The Annual 2012 showcases the crème de la crème of contributions of the year from leading poets, writers, photographers, civil & human rights activists, indigenous rights activists, artists and more all wrapped up in 434 pages!
• An interview with Bobby Chinn, the celebrated restaurateur and TV Presenter. He has hosted the World Cafe Asia show for the Travel and Living Channel, BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, UKTV Food’s Great Food Live and Bobby Chinn Cooks Asia for the Discovery Channel. A must read is his bestselling book Wild, Wild East, Recipes & Stories from Vietnam.
4 tbsp Duck sauce
50 gr Roasted coconut grated
50 gr red bean cooked
50 gr Long bean cooked and sliced
50 gr Fern tip blanched and sliced
50 gr Spinach blanched
1 pce Lime juice
3 tbsp Fried shallot to garnish
Salt to taste
3 cloves Garlic
6 pcs Shallot
2 pcs Red large chilli
1pce Red small chilli
Half tbsp Shrimp Paste
Half tbsp Salt
Slice all ingredients for the Sambal Goreng then fry until light golden season with salt and let cool: Mix the duck sauce with roasted grated coconut and then add Sambal Goreng: Mix all ingredients very gently and then add vegetables, add Bali lime and salt to taste garnish with friend shallot.
Chicken breast 50gr
Beras (steamed rice) 100gr
Leek, slice diagonal 15gr
Garlic, chopped 10gr
Lemon grass 1pce
Daun salam (Salam leaf) 2pcs
Raja Rasa 600ml (special sauce) 1tbsp
Pepper powder 1/2tsp
Chicken stock 200ml
Soak the rice overnight. Next day boil the rice in a water level 2cm over the top of the rice. Simmer at low heat and stir until it is ready. Put aside. In a pan with oil sauté the leek, garlic, salam leaf and lemon grass until aromatic. Add chicken stock to the rice and stir together adding salt & pepper & spice to taste. Pour into a bowl and add garnishes including sliced boiled egg, chicken pieces and celery.
4 pcs cleaned duck leg divided into 2 part. Marinated with salt merica and limewater.
1 litre chicken stock
80 gr Shallot
50 gr. Garlic
50 gr Red Chilli
50 gr Candle Nut
25 gr Ginger
4 cm Galangal
20 gr Lesser Galangal
15 gr Turmeric
4 pcs Lemongrass
4 pcs Daun Salam
15 gr coriander
5 gr nutmeg
7 gr Tabiabun (local black pepper), chopped
7 gr White pepper corn, ground
10 gr shrimp
Salt and Palm sugar
2 tbs Coconut oil for fry
Prepare a hot pan. Cook the duck in the pan without oil. Keep cooking until duck fat renders out and the duck is well browned: Cut & pound all spice ingredients until paste is formed: fry all the spice until fragrant in a little oil, then put in the duck: Add chicken stock and cook until duck is tender: Season to taste.
This is a thank you note on this day of my birth many years ago.
Thank you for bringing me into this world. Thank you for showing me all the beautiful things and helping me understand that Love, Faith and Hope are the three most important things. And yes how could I forget the compassion and tenacity that you instilled in me. Thank you for educating me.
Sorry Dad I have never grasped the concept of Maths. And Mom, I can never cook as well as you did!
Right now I can see you Dad sitting on a sofa with a Chota reading The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Mom in the kitchen preparing the Christmas goodies.
Merry Christmas Mom and Dad
Peace, Love and Little Cakes.
Your loving son
Ps: Chota is a peg of whisky. Peace, Love and Little Cakes is from a poem by Matthew Van Ortton
From 1995 when The National Crime Records Bureau first began recording suicides by Indian farmers till 2010 the total number of such incidents is 256,913. This does not include unrecorded figures from 1947 to 1994!
The richest State in India, Maharashtra (capital – Mumbai), has the highest number of suicides.
From 2003-2010; 135,756 farmers committed suicide.
The Big 5 i.e. States that top the list: Maharashtra (Mumbai), Karnataka (Bangalore), Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Chhattisgarh (Raipur).
Reasons for the suicides:
01. Growing expenditure, specially on bought inputs
02. Low productivity
03. Inadequate prices of agriculture produce
04. Difficulties in marketing and marketing hazards
05. Natural hazards caused by drought
06. Absence of proper crop planning
07. Unsatisfactory agriculture credit
08. Accumulated burden of debt
Amongst the social causes are :
01. The drinking habit which atrophies the productivity of the farmer
02. Extravagant expenditure on marriages
03. Bad health and illness and inability to meet the necessary expenditure on medicine and health services
India makes everything from a pin to a nuclear weapon, but it can’t look after the farmers who feed the nation.
The act is repeated with an after taste of garlic and rumblings in the tummy. Decadence has a charming after effect, it makes one nauseous and giddy in the head; and in a manner of speaking, directionless.
So I have to say good bye and move on, on this auspicious day of Dussehra when good triumphs over evil. It arrives once a year as a reaffirmation of man’s will to change. But in reality nothing changes. Evil permeates everything. Good lurks in the peripheral vision of those that seek the truth.
The beach bakes in the sun and the heat tickles the senses, arousing it to look beyond the horizon. And Time, that trickster, plays dumb charades, while Life careens in its eternal cycle of death and rebirth.
I shall leave you now as you revel in the throes of nubile nymphets and garrulous males.
But before I depart to another world, here are a few words gleaned from a polluted beach –
Evil and good are two sides of the same coin. One cannot exist without the other. The balance has to be kept otherwise one can choke to death while regurgitating iniquities, thoughtlessly.