Widely celebrated in Japanese literature, poetry, and art, sakura carry layered meanings. For example, because they bloom briefly, the blossoms are often seen as a metaphor for the ephemeral beauty of living. At the same time, the joyful tradition of hanami (flower viewing) is an old and ongoing tradition. The practice was first associated with plum blossoms before becoming almost exclusively linked with cherry blossoms by the Heian Period (794–1185). With wider exposure to Japanese art and culture in the nineteenth century, audiences in the U.S. and around the world embraced sakura as a particularly Japanese cultural hallmark.(read more http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/cherry-blossoms/cherry-blossoms-in-japanese-cultural-history.html)
Green Boiled Eggs: In our search for “surrealistic food” we also came across things you can do to an egg. The tips and tricks we found to handle eggs are mostly made to feed a child, but with a little imagination these molds (and what have you) can be a great start for a seriously beautiful and surreal meal.
Dr Seuss’ green eggs and ham
How to make a heart shaped egg
More serious matters: How to Boil an Egg Etc, is a collection of simple and unusual recipes for cooking eggs from Rose Bakery.
Egg and pasta lunchbox, known in japanese as kyaraben (“character bento”) (Egg in pig head shape is made with a mold, see next picture)
Once the egg is placed in the mold, carefully and slowly close the top. If you close it too fast, more egg may get stuck in the middle, and you may not get the egg to fill all of the corners of the mold. If you see the egg start to escape the mold, you can use a finger to carefully poke it inwards. When the mold is closed, use the tab to fasten it.
Boiled Egg Mold to make small egg sausages with yolks shaped in square, heart, star and flower shapes.
Earlier we posted a, somewhat more glamorous, recipe for Disco eggs
Adventure #24: Tosti is Independent: As we all know little Tosti has a big appetite. Most of the time he’ll just find his food in front of him, served in a collector’s bowl (shop those collector’s items). But due to an increasing workload for his parents, he has to prepare his own meals more frequently than before. And, let’s be frank, he is no spring puppy anymore, he can handle that independence just fine. At first The Diva was at a loss in the kitchen………
Being a very intelligent dog, he soon found out where to get the goodies…..
This Kitchen Satellite is designed by Luigi Colani in 1969, everything you need is at arm’s length. We would really love to have this kitchen the middle of our loft. Cooking up a meal isn’t our hobby but this black ball sure would be an incentive.
(Images courtesy of Luigi Colani, photo’s via electripipedream)