseases.
You can find those in FAO's reports, UN 's statements, government's regulations ....etc.

My blog  is just a place for thoughts.. a place to bring comfort and peace  for all my readers. Not a place for redundant data and helpless statistics. ( Not that I don't appreciate all agencies working on collecting vital information but sometimes i feel that nothing is changing in this world.)

So, let us take a moment and think about this :
Happiness surely comes from food. So,  let us always be thankful that we  have this pleasure all the time.
Let us not grumble if that food had less salt, or if that plate had a hair in it, or if the juice wasn't cold enough.
Just accept it. And be in peace with what life has to offer you :)

All these thoughts rushed through my mind , as  i was  I looking at  some pictures I took in summer 2010 of a bumble bee struggling to bite a piece of bread! :). I was pretty sure it was grateful hundred times more than us that it found this bread to help her go through the day.
So, Let us have this " Bumble Bee Happiness"

Bumble Bee Munching a Bread Crump

P.S :I was glad it didnt transform into the Transformer's Bumble bee  car though :P

March 20, 2011

Auguries of Innocence

"Auguries of Innocence" by  William Blake .

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage.

A dove-house fill'd with doves and pigeons
Shudders hell thro' all its regions.
A dog starv'd at his master's gate
Predicts the ruin of the state.

A horse misused upon the road
Calls to heaven for human blood.
Each outcry of the hunted hare
A fibre from the brain does tear.

A skylark wounded in the wing,
A cherubim does cease to sing.
The game-cock clipt and arm'd for fight
Does the rising sun affright.

Every wolf's and lion's howl
Raises from hell a human soul.

The wild deer, wand'ring here and there,
Keeps the human soul from care.
The lamb misus'd breeds public strife,
And yet forgives the butcher's knife.

The bat that flits at close of eve
Has left the brain that won't believe.
The owl that calls upon the night
Speaks the unbeliever's fright.

He who shall hurt the little wren
Shall never be belov'd by men.
He who the ox to wrath has mov'd
Shall never be by woman lov'd.

The wanton boy that kills the fly
Shall feel the spider's enmity.
He who torments the chafer's sprite
Weaves a bower in endless night.

The caterpillar on the leaf
Repeats to thee thy mother's grief.
Kill not the moth nor butterfly,
For the last judgement draweth nigh.

The poison of the honey bee
Is the artist's jealousy.

The prince's robes and beggar's rags
Are toadstools on the miser's bags.
A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.

It is right it should be so;
Man was made for joy and woe;
And when this we rightly know,
Thro' the world we safely go.

Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine.
Under every grief and pine
Runs a joy with silken twine.

The soldier, arm'd with sword and gun,
Palsied strikes the summer's sun.
The poor man's farthing is worth more
Than all the gold on Afric's shore.

The questioner, who sits so sly,
Shall never know how to reply.
He who replies to words of doubt
Doth put the light of knowledge out.

The strongest poison ever known
Came from Caesar's laurel crown.
Nought can deform the human race
Like to the armour's iron brace.

When gold and gems adorn the plow,
To peaceful arts shall envy bow.
A riddle, or the cricket's cry,
Is to doubt a fit reply.

The emmet's inch and eagle's mile
Make lame philosophy to smile.
He who doubts from what he sees
Will ne'er believe, do what you please.

If the sun and moon should doubt,
They'd immediately go out.
To be in a passion you good may do,
But no good if a passion is in you.
The winner's shout, the loser's curse,
Dance before dead England's hearse.

Every night and every morn
Some to misery are born,
Every morn and every night
Some are born to sweet delight.

Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night.

We are led to believe a lie
When we see not thro' the eye,
Which was born in a night to perish in a night,
When the soul slept in beams of light.
God appears, and God is light,
To those poor souls who dwell in night;
But does a human form display
To those who dwell in realms of day.

March 13, 2011

Food Under the Microscope...Is The New Chic!

Margarita Crystals
 So, I thought since i always talk about food, and just describe it under what my naked eyes see  ( or other senses) .. I did some research  online and  about  how it actually looks like  under the microscope!
Did i just say "Mircoscope" ??? Isn't it too much  geeky?
Not Really. It is somehow Keegy !!! ( yes this word exists in the urban dictionary)
We will not to be seeing bacteria or any live organisms in them ( I promise that)  but  we will actually observe some food's unique structures, the unique dimensions they take ,  their helical, their crystals and the exquisite patterns they show...

Well, observe the below  collection ( and below links) and you will find how "Food Under the Microscope" turns out to be an art by  itself!!!!
And you never know, perhaps fashion designers might get some inspiration out of these colorful patterns !
So, afterall Geek is the new  " Chic" ;)

Wheat Kernel
Pina Collada
L-Arginine ( amino acid)
Liquor -Sake

Vitamin C

Want to know more how "Rose , Tequila, vodka, whiskey, Champagne,white russian and other drinks" look under the microscope???? Check this link on the Times Magazine!

Want to "explore the new world of high-tech, science-inspired cuisine"??? Check the link  on Sciam :

Want to be a little more nerdy and learn what Technology they use to observe food in that way ??? Check the below link!

March 11, 2011

Philosophy of Charles Schulz -Peanuts Comic Strip

So i got this email from a very dear friend  and it was titled "Philosophy of Charles Schulz"
My friend is an enthusiast about philosophy. And i thought this email is just some sharing of knowledge or some kind of  a boring theory. ( No offence to the field of philosophy of course but theories are so " theoretical " that sometimes they get boring and going around in a never ending loop)

  I didnt want to read the email but as usual, out of curiosity, I  read it.
Well, honestly  i don't like forwarding emails either but this one was even worth posting it on my blog :)

Great philosophy. It is actually a marvelous way of thinking about life, people and about what you should do with your own life :)

Go ahead and enjoy the reading  ! I promise you it is worth it :
The Charlie  Schulz Philosophy

The  following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the  creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip.
You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on  them.
Just read the e-mail straight through, and you'll get the point.
1. Name  the five wealthiest people in the  world.
2. Name  the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name  the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4  Name  ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name  the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name  the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

The point is, none of us remembers the headliners of yesterday.
These are no second-rate achievers.
They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies..
Awards tarnish.
Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one: 
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated 
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
The lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones 
with the most credentials..
the most money...or the most awards.
They simply are the ones who care the most 
Pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life,
 like I did.
'Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's 
 already tomorrow in Australia !'

March 9, 2011

A Song For Goodbyes

Just a warm warm up for the month of march,  I will share with you , one of my favorite songs for the American rock band, Dashboard Confessional.
I usually listen to this song when am saying goodbyes to things, places, and people. Dont want to be a bit melancholic, but i think this is a perfect song for such situations. The song for goodbyes.
It is called , "So long, So long"