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Getting fresh with Mollie

first_imgPeople can argue endlessly about what the right food choices are — and will. But iconic cookbook author Mollie Katzen used a visit to Harvard to serve up a better idea: Don’t argue about categories.Joining the food fight “separates us from the food and one another,” she said during a lecture-lunch Tuesday (Oct. 19). “I’m trying to encourage a big-tent attitude toward food.”Katzen’s four-day visit (Oct. 18-21) included one class and at least three formal meals with undergraduates, at Quincy and Adams Houses and at Annenberg Hall. There was a Katzen-cooked meal at a new community dining table at Harvard Divinity School. And there were two lecture-lunches, one in Lehman Hall, upstairs from the Dudley Café, and the other at the Harvard School of Public Health, where Katzen is a charter member of the Nutrition Roundtable.Medical audiences are a favorite with Katzen, who lives on the West Coast and is the author of 11 books, with 5 million in print. “People eating healthily,” she said, “is good business.” And it’s good business to talk to physicians, too, said Katzen, given that so few medical schools require training in nutrition.Most of the wisdom of medicine is “in modernity,” she said, but “in food we’re really moving backwards” toward an “old-fashioned and simple” time of fresh food and home preparation.At the Lehman Hall luncheon, a sold-out audience sat on folding chairs, ate a $5 vegetarian meal, and listened as Katzen unspooled lessons in menu strategies, kitchen lore, nutrition, home cooking, and the joy of fresh food. Lunch was vegetarian, including tofu cutlets, black bean burgers, bulgur pilaf, and steamed squash with a maple-mustard glaze.But Katzen, author of the seminal “The Moosewood Cookbook” (1978), said her menu is still meant for a big tent: “I’m not here to tell people to never eat meat.” Food-choice categories tend to be pretty flexible these days anyway, she said. “My favorite is Häagen-Dazsian vegan” — a vegan who avoids all dairy except ice cream.Still, Katzen’s basic message is to encourage her listeners and readers to favor plant foods, “to eat lower on the food chain,” she said, where healthy diets mostly reside. She lives by a mantra-like summary found in Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” (2008): “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”This “haiku,” as Katzen called it, contains a puzzle for many people, who wonder what food from plants really is. She quoted a frustrated listener: “Am I supposed to eat my lawn?”And within any question about vegetarian food, there is always one other: Where do you get your protein?Katzen does luncheon-lectures at Harvard twice a year, each with a theme. Last time it was herbs; this time it was vegetarian sources of protein, what Katzen called “gatherer proteins,” as opposed to the kind hunters bring to the table.The secret is to eat a variety of plant foods, “an incremental protein plan” that over days or weeks assures that vegetarians are getting the medley of amino acids they need. To illustrate, Katzen pointed to the long table of buffet choices in the lunch prepared by Dudley Café chef Jeff Cota. “The modular protein collaboration of all these items really adds up beautifully,” she said.First there was the hummus, a store-bought brand that Cota dressed up with roasted garlic and blender-chopped chickpeas to give it more texture. Slather hummus on a sandwich instead of mayonnaise, said Katzen, and “it gives you a protein boost right then and there.”The protein-rich spread is easy to make, said Katzen, but “don’t feel like a bad person if you’re buying your hummus.”The marinated broccoli with mushrooms and walnuts offered its own lessons. The walnuts bring protein to the table, but they are also rich in essential fatty acids, said Katzen — “essential” because they are not made by the body.Don’t count total grams of fat in your meals, she said. Count the quality of the fats you use, and the best of these include the oils in walnuts and olives.At that point, Katzen made a confession: that her original “Moosewood” cookbook included a lot of butter and cheese, ingredients that were part of her “insecurity cuisine” at the time — a fear that taste was only guaranteed by rich ingredients.While Katzen talked, white-coated chef Martin Breslin was next to her, busily demonstrating how to assemble and cook the black bean burgers that were the menu’s most explicit source of protein. Breslin is director for culinary operations at Harvard University Hospitality and Dining Services, where Katzen is on the advisory board.The lessons that these “sliders” offered were less about nutrition and more about cooking technique. The longer onions cook, the sweeter they get, said Katzen. Don’t add salt to simmering beans, because it toughens their skins. Avoid nonstick pans, but make your own (in effect) by adding “cold, cold oil” to a very hot pan, she said. “The oil will slick easily.” Add a potato masher to your kitchen arsenal. They are low-tech and efficient, said Katzen, and “the sound effects are terrific.”The menu’s spice-crusted tofu cutlets added other lessons in kitchen lore. To make the tofu even firmer, simmer it in boiling water. To flavor it, press it into a spice blend and heat it in a dry pan without oil. Use a good spatula, thin and made of metal.The roasted squash offered up other lessons. When cutting it, said Katzen, “a sharp knife is a safe knife.” When roasting it, lay it in the pan in a single layer; piling the squash up will only steam it. Bake it very hot to bring out the natural sweetness of inner juices. “Your seasoning,” she said, “is the heat itself.”Cota served the menu’s bulgur pilaf on halves of poblano chili pepper. Use these or just bell peppers, she said, and “you feel like you’ve had an entrée.”As for menus in everyday life, Katzen said people are less in need of new recipes and more in need of strategies for coping with food.Some of those strategies are simply practical. She explained how to manage the daunting volume of fresh vegetables — those broom-size bunches of kale and other challenges. Her answer is blanching, a quick immersion in boiling water that reduces the volume of hearty greens, and doubles their shelf life.Other food strategies offer perspective. Don’t try to learn cooking by mastering a book full of dishes. Mastering one will do to start, said Katzen, whose mission is to make everyone a home cook.  “Cut through the noise,” she said. “Cook at home. That’s my diatribe.”Part of the “noise” is the argument about what to buy, said Katzen: organic produce from far away, or conventional produce from a local farm? It’s a conundrum she called “the conflicting halos,” and the answer is simply to buy good food, mostly plants, and cook it at home.Home cooking  can build a sense of community. “Take time on a Sunday,” said Katzen, “and make it something you do with people.” Food preparation can be like doing “small crafts projects,” she said.Slowing down and being creative are all part of the picture too, said Katzen. When she had her own cooking show on television, “my model was Mr. Rogers.” But TV cooking shows now are “more like a gladiator sport, with a lot of sadism and tension,” she said. “I see this as adding to the worry.”Later that afternoon, Katzen was still worry-free, serving up samples of a kale and garlic sauté she tossed with olive oil and salt on an outdoor burner at the farmers’ market outside the Science Center, one of two sponsored weekly by Harvard’s Food Literacy Project.No dish is ever perfect, she said, wielding a big spoon from behind sunglasses. “But if you run across perfect, I’m not against it.”last_img read more

School Board Candidates Must File By Aug. 22

first_imgThe clock is ticking for those interested in filing as a candidate for a local school corporation board member seat.Franklin County Clerk Karla Bauman said that a declaration to run for a school board office must be received by August 22.Three seats are open on Batesville’s school board. They are for District 1, 2, and 4.Franklin County School’s District 5 at-large seat will also appear on the ballot, along with open seats for many school corporations throughout the region.Ripley County Clerk Mary Ann McCoy says her office accepts petitions for Batesville, Jac-Cen-Del, Milan and South Ripley.South Dearborn School applicants can apply through the Dearborn County Clerk.Voters will cast a ballot for school board members during November’s general election.last_img read more

Former Warriors star David Lee sells unfinished condo for $11M

first_imgFormer Golden State Warriors’ big man David Lee has sold an unfinished property in West Hollywood’s coveted Sierra Towers for $11 million, reports the L.A. Times.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The property actually encompasses three units and takes up an entire half floor — “a blank canvas of voluminous raw space.”  A balcony extends the length of the unit and offers expansive views of city and ocean.Paul Stukin and Joshua Greer Hilton & Hyland were the listing agents. …last_img read more

Gerard Sekoto’s ‘illustrious album’

first_img1 November 2004It’s taken Barbara Lindop two years to bring to fruition a project she is intensely passionate about: recording the music and songs of the late exiled artist Gerard Sekoto onto “an illustrious album” due to hit the music stores before the end of the year.Sekoto, born at the Botshabelo Lutheran Mission station near Middelburg in Limpopo Province in 1913, is acknowledged as one of the most important artistic figures in the development of South African contemporary art.His achievements as an artist are widely known both in South Africa and internationally, and he has been honoured for his works with awards from the French government and an honorary doctorate from the University of the Witwatersrand.What was not known, until recently, was that Sekoto also wrote music and lyrics.Sekoto the musicianHis musical creations lay hidden until 2002, when art historian Barbara Lindop discovered them among manuscripts repatriated from France in 1993.“These songs found among Sekoto’s manuscripts were a unique and special find”, says Lindop. She believes they were written in the 1950s, describing their style as “’50s blues”.“The lyrics convey a gentle humour, expressing a longing for his home as well as his determination to win favour with new friends in a foreign environment.”In the 40 years he spent as an exile in Paris, in between painting and writing poetry and prose, Sekoto composed 21 songs with titles like “Zoomba Tchaka”, “All my lonely days”, “Lovers’ lullaby”, “Parree always is Parree” and “Shuffle on to Samba”.“This is extraordinary music”, says Lindop, who is also the executive trustee and driving force behind the Gerard Sekoto Foundation. “I wanted to return this extraordinary musical heritage to the country.”Three of the songs were published in 1956 in Les Editions Musicales, but the rest of the compositions have been brought to the South African public through a fund-raising project sponsored by the SABC, The National Lottery, De Beers, BMW and the French Embassy.The songs were originally written for voice and piano, but their emotive power was such that it was decided that they should be rearranged and expanded. And so a nine-member band was formed under veteran singer/pianist Dimpie Tshabalala. They called themselves The Blue Heads, after Sekoto’s famous series of blue portraits based on a drawing of Miriam Makeba.In making the recordings, says Lindop, they have tried to “retain the essential purity” of the music, even emulating the feel of the French vocalist from the original recordings. Twelve numbers have so far been completed.Sekoto played in a nightclub in Paris, and Lindop says his musical influences were West African spiritual, Louis Armstrong, Harry Belafonte and Zulu images, despite that fact that he was northern Sotho.Lindop reckons that when he arrived in France, Parisians knew of Zulus, probably through the slaughter of the French Prince Imperial in the Zulu Wars of the late 19th century, so he capitalised on that knowledge.“Music came naturally to him, he thought musically”, she says.Sekoto the artistSekoto lived in Sophiatown and Kliptown in Johannesburg before leaving South Africa for Paris, France in 1947. He never returned, spending the rest of his life in Paris, where he is buried.Sekoto did not have access to colour pencils until he was a teenager. The introduction to colour revolutionised his work, and his earlier works depict the vibrancy and tensions of the townships during his formative years.‘Song of the Pick’, 1946-47. (Photo: Art.co.za – Gerard Sekoto)He did several paintings while in Sophiatown, the most famous of which is “Yellow Houses”, one of the Johannesburg Art Gallery’s prize possessions, and its first acquisition from a black artist.While in France, Sekoto re-worked many of his subjects and explored different themes, all characterised by a deep sense of humanity.His paintings, returned to South Africa partly through the efforts of the Gerard Sekoto Foundation, are a historical record of a now extinct way of life.The Wits University Art Gallery houses Sekoto’s collection of 250-300 Soweto pieces, entitled the “Sowetan Collection”, painted between 1939 and 1989, which were originally purchased by Sowetan newspaper. Another collection of seven pieces is housed in the Constitutional Court Art Gallery in Johannesburg, on loan from the South African National Art Gallery in Cape Town.Increased recognitionTowards the end of his life, Sekoto’s art increasingly gained recognition, mainly through the work of Lindop, whose research brought to life many paintings thought to have been lost.Lindop has been involved in Sekoto’s life for the past 20 years, and through her correspondence with him was able to confirm details of his life before his death.She has written three books about him, including “The Art of Gerard Sekoto”, in which she introduces his extraordinary life story accompanied by full colour plates of his most powerful works. The book was published in 1995, two years after Sekoto’s death in Paris in 1993.Sekoto received a honorary doctorate from Wits University but refused to come back to South African to receive it, a condition of receiving the honour. The university eventually allowed him to receive it in Paris.Lindop says that Sekoto was filled with bitter memories of his land of birth – when the Johannesburg Art Gallery bought his “Yellow Houses” in 1940, he had to pretend to be a cleaner to see his own painting on display in the gallery.It was with these memories that he left, and despite the political changes in the country, he never wanted to return.“He didn’t want to come back to South Africa”, says Lindop, “because he had become a French man.” Besides, says Lindop, living in Paris for 40 years, he became well known and was popular. “French people recognised and loved him”.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

SADC peacekeepers ready

first_img5 September 2005Southern Africa’s standby peacekeeping force, the SADC Brigade, is ready to deploy troops anywhere in the region in a time of crisis, Defence Minister Mosioua Lekota told journalists in Pretoria on Monday.Lekota said the Brigade had finalised its structure, and that Southern African Development Community (SADC) states had pledged over 6 000 troops to the Brigade for crisis deployment.This means the burden of regional peacekeeping will be evenly spread across all southern African countries.The Brigade will be made up of troops from the 14 members of the regional body. South Africa became an SADC member in 1994. The 13 other members are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Seychelles and Zimbabwe.The Brigade is the regional chapter of the African Union’s stand-by peacekeeping force. The Brigade’s operational centre is in Gaborone, Botswana, the headquarters of the SADC.The troika of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security has the mandate to deploy the standby force where needed. However, the troika will first consult with the African Union (AU), the United Nations and the country in need of peacekeeping intervention.In June, 12 SADC defence forces held a joint military exercise in Botswana to test the readiness of the force.“The Brigade is important because now we have a force that is not South African but Southern African. When the African Union undertakes a mission, we are in a position to ask the SADC to deploy the force to the AU mission,” Lekota said.He said the operationalisation of the Brigade consolidated regional unity and reinforced the SADC mutual defence pact that united the forces of the region.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Google: Please Fix The Crippling Problem Plaguing Google+

first_img“For me personally, I have two Google accounts: I have a corporate and personal [account], and it is a pain,” admitted Seth Sternberg, director of product management for Google+, in a roundtable discussion with reporters in San Francisco Thursday. And Sternberg is definitely not alone. Many people have two Google email accounts—a personal Gmail and a corporate Google Apps account. Those ought to be Google’s best users. Instead, they’re the most frustrated ones.And many people set up multiple email accounts for other reasons. Social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn let them associate multiple email addresses with a single personal or professional identity. Google doesn’t.What that ends up doing is disrupting the entire process of laying the Google+ social net atop the Web. Every time a user tries to +1 a link, log into a website with Google+ sign-in, or personalize search, they’re confronted with Google’s fragmented view of online identity.So for Google, the email-as-account concept disrupts users’ ability to seamlessly use Google+, which in turn makes the network’s constantly increasing integration with the rest of the company’s apps and services more and more painful with every turn. And for users, it’s just plain obnoxious having to use incognito browser windows and all sorts of other workarounds to try and simply manage their online identity.No wonder Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr are the go-to networks for finding friends and sharing information.Identity, If And When You Want ItGoogle says it’s trying to get better.“We sanded off all the rough edges,” David Glazer, a director of engineering at Google, said in the recent roundtable event. Google, to its credit, has introduced an account chooser that makes it easier to stay logged into multiple accounts.But those fixes don’t address the core problem—Google’s email-linked identity model.What Google really needs is something above an email address that could be used as an identifier for all of a user’s various accounts. This higher-level identifier could be something akin to a Twitter handle or a Facebook username.This new Google login could have a registered primary email address—the way Apple and Amazon handle logins to their online accounts—but it should sync up your other Google+ accounts.Separating personal and professional sharing could be simply handled with a strongly established Google+ concept: Circles, or lists of contacts.(And, of course, you should still be able to establish a Gmail account for an unlinked, throwaway identity—for, say, a Craigslist posting or mailing lists.)Umbrellas Are GoodGoogle showcased its ability to neatly fold up services with Hangouts, and the strategy is a no-brainer. It resolves so many problems users face when a company’s products are all around them, yet they have no idea how to manage them all and end up just turning away from what they feel they don’t need. An umbrella strategy to Google+ and Gmail is a much taller order, but it’s one of the biggest impediments standing between the search giant and a more steady, fuller-scale adoption of its social network. So Google, please give us that umbrella, and you’ll likely see more people standing underneath it if its done right.  Google+ has never looked and felt as it good as it does right now. Alas, looks aren’t everything.A massive overhaul of the service, announced Wednesday during a keynote at Google’s I/O conference for developers, has brought it in line with the most modern and functionally powerful Web design principles. It now has a multi-column layout, scrolling menu bars, and enormous images. Google also rolled out an umbrella messaging service called Hangouts, a standalone app for Web and mobile that neatens up the sloppy mess that was Voice, Talk, and Google+ messaging.  All of this is great news for heavy users of Google+ who have been awaiting a design push that looks and feels like 2013. But there’s still one giant problem plaguing the service and Google’s entire social platform at large: the hub of your Google life is still an email address, and that’s a nightmare for users with multiple Gmail accounts.Since taking over as CEO in 2011, Larry Page has been talking up the notion of “One Google” to unify the search giant’s disparate services. But the reality is that it’s very hard as a user to experience a unified Google until Google realizes that a person is a person, not an email account.At best, the complex process of trying to manage multiple Gmail accounts with Google+ and all the various apps involved slows users down. At worst, it could keep some users from adopting the beautiful new services altogether. Two Accounts, Twice The Pain Tags:#Google#Google IO13#social networks Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification nick statt Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Pochettino backs WalkerPeters to be a key man for Spurs

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino predicts a bright future for Kyle Walker-Peters after his impressive display against BournemouthThe 21-year-old defender made three assists for Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura to hand Spurs a three-goal lead at Wembley.Harry Kane and another strike from Son sealed a 5-0 win for Pochettino’s side, who move up to second in the Premier League.Now the Argentine is expecting more from Walker-Peters, who bounced back from a mistake against Barcelona to star in his first league start of this season.The youngster’s error at Camp Nou this month led to Ousmane Dembele scoring the opening goal in a critical Champions League game.“It’s no surprise to me,” said Pochettino, according to Evening Standard.“I told you after the match in Barcelona that we really believe in him and he has amazing quality and only needs time to mature and show his quality.“I’m so pleased, so happy, because I think his quality is going to help the team this season and for the future he’s going to be a very important player for Tottenham.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Did I have to speak to him after the mistake? Not really, because this type of thing happens in football.“The first person who knows that very well is the players, to come in after and try to make sure that that situation meant a lot to you there is no point.“I think the most important thing is not to talk to too much about this type of situation afterwards and not only a young player but a senior player too.“It’s for us a mistake that is part of the game. When a player makes a mistake it’s not important for us.“What’s important is that you try afterwards. If you try and you play and you don’t think about the mistake you make, that’s the most important thing for us.“The problem is when you make a mistake and you are thinking about that mistake and you don’t play the football in the game.“That is the way we need to work with the players. For us they need to make the mistake because football is about making mistakes. That is the way we try to manage the squad and the players.”Spurs will next host Wolves at Wembley on Saturday.last_img read more

Six new Air Canada routes to India Asia Africa and Europe start

first_imgSix new Air Canada routes to India, Asia, Africa and Europe start summer 2017 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 MONTREAL — Air Canada is making good on its commitment to international expansion with the addition of six new destinations to its international network.On June 1, 2017 Air Canada will launch service between Toronto-Berlin (four times weekly) and Vancouver-Nagoya (three times weekly, increasing to four times weekly in August and September 2017).On June 8, 2017, Vancouver-Taipei starts with daily service, and on June 9, 2017, Montreal-Marseille with three times weekly service.On June 26, 2017 the airline will introduce Montreal-Algiers flights (four times weekly). And on July 1, Air Canada will add Toronto-Mumbai (three times weekly).Both the Montreal-Algiers and the Vancouver-Taipei routes are subject to government approvals.“Air Canada is pleased to offer customers these new nonstop routes to exciting destinations around the world. While extending our global reach, they also represent a further deepening of our already substantial international network,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Toronto-Mumbai is Air Canada’s third route between Canada and India starting with the launch of Toronto-Delhi service last fall, he added. Nagoya will be the airline’s fourth airport in Japan.“With these new services, we will now operate 21 routes between Canada and Asia, including the Middle East. Berlin and Marseille will bring the number of European routes we serve to 44 next summer, including four cities in France. Algiers will be our second destination in Africa, which makes Air Canada one of only a small number of global carriers flying to all six inhabited continents.”Air Canada will be the only carrier to offer nonstop service between Canada and Mumbai and the only Canadian carrier to operate non-stop service to Taipei. These routes will operate year-round with Air Canada’s B787-9 Dreamliner, featuring 30 International Business Class lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy and 247 Economy Class seats, with upgraded in-flight entertainment at every seat throughout the aircraft.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThe new seasonal routes to Berlin and Nagoya will be the only nonstop services between these cities and Canada. The service to Algiers will be the only nonstop flight by a Canadian carrier between Montreal and the North African city and the Marseille service will be the only nonstop flight operated by a network carrier between Marseille and North America. All will be operated with an Air Canada Rouge B767-300ER, featuring Premium Rouge and Economy cabins.All flights are available for sale immediately with special introductory pricing, except for Vancouver-Taipei and Montreal-Algiers which will be available for sale in the near future pending government approvals, said Smith. Share Posted bylast_img read more

Meet the new president of the Hawaii Tourism Authority

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