Play it once, Sam. For old times’ sake.

. Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) and Sam (Dooley Wilson) in  Casablanca  (Michael Curtiz 1942) . Over the years I have cooked with a variety of different nationalities and ethnic groups. The Malays in Brunei and Malaysia, Chinese in Malaysia and Singapore, Indian, Pakistani and Iranians in Dubai. I have cooked in Bali, Nigeria, all over the…

I bet , like me, you like lemons too

. . LEMONS By Samy Stein Bitter, sharp, packed so neat Whose for a lemon treat? Suck it slow, your mouth contorts Eat it quick, you might feel sick But add it little to a drink or whip it in some cream and sink your spoon into the lemon-goo I bet , like me, you…

ricotta is not properly a cheese

. . I love ricotta. Especially when it comes straight from the dairy farm or your local cheese shop. Do try to get the fresh ricotta. It will present you with a flavor, the packaged supermarket kind can not even come close to. Combined with some fresh apricots, peaches, salted butter from the Normandy and…

the color of brandy

. Apricots by Larry D. Thomas A few blocks off the plaza, in the Santa Fe evening light the color of brandy, on the street below the branches of the tree, they glowed in rosy, yellow hues as if a god had ripped the sundown, rolled it into fuzzy, dimpled balls, and flung them to…

moments ….

. The moments of happiness . . . We had the experience but missed the meaning And approach to the meaning restores the experience In a different form, beyond any meaning We can assign to happiness . . .  The past experience revived in the meaning Is not the experience of one life only But…

To Be Or Not To Be in Paris

It seems that Parisians have a capacity of being, which is so much different from other cities. Or it at least seems that way. Moving around the waterway in this city gives a glimpse of recreation we are not really prepared for. Sandy beaches, waterfront sunbathing, Sand, sun and the Seine Including obligatory sand castles….