Picture Postcards: Reading room at Ana’s house

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!

Children’s Cultural Book Section in an Auckland Library
A Chalkboard in Kazakhstan
The Oldest Library in Paris

June 2, 2013 2 comments

Books from around the world, recommended by our contributors

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.

Art installation at ArteBA 2012. Photo by Ana O'Reilly


May 22, 2013 1 comment

Picture Postcards: Historical transport in San Francisco, California USA

Our Contributing Editor, Ana, took this shot of the iconic San Francisco Cable Car.

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April 22, 2013 Comments disabled

From our contributors: week of April 7, 2013

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…)

April 9, 2013 Comments disabled

Chicken pot pie, an American classic

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.

Bon appétit!

Tah daaah! my chicken pot pie

Tah daaah! my chicken pot pie


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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Aligot of Aubrac

February 15, 2013 Comments disabled

From our contributors: week of February 4, 2013

Here’s some material our contributors have written on their personal blogs in the past few days.

Happy reading!

Mike, our contributor from Japan, published a photo essay on the 2013 Okinawa International Orchid Show. Let the photo speak for itself.

Photo credit: Ryukyu Mike

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?”
Nargiza, our contributor from Kyrgyzstan, wrote about her feelings upon returning to London as “choking happiness”
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.
Ana, contributing editor, wrote about the architecture of downtown Dallas.
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. The
views of Dallas from the 18th floor terrace are spectacular, including that of the red Pegasus.
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