Animal blood as food ingredient is popular in South Asia. Is it popular in your own country?
‘Blood-based cooking has certainly been a part of Western cuisine since the time of ancient Greece, when blood sausages were mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey. And in all likelihood, people have used animal blood for sausages, soups, pastes, or drinks since the first animal slaughter. But sometime in recent history, we forgot how to use blood. The ingredient grew so taboo that even Scottish chef Nick Nairn vomited on television at the site of a bowl of cooking blood.
‘Yet from Scotland to Italy, Spain to Russia, and Tanzania to China, many traditional dishes still use blood. A few modern chefs have dared, in recent years, to whip up dishes like blood tarts with fig soaked in grappa and espresso, blood custard with rosemary topped with pickled pears, and blood-chocolate pudding with bing cherries. It was supposedly a blood macaroon served at the world-ranked Mugaritz in Spain that triggered the Food Lab’s interest in finding new and innovative uses for this ubiquitous but culinarily neglected slaughterhouse byproduct…’
Is Chivalry Dead?
Sexism debate online after viral ‘jeepney nurses’ photo
In the first place, why do drivers allow women to hang onto running public jeepneys? It’s also the riders’ fault if they insist on squeezing into packed jeepneys.
‘It’s the kind of question more suited to university social science courses, but it was recently posed by the Facebook page for a local car magazine. On Wednesday, October 15, Top Gear Philippines’ Facebook page posted a photo, credited to Marvin Sy, of two women in nurses’ uniform clinging from the outside of a moving jeepney. Accompanying the post was the status “Is chivalry dead? We really hope there was not a single male passenger inside that jeepney.”
‘As of writing, the photo has garnered 55,732 likes, 8,097 shares, and 4,007 comments, and has sparked a lively debate on gender equality. Notably, even the admin of Top Gear’s Facebook page offered its own opinions in the comments thread. Below is a sampling of the comments found in the post:…’
One more reason to get a good night’s sleep
‘Two thousand years ago, Galen, one of the most prominent medical researchers of the ancient world, proposed that while we’re awake, our brain’s motive force, its juice, would flow out to all the other parts of the body, animating them but leaving the brain all dried up, and he thought that when we sleep, all this moisture that filled the rest of the body would come rushing back, rehydrating the brain and refreshing the mind. Now, that sounds completely ridiculous to us now, but Galen was simply trying to explain something about sleep that we all deal with every day. See, we all know based on our own experience that when you sleep, it clears your mind, and when you don’t sleep, it leaves your mind murky. But while we know a great deal more about sleep now than when Galen was around, we still haven’t understood why it is that sleep, of all of our activities, has this incredible restorative function for the mind…’