Food


Keep on Trekkin

As I did at the end of 2013 & 2014, so I do again here at the end of 2015 to recount some travel experiences, which I don’t normally write about here. I need not give the whole setup again for the premise of such entries and see my blog from the end of 2013: Travels of Spocklogic. The notables this year (travel blogs I finished or made additions to) include:

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That’s the summary for 2015. Some are carry overs from 2014, but I finished the blogs in 2015, after my last post on travels (see: Travels of Spocklogic II) in December 2014 or earlier if I made additions. As I alluded to in recent entries, I will take a break from this Cogito Ergo blog for a while in 2016. I’ve had 20 years of internet exposure and been blogging for 10 years (see: 20 Years of Internet and Mapping the Internet). I hope to return again with a fresh perspective down the line. There’s plenty to explore in the Cogito Ergo blog archives until then (see the link to: Browse Blog Posts). Best wishes for the New Year 2016! See you in the future…

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As I did at the end of 2013, so I do again here at the end of 2014 to recount some travel experiences, which I don’t normally write about here. I need not give the whole setup again for the premise of such entries and see my blog from the end of 2013: Travels of Spocklogic. The notables this year are a couple of blogs I finished and some reviews that may be of interest:

spocklogic_Lyon-France_travel_blog.
spocklogic_Wroclaw-Poland_travel_blog.

spocklogic_Kirin-Hot-Pot_review.spocklogic_Long-Chao-Shou_review.
spocklogic_Ram-Pam-Pam-Pam_review.spocklogic_Raclawice-Panorama_review

That summarizes some travel selections for 2014. I did travel to Italy also in July 2014, and have some links to share for photo collections I put together for a special year in Erice to celebrate a 40th anniversary of the International School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy (ISAMS):

Rino: 40 Year Erice Celebrations (2014) – Erice, Italy
2014 Erice Workshop: 30 July – August 5 – Erice, Italy
People (2014) – Erice, Italy
Places (2014)
– Erice, Italy

In addition, I traveled to China again this year in November 2014, but am still working on my travel blog for that, so it will have to wait until my 2015 account of my travels. I will make this type of entry something traditional at years end to cover where I have been and what I have done in travel ways. It’s all rather like the City on the Edge of Forever perhaps…

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Postcard from my trip to Sicily in 2004

While in Sicily some years ago (2004), I had this absolutely delicious snack called Panelle (Chick Pea fritters). They are not particularly filling, but sure are tasty. They are made with chickpea flower (also called garbanzo bean flour), which may be hard to find in the supermarket, but perhaps in a gourmet or specialty type store. One can also buy a 5 lb. bag online for $14.50. Check this link – http://www.nuts.com/cookingbaking/beans/garbanzo/flour.html

You can search around for better deals, and may find some cheaper ones, or just check your nearby local markets. The recipe is fairly simple, and translated from the postcard:

Ingredients: 200g chickpea flour, 1/2 liter of water, salt, pepper, parsley, olive oil.
(200 grams = 7 ounces, 1/2 liter = 4.25 cups)

Mix the chickpea flour in a saucepan with water, salt, pepper and chopped parsley. When the flour is well dissolved and no lumps, put the pan on medium heat. Stir continuously until you get a thick paste. Pour on a surface and flatten it to give a layer thickness of 2/3 cm. Let it cool and cut into rectangles of 8×4 cm, then fry in hot oil.
(2/3 cm = 1/4 inch, 8 x 4 cm = 3 x 1.5 inch)

You can find a variety of recipes online in Italian and English. I had a thought this might be a unique Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other. You can make the Panelle in any shape you want (hearts even) and considering it is not something common outside of Sicily, something special to show your love in preparing a tasty Italian treat. A good idea I think – Try it…

Buon San Valentino!

Valentines Day Italian Flag HeartHappy Valentine’s Day!
(Love, Italian Style)