Sickness is SOOO last year

Put your hands up if you were annoyed at the timing in which you got sick.

Ok that’s about… all of you.

You know, I feel like being sick is the worst thing that can happen. It usually puts me in a dilemma, or just in the worst situation ever. Timing wise- horrific.

I used to not get sick at all. Most of the time, it was once every two years or so, a big flu that attacks and goes away. It was never of much significance because I was young, school wasn’t hard to catch up, and I usually had my mom check up on me every hour. Now, I get it frequently, light colds, but with the tendency to drag along for a very long time. A day of school missed is basically worth 3 days to catch up on my own. So I can’t miss a lot of school, and I try not to, but sometimes, I feel like the timing is just…perfect. It seemed like every time I got sick, a class had the longest amount of notes, or a pop quiz, or a test, or an important discussion. If only I could choose a day on my own to get sick, I would go for the days we don’t do anything.

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Lemony Hummus and Vegetable Sandwiches

Lemony Hummus and Vegetable Sandwiches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makes 4 sandwiches plus about 2 cups of hummus

start to finish: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

Lemony Hummus

Two 15-ounce cans low-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

¼ cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons tahini

2 medium garlic cloves, smashed

¾ teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon cumin

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 

Sandwiches

8 slices focaccia or good-quality wheat bread

4 loosely packed cups mesclun greens or other mild lettuce

1 medium English cucumber, thinly sliced crosswise

2 medium vine-ripened tomatoes, cored and thinly sliced

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

1½ loosely packed cups radish sprouts

2 medium carrots, peeled and finely grated

¼ red onion, thinly sliced

Directions:

1. Make the hummus: Set aside ¾ cup of the chickpeas. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the remaining chickpeas with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, salt, cumin and black pepper. Purée, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until the mixture is well blended and smooth. Transfer the hummus to a bowl and fold in the reserved chickpeas. Set aside.

2. Make the sandwiches: Arrange the bread slices on a clean, dry work surface and spread each slice evenly with hummus, using about ¼ cup per slice. Top 4 slices with the greens, dividing them evenly. Layer the cucumber slices, then the tomato slices over the greens, dividing them evenly. Sprinkle the tomatoes with the salt.

3. Top the tomatoes with the radish sprouts, carrots and onion, dividing them evenly. Close each sandwich with another slice of bread, hummus side down, then cut in half. Divide the sandwiches among four plates and serve.

-Raining Chocolate

Abstract art, abstract food

“When I was your age, we didn’t even have cellphones. So don’t come complaining about not having an I Phone 5.”

Ugh. Parents, always saying their favorite phrase. “When I was your age…”

when I was your age

I’m sure you all had that thought. 🙂 Living in a world where every second is a change somewhere in the world.  Just a couple years ago, the Samsung Galaxies, the I Phones, and mini laptops were in. And a few more years was the creation of Elmo.

elmo

No, not that kind of Elmo.

elmo tech

This kind. Teachers now still use it for it is quite an advancement in technology.

Anyways, change is something that is natural, that is never going to stop. But that doesn’t mean we need to just ignore the past. I mean, I still love Tetris…

tetris

You’ve got to accept the fact that change is life.

change

Now let’s try to look at it in matters to art.

In the olden days, there used to be a type of art called realism. This art was basically about daily life, reality of life, about facts, and usually about the middle and lower class, or in our terms, the poor peeps. There were no fancy decorations, no fluffy toppings, like a beautiful cupcake.

cupcake

However, a new era of art was found. Modernism.

Modernism is a type of art found in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is a mix of fauvism, cubism, and post-impressionism. In world war I, there was too much modernism in propaganda and such that it was too much suffering. Therefore, many people of that age are jaded and search for a relief.

Does anyone know Duchamp?

A french modernism artist, his artwork enchants me.

duchamp fountain

Yes, this is a urinal. This artwork is basically a urinal flipped down, and called a fountain. Surprisingly, it’s a quite famous art. This reminded me of another artwork,

this is not a pipe

“This is not a pipe”. Translated from french, this painting and the fountain by Duchamp gave me a great thought. If we can convince people that the “thing” is not what it actually is, why can’t we do that with food?

Old-Fashion-Berry-Layered-Cake

This is not a cake, it’s poison.

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For those of you chickeneers who have kids, you can try pulling off a this is not a vegetable.

salad

This is not salad, this is colored paper with sour candies. These are flowers.

pasta

Oh, there goes my hair…

🙂

A famous painting by Picasso was the Guernica.

guernica

This cubism art was created in response to the bombing of Guernica, a small city in Spain. German and Italian fighter planes dropped bombs during the Spanish civil war. Abstract art. That’s what I call modernism art, and I love it for being abstract. It allows the person to see art and interpret it any way they want. This could be a nightmare of someone in Guernica, or a famous horror film made in Spain. It all depends on the person. I feel that food should be like that too. Abstract food, edible art that the receiver can interpret as anything they want to see it as.

abstract cup

This can be a cup of sprite with different food coloring drops. Or it can be water with melted jelly beans poured in. One day, there will be something called abstract food. Copyright Raining chocolate 2013!!! :b

Go home, go to a restaurant, a friend’s house, a market, and look at a commonly eaten food. Forget about everything you’ve ever known about that food. Then try to think of what that food can be. Create your own abstract food.