eCLIPPINGS, A Curated News Service: May 31, 2015

The Death of Venice:
Corrupt officials, mass tourism and soaring property taxes have stifled life in the city

THE INDEPENDENT, UK by Michael Day, May, 2015
All about two different stories, life for locals and tourism issues….one of my favorite cities, changes are needed, urgently…please read.

Soft-Shell Crab Arrives with the Heat
THE NEW YORK TIMES, City Kitchen by David Tanis May 29, 2015
I’m a big fan, “eating a soft-shellcrab is a a crab experience like no other”….a few new recipes here….going to buy some this weekend and try with crushed chile and spaghetti, yum!

Recipe: Soft-Shell Crabs With Curry Butter by DAVID TANIS

INGREDIENTS
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon coriander seeds
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
5 cloves
¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
⅛ teaspoon cayenne
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ pound unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
½ teaspoon grated garlic
2 teaspoons grated ginger
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Zest and juice of 1 lime, and lime wedges for garnish
¼ cup unsalted roasted almonds, crushed
½ cup chopped scallions
4 large soft-shell crabs, about 5 ounces each, cleaned
8 ounces tender pea shoots or baby spinach

PREPARATION
1.) Make the curry butter: Put the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds and cloves in a dry skillet over medium heat. When spices are lightly toasted and fragrant, after a minute or so, grind them to a powder in a mortar or electric spice mill. Add nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne and turmeric.

2.) Put butter in a bowl. Add spices, garlic, ginger, salt and lime zest and juice. Mash seasonings into butter with a wooden spoon. Add crushed almonds and scallions, then mix until well incorporated. (May be prepared several hours ahead, or up to 1 day in advance.)

3.) Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 tablespoons curry butter, let melt and swirl pan to distribute. When butter is foamy, add crabs in one layer and raise heat. Let crabs cook 3 minutes, then turn, using tongs, and cook 3 minutes on the other side. (Be careful, as crabs may spatter.) Remove crabs and keep warm.

4.) Add 4 tablespoons curry butter to pan and let sizzle. Add pea shoots and cook briefly until wilted, 1 minute or less.

5.) Arrange crabs on a warm platter or individual plates. Garnish with wilted pea shoots and lime wedges. Spoon melted curry butter from pan over crabs and serve at once.

Every Last Bit
The New York Times Magazine, by Mark Bittman, EAT, May 20, 2015
Learn about ara yaki fish scraps and Mark’s experience with this new dish ….can’t wait to have it on our trip next year to Japan.

Biracial Beauty Queen Challenges Japan’s Self-Image
THE NEW YORK TIMES, Asia Pacific, The Saturday Profile, by Martin Fackler
Very interesting article….Japan might be “slowly embracing a more multicolor image of itself”, cheers to Ariana Miyamoto.

Hummingbird

FACT SHEET HUMMINGBIRDS
Defenders of Wildlife website
all about these small gorgeous birds with iridescent feathers, their behavior, diet, population, range…etc.

They flap their wings so fast, it makes a humming sound.
Yes, it is that time of year and they are dancing, as only they can,  joyfully in the air , around my colorful flower beds and baskets.

Chronicles of the years of fire, French Banlieue film,
“A New film set in France’s poor housing projects mines a rich seam”
THE ECONOMIST, May 16th, Paris
I saw La Haine 20 years ago, and this film ” opened the way for a generation of French film-makers, who have turned their backs on the elegant salons and leafy boulevards of Paris for the tense, angular vibrant world of the banlieue”; this is a continuation of La Haine, 2 decades on, and a must-see film.

PAPER DOLLS
“Linda Grant chooses the best-dressed women in fiction, those “whose clothes say as much about the wearer as their narrative fate”
From INTELLIGENT LIFE The Economist Magazine, Spring 2010
Proust, Virginia Wolff (orlando), Middlemarch’s heroine, love this article, please read.

THE OPERA NEWS AWARDS
from OPERA NEWS MAGAZINE
, May 2015
the magazine pays tribute to this year’s five honorees…Samuel Ramey is one of my favorites opera stars.

Mad Beautiful Fury Road Star Charlize Theron takes it to the Max
W MAGAZINE, May 2015 issue, page 128, by Lynn Hirschberg, photographs by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
great photographs, one of my favorite actresses, have a look.

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