Tuesday, May 17, 2005
- 50 Things Every Foodie Should Do [via Songkhla South (a.k.a. LDMA's Life in the WOR Zone)
- Bad duck:
When Steve Schneider of Normal [IL] got home from the gym Friday night, he found shattered glass in the driveway and a big hole in a picture window. Schneider said he cautiously peeked through the front door and saw a large duck sitting in the middle of his living room. He tried to lure the duck out the back door using bread as bait, but the flustered fowl hit the ceiling, flying through several rooms and into a clothes closet. That's when he called for help.[NBC5 Chicago.com]
- "Who Was General Tso, and Why Are We Eating His Chicken?"
It would be possible to...say that General Tso's Chicken simply honors a great personality, just as Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, is honored in Beef Wellington; Pavel Stroganoff, a 19th-century Russian diplomat, in Beef Stroganoff; Count Charles de Nesselrode (another 19th-century Russian diplomat) in Nesselrode Pudding,; or Australian opera singer Nellie Melba in the dessert, Peach Melba. Indeed some believe it quite likely that the dish was whipped up for the general after some signal victory, just as Chicken Marengo was whipped up for Napoleon after he defeated the Austrians at Marengo on June 14, 1800.
Still, the recipe is not particularly original -- the ingredients are used in many stir-fry Chinese dishes -- and the dark meat chicken argues for a humbler origin. It's a poor man's dish, not a feast for a field marshal.
Is it possible that, struggling to carve out a new life in America under backbreaking adversities, and having heard of the sword skills of the remorseless General Tso (who had the top leaders of the Nian Rebellion executed with the proverbial "death of 10,000 cuts"), the overseas exiles indulged in some gallows-humor about their old enemy? That the chopped-up chicken dish may have gotten its name from the sliced and diced victims of Tso's grim reprisals? [read full article, via The Highwayman]
- Planning on seeing Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith this week? The original Star Wars (Episode IV, for us geeks) was the first film I saw in a theater, at age 9, so this series-closer is truly an "end of an era." If you don't mind a ton...of...spoilers, visit News Askew for a dandy review of the 28-year saga's capstone.
- You just gotta hand it to these Minnesota ladies. It takes
ballsguts to wear an "I Love My Vagina" T-shirt to school. It also takes guts [one brave guy from Bemidji, MN] to have 2,005 simultaneous body piercings...arrrgh. What's up with Minnesota, anyhow? [SFGate.com, via Wither in the Light]
- Potty Wars: Nadia Strikes Back at EclecticEveryday