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Ratatouille – Mediterranean Nuance
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Ratatouille – Mediterranean Nuance

By Tim Hazell Ratatouille is a French Provençal stewed vegetable dish sometimes referred to as ratatouille niçoise. Recipes and cooking times differ widely, but common ingredients include tomato, garlic, onion, courgette (zucchini), aubergine (eggplant), bell pepper, and any combination of leafy green herbs common to the region. The word ratatouille derives from the French Occitan...

Leaf Wrappers Rejuvenate and Refresh
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Leaf Wrappers Rejuvenate and Refresh

By Tim Hazell Lettuce, scientifically known as Lactuca Sativa, has been harvested for millennia, depicted by ancient Egyptians on the walls of their tombs dating back to 2,700 BC. The earliest versions resembled two modern greens, Romaine and Cos lettuce, believed to have been found on the island of Kos, along the coast of modern-day...

Javanese Gamelan and Wayang Kulit
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Javanese Gamelan and Wayang Kulit

By Tim Hazell “Gamelan” is a Javanese word meaning “orchestra,” referring to the instruments that make up a Javanese ensemble. Related combinations exist throughout South Asia. Gamelan music as we define it is native to four islands in close proximity: Java, Madura, Bali, and Lombok. Ensembles can range from a few portable instruments, played by...

Intuition and Ideas
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Intuition and Ideas

By Tim Hazell Divergent cultures and civilizations developed out of a nucleus that is common to aggregates of people who form settlements, achieving social stratification. These include a trinity of things, persons, and ideas. Through trial and error, basic elements must become integrated and adapt to one another, or a community will be unsuccessful in...

Bell Art, An Innovative String Quartet
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Bell Art, An Innovative String Quartet

ConcertAn Innovative String QuartetBy Bell ArtSun, Mar 15, 12:30pmMiguel Malo Auditorium, Bellas ArtesHernández Macías 75, Centro By Tim Hazell Bell Art has been an innovative string quartet since its inception in 2012. One of its objectives has been to strive for the integration of musicians and audience through activities linked to music and other arts-related...

Pilafs and Biryanis
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Pilafs and Biryanis

By Tim Hazell “Pilaf -Turkish pilav, Azeri plov, Romanian pilaf, Persian polow, India/Afghanistan/Pakistan pulav/ pulao, Uzbek and Russian plov, Kazakh palaw.” Like all of the world’s truly great cuisines, Indian cooking has a distinctive architecture of its own. Culinary arts remain largely oral traditions passed on as heirlooms or through skills acquired under rigorous apprenticeship....

The Bell Art Quartet Celebrates Our Roots
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The Bell Art Quartet Celebrates Our Roots

MusicThe Bell Art QuartetSun, Mar 15, 12:30pmMiguel Malo AuditoriumBellas ArtesFree By Tim Hazell Many of you have attended and enjoyed our Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra’s energetic performances of classical music, Sundays at Bellas Artes Centro Cultural “El Nigromante.” Worthy of note is that the chamber orchestra has also served as the vehicle to bring...

Avocados and the Tehuacán Valley
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Avocados and the Tehuacán Valley

By Tim Hazell The avocado (Persea americana), a tree with probable origins in south-central Mexico, is classified as a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceae. The fruit of the plant, also called an avocado or alligator pear, is botanically a berry containing a single large seed. Native Oaxaca criollo avocados, the ancestral form of...

Roasted Napa Cabbage
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Roasted Napa Cabbage

By Tim and Louise Hazell The innovative naturalist, Li Shizhen (1518-1593), popularized Chinese cabbage by bringing attention to its medicinal qualities. Chinese cabbage can refer to two groups of leaf vegetables often used in Chinese cuisine: the Pekinensis Group (napa cabbage) and the Chinensis Group (bok choy). These vegetables are both subspecies of the turnip...