Archives for the month of: January, 2014



This is he–Arion–
the Grecian Caruso
concermaster of the ancient world
priceless as a necklace
or rather as a constellation
to the ocean billows and traders in silks
to the tyrants and mule herders
The crowns blacken on the tryants’ heads
and the sellers of onion cakes
for the first time err in their figures to their own disadvantage

What Arion is singing about
nobody here could say exactly
the essential thing is that he restores world harmony
the sea gently rocks the land
fire talks to water without hatred
in the shadow of one hexameter lie down
wolves and roe deer goshawks and doves
and the child goes to sleep on the lion’s mane
as in a cradle
Look how the animals are smiling
People are living on white flowers
and everything is just as good
as it was in the beginning

This is he –Arion–
precious and multiplied
cause of giddiness
standing in a blizzard of images
he has eight fingers like an octave
and he sings

Until from the blues in the west
unravel the luminous threads of saffron
which show that night is coming close
Arion with a friendly shake of his head
says good-by to
the mule herders and tryrants
the shopkeepers and philosophers
and in the harbor mounts the back
of a tame dolphin

–I’ll be seeing you–

How handsome Arion is
–say all the girls–
when he floats out to sea
with a garland of horizons on his head

-by Zbigniew Herbert (1924-1998)

by Alexander



  1. 1/2 Head of Purple Cabbage
  2. 1 Dozen Crimini Mushrooms
  3. 1/2 Yellow Onion
  4. 10 Cloves Garlic
  5. 1 lb ground bison or grass fed ground beef
  6. Viet Hu’o’ng Fish Sauce
  7. Baharat Spice Mixture
  8. Beef Tallow
  9. Organic Butter
  10. Basmati Rice
  11. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  12. Organic Romaine Lettuce
  13. Olive Oil
  14. Fresh Ground Pepper
  15. Sea Salt
  16. Eastern Beauty Oolong Tea
  17. Dark Chocolate

–Drop the needle to begin so Magic Sam is the environment.

–Begin cooking by rinsing 1 cup basmati rice a few times to wash off excess starch (until water runs clear) and then putting it on the stove in a pot of 1&1/4 cups water.

–Next, put a generous portion of beef tallow + butter in a separate skillet on medium heat.

–Chop 1/2 head of cabbage and 1/2 yellow onion and add to skillet.

–Toss to coat evenly in tallow/butter mix and then add a few tablespoons of Baharat spice mixture with an equal amount of fish sauce.

–Add meat and mix together with vegetables.

–Cover and lower heat to simmer.

–By this time the rice should have evaporated the water down to just below the rice line so it can be covered for 15 minutes on the lowest simmer.

–Chop mushrooms and sprinkle on top of what’s in the skillet and cover the dish and let simmer.

–Meanwhile, wash and chop lettuce and put in a bowl.

–For the dressing, squeeze and then mix 1 part lemon juice with 3 parts olive oil and add garlic, salt, and pepper (I use 1 lemon with 4 garlic cloves and enough oil, salt + pepper.  Then I keep the extra in a jar in the fridge for later).

–After the rice has steamed 15min, turn off heat and cover with a thick towel to absorb the steam so the rice ends up nice and fluffy (after approximately 10 minutes with a few towel changes).

–Meanwhile, crush 6 cloves of garlic into a little open space that you make in the middle of what’s cooking in the skillet so the garlic can simmer a minute or two in the juices before you stir evertything all together.

–Cover and simmer until rice is ready.

–Serve rice with baharat yum and a big lemon dressing green salad, Oolong tea to drink, and finish with a square of the dark chocolate of your choice.


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Magic Sam Blue Band_Black Magic
Labels big and small have forsaken this type of honest and straightforward production, preferring to try concocting a higher level of funkiness through extravagent over-production, boring superstar guest appearances, and insipid studio practices such as prerecorded rhythm tracks and dipstick guitar solos punched in a note at the time. Forget all this jive and check out a track such as “You Belong to Me,” where the guitarist cuts loose with a restrained solo that sometimes dances ahead of the beat like a country fiddler while the band pumps away on a superb riff.  The players here, including the fine guitarist Mighty Joe Young, pianist Lafayette Leake, and a muscular rhythm section, are the best of the best. No information is provided on the songwriting, so the assumption is that these tunes are all originals by Magic Sam. None are too obviously adopted from standards, but the opening “I Just Want a Little Bit” was much copied by other blues artists.
by Eugene Chadbourne (from the blog: plain and fancy)

by Alexander




  1. Nancy’s Organic (sour) Cottage Cheese
  2. Banana
  3. Olive Oil
  4. Sea Salt
  5. Ground Pepper
  6. Yamamotoyama Organic Sencha Green Tea bag

Stir up a bowl of Nancy’s cottage cheese with lots of fresh ground pepper, a pinch of sea salt, and a tablespoon (plus) of olive oil.  Peel and eat banana.  Brew and drink tea.  Bam!


New from Cincinnati’s Boy Froot 2014


by Alexander