Welcome to the eastern edition of the online studio of Francisco Mattos, built w/ printed pieces, design endeavors, personal projects, experiments.
Instead of a whole chicken, this home recipe is for cut-up pieces, making an Asian comfort food that much easier to eat.
| Rub pieces of cut-up chicken (leave skin on) w/ sugar and set aside. | In a deep pot add 4 cups cold water, 3/4 cup of Shaoxing wine, 3/4 cup of dark soy sauce, 2 large pieces rock sugar (wong bing tong), 2 star anise. Add in 4 cloves of smashed garlic, and peeled and smashed fresh ginger. | Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. | Immerse chicken pieces and cook covered for 10 minutes. | Turn heat down and simmer for half an hour and let stand 5 miunutes uncovered. | Remove chicken parts and brush w/ sesame oil while still warm. | Sprinkle w/ chopped scallions. |
No salt, pepper or dressing. However, time-sensitive.
| One and a half cups watercress leaves (only). | One cup chopped and pitted Italian black olives. | Peel and dice 4 or 5 Fuji apples, toss w/ lemon juice. | Combine well the three ingredients and serve in chilled bowls. | No dressing needed. Do not salt and pepper. | Serve w/ homemade croutons (chopped stale bread tossed in a skillet w/ one tablespoon butter, one tablespoon oilive oil, garlic (one clove per person), and lots of black pepper).
Fry quarter pound of cod (or sea bass) w/ cumin, coriander, saffron powder, salt and pepper. Let cool when done. Knead into pastry dough:
- 2½-lb flour
- 1½ cup sugar
- 16 egg yolks
- 2 egg white
- 13 oz. shortening
- 2 tsp salt
- ¼ cup of Chinese cooking wine (sheung jing)
- 5 chopped olives
- Two tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- mackerel entrails
- sea urchins
- sea nettles
- livers of sea barbles
“ … As a result of its popularity, the production, consumption, importing and exporting of the traditional Roman fish sauce was a not insignificant aspect of the Roman economy. Surviving records tell us that citizens complained about the thick stench of fish parts being liquefied and fermented in a potent brew of salt and spices; as a result, fish sauce factories were moved to the outskirts of town — and outsourced to places like Spain.…”
A medicinal beverage, also called tumeric milk.
In a small pot add one cup of milk, one pitted date, tsp tumeric powder, tsp ghee (or coconut oil), ½ tsp fresh ginger, pinch of cinnamon, one cardomon pod, black pepper. | Place pot, covered, over medium heat and then low heat, for 15 minutes.
The crown of Chinese cuisine is called many things, incl. century egg (" pidan"), hundred-year, thousand-year, pine-patterned, and millennium.
Here is a recipe by Salvador Dali.
- 1 dozen eggs
- 1-1/2 quarts of water
- 5 whole cloves
- 4 tea-bags
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 3 tablespoons of vinegar
- 2 lemons (cut in 8 pieces)
- 2 onions
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 3/4 teaspoon of thyme
- Tabasco sauce
A simple Portuguese soup that can be dressed up w/ ham hocks and become similar to Italian wedding soup.
| Fry up 2 or 3 chorizo (no oil needed) until slightly crispy and et aside. | In a heavy pan melt half tablespoon unsalted butter, then onion, garlic, olive oil, one thinly-sliced leek and cook five minutes. | Add one cubed potato, salt and paprika. | Cook for a few minutes then add hot stock (vegetable or chicken), teaspoon of tomato purée, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer until potatoes are almost done. | Add one and a half cups of shredded kale w/ the stems removed, and cook 30 minutes or until done. Season to taste. | Top w/ chorizo and a good drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.
When bottled sauce doesn't cut it.
Mix together: one tablespoon vinegar, two tablespoon ketchup, two tablespoon sugar, heaping teaspoon soy sauce, pinch of salt, 5 to 10 drops Tobasco.
A Vietnamese dipping sauce.
Mix together one finely sliced bird's eye chili, one crushed garlic clove, tbsp fish sauce, tbsp fresh lime juice, and tbsp (dissolved) sugar.
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✶|Tiger Balm Gardens
TRADITIONAL FESTIVALS| 1. | THE Lunar New Year Festival on Cheung Chau, held the first day of first month of the new lunar calendar, is total old-school. | 2. | NIGHT TIME is when the Lantern Festival gets going, held on the last full day of the new year festivities, and somewhat akin, in symbolism, to Valentine's Day. As the sun sets, folks carrying red lanterns w/ riddles written on them parade around town, in search of riddle-solvers. | 3. | MARTIAL ARTISTS GATHER every year to celebrate the Birthday of Yuen Mo, a high-ranking deity in Taoism (黑帝 Black Deity). | 4. | DEITY TO SEAFARERS and a sea goddess in her own right, the Birthday of Kwan Yin is observed by sailors who know that her miraculous interventions protect them. | 5. | A RURAL FESTIVAL w/ Taoist roots. Villagers would wander the island decked out as divines. Inside a contraption depicting their avatars as giants, they would re-enact a ceremony to ward off evil spirits. The lineup always will incl. the goddess of mercy (Kuan Yin), goddess of the sea (Tin Hau), god of the south (Hung Hsing), and a revered divinity named Pak Tai. Together they get to sponsor the annual Bun Festival, which takes place over four days and three nights. The original band of prime movers is nowadays attended by a parade of floats, and the majority of them feature children performing acrobatic mojo. The centerpiece of the celebration – and its highlight – is a competition to see who can scramble to the top of a high tower that has been festooned w/ buns, the object being the first one to snatch the very top bun. The core tradition being an example of exorcism, only vegetarian fare is served. | 6. | A ROWBOAT RACE happens around Chinese summer solstice and takes place during the Dragon Boat Festival, to remember a poet and minister, who drowned himself when he was accused of treason. Festival food is a tamale Chinese style: glutinous rice cradling meat and either peanuts or yellow beans, wrapped w/ lotus leaves an steamed. | 7. | MODEL OF CONFUCIANISM, present at the Battle of Red Cliffs, a battle that ended the Han dynasty, then after many exploits became fictionalized in prose, and went on to attain immortality as emperor deity of Chinese folk religion. Buddhists and Taoists alike are welcome, during the Birthday of Guang Gong celebrations. | 8. | HARVESTING TIME is when mooncakes, made w/ sweet bean or lotus seed pastes, and only available during this period, are a good way to fatten up for winter. Welcome to the Mid-Autumn Festival. And if one can agree that films too are festivals, there once was an on-going one, Cheung Chau Theatre, an outdoor cinema .
Fishing still happens, and Cheung Chau is the place to go for seafood. Tourists now know "dumbell island" and its swimming beaches. Ferry from Hong Kong takes 55 minutes, 20 less if its a high-speed, running every 30 minutes or so depending on hour and day. There are no roads to speak of, it's a land of lanes. Walking the one square mile island is easy enough; and bycicles are a common sight.
TodayIn all, there are now 29 security sites in Hong Kong, w/ a capacity for 8,400 inmates. In correctional institutions, half-way houses, and custodial wards in public hospitals, psychological treatments are offered as a part of the care. | • • | Inmates who are violent, dangerous or criminally insane go to Liu Lam Psychiatric Centre. For women there is either Wu Correctional Institution, which is minimum- to medium-security, or Tai Lam Centre for Women, a maximum-security site. The elderly inmates, those 65 or older and who are of low-security risk, get housed at Tai Lam Correctional Institution.
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Pamela Rita de Oliveira Mattos Zauberer
❝Great cook, talented at crochet, creative, child-like, excruciatingly honest, tenacious, compassionate and sensitive; my mother was all these things.❞
5.2.1940 – 5.3.2016|- Pam led a glamorous life as a 1960s airline stewardessfor Cathay Pacific Airways, based in Hong Kong, where she was born and raised. At work she would be pulled into photo shoots when film and television stars flew in. | Chosen to represent the airline, she participated in fashion shows, ad campaigns, and public relations as the face of flight. She traveled around the world, accruing trinkets from all cultures and a lifelong admiration of all cuisines. She traveled to all the airports in Asia, and in her suitcase out would pop magazines from everywhere else. | After landing in America, she struck out to be on her own and moved to New York, abandoning us all here in California. She dated the house photographer at Mad magazine, and lived a stone’s throw from Maxwell’s Plum, a “…flamboyant restaurant and singles bar that, more than any place of its kind, symbolized two social revolutions of the 1960s — sex and food,” located at 64th and First Avenue in Manhattan. Her walk up had a bathtub in the kitchen, sharing a hot faucet w/ the sink. | While helping a friend (wo)man a street fair booth, Pam met many people, including a man who immediately offered some helpful advice. Pam shot back and challenged him to come around to the other side and manage the booth himself, since he “...clearly knew what to do.” Laszlo disappeared and came back w/ two hot dogs and a lemonade, walked around the booth, and sat down next to her; two weeks later they were married. | Laszlo Zauberer, native of Hungary, was driving a cab in NYC when he met Pam on his one day off. An accomplished painter of the school of naive art, and the love of her life, they remained inseparable for the next 40 years. | After the birth of their daughter, Pam and Laszlo made the move to upstate New York. Never one to shy away from conflict, her generosity, thoughts and sometimes vengeance were doled out as she saw fit to those who crossed her path. Whether it was redeeming a raincheck at a grocery store or haggling over an item at a yard sale, her sense of fairness and authority got her into heated debates. | On the night of May 3 2016, Pamela Rita de Oliveira Mattos Zauberer passed away at home and in her bed w/ Laszlo and Jasmine by her side. In true stoic fashion, she had no complaints of pain. She had just celebrated her birthday the day before, and ate carrot cake, her favorite. She was 76 years old. -|
Benjamin Leung Gok Wing
2.7.1944 – 9.4.2013|- Ben visited Hong Kong at the beginning of 2013. What he must have thought about his hometown he is not aorund to tell me, but I know it’s the first vacation he’s had in a while. | It was there that Ben met my sister Sylvia, when they were both young and working in the same office. At that time my sister was learning to drive a stick-shift car and for hours and hours after dinner she would be out taking driving lessons w/ an instructor to god knows where. | Ben would also go off on his own as a young man, but where he went you can always find on a map: a local swimming pool, or the nearby basketball court. He left these pursuits behind when he came to San Francisco, and eventually took up gardening: on 44th Avenue, and later out on Bay Farm Island. Both had sandy soil, hard to take care of. | On Bay Farm he had a wisteria in ground next to a loquat tree in a pot. Ben was fearless and grew everything. And those that took to his care, he made green. -|
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A documentary by filmmaker Gary Hurstwit, Heveltica the Documentary (2007) posits Helvetica as the most user-friendly of fonts.
“I saw Helvetica everywhere [in New York City], and watched how people were interacting with -- but not really thinking about -- it. People going about their lives, letting a typeface tell them which direction their subway train was headed, where they could park, where the bathroom was, how much to pay for a hot dog. I felt like I’d stumbled onto a secret language.”
✈¦ Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
HollywoodGrauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles was built by Sid Grauman in the 1920s. - || - Beginning w/ a Chinese theme, the fantastical edifice that resulted amalgated several landscapes and buildings, creating an intimate space of vast proportions -- landing on it is akin to stepping onto a stage. There are gate posts opening onto a forecourt featuring a fish pond, a scholar's rock and a hut. Lions guard the front entrance, w/ its defining portico giving access to the palace's real purpose. - || - During the traditioin's first ceremony, on April 30, 1927, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford placed their hand and foot prints in wet cement at the newly opened Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. - || - On May 18, the curtains came up for the first time, the projector was switched on, the audience became subdued as the lights were lowered and Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings was given its premere. - || - Designated a historic cultural monument in 1968.
Yodo RiverA confluence of cities and suburbs in the Kansai region of Japan, where 19 million inhabitants call home, is the megalopolis of Osaka, known as the “nation‘s kitchen.” - || - With an extensive warren of underground shopping arcades as well as the largest slum in the country, it sits by the Yodo River where it empties into Osaka Bay before reaching the Pacific Ocean.
✈¦ Coral Sea
Port MoresbyA country swept by periods wherein high levels of rape, robbery and murder is Papua New Guinea, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, and Port Moresby is its capital, having a squatter camp stretching six miles. -||- (Photo is of Port Moresby Harbour looking southeast and the Coral Sea beyond.) -||- Amongst a rampant gang culture of the Raskol, Papua New Guinea's population cope w/ poor healthcare and poverty. Currently Port Moresby ranks as the worst capital to live in in the world. -||- In his autobiography "My Wicked, Wicked Ways", Errol Flynn describes seeing Port Moresby for the first time in 1930: "We piloted our ship into the rather fine harbor of Port Moresby. We arrived during the rainy season and the whole area was brilliant green. The region seemed beautiful to me and I poked around searching its resources. About thirty miles from the port the Laloki River flowed through an emerald countryside. I fell in love w/ it. My partners made their way back to Australia, but I decided to settle there. ... Around me, from Laloki to Port Moresby, was a territory plentiful w/ nutmeg, rattan cane, the okari nut, bananas, mangrove, coconuts, and sandalwood. There was fish in the river, and the natives brought food to my door. For a pence or two I could have the fruit of the region."
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“Finish the Fight!”
The United States of America v. Susan B. Anthony
In 1872, Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), the daughter of Quaker abolitionists, walked into a polling station in Albany New York and voted. She was fined $100 on the charge of illegal voting, and she refused to pay. Four years earlier, together w/ Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), she had founded the National Woman Suffrage Association. Her examples made possible the eventual adoption of the Nineteenth Amenement, fourteen years after her death.
D.A. Richard Crowley:
May it please the Court and Gentlemen of the Jury: ... The defendant, Miss Susan B. Anthony ... voted for a representative in the Congrees of the United States, to represent the 29th Congressional District of this State, and also for a representative at large for the State of New York to represent the State in the Congresss of the United States. At that time she was a woman. I suppose there will be no question about that ... whatever Miss Anthony’s intentions may have been - whether they were good or otherwise - she did not have a right to vote upon that question, and if she did vote without having a lawful right to vote, then there is no question but what she is guilty of violating a law of the United States ...
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Conceded, that on the 5th day of November 1872, Miss Susan B. Anthony was a woman.
THE INSPECTORS’ TESTIMONY
Q: Did you see her vote?
A: [Beverly W. Jones]: Yes, sir ...
Q: She was not challenged on the day she voted? A: No, sir.
Cross-examination by Defense Attorney, Judge Henry Selden.
Q: Prior to the election, was there a registry of voters in that district made? A: Yes, sir.
Q: Were you one of the officers engaged in making that registry? A: Yes, sir.
Q: When the registry was being made did Miss Anthony appear before the Board of Registry and claim to be registered as a voter? A: She did.
Q: Was there any objection made, or any doubt raised as to her right to vote? A: There was.
Q: On what ground? A: On the ground that the Constitution of the State of New York did not allow women to vote.
Q: What was the defect in her right to vote as a citizen? A: She was not a male citizen.
Q: That she was a woman? A: Yes, sir ...
Q: Did the Board consider the question of her right to registry, and decide that she was entitled to registry as a voter? A: Yes, sir.
Q: And she was registered accordingly? A: Yes, sir ...
Q: Won’t you state what Miss Anthony said, if she said anything, when she came there and offered her name for registration? A: She stated that she did not claim any rights under the Constitution of the State of New York; she claimed her right under the Constitution of the United States.
Q: Did she name any particular Amendment? A: Yes, sir; she cited the 14th amendment.
Q: Under that she claimed her right to vote? A: Yes, sir...
THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY
Judge Henry R. Selden:
The only alleged ground of illegality of the defendant's vote is that she is a woman.
“If the same act had been done by her brother under the same circumstances, the act would have been not only innocent, but honorable and laudable; but having been done by a woman it is said to be a crime. ... I believe this is the first instance in which a woman has been arraigned in a criminal court merely on account of her sex. ... Another objection is, that the right to hold office must attend the right to vote, and that women are not qualified to discharge the duties of responsible offices. I beg leave to answer this objection by asking one or more questions. How many of the male bipeds who do our voting are qualified to hold high offices? ... Another objection is that engaging in political controversies is not consistent w/ the feminine character. Upon that subject, women themselves are the best judges, and if political duties should be found inconsistent w/ female delicacy, we may rest assured that women will either effect a change in the character of political contests, or decline to engage in them. ...”
The Court: The question, gentlemen of the jury ... is wholly a question or questions of law, and I have decided as a question of law, in the first place, that under the 14th Amendment, which Miss Anthony claims protects her, she was not protected in a right to vote. And I have decided also that her belief and the advice which she took do not protect her in the act which she committed. If I am right in this, the result must be a verdict on your part of guilty, and I therefore direct that you find a verdict of guilty.
Mr. Selden: That is a direction no Court has power to make in a criminal case.
The Court: Take the verdict, Mr. Clerk. ...
Susan B. Anthony after casting her first vote, she was a 26 year-old school teacher in upstate New York, the year was 1848.
THE NEXT DAY
The Court: The prisoner will stand up. Has the prisoner anything to say why sentence shall not be pronounced?
MISS Anthony: Yes, your honor, I have many things to say; for in your ordered verdict of guilty, you have trampled underfoot every vital principle of our government. My natural rights, my civil rights, my political rights, are all alike ignored. Robbed of the fundamental privilege of citizenship, I am degraded from the status of a citizen to that of a subject; and not only myself individually, but all of my sex, are, by your honor’s verdict, doomed to political subjection under this so-called Republican government.
JUDGE Hunt: The Court can not listen to a rehearsal of arguments the prisoner's counsel has already consumed three hours in presenting.
MISS Anthony: May it please your honor, I am not arguing the question, but simply stating the reasons why sentence can not, in justice, be pronounced against me. Your denial of my citizen's right to vote is the denial of my right of consent as one of the governed, the denial of my right of representation as one of the taxed, the denial of my right to a trial by a jury of my peers as an offender against the law, therefore, the denial of my sacred rights to life, liberty, property, and-
JUDGE Hunt: The court can not allow the prisoner to go on.
MISS Anthony: But your honor will not deny me this one and only poor privilege of protest against this high-handed outrage upon my citizen's rights. May it please the Court to remember that since the day of my arrest last November, this is the first time that either myself or any person of my disfranchised class has been allowed a word of defense before judge or jury–
JUDGE Hunt: the prisoner must sit down; the Court can not allow it.
MISS Anthony: All my prosecutors, from the 8th Ward corner grocery politician, who entered the complaint, to the United States Marshal, Commissioner, District Attorney, District Judge, your honor on the bench, not one is my peer, but each and all are my political sovereigns; and had your honor submitted my case to the jury, as was clearly your duty, even that I should have had just cause of protest, for not one of those men was my peer; but, native or foreign, white or black, rich or poor, educated or ignorant, awake or asleep, sober or drunk, each and every man of them was my political superior; hence, in no sense, my peer. ...
JUDGE Hunt: The Court must insist - the prisoner has been tried according to the established forms of law.
MISS Anthony: Yes, your honor, but by forms of law all made by men, interpreted by men, administered by men, in favor of men, and against women; and hence, your honor’s ordered verdict of guilty, against a United States citizen for the exercise of “that citizen’ s right to vote,” simply because that citizen was a woman and not a man. But, yesterday, the same manmade forms of law declared it a crime punishable w/ $1,000 fine and six months’ imprisonment, for you, or me, or any of us, to give a cup of cold water, a crust of bread, or a night’s shelter to a panting fugitive as he is tracking his way to Canada. And every man or woman in whose veins coursed a drop of human sympathy violated that wicked law, reckless of consequences, and was justified in so doing. As then the slaves who got ther freedom must take it over, or under, or through the unjust forms of law, precisely so now must women, to get their right to a voice in this Government, take it; and I have taken mine, and mean to take it at every possible opportunity.
JUDGE Hunt: The Court orders the prisoner to sit down. It will not allow another word
MISS Anthony: When I was brought before your honor for trial, I hoped for a broad and liberal interpretation of the Constitution and its recent amendments, that should declare all United States citizens under its protecting aegis - that should declare equality of rights the national guarantee to all persons born or naturalized in the United States. But failing to get this justice - failing, even, to get a trial by a jury not of my peers - I ask not leniency at your hands - but rather the full rigors of the law.
JUDGE Hunt: The Court must insist - [Here the prisoner sat down.] The prisoner will stand up. [Here Miss Anthony arose again.] The sentence of the Court is that you pay a fine of $100 and the costs of the prosecution.
MISS Anthony: May it please your honor, I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty. All the stock in trade I possess is a $10,000 debt, incurred by publishing my paper - The Revolution - four years ago, the sole object of which was to educate all women to do precisely as I have done, rebel against your man-made, unjust, unconstitutional forms of law, that tax, fine, imprison, and hang women, while they deny them the right of representation in the Government; and I shall work on with might and main to pay every dollar of that honest debt, but not a penny shall go to this unjust claim. And I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old revolutionary maxim that “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.”
JUDGE Hunt: Madam, the Court will not order you committed until the fine is paid.
[1.] From A Patroit’s Handbook (2003): songs, poems, stories, and speeches celebrating the land we love, selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy. [2.] On November 26 2017, the trial of Miss Susan B. Anthony was reenacted at the James T. Foley U.S. Courthouse in Albany New York. Starting time was 6pm, and it was hosted by the Federal Court Bar Association of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.
2017 San Francisco Women's March
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