Welcome to the eastern edition of the online studio of Francisco Mattos, built w/ printed pieces, design endeavors, personal projects, experiments.
❛ Here’s a stain of perfume on an old ball gown. ❜
— poem by Yukio Mishima
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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✈¦ Yodo River
OsakaA 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.
✈¦ Port Moresby
Papua New GuineaA 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 city. Amongst a rampant gang culture, the Raskol, the population cope w/ poor healthcare and poverty, and a squatter camp that stretches six miles. Currently Port Moresby ranks as the worst capital to live in in the world. Photo is of Port Moresby Harbour looking southeast and the Coral Sea beyond. 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."
✶|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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NOTES ON THE UNDERGROUND
|…| A few of the inhabitants in the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery are regularly remembered by Eric Bradner's Philosopher Pickett, poking around written records while in costume and bringing to life this and that. |…| The California Gold Rush era produced pioneers and millionaires, and many are buried here, commanding a thoughtful placement marrying the kleiglight w/ the kabala – the cemetery is located on Broadway with the main gate facing 10th Street, a one-way boulevard returning visitors back to the land of the living and passing by the state capital, its mall and offical museum, to where county jail and train tracks happen to await. |…| Established in 1849 to be the final resting place for early Californians, including from state government, the military, the Civil War, and various fraternities. Buried are some 600 victims of the mid-19th century Cholera Epidemic, the heiress Aimée Crocker is here, as is the son of Alexander Hamilton, and Donner Party survivor Elisabeth Philippine Zimmerman. |…| The oldest cemetery in the capital of California is an outdoor museum - built as a Victorian garden w/ low brick walls creating flower beds and resting places. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery closes everyday at 5pm.
☛ | The doctor who succumbed to disease
Feeling faint and calling out for a glass of warm water, the newest legislator to the state Capitol did not make it through his first speech on that day in 1923. Instead, this transplant to California, a physician from Oregon, succumbed to influenza, a disease he had experience treating, a disease he was exposed to as early as 1918, and was dead before he hit the floor. Dr. Gustave H. Douglas – druggist/politician, State Plot d.3-27-1923 age 59.
Related cemetery tourODDER THAN THE ODD FELLOWS - An Eric Bradner Tour [06-06-2015] The Odd Fellows and the Masons are the big two fraternal organizations, but there were many other less well-known groups of do-gooders, incl. the Redmen, the Druids, the Woodmen of the World, the Knights of Pythias and the Ancient Order of United Workmen.
☝| The shoemaker who committed suicide
Ending his life by jumping into Sacramento River at the end of R Street, this accused wife-beater was a local shoe-maker whose last name was Hummel. He left sucide notes to his wife and to his brother-in-law; his body never was recovered.
Related cemetery tourHABERDASHERS - an Eric Bradner Tour [date?] From hatters to milliners to tailors and bootmakers, Sacramento pioneers had you covered from head to toe. Without skirting the issue, we'll stitch together some ripping good yarns about these early clothiers, and learn about Victorian fashions (and fashion victims!).
♻ Regale Philosopher Pickett w/ your own tale from the tombs.
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