Category Archives: food

“Eating ethnic food” has now become “cultural appropriation”

Once again the Leisure Fascists™ are accusing those who admire and adopt aspects of foreign culture of the sin of “cultural appropriation.” (I use the word “sin” deliberately, for these ideologues behave much like theists.) Such people don’t seem to grasp the distinction between “appropriation” and “appreciation,” producing articles that could have appeared in The Onion. […]

Shopping adventures

I have more errands yet to run this morning, but am posting a few things from my shopping trip to amuse myself. I’ve always gotten up early, but it seems that the older I get, the earlier I rise. Fortunately, my local grocery (actually on Chicago’s North Side, a 25-minute drive) opens at 6 a.m., and […]

Dobrzyn: Sunday-Tuesday

Life has been slow and relaxed in Dobrzyn, with the usual round of walkies, workies, and nomz. Sunday dinner was a Swedish dish, potatis gratáng, which the French would call “pommes gratinée.” (Malgorzata and Andrzej lived in Sweden for 15 years, so we get many Swedish nomz.) It consisted of layers of potatoes and ham, […]

Oliver Sacks on “filter fish”

Just a note about what may be Oliver Sack’s last published work, or at least the last thing that he wrote that was published most recently. It’s a piece in the New Yorker (free access) called “Filter Fish“. It is of course about the Jewish dish gefilte fish (something I can’t abide, but always call “filter […]

Signs from above and below

I realized that the hyper-Christian (and pro-creationist) Bob Jones University was close to where I was going to talk yesterday (Furman University), so I asked my hosts to take me to BJU. I did so in the fervent hope that I could at last find Jesus, for if he’s real, he’s surely at Bob Jones University. Sadly, […]

An awesome Oreo

Oreos (the cookie) come in many different flavors and sizes, but in general I’ve abjured all but the original Oreo. Invented in 1912, it’s the most popular cookie—”biscuit” to you Brits—in the U.S., and why mess with a good thing? When I was a kid, dunking my Oreos in glasses of cold milk (as I still […]

Philomena tw**ts sacrilege

What a good sign: Philomena Cunk (aka Diane Morgan), the Official Website Sweetheart™, has retweeted a photo of some Easter biscuits, which apparently came from Tornado Alley Atheists (motto: “We give atheism a bad name”): h/t: pghwelshgirl

Cat, noms, and and a chinwag with Uncle Dan

Just a reprise of my Good Friday up to 2 p.m.—while my memory is still fresh.  This includes a felid, lunch, and coffee and conversation with Dan Dennett. First, I am staying with old friends, and they have a 13-year-old cat named Garcia. He is is diffident towards strangers, including me, but it let me pet it […]

A gustatory interlude

If you’re hungry (or want to be), read the vignettes of memorable seafood meals contributed by different writers to the New York Times: “In Asia, tastes of the sea.” The photos are fantastic, as are the meals. Here’s a Bengali fish curry, a dish with which I’m well familiar:  

Ramen, brothers and sisters! Google doodle celebrates the inventor of the instant noodle

Usually the Google Doodle celebrates an accomplishment in science or literature, but today’s is an accomplishment in food. If you go to the Google page (click on screenshot below), you’ll see an animation of someone enjoying a steaming bowl of noodles: and there’s another, too! I think it’s random which one you get: What is […]