Today’s reading and literacy related photo comes to us from our Contributing Editor, Ana, who is letting us have a peek into her own house. Looks like a great reading spot, Ana!
In a recent online chat between PocketCultures contributors from around the world, we talked about books which reflect our countries and cultures. Here are our recommendations.
Our Contributing Editor, Ana, took this shot of the iconic San Francisco Cable Car.
Some of our contributors have been busy at work publishing great content on their personal blogs. Here’s a roundup of those articles.
Ski, our contributor from Hong Kong, wrote about fresh food at Hong Kong markets
Food can’t get fresher than this in Hong Kong. The buyer inspects a chicken and then picks one which is healthy, energetic and has bright feathers. The butcher wastes no time in weighing the chicken to determine a price. The rest, most people will say, it should be history and the focus should be a happy meal on the table. (I wouldn’t want to go into more details, but let’s just say most butchers try to make it quick and painless for the chicken by heading directly for its jugular vein.) (more…)
There are times when you just need a comforting dish to make your troubles go away albeit temporarily. This classic American dish does double duty as comfort food and a creative way to use leftover chicken. This recipe is from Real Simple, Meals Made Easy but you can adjust the ingredients and cooking time as necessary.
1 stick unsalted butter (7 tablespoons)
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves o 2 teaspoons dried thyme
4 carrots, chopped
1 10-ounce (approximately 280 grams) button mushrooms, stems trimmed and caps quartered
1 ½ teaspoons salt
¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 store-bought rotisserie chicken (or leftovers), meat shredded
1 package frozen peas
1 store-bought piecrust
How to make it
Heat oven to 425° F (220° C). Melt 5 tablespoons of the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisking constantly, slowly add the flour and cook for 3 minutes. Still whisking, slowly add the broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Melt 2 tablespoons of the remaining butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 7 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, thyme, mushrooms and carrots and cook form 5 minutes more. Transfer to a baking dish. Add the chicken and the peas and toss. Roll out the piecrust; lay it on top of the baking dish, tucking any dough that hangs over the edges. Cut two slits in the crust. Bake until the crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° (175° C) until the filling starts to bubble, 25 minutes more.
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Here’s some material our contributors have written on their personal blogs in the past few days.
Mike, our contributor from Japan, published a photo essay on the 2013 Okinawa International Orchid Show. Let the photo speak for itself.
Anu, our contributor from India, wrote about the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai.
I have been attending the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival since its inception in 1999. I was then fresh out of college, had time on my hands, and I loved the opportunity to experience something as different as an Arts Festival in Mumbai. Over the years, I have seen the festival grow, become more popular, the addition of a variety of events offering something of interest to people of all ages. And I have enjoyed attending the festival, year after year….. Discovering something new each time, and of late, opening up an entire new world of art and creativity to my son. I still love attending the festival, and look forward to it each year, but it gives me even more pleasure when my 9 year old son opens the newspaper and yells out – “Amma, the Kala Ghoda festival has started! When are you taking me?”
Meeting the one you love, after long- time-no- see is always a test. A test for how true, stable and worthy the feelings are. It’s always a test for how true you or the party is. It’s a test for love. But when is happens in a right way there is nothing that as amazing and fulfilling. And you walk around drunk with happiness.
The Kirby Building (1509 Main St.) was built in 1913 in the Late Gothic style by Adolphus Busch, he of Budweiser fame. Originally, it housed offices and a department store. The lobby reminds me of a church with the decorative ribs of its ceiling and the marble staircase. Theviews of Dallas from the 18th floor terrace are spectacular, including that of the red Pegasus.