I am not a food expert but I know what I've liked. Tastes and smells, the whole sensory experience of eating and dining has great emotional power. A sensory memory can draw you back to a moment in time much more strongly than remembering the facts of the moment.

See also Filipino Food.


Boiling eggs is so simple and yet there are so many ways to boil eggs. Eggs should not actually be boiled, but rather they should be coddled or simmered. Overcooked eggs get rubbery and tough as well dark and green.

  1. You can cook eggd directly from the fridge. Some people do certain things in order to reduce cracking such as pin-pricking their eggs firs or bringing their eggs closer to room temperature first, but I find those practices too annoying and don't have many problems with cracking.
  2. Use a pan that can accommodate a single layer of eggs while covering them with about 1 cm = 1/2" of water. If you are cooking many eggs at a time, then use a wire basket.
  3. Use a medium-high heat and bring to the start of a boil, i.e. bubbles are forming but not a high boil. Some people like to bring just their water to a boil first but I find that practice annoying, plus that method is a sudden temperature chang and will lead to cracking.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer "large" eggs as follows for the desired doneness. Turning the heat off as the eggs cook does not work.
    • Soft-cooked: 3-5 minutes.
    • Medium-cooked: 7-8 minutes
    • Hard-cooked: 15-20 minutes
  5. Cool hard-cooked egg immediately, lest they keep cooking themselves.
  6. Some people like to peel their hard-cooked eggs under water or under running water.

Retsina: A Greek resinated wine. This is the Greek national wine. I saw a show on PBS that said an archaeological finding suggested that retsina has been drunk in the Balkans since the time of Homer's Troy (ca 1250 BCE).

[T]he sticker labels on fruit: The numbers tell you how the fruit was grown. Conventionally grown fruit has four digits; organically grown fruit has five and starts with a nine; genetically engineered has five numbers and starts with an eight.


Notes on the ripening of fruit from the Chicago Tribune, 2004-07-14

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