Posts Tagged ‘Food’

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Philosophy Tuesday

April 24, 2018

It was dinner time, and two fish lay in elegant plates on the table before us.  At this point in the trip – my first to China for some kung fu training – this was expected. Every dinner featured one, usually two, very whole and complete fish.  But there was one thing that I felt I didn’t quite have a grasp on yet.  Fortunately, I was seated next to Sifu that night.

“Sifu,” I asked, “What’s the secret to serving fish, so that you don’t get any bones?”

He paused, smiled, and said, “Don’t eat fish.”

It took me a moment, but I got it.

And like many things fish related, it went well beyond the realm of fish.

To eat fish is to get bones.  If you’ve made the choice to eat fish, to go down that route, then bones should be, if not expected at least predicted.  As the expression goes, it comes with the territory.

So too in many of our lifelong activities.  Down certain paths, especially many worthwhile paths, there are things that will come up, things we will encounter, things we need to deal with, that, while not inevitable, there is a chance (and perhaps likely) that they will arise.

To get caught up in frustration or upset or “shouldn’ts” is, in some ways, kinda weird.  We made the choice.  We said we wanted fish.  And lo, here are the bones of that fish.

It needn’t, of course, descend into fatalism or cynicism – that is as much an illusion as imagining boneless fish forever.  Possibility doesn’t live at the extremes.

Inside possibility, we swim and dance down those worthwhile paths, seeking what we desire, dealing with and putting aside the bones that arise with clarity, peace and grace.

And sometimes, in the most literal way, we serve ourselves and eat some very delicious fish.

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Wonder Wednesday

October 18, 2017

Supermarket chalk artists can be amazing!

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Architecture Monday

October 9, 2017

Ok, I can’t help but love this store as, during school, I designed a laundromat that prominently featured/used copper piping throughout, not only for the conveying of water but becoming lights, seats, and reading nooks.  It’s not used quite as much here, but the piping that feeds the central island – which also becomes a light fixture – is still a prominent enough element within the design.

Beyond those copper pipes, the rich, slick, red display cases and countertops (inspired by the red colour from cut bonito flakes (the store specializes in ingredients for dashi, the Japanese soup stock) are wonderful offsets to the rough and very raw concrete that forms the structure for this impossibly narrow building in Tokyo.  It’s a very focused store, with a very focused space within.

by Schemata Architects

 

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Wonder Wednesday

May 3, 2017

The littlest grapes

Peeking their way into the world

Soaking sunshine

Sipping water

Dreaming of wine

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Soup from the Sky

January 22, 2017

Though I’ve lived in this area for 17.5 years now, I’m still not completely used to how variable the weather can be throughout the day.  From waking up to wind and rain, to it being seriously overcast at arrival to class, to the sun emerging in a sudden burst of radiance, to the sky becoming well-nigh clear, to the clouds and rain returning full force in the short 10km/6mi drive home.

So, to that end, I made a big pot of cabbage soup!  Comforting warmth for everyone.  Bring a bowl.

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Homemade Bone Broth!

February 14, 2016

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Using the remnants of 3 chickens and 1 duck, made in the slow cooker over 22 hours.  Turned out niiiiiice…